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Original Album Series [Box set]

Fleetwood Mac Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B008MMFBQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Coming Your Way (Lp Version)
2. Closing My Eyes (Lp Version)
3. Show-Biz Blues (Lp Version)
4. My Dream (Lp Version)
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. This Is A Rock (Lp Version)
2. Station Man (Lp Version)
3. Blood On The Floor (Lp Version)
4. Hi Ho Silver (Lp Version)
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Woman Of A 1000 Years (Lp Version)
2. Morning Rain (Lp Version)
3. What A Shame (Lp Version)
4. Future Games (Lp Version)
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Child Of Mine (Lp Version)
2. The Ghost (Lp Version)
3. Homeward Bound (Lp Version)
4. Sunny Side Of Heaven (Lp Version)
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Emerald Eyes (Lp Version)
2. Believe Me (Lp Version)
3. Just Crazy Love (Lp Version)
4. Hypnotized (Lp Version)
See all 12 tracks on this disc

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Five essential albums from Fleetwood Mac's blues-fuelled early days with Peter Green, featuring Then Play On, Kiln House, Future Games, Bare Trees and Mystery to Me.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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This set of five albums covers Fleetwood Mac's album releases from 1969 to 1973, excluding Penguin from 1973 and replacing it with Mystery to Me, their later release from 1973. It is an interesting and inexpensive package to explore the development of the group from Peter Green's blues rock through various styles including the emerging pop rock harmonies that would distinguish the Buckingham / Nicks hit making outfit of 1975 onwards. These albums were not mega sellers on release, although they continued to sell steadily as the group became popular. Then Play On reached number 4 on the UK charts and Kiln House charted in USA, UK and Australia, and both Future Games and Mystery To Me are now certified Gold and Bare Trees is certified Platinum.

The albums cover four incarnations of the group, but the propulsive and inventive rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood on drums and John McVie on bass remains throughout. The sound is ok - it could be better given that three of these albums were recorded using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio - the transfer to digital would benefit from a remaster - I recently reviewed Howlin Wolf's London Sessions (DeLuxe edition) and the remastered sound on that 1971 double disc is superb.

Then Play On (1969) was the final Peter Green album and saw the development from a pure blues band to a blues rock unit which was prepared to use influences from Spanish Canto hondo to classical. A good album, this US version has two Mac classics, Oh Well Pts 1 & 2 and Rattlesnake Shake, as well as a number of strong songs and a couple of instrumentals and hot excerpts from jams. Note that this US issue replaced two Kirwan songs from the UK release, Without You and One Sunny Day with the UK hit Oh Well Pts 1 & 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the wildern ness years 22 Jun 2014
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great box set at a fantastic price. Some really great songs on them and a lovely instrumental, well worth getting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mac 5 albums 5 Jun 2014
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even when Peter green left they still perform really well.I just love greens guitar work,but Jeremy spencers slide work is great and makes up for the departure of mr green.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery to Me 13 April 2014
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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How can you go wrong with 5 Fleetwood Mac albums at for the cost of 1 Full price CD.
OK this was a period of great change for the band the end of the first great period with Peter Green, (The US track listing of 'Then Play On' not the recent superior UK tracks), the Introduction of Christine McVie and a number of Guitarists taking charge to greater or lesser effect. Some albums work better than others despite the evocative cover 'Bare Trees' is more miss than hit and the production sounds poor Drums sound like cardboard boxes, while 'Kiln House' and 'Mystery to Me' have a better hit potential. Overall very pleased with the set it filled the gap in my Mac Collection and that is not a bad thing.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleetwood Mac - Surprisingly Good Post Blues Pre Mega 9 Jan 2013
By Barry McGloin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This set of five albums covers Fleetwood Mac's album releases from 1969 to 1973, excluding Penguin from 1973 and replacing it with Mystery to Me, their later release from 1973. It is an interesting and inexpensive package to explore the development of the group from Peter Green's blues rock through various styles including the emerging pop rock harmonies that would distinguish the Buckingham / Nicks hit making outfit of 1975 onwards. These albums were not mega sellers on release, although they continued to sell steadily as the group became popular. Then Play On reached number 4 on the UK charts and Kiln House charted in USA, UK and Australia, and both Future Games and Mystery To Me are now certified Gold and Bare Trees is certified Platinum.

The albums cover four incarnations of the group, but the propulsive and inventive rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood on drums and John McVie on bass remains throughout. The sound is ok - it could be better given that three of these albums were recorded using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio - the transfer to digital would benefit from a remaster - I recently reviewed Howlin Wolf's London Sessions (DeLuxe edition) and the remastered sound on that 1971 double disc is superb.

Then Play On (1969) was the final Peter Green album and saw the development from a pure blues band to a blues rock unit which was prepared to use influences from Spanish Canto hondo to classical. A good album, this US version has two Mac classics, Oh Well Pts 1 & 2 and Rattlesnake Shake, as well as a number of strong songs and a couple of instrumentals and hot excerpts from jams. Note that this US issue replaced two Kirwan songs from the UK release, Without You and One Sunny Day with the UK hit Oh Well Pts 1 & 2. Jeremy Spencer contributes little but Danny Kirwan's guitar playing and song writing develop.

Kiln House (1970) sees Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan take the reins, with Christine McVie added on keyboards and backing vocals, although uncredited and not officially a band member. I recalled it as being an entertaining fun album with Spencer's love of 50s rock 'n roll coming to the fore. On stage, wearing his Elvis gold lame suit, his persona took a satirical edge, but here there is a cringe factor - Buddy's Song and Mission Bell being too fervent. Blood On The Floor is satirical, salacious Spencer and initially amusing. Listening now, the album is lifted by three good rockers, Station Man, Tell Me All The Things You Do, both primarily Kirwan compositions and Spencer's cover of Big Joe Turner's Honey Hush. Also, the Spencer opener This Is The Rock is faux Cliff Richard/Presley rock and quite good.

