Fleetwood Mac Before Buckingham/Nicks

Fleetwood Mac achieved enormous popularity in the mid-1970s, with their two blockbuster LPs, Fleetwood Mac and Rumours. What the average music listener doesn’t know is that Fleetwood Mac had a long and somewhat successful career before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were added, completing the transformation from a blues band into a pop band. I was also very late to this party, as I knew about Black Magic Woman and The Green Manalishsi and a few others, but I now consider Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac among the best rock bands of any era.

A bit of info about Peter Green

A bit of info about Fleetwood Mac

Elvis Costello once said about music critics, ““Writing about music is like dancing about architecture – it’s a really stupid thing to want to do”. I don’t want to fall into the trap of analyzing the music; I’ll mostly say I like it or I don’t. Most members of the original Fleetwood Mac joned the band after paying their dues in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, noted for an extreme dedication to the art of the blues. Old Fleetwood Mac songs aren’t overly complicated or thought provoking; they are simple and extremely well executed.

Here’s Danny Kirwan singing one more, “Like Cryin'”:

Most of the subsequent praise for Fleetwood Mac’s early music is reserved for their great guitarist and vocalist Peter Green, who dropped out of society for many years, another casualty of improper use of psychedelic drugs. He finally returned in middle age to perform on occasion:

Most of the old videos of Peter Green songs are overdubs, but here’s one last interesting video of a solo performance while Danny Kirwan fixes the string he broke while playing “Like It This Way”, shown above.

Fleetwood Mac was one of the great all time bands, until Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan had to drop out, leaving Mick Fleetwood and John McVie to pick up the pieces, which they did admirably.

Worthwhile songs from very early Fleetwood Mac albums:

Black Magic Woman, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭✭✭
Long Grey Mare, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Long Grey Mare, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Like It This Way, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Without You, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭✭
Shake Your Moneymaker, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
I Loved Another Woman, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭✭
I Loved Another Woman (takes 1-4), Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Need Your Love So Bad, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭✭
Need Your Love So Bad (version 2, take 2), Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Need Your Love So Bad (radio edit), Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭✭
Like Crying, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown), Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭ (from ‘The Vaudeville Years’)
The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown), Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭ (from ’25 Years – The Chain’)
The World Keep On Turning, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Got To Move, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
I Believe My Time Ain’t Long, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Rattlesnake Shake, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Oh Well, Part 1, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Albatross, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Man Of The World, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Watch Out, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭✭

Live performances from “Boston Tea Party”. I may have to add more from this fine live performance:

Black Magic Woman, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭✭
Jumping At Shadows, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Got To Move, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Oh Well, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Madison Blues, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭

From the CD titled “Helsinki Carousel”:

Madison Blues, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
My Baby’s Gone, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Skin And Bone, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
I Believe My Time Ain’t Long, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Got To Move, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Trying So Hard To Forget, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Have You Ever Loved A Woman, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Lazy Poker Blues, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Stop Messin’ Round, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
I Loved Another Woman, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
I Believe I’ll Go Back Home, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
The Sun Is Shining, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Willie And The Hand Jive, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭

The following Fleetwood Mac songs are oin the collection, most of them featuring Bob Welch, their primary guitarist and songwriter in the early 1970s. “Hypnotized”, “Future Games” and “Sentimental Lady” are the highlights here, with a few of Christine McVie’s best songs in here as well:

Future Games, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Sands Of Time, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Show Me A Smile, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Bare Trees, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Danny’s Chant, Fleetwood Mac
Spare Me A Little Of Your Love, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Dust, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Bermuda Triangle, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Emerald Eyes, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭
Miles Away, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Hypnotized, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭✭
String Along, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Station Man, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭
Sentimental Lady, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭✭✭
Come A Little Bit Closer, Fleetwood Mac ✭✭

There are a total of 94 Fleetwood Mac recordings, which puts them in the top 10 or 12 most songs of any individual group in the collection. That’s not how I would determine the best band, but there is a correlation between the two. Some of the newer songs are expendable. I can’t recommend the early Fleetwood Mac music more. Along with the Allman Brothers’ Dickey Betts and Duane Allman, Peter Green and Danny Kirwan are among the finest guitar duos in rock history.

3 thoughts on “Fleetwood Mac Before Buckingham/Nicks

  1. mark June 3, 2009 / 12:44 AM

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  2. mark June 3, 2009 / 12:46 AM

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