Fleetwood Mac (1975 album)

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Fleetwood Mac
Studio album by Fleetwood Mac
Released 11 July 1975
Recorded January – February 1975 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California
Genre Rock
Length 42:12
Language English
Label Reprise
Producer Fleetwood Mac and Keith Olsen
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Heroes Are Hard to Find
(1974)
Fleetwood Mac
(1975)
Rumours
(1977)
Singles from Fleetwood Mac
  1. "Warm Ways"
    Released: October 1975 (UK)
  2. "Over My Head"
    Released: November 1975 (USA) / February 1976 (UK)
  3. "Rhiannon"
    Released: February 1976 (USA) / April 1976 (UK)
  4. "Say You Love Me"
    Released: June 1976 (USA) / September 1976 (UK)
  5. "Rhiannon (re-issue)"
    Released: February 1978 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]

Fleetwood Mac is the tenth album by the British-American band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1975. It was the band's second self-titled album; the first was their 1968 album. To avoid confusion, it is often referred to as "The White Album", in reference both to the album's artwork and to The Beatles' own self-titled album.[citation needed] This is the first Fleetwood Mac album to feature Lindsey Buckingham as guitarist and Stevie Nicks as vocalist, after Bob Welch departed the band in late 1974. The album was also the group's last to be released under the Reprise label until 1990's Behind the Mask (the group's subsequent albums until then were released through Warner Bros. Records, Reprise's parent company).

The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 over a year after entering the chart, spent 37 weeks within the top 10, and more than fifteen months within the top 40. It launched three top twenty singles: "Over My Head", "Rhiannon" and "Say You Love Me", the last two falling just short of the top ten, both at No. 11. In 1976, it was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA representing shipments of five million units.[3]

Until the release of this album, Fleetwood Mac's albums generally sold around 300,000 – 350,000 copies apiece.[citation needed] This album helped launch them as musical superstars with an almost constant radio presence (which would be continued with their even more popular follow-up, Rumours). In 2003, the album was ranked No. 182 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[4]

In Britain, the album was initially largely ignored and the first three singles lifted from the album failed to chart, therefore, generating limited interest in the album and the new line-up of the band. Only "Say You Love Me" charted on the UK Singles Chart and it reached No. 40.[5] With the massive success of Rumours in 1977 and interest in the band re-ignited, Fleetwood Mac was issued again in 1978, along with the re-release of "Rhiannon" which peaked just outside the Top 40 at No. 46.[6] The album eventually peaked at #23[5] on the UK Album Chart but was a prelude to a run of hugely successful albums for the band in Britain, including four multi-platinum number ones: Rumours, Tusk, Tango in the Night and Behind the Mask.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Monday Morning"   Lindsey Buckingham 2:48
2. "Warm Ways"   Christine McVie 3:54
3. "Blue Letter"   Michael Curtis, Richard Curtis 2:41
4. "Rhiannon"   Stevie Nicks 4:11
5. "Over My Head"   C. McVie 3:38
6. "Crystal"   Nicks 5:14
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Say You Love Me"   C. McVie 4:11
8. "Landslide"   Nicks 3:19
9. "World Turning"   Buckingham, C. McVie 4:25
10. "Sugar Daddy"   C. McVie 4:10
11. "I'm So Afraid"   Buckingham 4:22

2004 Re-issue On 24 March 2004, Warner Bros. Records re-released the remastered album, with the following bonus tracks:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Jam No. 2"   Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, C. McVie, John McVie 5:41
13. "Say You Love Me [single version]"   C. McVie 4:01
14. "Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win) [single version]"   Nicks 3:46
15. "Over My Head [single version]"   C. McVie 3:09
16. "Blue Letter [single version]"   Curtis, Curtis 2:42

Additional information[edit]

  • "Warm Ways" was the first single lifted from the album in 1975 in the UK.[6] It was not released as a single in the United States. All singles from Fleetwood Mac are remixes, noticeably different from the album versions, as included on the 2004 re-issue. A 'single mix' was also created for "Blue Letter" and this version was originally only available as the B-side to the "Warm Ways" single from 1975.[6]
  • Although it was written by Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham sang lead on the song "Crystal". It originally appeared (also sung by Lindsey) on the duo's 1973 Buckingham Nicks album. Stevie later recorded it as a solo song (with backing vocals from Sheryl Crow) for the soundtrack of the 1998 film Practical Magic.
  • Both "Rhiannon" and "Monday Morning" were written during the Buckingham Nicks days, and performed live by the duo although not recorded. The early version of Rhiannon was played much faster.
  • The album was referenced in the 2000 film High Fidelity, during the scene where lead character Rob (played by John Cusack) is sorting his record collection into autobiographical order while holding a copy of Fleetwood Mac.
  • "Landslide" was eventually released as a single in the USA in 1998 after it became one of the most popular tracks from the live reunion album The Dance. It reached No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6]

Credits[edit]

Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

Production

  • Producers: Fleetwood Mac & Keith Olsen
  • Engineer: Keith Olsen, 2nd Engineer: David Devore

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[15] 4× Platinum 280,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[3] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Fleetwood Mac". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "American album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  4. ^ "#182 Fleetwood Mac". Rolling Stone. 1 November 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b British Hit Singles and Albums vol.19. Page 205. ISBN 978-1-904994-10-7
  6. ^ a b c d e The Great Rock Discography. Martin C.Strong. ISBN 1-84195-312-1
  7. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  8. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 25, No. 25" (PHP). RPM. 18 September 1976. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "charts.org.nz Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Fleetwood Mac > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Allmusic: Fleetwood Mac : Charts & Awards: Billboard Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1976". RPM. 8 January 1977. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Billboard.BIZ: Top Pop Albums of 1976". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Billboard.BIZ: Top Pop Albums of 1977". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  15. ^ NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Fleetwood Mac in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
Preceded by
Breezin' by George Benson
Billboard 200 number-one album
4–10 September 1976
Succeeded by
Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder