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The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

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Genre: Rock - Classic Rock / Artist: Fleetwood Mac / Audio CD released 2003-11-17 at Wsm

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      21.06.2010 17:13
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      Will there be an official come back?

      There are few befitting words I can use to describe this invincible band that have continually reinvented themselves over the course of at least three decades to appeal to new and loyal fan bases alike.

      I recall their "Tell me Lies" hit single in 1987 when I first ever became familiar with who Fleetwood Mac were and assumed the song to be about a rebellious provocation against religion or politics given the nature of the lyrics. I was just 14 years old when I first heard this hit single from their Tango in the Night album, just before the dreaded Australian sitcom Neighbours spawned music artists such as Kylie minogue and Jason Donavon, the teenage market were encouraged to develop a new taste in pop music, so alternative bands were increasingly losing their grip on a wider audience, Fleetwood Mac by this time, perhaps appealed more precisely to a different, older generation.

      I had no idea that they were responsible for the creation of 'Rhianna' or 'you make loving fun' when clearly I had heard these songs before in the past, but hadn't made artist associations with the choice of music I listened. The sheer diversity of their sound, means that they have such an eclectic quality as a rock band, whose members are all instrumentally gifted to create anything from ambient ballads right through to soft metal, though they do have a fundamental folk overture, they cannot escape this traditional hallmark for which they have often been more famously celebrated.

      The remastered compliation has 21 tracks, all of which begin right from the music underground years of 1975 right through to the late 1980s, so this most definitely is a nostalgic album, anyone who has a more longer history recollection of the band will emphatically appreciate this for the memories it generously lavishes, wether you are 30 or 60!. It deservedly belongs at the front-bow of any eclectic music accumulation, where mine currently takes pride of place ahead even of Van Halen but not before Paul Weller Hit Parade - the most gifted musician that ever walked the soil of Surrey.

      Without question, their music is distinctive and foremost ethnic sounding, you would think that "Little Lies" for instance, was composed with Japan in mind with it's synthesized rendition of a traditional yamatogoto that, creates a thinly distributed rhythm, in the very same way that the DX-7 keyboard had done in the opening theme of this track. Some might think it's a wind device that makes that oriental tune, yet surprisingly not when you consider that electronic instruments were well exploited to great effect within the music industry in the late 70s to the late 80s, Fleetwood Mac were by now, a newfangled invention and shed their folk-fur for legitimate rock and pop.

      However, I'm still unclear of the meaning of "Little Lies" song when it could be about personal anguish or something more poigniant, Christine McVie gives it some welly with her octave dynamism that just gives the entire hit a mystique identity, it stands alone as a highly emotive piece, even further apart than "Go your own way" that is entirely about her troubled marriage to John McVie who, incidently became the missing link to the Fleetwood-Mac duo soon after him and Mick formed their band in 1967 when disagreements split them temporarily. This song was originally written by Lindsey Buckingham, the 1975 new male addition to the band in which the pain-felt birdcall took on a very different personal meaning and, likely concerning the tensions running through the relationships that disunited the band, especially given the public separation of Nicks and Buckingham.

      My favourite track is Big Love because it signifys the very best of Fleetwood Mac, the other tracks are superb, but don't have the same revolutionary spirit that this song jumps some feet ahead of the rest, possibly because it is a definite rock composition or because it is sung by Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, whose phenomenal acoustic work lifts the heavy strain of their lyrics so far off the ground, it takes on a unique life all of its own, you wouldn't necessarily recognise this opus as belonging to the same band!

      "Everywhere" was, and still is popular because it's catchy and memorable pop with such amazing audible depths and heights, Christine individualizes it in the exact same manner as when Katrina and the waves released "walking on sunshine", it is positive as well as sunny. Lots of synth and percussion music is present in this track with a faint drumming contribution from Mick, so is delicate as it is muscular.

      Just to acknowledge the band members musical strengths, I have written a concise list of who plays what instruments etc, they are as follows:

      Stevie Nicks ~ tambourine, singer, songwriter
      Lindsay Buckingham ~ guitar, singer, songwriter
      Christine McVie ~ piano & keyboard, singer, songwriter
      John McVie ~ bass guitar
      Mick Fleetwood ~ drums & percussion, sometimes writes songs

      The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac remastered compilation is a sharper, crispier and fresher sound overall that some technical editing has refined the audibility of the songs, they are definitely now more compatible with advanced music systems, older ones can create inharmonious listening even with higher-definition CD albums inserted. The tracks on this CD are as follows:

      1. Go Your Own Way
      2 Don't Stop
      3 Dreams
      4 Little Lies
      5 Everywhere
      6 Albatross
      7 You Make Loving Fun
      8 Rhiannon
      9 Black Magic Woman
      10 Tusk
      11 Say You Love Me
      12 Man Of The World
      13 Seven Wonders
      14 Family Man
      15 Sara
      16 Monday Morning
      17 Gypsy
      18 Over My Head
      19 Landslide
      20 The Chain
      21 Big Love (Live From Danc

      British or American?

