Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (1975)

Artist: Fleetwood Mac
Title Of Album: Fleetwood Mac
Year Of Release: 1975 (1990)
Label: Reprise
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 00:42:58
Total Size: 118 Mb

01. Monday Morning – 2:48
02. Warm Ways – 3:54
03. Blue Letter – 2:41
04. Rhiannon – 4:11
05. Over My Head – 3:38
06. Crystal – 5:14
07. Say You Love Me – 4:11
08. Landslide – 3:19
09. World Turning – 4:25
10. Sugar Daddy – 4:10
11. I’m So Afraid – 4:22

Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, banjo, vocals
Stevie Nicks – vocals
Christine McVie – keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
John McVie – bass guitar
Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion

Additional personnel:
Waddy Wachtel – rhythm guitar on «Sugar Daddy»

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/rock 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.


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