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a masterpiece and a huge turning point in the mac's career!,
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This review is from: Then Play On (Audio CD)
this is the first of the truly great fleetwood mac albums in my opinion. up until this time, they had functioned mainly as a blues band but certainly one of the greatest in the history of british blues music.
then after the release and unexpected success of "albatross" at the end of 1968, it was to become a different situation for all concerned.
on this, their breakthrough album as far as american sales were concerned, i regard peter green's compositions as being amongst the most original and talented in his song-writing career. classics like "rattlesnake shake," "underway," closing my eyes," "before the beginning" and "oh well" have all stood the test of time and they sound just as fresh as they did back in 1969 when this album was recorded.
for his part, danny kirwan has contributed well as the opening song, "coming your way" clearly demonstrates. i love that opening guitar riff that kicks off the whole number, a bluesy sound but with the added ingredient of rock thrown in.
that sums up the style of this entire album and the style that fleetwood mac would adapt whilst peter green was still part of the line up. all songs on here have much more of a rockier sound but still maintaining a blues feel at the same time.
it seems to me that fans are slightly divided over which part of "oh well" they prefer, the first part or the second one. personally, i love both just as much but the song does consist of two completely different styles of music and also the tempo is vastly changed when the second half of the song begins.
i rate "underway" as being one of my all-time favourite fleetwood mac songs as the guitar arrangements and riffs have been woven together marvellously well. it is also quite a touching number.
"before the beginning" sounds quite a haunting tune as peter green describes via his lyrics, his inner turmoil about his feelings for this woman in the song and that he wishes to find somewhere so that he can sing his songs. a great number but maybe this possibly coincided with how peter green was beginning to feel in his own life at this point? to me, "before the beginning" has shades of "man of the world."
i hope that in the not too distant future, that "then play on" receives the deluxe treatment as it is surely an album that deserves such an honour.