      1975 was the official beginning of the Feetwood Mac settlement after a lot of upsetting band member replacements/additions from 1967-1975. Surprisingly, a lot of people I know, not the entire general public, misunderstand the origins of Fleetwood Mac and because they have long been associated with Ireland and/or Scotland for reasons even I am not clear, but most people I know often assume that because they have often played instruments such as the tamborine and even Cello, as well as dress casually in Romany outfits, that they therefore must be a Celtic set of some description!. It doesn't help that a significant number of even their newer music covers, feature 30 year old photographs, so are stereotyped as a direct result. In fact, the members are both American and British given that Mick Fleetwood, the only existing original member, took his musical talents to the United States in the late 1960s and formed allegiances with other artists such as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, as sourced in their biography.

      Conclusion:

      The band's rich history is strongly experienced in this compliation and especially more so that their songs have been made supremely sonic without them falling into defiant obscurity as you would assume they easily could with many retro numbers being the target of unkind technical manipulation this century. The result of it being remastered means that it brings the Fleetwood Mac set into the present if only through this gift. The band themselves, have hung their jackets up, we have no idea if they will ever return with new sounds in the near future is uncertain, the album at least keeps them alive and more importantly, their music that has stretched a lot further than all the expiration dates, this band has retired more times than a Conservative government, only to return to the world as if they hadn't been away at all!. It's beautifully exhalting however and something that leapfrogs from one tempo to another, so eliminates the consistency of meloncholic sadness, some of the tracks are bittersweet whilst others just electric.

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        08.03.2009 00:04
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        This is one CD that I will hold on to forever.

        This really is a great album from a band generally regarded as a true "Supergroup".

        I would call their style of music as soft rock or maybe pop rock although there are some tracks on this album such as "Albatross" and "The Chain" that are a million miles away from any sort of generic description of genre because they are so unique. The stupendously fantastic guitar solo near the end of "The Chain" was for many years the theme tune to the BBC's television coverage of Formula 1 Motor Racing.

        This album of 21 tracks covers the 1975 to 1987 period when Peter Green was the guitarist and a big creative influence on the group.

        The album really has so many great tracks on it that range from pop to folk to introspective to soft and medium rock to anthem like sing a long songs.

        One such anthem sing along type song is "Go Your Own Way" which is track 1. "Don't Stop" (track 2) famously was used as Bill Clinton's campaign theme song for the 1993 U.S. Presidential election.

        This really is a great album with a variety of great music on it and can be bought second hand at a value for money price of around £6 plus P & P on Amazon as of March 2009.

        Full track listings:

        1. Go Your Own Way
        2. Don't Stop
        3. Dreams
        4. Little Lies
        5. Everywhere
        6. Albatross
        7. You Make Loving Fun
        8. Rhiannon
        9. Black Magic Woman
        10. Tusk
        11. Say You Love Me
        12. Man Of The World
        13. Seven Wonders
        14. Family Man
        15. Sara
        16. Monday Morning
        17. Gypsy
        18. Over My Head
        19. Landslide
        20. The Chain
        21. Big Love (Live From Dance)

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          03.02.2004 00:03

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          The VERY Best of Fleetwood Mac? - Advantages: Good selection of songs and the special previews of Say You Will, Great sound, Nice artwork - Disadvantages: Missed out some of their best songs, Should have been the two CD set which was released in the States and not in the UK

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Go Your Own Way
        2 Don’t Stop
        3 Dreams
        4 Little Lies
        5 Everywhere
        6 Albatross
        7 You Make Loving Fun
        8 Rhiannon
        9 Black Magic Woman
        10 Tusk
        11 Say You Love Me
        12 Man Of The World
        13 Seven Wonders
        14 Family Man
        15 Sara
        16 Monday Morning
        17 Gypsy
        18 Over My Head
        19 Landslide
        20 The Chain
        21 Big Love (Live From Dance)

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