I first heard a Fleetwood Mac song--and knew it was a Fleetwood Mac song--when a girl played "Landslide" (from their 1975 eponymous album) on her guitar for me and a few other people. It was September 2008. I remember the experience vividly. When she played it, I cried. I, like, never cry. Seriously, it takes a lot for the tears to well up and flow from a song. That's when I knew I had to give Fleetwood Mac a chance.
I'd always--mistakenly as it turns out--put Fleetwood Mac in the same category as Steely Dan or Heart. You know, totally uncool bands, bands that if you admitted you listened to and liked, you'd get you're-so-lame looks from the hip kids. Such a shame. Twenty-seven years of life without Fleetwood Mac and the totally fierce Stevie Nicks.
But, I've turned my Fleetwood Mac life around. After getting my hands on The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac, with its 36 hits, my eyes are open. So many songs I'd heard before but never connected to the band: "Tusk", "Little Lies", "Rhiannon", "Don't Stop", basically everything on Rumours, the list goes on and on. (I still listen to "Landslide" over and over again--it never gets old for me.)
Let this be a prime lesson in never judging a book by its cover, or reputation, or uncool factor. And you're never too old to get into an old band. Still, I'm not shelling out $50+ to go to the Fleetwood Mac Unleashed 2009 Tour.
A very unique pop group whose employment of three versatile lead singers - Lindsay Buckingham, Christine McVie, and the incredible Stevie Nicks - allows them an incredible range of song structures. Their hit album Rumors is one of the most important pop albums ever made. Too bad the traditional lineup - Buckingham, McVie, John McVie (Christine's husband), Nicks, and Mick Fleetwood were actually only together for a few years.
Whoever named Fleetwood Mac was either lucky or prescient. The only thing about the group that hasn't changed since it formed in 1967 is the rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Through the '70s, the band's personnel and style shifted with nearly every recording as Fleetwood Mac metamorphosed from a traditionalist British blues band to the maker of one of the best-selling pop albums ever, Rumours. From that album's release in 1977 into the present, Fleetwood Mac has survived additional, theoretically key, personnel changes and remained through the mid-'90s a dominant commercial force.
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac was formed by ex–John Mayall's Bluesbreakers Green, McVie, and Fleetwood along with Elmore James enthusiast Jeremy Spencer. McVie had been a charter member of the Bluesbreakers in 1963, Fleetwood had joined in 1965, and Green had replaced Eric Clapton in 1966. With its repertoire of blues classics and Green's blues-style originals, the group's debut at the British Jazz and Blues Festival in August 1967 netted it a record contract. Fleetwood Mac was popular in Britain immediately, and its debut album stayed near the top of the British chart for 13 months. The quartet had hits in the U.K. through 1970, including "Black Magic Woman" and the instrumental "Albatross" (which was Number One in 1968 and reached Number Four when rereleased in 1973). America, however, largely ignored Fleetwood Mac; its ...