25 Years – The Chain

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25 Years – The Chain
Box set by Fleetwood Mac
Released 24 November 1992
Recorded 1967–91
Genre Rock
Length 292:53
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Various
Fleetwood Mac compilations chronology
Greatest Hits
(1988)
25 Years – The Chain
(1992)
The Vaudeville Years
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

25 Years – The Chain is a compilation album (boxed set) by British-American band Fleetwood Mac originally released in 1992. It consists of four CDs, covering the history of the band from its formation in 1967 up to 1992. The set features several previously unreleased studio tracks, new remixes, live recordings, and a different version of the international hit single "Tusk".

The extended version of Stevie Nicks' "Gypsy" was also included for the first time on a commercial release, and this collection also marked the first time Nicks' "Silver Springs" had appeared on a full-length Fleetwood Mac album. It was originally intended for inclusion on the international multi-million selling album Rumours, however, it was removed from the tracklisting at the last minute. It was issued in 1976 as the B-side to the single "Go Your Own Way" but the song had never been released commercially since. The inclusion of "Silver Springs" on this collection marked Nicks' first departure from the band in 1992 when Mick Fleetwood refused to allow the track to appear on Nicks' retrospection compilation Timespace – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks, instead intending it for 25 Years – The Chain.[2] The disagreement was ultimately resolved and the song itself was eventually released as a single five years later in 1997, taken from the album The Dance after a live performance from the sell-out tour of the same name.

A condensed 2-CD version of the compilation was also available containing highlights from the 4-CD set. The popular hit single "Hold Me" was only available on this format as was the track "Bermuda Triangle". The new track "Love Shines" was released as a single in the UK, whereas the track "Paper Doll" was released in the US instead.

On 11 June 2012, the 4-disc collection of The Chain was re-released in the UK, now at a budget price. It peaked at number 9 on the UK album charts the same week, and has since been certified Silver by the BPI. The album reached #1 in New Zealand where it has since been certified Platinum.

Track listing[edit]

CD 1[edit]

  1. "Paper Doll" (new song) (Stevie Nicks, Rick Vito, John Herron) 3:56 †
  2. "Love Shines" (new song) (Christine McVie, Eddy Quintela) 4:48 †
  3. "Stand Back" (live*) (Nicks) 5:00 †
  4. "Crystal" (Nicks) 5:09 | Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  5. "Isn't It Midnight" (edited alternate version) (C. McVie, Quintela, Lindsey Buckingham) 4:02 | Tango in the Night (1987)
  6. "Big Love" (Buckingham) 3:39 | Tango in the Night (1987)
  7. "Everywhere" (C. McVie) 3:43 | Tango in the Night (1987)
  8. "Affairs of the Heart" (Nicks) 4:20 | Behind the Mask (1990)
  9. "Heart of Stone" (new song) (C. McVie, Quintela) 4:39 †
  10. "Sara" (full-length version) (Nicks) 6:26 | Tusk (1979)
  11. "That's All for Everyone" (Buckingham) 3:02 | Tusk (1979)
  12. "Over My Head" (C. McVie) 3:34 | Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  13. "Little Lies" (C. McVie, Quintela) 3:38 | Tango in the Night (1987)
  14. "Eyes of the World" (Buckingham) 3:42 | Mirage (1982)
  15. "Oh Diane" (Buckingham, Richard Dashut) 2:33 | Mirage (1982)
  16. "In the Back of My Mind" (Billy Burnette, David Malloy) 7:00 | Behind the Mask (1990)
  17. "Make Me a Mask" (new song) (Buckingham) 4:02 †

* Originally from Stevie Nicks' album The Wild Heart (1983), performed by Fleetwood Mac during the Tango in the Night Tour on 12 Dec. 1987 at The Cow Palace, Daly City, CA.

CD 2[edit]

  1. "Save Me" (C. McVie, Quintela) 4:14 | Behind the Mask (1990)
  2. "Goodbye Angel" (Buckingham) 3:06 | unreleased song from Mirage (1982)
  3. "Silver Springs" (Nicks) 4:29 | b-side of "Go Your Own Way" (1976)
  4. "What Makes You Think You're the One" (Buckingham) 3:30 | Tusk (1979)
  5. "Think About Me" (C. McVie) 2:40 | Tusk (1979)
  6. "Gypsy" (alternate unedited version) (Nicks) 5:21 | Mirage (1982)
  7. "You Make Loving Fun" (C. McVie) 3:30 | Rumours (1977)
  8. "Second Hand News" (alternate mix) (Buckingham) 2:50 | Rumours (1977)
  9. "Love in Store" (alternate mix) (C. McVie, Jim Recor) 3:24 | Mirage (1982)
  10. "The Chain" (alternate mix) (Buckingham, Nicks, C. McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood) 4:20 | Rumours (1977)
  11. "Teen Beat" (Buckingham, Dashut) 2:43 | unreleased song from Mirage (1982)
  12. "Dreams" (alternate mix) (Nicks) 4:14 | Rumours (1977)
  13. "Only Over You" (C. McVie) 4:05 | Mirage (1982)
  14. "I'm So Afraid" (Buckingham) (live) 7:27 | Fleetwood Mac Live (1980)
  15. "Love Is Dangerous" (Vito, Nicks) 3:16 | Behind the Mask (1990)
  16. "Gold Dust Woman" (alternate mix) (Nicks) 5:00 | Rumours (1977)
  17. "Not That Funny" (live) (Buckingham) 7:56 †

CD 3[edit]

