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Then Play On (Extended Edition) [Deluxe Edition]

Fleetwood Mac Audio CD
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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 (19 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00DB624GS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Coming Your Way
2. Closing My Eyes
3. Fighting For Madge
4. When You Say
5. Show Biz Blues
6. Underway
7. One Sunny Day
8. Although The Sun Is Shining
9. Rattlesnake Shake
10. Without You
11. Searching For Madge
12. My Dream
13. Like Crying
14. Before The Beginning
15. Oh Well - Pt. 1
16. Oh Well - Pt. 2
17. The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)
18. World In Harmony

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THEN PLAY ON - JUST AS IT SHOULD BE... 26 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For this particular music buff, this new edition of Fleetwood Mac's expansive 1969 album THEN PLAY ON is quite possibly the key reissue of 2013. Having had to put up with that awful butchered version for all these years and thinking that the genuine UK version of the record would never come out on CD, I gave up the ghost and some months ago forked out some fifty quid on an original vinyl copy just so that I could listen to this album in the configuration that it was originally intended. Now, lo and behold, miracles do happen: Rhino Records have put the original 14-track UK edition onto CD at last.

With Peter Green moving away from the pure blues and second guitarist Danny Kirwan being actively encouraged to blossom as a songwriter, THEN PLAY ON represented a major progression for Fleetwood Mac. 'Coming Your Way', Kirwan's pulsating opening track, and his wistful 'Although The Sun Is Shining' stood proudly alongside Green's increasingly introspective compositions like 'Closing My Eyes' and his truly sublime album closer 'Before The Beginning'. THEN PLAY ON is not without its flaws - the cut-up jam session 'Fighting For Madge'/'Searching For Madge' does tend to disrupt the flow of the album to some extent - but overall the collection offers up many indicators as to the Mac's future course.

I've read some negative comments about the remastering (as usual). I would agree that it's perhaps not the most dramatic sound make-over I've ever heard, but compared to the vinyl copy I bought (which was in pretty good nick) I think it all sounds fine. Mick Fleetwood's bass drum patterns really hit home on 'One Sunny Day', for example, while 'Before The Beginning' - surely a number that influenced Santana - has a beautiful resonance to it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know what the others are listening to?? 16 Oct 2013
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I felt I had to write a review of this reissue as after listening to my copy and indeed the original vinyl and the first issue CD I don't know what the other reviewers are carping on about? I think they must be "Aurally challenged" or just plain picky. This remaster is a wonderful, long overdue addition to the FM discography. I found the sound through my modestly expensive system to be wonderful. This work was well ahead of it's time, masterful. Just imagine what Peter could have achieved if not for drugs and disrupted health.

So the message from me is don't listen to the carpers, if you like this era of FM get this reissue. Carpers go put your anoraks on!!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best blues Rock albums ever. 6 Feb 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Then Play On features Peter Green near the peak of his songwriting and guitar playing powers. I know that sounds cliched but it is true. This album has a range of styles that showcases the incredible talents of the band as a whole but it is worth buying simply for the classic playing of Green. It is a classic Rock album and has everything from hit single material (Oh Well) to free flowing jams (Searching for Madge) to heartbreaking soul searching. Wonderful drumming and percusion (listen to Coming your way) great guitar courtesy of Green and Danny Kirwan (Jeremy Spencer did not play on this one..See Vaudville Years for the Spencer contributions and the outtakes of this album)and well...what more could you want? It is a great album.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Release 7 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
While 'Then Play On' is a masterpiece, beware that this is not a straight reissue of the original UK release - 2 tracks are missing and 'Oh Well' has been grafted in to a revised running order, as was done on European & US releases at time of issue. However, it will have to do until WEA or an enlightened re-issue specialist decides to issue the album in its entirity - hopefully boosted by the 'Oh Well' and 'Green Manalishi' singles.
In the meantime, as other reviewers say, marvel in the talent on show - a band at their peak.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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OK - here goes.

THE LP: When "Then Play On" was first released on vinyl in the UK and USA in September 1969 - fans found that the album differed on both sides of the pond. The British LP had 14 tracks while the USA issue had only 12 - and a slightly different track running order. To add further confusion to the album's history - the split 7" single "Oh Well" became a sizeable chart hit in the UK in September and radio presence in the USA in November 1969 - so Reprise USA decided to relaunch the US album that November with 11-tracks - this time incorporated the hugely popular "When I Talk To God..." song. But instead of including "Oh Well" split into Part 1 and Part 2 (like the UK single) they edited it together as one long song with a small amount of repetition added on in error (the American album version runs to just over 9 minutes). The two Danny Kirwan tracks "Without You" and "One Sunny Day" that appeared on the original UK LP were dropped from the US variant because they'd already appeared on the band's 2nd US album "English Rose" in February of that year. There are also giggles and huffs and puffs at the end and beginning of certain tracks that got messed around with too. What this all means is that 1969 effectively saw the release of three "Then Play On" LPs.

THE CD: The dull-as-dishwater basic CD on Reprise that we've had to live with all these decades (released in November 1988) is an un-remastered mishmash of all those line-ups (13 tracks, 54:14 minutes).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars at last - the original version!
One of the finest albums of its era, certainly Mac's greatest moment, it is so good to see it finally issued with all the tracks included as on the original vinyl. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Claud59music
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music / Peter Green and company
Great music, once again, a blast from my past .........audio recordings as exact as I loved them, from teen age / high school years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roger Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Re-issue!
I don't understand all the complaints about the sound on this 2013 Rhino issue. The sound is simply superb from start to finish on possibly the best Blues-Rock album of all time!
Published 1 month ago by Woodpecker4
5.0 out of 5 stars danny kirwan's stellar debut even without 14 other of his wonders
this great disk has nearly nothing by jeremy spencer, and his solo 1970 disk could have been an interesting addition to the deluxe addition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James S. Prichard
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
With the addition of World in Harmony and the Oh Well, Manalishi singles, this album goes from a 5 star to a 6 star. Read more
Published 2 months ago by twizzle
5.0 out of 5 stars Then Play On
after all these years the UK version of this album i was made up with it, go and get ii
Published 2 months ago by Scouse Ron
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Re-issue Enhanced by Additional Tracks
I almost bought the 5 CD original series compilation including Then Play On until I noticed the re-issued extended version including both versions of Oh Well (which I seem to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andy & Karen Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
AI must have album one of the best bands still sound fresh after all these years if you are a fan buy this
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Jean Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Then play on
An essential for the cd shelf - this has some great tracks and I certainly wouldn't want to be without it
Published 5 months ago by Yrret M Knott
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine album improved.
So glad to hear the whole album on CD plus the last 2 singles featuring Peter Green all in remastered clarity. I'm already playing it to death.
Published 5 months ago by P. L. Wightman
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