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Future Games [CD]

Fleetwood Mac Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their careers, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo in the late '60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock act over the course of a decade. Throughout all of their incarnations, the only consistent members of Fleetwood Mac ... Read more in Amazon's Fleetwood Mac Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B000002KP2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Woman Of A 1000 Years
2. Morning Rain
3. What A Shame
4. Future Games
5. Sands Of Time
6. Sometimes
7. Lay It All Down
8. Show Me A Smile

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1971 ALBUM

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4.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked and Underrated Record 13 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
Inevitably compared - unfairly, I believe - to the group's heyday with Peter Green, Future Games is nonetheless an accomplished recording that captures the spirit of its time very well.

This incarnation of Fleetwood Mac is generally referred to as the "Bob Welch period", but this album and its successor, "Bare Trees" both find Danny Kirwan very much to the fore, offering up most of the origianl material and truly consolidating his postion as the lead guitarist in Fleetwood Mac. "Woman of A Thousand Years" is a beautiful, well constructed song with some sublime guitar work that Danny's old mentor, Greeny, would have surely been proud of. "Sands of Time" is also a stand out track. Christine McVie also conributes some good songs, full of road-weariness and longing for home. Bob Welch, in fact, only contributes two songs here, "Lay It Down" and the title track, by no means bad songs but perhaps the weakest offerings from a bag of great material, mostly Kirwan-penned.

Nowadays this album will invariably dissapoint pepole looking for the spine tingling blues of the Peter Green era or radio-friendly AOR of the Buckingham-Nicks line up. But viewed independantly, Future Games is a fine album, and perhaps the best showcase for the refined talent of Danny Kirwan, underrated at the time, forgotten today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem in the Mac Canon 26 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Even though only a year had passed since Peter Green had left the band, the only similarity between the Fleetwood Mac of his era and the music produced on this album might as well be light years. For those of you looking for the blues must look to albums such as Mr Wonderful, but this shouldn't take away from an album that can stand on its own merits.

As with most other Mac LP's up until 1975, this was released by a different line up than the one that had produced the proceeding album. By the time of this album's release, new member (and the first American to join the group) Bob Welch had replaced Jeremy Spencer who had joined the Children of God (a religious group and not a band). Christine McVie had also officially become a member and begun to assert herself more as a singer and songwriter. The result is a folk-rock/pop orientated album. Stand out songs include the title track (that was edited down for radio airplay but it wasn't a hit) with it haunting melodies, the country tinged `Sometimes' and the `Show me a Smile', which was a precursor to the work Christine McVie would produce for the next twenty years. Most of the songs are quite mellow but the pace is quickened by `Lay it all Down', a Welch number. Not every song has it merits and the instrumental `What a Shame' is pure filler.

If you looking for something more melodic than its predecessor `Kiln House' and free from the 50's pastiches that littered it, this is an album worth checking out and proves that the forgotten period of Mac albums are full of hidden gems.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Fleetwood Mac album 9 May 2010
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This album reflects the changes taking place within F.M. pre Buckingham & Nicks. Well worth a listen if you are not familiar with some of their earlier stuff! Maybe this is not quite as strong as the Buckingham/Nicks era but some good listening available here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars future tracks 18 Jun 2013
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not such a strong album at all, but the track I bought, which was *woman of a 1000 years *
is a great track, listen out for the great long 4mins guitar rift at the end, which seems
to carry you off to a land of waterfalls, beautiful ladies and happy sunny skies
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