Fleetwood Mac – The Collection Vol.3

What can I say about this era of Fleetwood Mac that has not been said before. Absolutely nothing so I will be brief. There is a reason why this era of the band is so well known. They sold an absolute ton of records and put out Rumours, the only classic album to have been produced whilst the band members were partaking in liberal amounts of cocaine. The classic era dates from 1975 when Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined. This line up was also the most stable in the bands history, which is surprising considering the collapse of two of the relationships that band members were in, and then two having an affair and the aforementioned drugs. How they produced anything at all, let along five albums of at worse, pretty good to at best, absolutely classic music is beyond me. 

Like the first compilation of Mac material, this era had so much quality music that I put together a CD set. I didn’t finish in 1987 when Lindsey Buckingham left, but with the album that signalled the end of the band as regular recording act in ‘Behind The Mask’. This is not classic Mac, but still competent enough for inclusion here. I gave the next album after this a listen, but the ‘Time’ record is just awful. It doesn’t help that drummer Mick Fleetwood felt it was time to include a seven minute spoken word piece to see it off. Buckingham would return, and go again (or fired depending on your point of view). Nicks and Christine McVie would go and come back, but behind the ever rotating members up front are the bedrock of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. The rhythm section has pretty much been the same since day one (apart from stop gap bass player Bob Brunning from the very early days). Fleetwood Mac is now just a touring band with attempts to record a new record coming to nothing since 2003s ‘Say You Will’. I’d moved on by this point but I will always have a soft spot for the Mac as they were the first band I really got into as it were. I love the music and how they managed to survive after Peter Green left, and then come back even stronger is a testament to great song writing and great playing. For that, I say thank you. Enjoy.  

Disc 1

  1. Second Hand News
  2. Say You Love Me
  3. Go Your Won Way
  4. Dreams
  5. Sugar Daddy
  6. Landslide
  7. Crystal
  8. Songbird
  9. Rhiannon
  10. Sara
  11. I’m So Afraid
  12. Silver Springs
  13. The Chain
  14. Never Going Back Again
  15. Don’t Stop
  16. You Make Loving Fun
  17. I Don’t Want To Know
  18. Oh Daddy
  19. Gold Dust Woman
  20. Doesn’t Anything Last

Disc 2

  1. Love In Store
  2. Gypsy
  3. Can’t Go Back
  4. What Makes You Think You’re The One
  5. Think About Me
  6. Save Me A Place
  7. Only Over You
  8. Hold Me
  9. Oh Diane
  10. Tusk
  11. Storms
  12. Over & Over
  13. That’s All For Everyone
  14. Brown Eyes
  15. Angel
  16. Honey Hi
  17. Never Make Me Cry
  18. Sisters Of The Moon
  19. Book Of Love
  20. Beautiful Child
  21. Never Forget

Disc 3

  1. Big Love
  2. Seven Wonders
  3. Everywhere
  4. Caroline
  5. Tango In The Night
  6. Mystified
  7. Little Lies
  8. Family Man
  9. Welcome To The Room…Sara
  10. Isn’t It Midnight
  11. When I See You Again
  12. As Long As You Follow
  13. No Questions Asked
  14. When It Comes To Love
  15. When The Sun Goes Down
  16. Love Is Dangerous
  17. Skies The Limit
  18. Behind The Mask
  19. Do You Know
  20. The Second Time

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