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Then Play on [VINYL] [Import]

Fleetwood Mac Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (17 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B00008G1KM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,331,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 44 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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7 of 7 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
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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33 of 36 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First off, why do Amazon still persist on lumping all the reviews for a particular album together? The older reviews for this album pertain to the original CD release of Then Play On not the new 2013 CD issue. Just makes it more confusing for the casual fan who may be trying to find out about a particular version!

Anyway, rant over (almost!). I've been waiting for this album to be properly remastered and reissued for YEARS. I'm a huge fan of the Peter Green era of FM. I have all the Blue Horizon remastered CD's and they sound fantastic - which makes this album all the more frustrating. They've got the running order right, seperated Oh Well into parts 1 and 2 as it should be, added the singles as bonus tracks and supplied a great booklet. (I doubt Mick Fleetwood was interviewed for this album, more likely his quotes about the album have been lifted from elsewhere, but hey-ho). Even the pre-order price of 6.99 was great. But the sound.....come on!?

I was hoping to hear Oh Well properly remastered in stereo, but no, its still the mono version. The sound is identical to the CD issue of the old CBS Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits that came out 25 years ago (at least). Here was an opportunity to offer properly remastered, complete sterephonic sound of this album and singles and its been squandered. Ok, I know theres the argument about mono v stereo (Beatles etc) but why not offer both versions as bonus tracks?? As said elsewhere there is hiss all over the place and the high end is clipped badly, especially during Oh Well Part 2 - its sounds like its being played off an old cassette from years ago (and not a Maxell even, one of those cheap ones from Poundstretcher!). I can only imagine they couldn't find the master tapes, that's the only excuse thats close to forgiveable!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's taken 44 years for this original 1969 UK LP version of "Then Play On" to finally appear on CD! This was the swan song album of the original Fleetwood Mac founded by Peter Green in 1967. This final incarnation of this group included Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer & Danny Kirwan (guitar & vocals), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums).
Since the earlier days of CD we have had to be content with the inferior American version of this album. This new remaster of "Then Play On" reflects the multitrack technology of the time. It was not a very dynamic sounding recording in the first place, however this new digital transfer gives us what's on the master tapes with more punch. At last we have the original 54 minute edit of the UK LP running order along with bonus tracks of the last two 45 singles from this group, "Oh Well" (Parts 1 & 2), "The Green Manalishi (with the Two Prong Crown)" and "World in Harmony". The total playing time for this new CD reissue with it's original feel and segues is a generous 69:53. All tracks are stereo except for "Oh Well" (in it's original mono mix). Also included in the booklet are 8 pages of fascinating new liner notes and graphics.
"Then Play On", one of the masterpiece British albums of the late 60's, alongside John Mayall's "Bare Wires", demonstrated how the British blues movement had evolved into a polished art form all of it's own. The darkness of "Then Play On" anticipates the murkiness of "Exile on Main St." by the Rolling Stones 3 years hence. We will never know where this Fleetwood Mac might have gone next...
This is a desert island disc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Mono split "Oh Well" keeps it from a 5 star rating
Honestly.....why is it that after all of these years, no one has taken the time to finally connect the 2 parts of the mono single "Oh Well" into the full length version... Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Margolis
5.0 out of 5 stars new vibe
i have this on vinyl but on my modern cd player this disc sounds brilliant bringing a vibe that was not heard on my 1960s record deck.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Peter Halfpenny
5.0 out of 5 stars The long lost CD
Having sold me LP version many years ago I bought the CD version. Unfortunately it did not have the original tracks on it. This one does. For FM fans this is excellent.
Published 2 months ago by lionel r
5.0 out of 5 stars A neglected gem
(NB. This is a review of the 2013 deluxe extended reissue.)

In a recent issue of Uncut magazine, they rated all Fleetwood Mac`s albums - a mad idea in itself, since the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by GlynLuke
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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 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 5 months ago by Scouse Ron
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