Mr. Wonderful (Fleetwood Mac album)

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This article is about the album by Fleetwood Mac. For the album by Johnny "Hammond" Smith, see Mr. Wonderful (Johnny "Hammond" Smith album).
Mr. Wonderful
Studio album by Fleetwood Mac
Released 23 August 1968
Recorded CBS Studio, London, April 1968
Genre Blues rock
Length 41:30
Language English
Label Blue Horizon
Producer Mike Vernon
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Fleetwood Mac
(1968)
Mr. Wonderful
(1968 UK)
The Pious Bird of Good Omen
(1969 UK)

English Rose
(1969 USA)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Released in 1968, Mr. Wonderful is the second album by the British blues-rock band, Fleetwood Mac. This all-blues album was broadly similar to their debut album, albeit with some changes to personnel and recording method. The album was recorded live in the studio with miked amplifiers and PA system, rather than plugged into the board.[citation needed] A horn section was introduced; and Christine Perfect of Chicken Shack was featured on keyboards. In the USA, the album was not issued under the name Mr. Wonderful, though around half of the tracks appeared on English Rose.

An expanded version of Mr. Wonderful was included in the box set, The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions.

Reception[edit]

Compared to the huge success of the band's first album, Fleetwood Mac, this sequel received rather muted critical reviews: Allmusic described it as "a disappointment". Four of the songs, "Dust My Broom", "Doctor Brown", "Need Your Love Tonight" and "Coming Home", all begin with an identical Elmore James riff.[2]

Sputnik Music describes the style as vocally conservative, sticking to gruff mannerisms, and it often sounds like Green is drunkedly wandering through the music. The production adds further insult to injury, as it muffles his voice rather than amplifying it and makes the instruments sound murky. [3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stop Messin' 'Round"   Peter Green, C.G. Adams 2:22
2. "I've Lost My Baby"   Jeremy Spencer 4:18
3. "Rollin' Man"   Green, Adams 2:54
4. "Dust My Broom"   Elmore James, Robert Johnson 2:54
5. "Love That Burns"   Green, Adams 5:04
6. "Doctor Brown"   J. T. Brown, W. Glasco 3:48
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Need Your Love Tonight"   Spencer 3:29
2. "If You Be My Baby"   Green, Adams 3:54
3. "Evenin' Boogie"   Spencer 2:42
4. "Lazy Poker Blues"   Green, Adams 2:37
5. "Coming Home"   James 2:41
6. "Trying So Hard to Forget"   Green, Adams 4:47

Credits[edit]

Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

Production

  • Producer: Mike Vernon
  • Engineer: Mike Ross
  • Coordination: Richard Vernon
  • Cover design: Terence Ibbott
  • Photography: Terence Ibbott

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