Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Random Review #23 Fleetwood Mac - Self Titled
This is the second incarnation of Fleetwood Mac after Peter Green decided to go for a walk in San Francisco and never came back! Fleetwood Mac were originally a blues band playing amazing blues but when Peter Green left so did the main creative talent. Mick Fleetwood had to re-invent the band and boy did he!
Mick recruited Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham and turned the band into a West Coast of America rock band, Changing the dynamics with Stevie, Lindsey and Christine McVie all sharing lead vocals on what would become a sound that would carry on for a further 35 years and then some.....
This album is often overlooked as it was the forerunner to Rumours the multi million selling album that would continue to be seen as a rock classic for ever more. But back to this album in hand, this as a great album which has all the hallmarks of rumour if not all the killer tunes. Gentle ballads, pacey rockers, all held together by John McVie's (bass) and Mick Fleetwood's (drums) tight rhythm section. My favourite tracks are Rhiannon and Say You Love Me which stand out as classic Fleetwood Mac tunes.
If you love Rumours then this is worth investigating but if you haven't heard Fleetwood Mac start with Rumours it is brilliant.