What does it sound like?:
Back in 1974, it looked very much like Fleetwod Mac’s race had been well and truly run. Desperate measures were needed, so the dice were rolled and into the band came the relatively unknown duo of Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, and the rest, as they say, is history. This pivotal album in the band’s career, which marked the beginning of a whole new era, is reissued as a two cd set as well as a rather grander deluxe version. The introduction of Buckingham and Nicks both transformed and reinvigorated the band, their contributions including writing six of the eleven songs here, two of which, Rhiannon and Landslide, were stone cold classics and still stand today, over forty years later, as among the best things they ever produced. Their arrival also had the welcome side effect of seemingly reinspiring Christine McVie’s muse, producing the excellent Say You Love Me and World Turning in the process.. The original album is extended with four rather superfluous single edits, but the second cd offers more interesting fare. The entire album is presented in an alternate version, using early takes of the material, which give a tantalisingly brief insight into the evolution of the songs during the recording process. There are also four live tracks thrown in, the most interesting of which is a version of ‘Why’ from the previous year’s Mystery To Me album, transformed by Nick’s backing vocals into a very different animal to the original. Overall, an album that is well worth revisiting.
What does it all *mean*?
Perhaps the key turning point in the band’s career – who knew then what lay ahead….
Goes well with…
Memories of sunny days and hot nights.
Might suit people who like…
Great commercial and enduring pop/rock songs.