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Fleetwood Mac [Deluxe Edition]

Fleetwood Mac [Deluxe Edition]

by Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac
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It's unfair to say that Fleetwood Mac had no pop pretensions prior to the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to the lineup in 1975. When they were led by Bob Welch they often flirted with pop, even recording the first version of the unabashedly smooth and sappy "Sentimental Lady," which would later be one of the defining soft rock hits of the late '70s. Still, there's no denying that 1975's Fleetwood Mac represents not just the rebirth of the band, but in effect a second debut for the group -- the introduction of a band that would dominate the sound of American and British mainstream pop for the next seven years. In fact, in retrospect, it's rather stunning how thoroughly Buckingham and Nicks, who had previously recorded as a duo and were romantically entangled in the past, overtook the British blues band. As soon as the Californian duo came onboard, Fleetwood Mac turned into a West Coast pop
ock band, transforming the very identity of the band and pushing the band's other songwriter, keyboardist Christine McVie, to a kindred soft rock sound. It could have all been too mellow if it weren't for the nervy, restless spirit of Buckingham, whose insistent opener, "Monday Morning," sets the tone for the rest of the album, as well the next few years of the group's career. Surging with a pushily melodic chorus and a breezy Californian feel, the song has little to do with anything the Mac had done before this, and it is a positively brilliant slice of pop songwriting, simultaneously urgent and timeless. After that barnstorming opener, Buckingham lies back a bit, contributing only two other songs -- a cover of Richard Curtis' "Blue Letter," the second best up-tempo song here, and the closer, "I'm So Afraid" -- while the rest of the album is given over to the wily spirits of Nicks and McVie, whose singles "Rhiannon," "Say You Love Me," and "Over My Head" deservedly made this into a blockbuster. But a bandmember's contribution can never be reduced to his own tracks, and Buckingham not only gives the production depth, he motivates the rest of the band, particularly Nicks and McVie, to do great work, not just on the hit singles but the album tracks that give this record depth. It was diverse without being forced, percolating with innovative ideas, all filtered through an accessible yet sophisticated sensibility. While Rumours had more hits and Tusk was an inspired work of mad genius, Fleetwood Mac wrote the blueprint for Californian soft rock of the late '70s and was the standard the rest were judged by.

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Release Date: 01/19/2018
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227940638
catalogNumber: 2281
Rank: 4135


  1. Monday Morning
  2. Warm Ways
  3. Blue Letter
  4. Rhiannon
  5. Over My Head
  6. Crystal
  7. Say You Love Me
  8. Landslide
  9. World Turning
  10. Sugar Daddy
  11. I'm So Afraid

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fleetwood Mac   Primary Artist
Lindsey Buckingham   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Stevie Nicks   Vocals,Group Member
Mick Fleetwood   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Christine McVie   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
John McVie   Bass,Group Member
Waddy Wachtel   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Lindsey Buckingham   Composer
Fleetwood Mac   Producer,Sleeve Adaptation
Stevie Nicks   Composer
Christine McVie   Composer
Michael Curtis   Composer
Richard Curtis   Composer
David DeVore   Engineer
Bill Inglot   Reissue Producer
Keith Olsen   Producer,Engineer
Steve Woolard   Reissue Producer
Herbert Worthington   Inlay Photography
John Courage   Road Manager
Rory Wilson   Reissue Design
Mike Miller   Road Manager

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