  1. "Warm Ways" (C. McVie) 3:50 | Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  2. "Say You Love Me" (single mix) (C. McVie) 3:45 | Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  3. "Don't Stop" (C. McVie) 3:11 | Rumours (1977)
  4. "Rhiannon" (Nicks) 4:09 | Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  5. "Walk a Thin Line" (Buckingham) 3:44 | Tusk (1979)
  6. "Storms" (Nicks) 5:27 | Tusk (1979)
  7. "Go Your Own Way" (Buckingham) 3:39 | Rumours (1977)
  8. "Sisters of the Moon" (Nicks) 4:37 | Tusk (1979)
  9. "Monday Morning" (live) (Buckingham) 3:35 | Live (1980)
  10. "Landslide" (Nicks) 3:16 | Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  11. "Hypnotized" (Bob Welch) 4:47 | Mystery to Me (1973)
  12. "Lay It All Down" (unreleased alternate version) (Welch) 4:34 | Future Games (1971)
  13. "Angel" (alternate mix) (Nicks) 4:52 | Tusk (1979)
  14. "Beautiful Child" (alternate mix) (Nicks) 5:18 | Tusk (1979)
  15. "Brown Eyes" (alternate version) (C. McVie) 4:56 | Tusk (1979)
  16. "Save Me a Place" (Buckingham) 2:39 | Tusk (1979)
  17. "Tusk" (USC intro mix) (Buckingham) 3:12 | Tusk (1979)
  18. "Never Going Back Again" (Buckingham) 2:02 | Rumours (1977)
  19. "Songbird" (C. McVie) 3:17 | Rumours (1977)

CD 4[edit]

  1. "I Believe My Time Ain't Long" (Jeremy Spencer) [1967] – 2:51
  2. "Need Your Love So Bad" (Mertis John Jr.)[3] [1968] – 3:53
  3. "Rattlesnake Shake" (Peter Green) [from Then Play On (1969)] – 3:29
  4. "Oh Well, Pt. 1" (original mono version) (Green) [from Then Play On (1969)] – 3:29
  5. "Stop Messin' Round" (Green, C.G. Adams) [from Mr. Wonderful (1968)] – 2:19
  6. "The Green Manalishi" (Green) [1970] – 4:36
  7. "Albatross" (Green) [1969] – 3:11
  8. "Man of the World" (Green) [1969] – 2:51
  9. "Love That Burns" (Green, Adams) [from Mr. Wonderful (1968)] – 5:00
  10. "Black Magic Woman" (Green) [from English Rose (1969)] – 2:54
  11. "Watch Out" (Green) [from Blues Jam at Chess (1969)] – 4:12
  12. "String-A-Long" (Jimmy Duncan, Robert Doyle) [from Jeremy Spencer (1970)]* – 2:16
  13. "Station Man" (Danny Kirwan, Spencer, J. McVie) [from Kiln House (1970)] – 5:41
  14. "Did You Ever Love Me" (C. McVie, Welch) [from Penguin (1973)] – 3:40
  15. "Sentimental Lady" (Welch) [from Bare Trees (1972)] – 4:32
  16. "Come a Little Bit Closer" (C. McVie) [from Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974)] – 4:48
  17. "Heroes are Hard to Find" (C. McVie) [from Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974)] – 3:34
  18. "Trinity" (Kirwan) [Bare Trees outtake (1972)] † – 4:07
  19. "Why" (C. McVie) [from Mystery to Me (1973)] – 4:55

Previously unreleased songs
* "String-A-Long" was a track from Jeremy Spencer's first solo album Jeremy Spencer, with backing from Fleetwood, Kirwan, Green and John McVie.

Selections from 25 Years – The Chain[edit]

Condensed version of the box set, featuring selected tracks. Note the inclusion of "Hold Me" and "Bermuda Triangle" which are excluded from the 4-CD set.

CD 1[edit]

  1. "Paper Doll"
  2. "Love Shines"
  3. "Love in Store" (alternate mix)
  4. "Goodbye Angel"
  5. "Heart of Stone"
  6. "Silver Springs"
  7. "Oh Diane"
  8. "Big Love"
  9. "Rhiannon"
  10. "Crystal"
  11. "The Chain" (alternate mix)
  12. "Over My Head"
  13. "Dreams"
  14. "Go Your Own Way"
  15. "Sara"
  16. "Hold Me"
  17. "Gypsy"
  18. "Make Me a Mask"

CD 2[edit]

  1. "Don't Stop"
  2. "Everywhere"
  3. "Tusk" (USC intro mix)
  4. "Not That Funny"
  5. "Beautiful Child" (alternate mix)
  6. "Teen Beat"
  7. "Need Your Love So Bad"
  8. "Did You Ever Love Me"
  9. "Oh Well (Part 1)" (original mono version)
  10. "I Believe My Time Ain't Long"
  11. "Bermuda Triangle" (Welch)
  12. "Why"
  13. "Station Man"
  14. "Albatross"
  15. "Black Magic Woman"
  16. "Stop Messin' Round"
  17. "Trinity"
  18. "Heroes Are Hard to Find"
  19. "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Prong Crown)"

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[4] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[5] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Credits[edit]

  • Executive Producers – Mick Fleetwood and John McVie
  • Anthology produced and engineered by Ken Caillat
  • Historical research and co-ordination – Frank Harding

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000461340
  2. ^ "Fleetwood Mac Timeline for the 1990s". Fleetwoodmac-uk.com. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  3. ^ Widely credited to Little Willie John, but in fact written by his brother Mertis.
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  5. ^ THE FIELD id (chart number) MUST BE PROVIDED for NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATION.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – 25 years ~ the chain". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 21 September 2012.  Enter 25 years ~ the chain in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go