If you're looking for "Rhiannon" & "Tusk" then you've ended up in the wrong part of the Fleetwood Mac album maze and, if you're looking for a cohesive overview of their excellent output of blues and R&B between 1968 & 1970 then the bad news is that this ain't it. Suitable for only the most dedicated of fans it is in fact an extremely long and glaringly incomplete "Beatles Anthology style" study of only part of their short but mercurial career before their implosion and subsequent resurrection, without their three key frontmen, as an MOR rock band. With two marvellously skilled blues guitarists in Peter Green & Jeremy Spencer (augmented later by the third equally inspired lead guitar of Danny Kirwin) and a tight "road-honed" rhythm section in John McVie & Mick Fleetwood underpinning Green's beautifully natural blues voice & superb songwriting skills, Fleetwood Mac "Mark 1" was one of the UK's finest contributions to late 60's R&B. Worthy at least of someone's attention in producing a sensible and fully comprehensive retrospective of their best work. As things stand, the only solution is to put up with this overly-complex and misleadingly titled 6 CD set which, while fully capturing the group's brilliance (often through repetitive takes of the same track), covers less than two-thirds of its "Peter Green years", and to augment it with Sony's excellent but still limited career overview "Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac" (ASIN B000075AJ1) which includes the most obvious omissions from this collection, in particular their three brilliant UK hit singles "Man of the World", "Oh Well" & "The Green Manalishi". But it's an expensive and still incomplete fix. What of course is required is a properly selected and sequenced boxed set that covers their full back catalogue and which excludes the ridiculous number of alternative versions and out-takes on this one and the only other, even worse attempt, "The Vaudeville Years of Fleetwood Mac: 1968 to 1970". For a group of such outstanding talent, importance and continuing interest the lack of such a compilation remains a quite amazing situation!
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