I love Fleetwood Mac.
What I mean is that I love every incarnation of the band.
From my 11 year old stirrings, as my older brother played Greeny solos endlessly, through to the Rumours line – up, and beyond, I love it all.
But, if you were to threaten to nail my head to a coffee table, my favourite era is the ‘lost one.’
The Danny Kirwan one.
Bare Trees and Future Games are difficult to find on streaming sites but, in my opinion, they are 2 of the great albums. And they have, in Danny, some of the best English guitar playing of the 1970’s.
And yet, to many Mac fans, they might as well not exist.
When Danny was sacked, in 1972, he had been in the band for 4 years, through 3 different line-ups, and had an Olympic standard drinking problem.
He was 22 years old.
44 years later, I miss his guitar playing just as much as Greeny’s.