This is a recording of the famous (to FM fans) 1997 live-reunion concert at Burbank, CA by the band's greatest-ever incarnation: the `Rumours' era line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and the incomparable Lindsay Buckingham, who also co-produced the album. You can also get the whole concert on DVD, and a TV documentary was made about the band to celebrate the occasion.
Highlights include most of the band's best-loved numbers from the late 1970s, including `The Chain', `Dreams', `Everywhere', `Say you love me', `Go your own way' and `Tusk' complete with brass-dominant orchestra. There's also a handful of lesser-known classics like `Silver Springs' and new numbers such as `Bleed to love her'.
After years apart and with a tangled history of inter-personal turmoil, the reformed FM sounds just great: tight, melodious and full of soul, they rock the venue to its foundations to an ecstatically appreciative crowd. If you know the original albums from the 1970s - `Fleetwood Mac', `Rumours' (Brit-English spelling please!), `Tusk' and the equally good but later `Tango in the Night' - you might be surprised at how good these songs sound from the more mature band. A joy in playing and a confidence of delivery radiates from years of history together.
Fans of FM will know that Christine McVie finally quit the band, `retired' from touring and moved back to a quiet life in England in 1998, shortly after `The Dance' was recorded. Though the other four continued to play together, Christine's departure marked the end of an era for one of the greatest-ever melodious pop-rock bands, with 30+ years of accumulated success and tens of millions of albums sold. Alas, we may never see their like again.