Christine McVie (album)

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Christine McVie
Studio album by Christine McVie
Released 27 January 1984
Recorded 1983, Mountain Recording, (Montreaux Switzerland), Lower Dean Manor (Gloucestershire, UK); additional recording at Olympic Sound (London)[1]
Genre Soft rock, pop
Length 43:48
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Russ Titelman
Christine McVie chronology
Christine Perfect
(1970)
Christine McVie
(1984)
In the Meantime
(2004)

Christine McVie is the second solo album by the British Fleetwood Mac vocalist / keyboardist Christine McVie, released in January 1984.

It was McVie's first solo recording since her 1970 self-titled release (under her maiden name). It features two U.S. top-40 hit singles, "Got a Hold on Me" (US#10) and "Love Will Show Us How" (US#30). The album itself also achieved modest success in the United States, peaking at #26 and spending 23 weeks on the Billboard 200.[2] In the UK, the album entered at #58 on chart.

The band on this album includes Christine McVie (Keyboards, Percussion and Vocals), Todd Sharp (Guitar and Vocals), George Hawkins (Bass and Vocals), and Steve Ferrone (Drums and Percussion).

Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham sings backing vocals on tracks 2, 7 & 10, plays guitar on tracks 3 and 6, and plays lead guitar on track 10. Mick Fleetwood plays drums on track 5. Eric Clapton plays lead guitar on "The Challenge," and Steve Winwood shares lead vocals on "One in A Million" and contributes backing vocals and piano to "Ask Anybody," as well as playing synthesizer on several tracks.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [3]
The New York Times (Mixed) [4]
People (Mixed)[5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]

Allmusic's reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Christine McVie "a collection of soft rock/pop and ballads that are pleasantly melodic and ingratiating." However, he also commented that McVie's songs are too lacking in variety to be completely effective outside the context of a Fleetwood Mac album.[3] The album received generally mixed reviews from critics upon its release, mostly due to the same reasons as above.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Love Will Show Us How" (Christine McVie, Todd Sharp) – 4:14
  2. "The Challenge" (McVie, Sharp) – 4:41
  3. "So Excited" (McVie, Sharp, Billy Burnette) – 4:05
  4. "One in a Million" (feat. Steve Winwood) (McVie, Sharp) – 5:02
  5. "Ask Anybody" (McVie, Steve Winwood) – 5:29
Side two
  1. "Got a Hold on Me" (McVie, Sharp) – 3:52
  2. "Who's Dreaming This Dream" (Sharp, Daniel Douma) – 3:32
  3. "I'm the One" (Sharp) – 4:05
  4. "Keeping Secrets" (Sharp, Alan Pasqua) – 3:35
  5. "The Smile I Live for" (McVie) – 5:07

Personnel[edit]

The band
Additional musicians

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Russ Titleman
  • Recording Engineer: David Richards
  • Mixed by Eliott Scheiner
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen
  • Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10 published by Alimony Music/Cement Chicken Music. Track 7 published by Alimony Music/Cement Chicken Music/Doumaditties. Track 3 published by Alimony Music/Cement Chicken Music/Billy Beau Music. Track 5 published by Alimony Music/Cement Chicken Music/Island Music Ltd. Track 9 published by Alimony Music/Cement Chicken Music/Itsall Music.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Position
Dutch Mega Albums Chart[7] 49
Swedish Albums Chart[8] 19
Swiss Albums Chart[9] 25
UK Albums Chart[10] 58
United States Billboard 200[11] 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Recording Information at discogs
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (21 July 1983). Billboard – Top LPs and Tapes. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Allmusic Review: Christine McVie". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Holden, Stephen (12 February 1984). "POP DISKS CONTRAST ROMANTIC STYLES". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Christine McVie". people.com. 19 March 1984. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Shewey, Don (15 March 1984). "Rolling Stone review: Christine McVie: Christine McVie". Archived from the original on 19 October 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Christine McVie – Christine McVie" (ASP). dutchcharts.nl. MegaCharts. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "swedishcharts.com Christine McVie – Christine McVie" (ASP). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Christine McVie – Christine McVie – hitparade.ch" (ASP). Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Christine McVie > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Allmusic: Christine McVie : Charts & Awards". allmusic.com. Retrieved 1 May 2014.