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    Posted: October 09 2006 at 23:59
I've been looking around the net, looking up Fleetwood Mac, I've heard that their best album Then Play On is their best. I wonder if any of their post Peter Green albums are worthy listening to. I'm not interested in the Stevie Nicks and Lindsy Buckinham period, so Rumours is off the list. But in terms of quality are their post Green pre Nicks/Buckingham albums worth listening to? When I mean  wirth listening to I mean not radio friendly pop, I mean music.Smile

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 10 2006 at 00:20
Sorry I should have been more clear when I said music, rather I mean a more idiosyncratic non commercial adventurious sound. I've got a compilation of their first couple of albums, and I have ordered Then Play On (which is supposedly their best album, if you don't like their later pop period). Basically I'm curious about the albums Kiln House up until Bob Welch left the group in 1974. 



  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 10 2006 at 07:44
Probabaly an outrageous suggestion but if you can afford, the 6 CD The Complete Fleetwood Mac Blue Horizon Sessions. Peter Green heard at his most commanding and his stripped down best and before the hard-nosed British blues gave way to soft Californian rock.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 10 2006 at 07:47
My idea is to get a good compilation of the Peter Green years and add to that Then Play On, which is the most solid album (and Gren's last) and you will not get double tracks, becayse TPO never got hits so was never present in best of or greatest hits.
 
The next period (which I will call the Chritine McVie years), I can't tell you much because it fails to raise my interest.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 10 2006 at 08:34
I imagine the Fleetwood Mac Blue Horizon box gets reissued in the ongoing Blue Horizon reissue campaign- they've done a similar 3 disc box of everything Chicken Shack recorded for the label. I agree that the albums are pretty scrappy, and I often found Green's originals more compelling than more retreads of 'Dust My Broom'...Some excellent demos on various compilations of Green era Mac too. The post Green era has little of interest imo, the pre Nicks era being rather bland LA rock that you've heard so many times before and the Nicks era being the most calculated, worst kind of AOR, imho. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 10 2006 at 11:53
unfortunately i found Fleetwood Mac's post Peter Green work rather boring, including so-called classic "Rumours" and "Tusk", which were extremely popular but just as described above, Californian pop.
 
Though many early FM albums are very earthy, they are very compelling - I found "Then Play on" a masterpiece, an all time favourite of mine. Also recommended are the DVD "Live at the BBC" (though this should have been released as a cd as it is just a slideshow of pictures),  "The very best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac" , "The biggest thing since colossus", "Mr.Wonderful" "Fleetwood Mac's greatest hits" and "Pious Bird of good omen". The "dustbin" album is good but very earthy indeed.   
 
 
The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac    Biggest Thing Since Colossus   Then Play on   The Pious Bird of Good Omen  Mr. Wonderful  Greatest Hits  Fleetwood Mac
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 10 2006 at 14:00
Kiln House is a fine album, adventurous without being pretentious.  Just simple songs performed and recorded well.  One of my favorites.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 10 2006 at 15:36
English rose is a pretty good blues-rock album.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 10 2006 at 16:02
Thanks a lot guys for your help, I really appreciate it.Smile. So its just the Peter Green period then.



  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 10 2006 at 18:19

 

        I have a Peter Green-era best of called "Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits", and I suppose it's a good place to start.

        I'd get "Then Play On", which is in serious need of remastering.

        Also "Bare Trees", "Future Games", "Kiln House" and "Mystery To Me".

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 11 2006 at 05:27

Fleetwood Mac At The BBC, and the 3 CD set Fleetwood Mac Live At The Boston Tea Party, will give a good idea of the start and near-end of the Peter Green era, wrt to live performance repertoire. A mix not quite reflected in studio albums especially the rock'n'roll numbers. I saw this lining up, a few weeks after Albatross dropped out of the UK charts, doing similiar. John Mayall got out of the audience and jammed with the band - and they refused to play Albatross, quote Mr Green at the time (and imagine a strong London Eastend accent) "Because we don't play that sh*t in blues clubs!".

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 11 2006 at 17:48
"Future Games" (1971) and "Bare Trees" (1972) are both excellent albums, with strong progressive rock elements. I'd imagine a lot of prog fans would love (and be very surprised by) these albums.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 11 2006 at 17:54
Future Games and Bare Trees have strong prog elements?  hmm...I'll have to find out more about those two...
Anyway I've ordered Then Play On, and their's a very cheap second hand CD of Pious Bird at the store.
Funny though Mac being a super group that they havn't remastered Then Play On yet.


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