Future Games (1971) and Bare Trees (1972).
Exit Jeremy Spencer to the Children of God and hello to Bob Welch with his distinctive American twang and his pop/r 'n b compositional abilities. I found both Future Games and Bare Trees to be better than I remembered. There is some lovely melodic and textured guitar playing, courtesy of both Kirwan and Welch but Danny Kirwan for a young bloke in his early 20s wrote some beautifully accomplished material, lyrically at times with a whiff of patchouli, but musically adventurous with interesting arrangements. Christine McVie's compositional abilities develop beautifully and her keyboards and vocal harmonies take Mac towards pop rock. In the USA they were becoming bigger, in the UK the loss of the 'best English blues band' was bemoaned. Here in Oz they were regarded as 'underground' ie artistically relevant, not mainstream, and I recall hearing Rhiannon on our 'underground alternative' radio station 2JJ when it was released in 1975.

Mystery To Me(1973)
Exit Danny Kirwan after Bare Trees. As mentioned, the follow up album Penguin is not included and Penguin's successor Mystery to Me is here instead. To my taste they are similar with good songs on each, although MTM has the edge with a variety of styles, and shorter more focussed pop/rock material with some great guitar sounds from Danny Kirwan replacement Bob Weston. Highlights are the popular Bob Welch song Hypnotised [do they really mispronounce it??], his r 'n b rocker Miles Away, his funky Somebody, his soulful Keep On Going (sung by Christine McVie), Christine's succinct The Way I Feel and her wonderful Why. Even Bob Weston's reggae-ish Forever sounds good, but the album belongs to Bob Welch. The rhythm section is on target and inventive throughout. So, why was the late Bob Welch ( he died in 2012 ) excluded from the Fleetwood Mac members in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees when he was a major part of the band, artistically, from 1971 to 1974? Should this reflect on the credibility of the Hall of Fame?

In summary this is a bargain set, with jewels for the most jaded. I have the complete Blue Horizon box set of the Peter Green band and while not everything is good, most is worthwhile and some is perfect. The band also made good music between Green and Buckingham/Nicks and some tracks may not be for you but if so have another listen, there is a depth of musical intelligence, for your enjoyment.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Repackaged, NOT Remastered! 28 Dec 2012
By John Sayers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Please note that although this is a great deal for 5 excellent Fleetwood Mac albums including all the best of the Danny Kirwan-era, these cds are exactly the same as the previous <and only> cd masterings. These albums have unfortunately never been remastered on cd.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Welch: Underrated star of Fleetwood Mac Part II 21 April 2013
By dead stones - Published on Amazon.com
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Fleetwood Mac Part 1 was pretty much a straight Chicago Blues band recording six blues albums, all available on cd. This band featured Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer for the most part. It was good, sometimes great,British Blues. The five albums in this cd box set represent the middle passage of Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood Mac Part II adds Bob Welch and Christine Perfect [ formerly of the Brit Blues Band "Chicken Shack" ] and now known as Christine McVie. "Then Play On" is just a spectacular album and effectively both closes the blues phase of Fleetwood Mac while introducing a more introspective, gentle sound. Of the remaining four cd's my favorites are "Bare Trees", simply a gentle peaceful album and "Mystery to Me". Both cd's showcase great Bob Welch songs: " Emerald Eyes", "Hypnotized" and "Sentimental Lady". " Kiln House" and " Future Games" are under recognized gems. Fleetwood Mac Part II provides a late 60's/early 70's feel. These middle phase cd's are either underestimated or overlooked by fans who mistakenly believe Fleetwood Mac started with Stevie Nicks and "Rumours".

This is a wonderful era for Fleetwood Mac. Bob Welch is great on guitar and vocals. It is ridiculous Bob Welch was not inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame with Fleetwood Mac. Recommended to serious fans of the best phase of Fleetwood Mac. Note: There is little in the way of remastering these albums. Therefore, the music sounds exactly the same as it did 40 years ago. Nice.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Peter Green & FM album is included here 19 Dec 2012
By C Conrad - Published on Amazon.com
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Sure, Fleetwood Mac was at it's best with Peter Green (although it was so different from the Buckingham Nicks version, which I also like but not as much, that they are really two different bands). But this box includes the album where Peter Green & Fleetwood Mac peaked. Then Play On is a psychedelic (perhaps you'd prefer the word "atmospheric" or "expressive" or just plain "beautiful") blues rock album, one of my all time favorite albums by anyone. Green is not on the other albums but Kiln House, Bare Trees and Bare Trees all have their great moments. Mystery To Me has its good points but it is not in the same league as the other ones. Danny Kirwan was a prominent component of Then Play On and he gives Kiln House, Future Games and Bare Trees some of the sound of Then Play On. On Kiln House, Jeremy Spencer takes center stage so there is an old RnR flavor to it. Bob Welch was added after Spencer left and Bare Trees and Future Games have songs by him, which are OK but not my favorite sound. But the Kirwan numbers on those two are mostly beautiful.

I think it's time for a deluxe version of Then Play On with remastering and bonus tracks (there were a bunch of really great non-LP singles at this time). But the albums is great as it is and 3 of the other 4 are definite keepers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection. 31 Dec 2013
By Carolyn S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Excellent set. Great sound, good songs, glad to have these early Fleetwood Mac recordings. Each album is exceptional. Shipment received promptly and in perfect shape.
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