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Here we are, 1975, a time of change, certainly for the longtime group known as Fleetwood Mac. I was 9 when this album was out and my older brother had it on his record player one day. I listened to several songs, notably the radio hits that were in rotation on the local rock station here in S. Ca. With that, came my familiarity of the band from that day forward. Mind you, I didn’t have the $ to dish out on records at the time, but I didn’t have to when my brother was around. This album is a great Fleetwood Mac album and sounds even better remastered here with extra tracks! I love it even more than before. So, with this "Deluxe Edition" trend hitting several artists/bands within the last decade or recent years, I had to pick this one up and was pleasantly amazed all over again. The treatment given to this record is very nice, a great edition that has very little or no hiss at all, whereas before, the first pressing of CDs in the age of the ’80s had varying degrees of sloppiness. That is definitely the term I would use to describe some of them, since technology was just coming along to get as close to the original sound of the master used in recording as possible. I was never a huge fan of cassette tapes, only the fact that they were portable now and we could listen to them in the car or a boombox with big speakers we could carry around with us. I have to say this is an improvement over the previous releases of this album on CD. Put on your headphones and put this baby in the CD player/adjust your equalizer if you must, and enjoy the melodies of one of the best rock groups to come out of the ’70s!!The addition of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham to the group added something extra special. You have the original lineup of songs from the album here, plus some extra tracks and two previously unreleased songs. Highly recommended for any Fleetwood Mac fan and fans of Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie. ~ 16 Tracks, total running time 62. 25 Check it out!

Product Description BACKGROUND Originally a British blues outfit, Fleetwood Mac quickly morphed into one of the biggest superstar rock bands on the planet in 1975 and remained so through the decade’s end when Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined founding members Christine and John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Transplanted to L.A., the realigned group’s eponymous inaugural album hit #1 and sold five times platinum previously, no Fleetwood Mac album had climbed higher than #34. The follow-up, 1977’s RUMOURS , an irresistible tour de force documenting the band’s personal turmoil, shattered all existing records and remains the sixth-biggest-selling album ever. Along with 1979’s artistically pioneering TUSK, this trio of masterpieces showcases the pop-rock icons at their creative zenith. Album Facts Reissued with Fleetwood Mac’s involvement, each historic album is digitally remastered and expanded with rarities. Deluxe packages feature restored LP art, previously unseen archival photos, and complete lyrics! FLEETWOOD MAC, the realigned band’s 1975 #1 debut album, is a quintuple-platinum smash! Original track listing now expanded with bonus single versions of the hits “Blue Letter,” “Say You Love Me,” “Rhiannon,” and “Over My Head.” Given their monumental legacy, it’s hard to imagine that the so-called “classic edition” of Fleetwood Mac essentially came together casually over chips and margaritas at an L.A. eatery; the then-obscure duo of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks (whose own mid-’70s debut album had initially gone almost straight to the cut-out bins) became the crucial axis of the legendary band without so much as a formal audition. As the eponymous title suggests, the 1975 Mac realignment seems like a fresh start, though tracks like Christine McVie’s smooth-jazz inflected “Warm Ways” hearken back to the Bob Welch/Bare Trees/Heroes Are Hard to Find era. But it’s Buckingham’s compelling, updated take on ’60s California folk-pop, informed by the mystique of Nicks’s proto-New Age song-sorceress presumptions, that breathed new life into the veteran, chameleonic band on now-familiar songs like “Monday Morning” and “Rhiannon.” His chemistry with McVie is no less powerful, yielding such Mac staples as their collaboration “World Turning” and suffusing her “Over My Head” with nervous, insistent guitar rhythms. This deluxe, remastered edition features the significantly different single mixes of “Say You Love Me,” “Rhiannon,” “Over My Head,” and “Blue Letter” (the latter previously unissued), as well as the moody, also unreleased studio workout “Jam #2.” Parke Puterbaugh’s newly penned liner notes offer concise, thoughtful insights into the genesis of one of rock’s greatest, if most unlikely, rebirths. –Jerry McCulley

Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe Edition) Review

The single versions are an added bonus, as is the improved sound, but the biggest attraction remains the 11 track on this classic album. More than just a warm-up for Rumours, the self-titled release boasts more moments of timeless, effortless beauty than most bands can muster up in their lifetime. Listen to Blue Letter and discover where the New Pornographers came from. Listen to the rest of the album and wonder what on earth happened to this type of music. -Read Reviews-

Interesting recording, this. I can hear quite clearly the precursors to the songs on Rumours, and the structure of the album itself mirrors (somewhat) that used for Rumours too. The opening track is almost take one of Second Hand News, the take before they realized the lyrics are silly. Nevertheless this piece of history has found more time on my playlists than many new recordings by artists I have been described as being "rabid" about. Indeed, it has had more time than some later Mac recordings have had. A mix of punchy, poppy numbers and ballads, not quite as polished a Rumours in every way (the band were, after all, working toward that during these sessions) with clear, sharp production that evokes the 70s just as cleanly as it did in its day. Recommended.

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