Up until now it's been impossible to find a sensible and comprehensive overview of this "first iteration" of Fleetwood Mac's music... but here it is. Including virtually all of their best tracks, it pretty much perfectly captures what they were all about. A million miles away from their second (or was that fourth?) iteration that took the world by storm in the mid 70's & early 80's, this is a very different proposition. Featuring Peter Green's exceptional blues guitar playing & singing supported by the mercurial Jeremy Spencer's slide guitar and, latterly, Danny Kirwin's third lead guitar - none of who made it past their late 60's/early 70's implosion - and backed up by John McVie & Mick Fleetwood's ultra-tight rhythm section, they were, quite justifiably, one of the most successful groups to emerge from the UK's mid 60's R&B scene.
Like all "Best of..." compilations it arguably misses a couple of their lesser known "stand-out" tracks, in particular "Long Grey Mare" & "Without You", but just about everything else is here plus, as an added bonus, Christine McVie's wonderful rendition of "I'd Rather Go Blind" from her earlier Chicken Shack days and the excellent and previously difficult to find Danny Kirwin penned 1971 single "Dragonfly". And, on the way, you get all the hits, including the stunningly powerful "Oh Well Part 1" & "The Green Manalishi", the heart rending "Man of the World" and the beautiful, extended USA version of "Need Your Love So Bad", plus some real hidden gems, in particular Peter Green's outstanding vocals and guitar-work on his brilliant "I Loved Another Woman" and his fabulously "raw" harmonica playing on "Looking for Somebody".
So, if you're looking for "Rhiannon" & "Tusk" you've dropped into the wrong section of Fleetwood Mac's notoriously complex back catalogue, but if you're looking for some superb UK blues and R&B then you're most definitely in the right place.