The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac Original recording remastered
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Single disc version. (Features tracks not available on the 2 CD version). Fleetwood Mac is the original supergroup with a career spanning over 25 years.This is a definitive FM collection, with all tracks completely remastered. Highlighting songs from original Fleetwood Mac featuring Peter Green to the later multi million selling line up with Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham.
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac? Frankly, it depends where you live, in a sort of "I say tom-ar-toe, you say toe-may-doe" kind of way. Broadly speaking, the most notably interesting (and commercially successful) periods of Fleetwood Mac's episodic history remain the grubby blues of the original Peter Green-led incarnation of the late 1960s (big in Britain but a non-entity in America) and the refined, mid-1970s divorce-dissecting AOR of the Buckingham / Nicks Rumours era (big everywhere). It is fairly safe to assume that neither British nor American passport-holders are particularly interested in what happened in between. So then, the UK retail version of The Very Best of rightly condescends to throw in such Peter Green classics as the instrumental "Albatross" (a Number One single) and "Black Magic Woman" but--and here's the gripe--omits both "On Well" and "Green Manalishi" in favour of such peripherals as the less-than-spectacular 1988 Number 54 hit "Family Man".
It could be worse. The American Very Best of (unlike its British counterpart, a two-CD set available on import) incredulously neglects to include anything from the Peter Green line-up at all, not even the sulky brooding of the sensuous "Man of the World" (possibly the finest song ever written), a little matter that American audiences ought to find time to raise with the United Nations. Still, there can be no quarrel with most of what is on here, after all, there's a sizeable chunk from the Lazarus-style comeback of Tango in the Night and the multi-platinum Rumours(the gossamer-like timelessness of "Dreams" even managing to withstand a recent faux-folky mauling from the Corrs) it's just that there isn't enough of it. Can someone please hurry up and make CDs that play for two hours? --Kevin Maidment
Top Customer Reviews
I bought Rumours on vinyl and when CD technology was developed, I bought the CD version too.
I have several albums by FM but what really narks me is that the one track that went to number 1 and was played on Top Of The Pops every week for what seemed an eternity is never included in the later compilations.
Those of you who were around in the 60's and 70's will remember the instrumental "Albatross". A very easy to listen to track that reminds one of long lazy days in the hot summer.
This track appears on only one of the albums I have and I had to search many track listings for it. Its just called "Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits" on the CBS label (460704-2). It has only 12 tracks on one CD and also features Green Mannalishi, Oh Well (Parts 1 & 2), Black magic Woman and Man Of The World.
I can't understand why "Albatross" does not feature on more of FM's compilation albums. Its not even on the latest 3 CD offering that is being pushed by Sainsbury's.
If you do not own any Fleetwood Mac this is a great CD to start with.
Fleetwood Mac's box set was nearly overly inclusive and really only sold to the most devout fans. A few years later, a single 'Greatest Hits" CD was released. Now with the double CD phenomenon, we have a more affordable and better selection of Fleetwood Mac's best. The Enhanced Sound is truly detectable and most of the hit songs are the singles versions, making for some refreshing song openings.
There is no material before 1975, however, it's a good selection and one that every true fan and every "maybe" fan will enjoy. The liner notes are good and there is a nice songlist with dates and chart notes. There is a fancy CD-ROM attachment with "sales" promotional stuff about the upcoming album, but it's really just another good excuse to keep people from burning a CD copy - yes, with a CD-ROM attachment, most people cannot make copies.
Trivia: It's tough to beleive that a group this popular only had one Number One Hit - "Dreams". They should have had more. This is a great set.
However this is the exact same release as the 2002 release by the same name, only the cover picture has been changed. I am very disappointed that they were too lazy to put together a new collection, or at the very least they could have added some of the songs from their last studio album, 2003's Say You Will to this release. If you don't own the 2002 release this is well worth a buy. It contains all their biggest hits from 1975-1992, including many iconic numbers, such as 'Dreams', 'Little Lies', 'Don't Stop' and 'Everywhere'.
Unfortunately singles like 'Save Me', 'I Do', 'Peacekeeper' and 'Say You Will' are missing from this compilation, thus only 3 stars.
I would still recommend `The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac` to any music fan, as it is a clear explanation of why Fleetwood Mav is one of the most successful bands of all time.
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If you don't like the Moody Blues, try. Brilliant album from years ago and still sounds greatPublished 11 days ago by Amazon Buyer 01
I have this on vinyl (from the eighties) & it is great - but nearly all the tracks on this CD have been digitally remastered & it has lost the charisma of my vinyl version.Published 1 month ago by Angel
Cannot do without Fleetwood Mac no matter what era or age group you are, I have all of their albumsPublished 1 month ago by Dr Hameed Faheem