The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac

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The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
Greatest hits album by Fleetwood Mac
Released 12 October 2002
Recorded 1968–1997
Genre Rock
Label Reprise / Warner Strategic Marketing
Producer Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Keith Olsen, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat, Greg Ladanyi, Elliot Scheiner
Fleetwood Mac chronology
The Dance
(1997)
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
(2002)
Say You Will
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac is an enhanced compilation album released by rock band Fleetwood Mac in 2002 to promote their then-upcoming album Say You Will (2003). It was released as a double album in the USA, and as a single disc in the United Kingdom. It debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart at number 12 on 2 November 2002. It spent 42 weeks on the chart. It was certified gold on 12 November 2002, and platinum on 10 January 2003, by the RIAA.[2]

The US version contained the highly successful Californian era of Fleetwood Mac's work (1975 onwards). It also featured the B-side "Silver Springs", the previously unreleased The Dance performance of "Go Insane", and several rare single remixes of key tracks, such as "Rhiannon" and "Sisters of the Moon". The enhanced section contained rare live performances, interviews, music videos and footage of the band making their next album.

The UK version of 2002 was not enhanced, and contained a few songs from the Peter Green-led blues era of Fleetwood Mac.

2009 Re-release[edit]

In October 2009, the two-disc US version was released in the UK and many other territories in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, to coincide with the European and Australasian legs of the group's 'Unleashed' world tour. The re-released version features a different picture on the outer slipcase to previous releases, but does not contain the enhanced material of the 2002 US release.

The re-release has proven to be as successful in the UK as the previous 2002 release, and it re-entered the UK album chart at No. 6 (the 2002 edition had peaked at #7). Sales of both the 2002 edition and the 2009 edition combined have achieved 5x platinum status (shipping of 1,500,000) by December 2013.[3] The album has spent more than eight months within the top 40, and 330 weeks in the UK Top 200 by February 2014.[4]The album sold over 89,000 copies in the UK in 2013 having reached as high as #34 on the album chart earlier in the year.

It reached No. 1 on the Australian ARIA Catalogue Chart in December 2009, and achieved platinum status in New Zealand within only 5 weeks after release there.[5]

UK track listing 2002 release[edit]

  1. "Go Your Own Way" (Lindsey Buckingham) – 3:39
  2. "Don't Stop" (Christine McVie) – 3:11
  3. "Dreams" (Stevie Nicks) – 4:16
  4. "Little Lies" (C. McVie, Eddy Quintela) – 3:38
  5. "Everywhere" (C. McVie) – 3:42
  6. "Albatross" (Peter Green) – 3:08
  7. "You Make Loving Fun" (C. McVie) – 3:33
  8. "Rhiannon" (Nicks) – 3:47
  9. "Black Magic Woman" (Green) – 2:51
  10. "Tusk" (Buckingham) – 3:34
  11. "Say You Love Me" (C. McVie) – 4:01
  12. "Man of the World" (Green) – 2:50
  13. "Seven Wonders" (Sandy Stewart, Nicks) – 3:36
  14. "Family Man" (Buckingham, Richard Dashut) – 4:02
  15. "Sara" (Nicks) – 6:27
  16. "Monday Morning" (Buckingham) – 2:45
  17. "Gypsy" (Nicks) – 4:22
  18. "Over My Head" (C. McVie) – 3:07
  19. "Landslide" (Nicks) – 3:15
  20. "The Chain" (Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, C. McVie, John McVie, Nicks) – 4:29
  21. "Big Love" (Live, 1997) (Buckingham) – 2:47

USA 2002 and UK 2009 track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Monday Morning" (Buckingham) – 2:48
  2. "Dreams" (Nicks) – 4:14
  3. "You Make Loving Fun" (C. McVie) – 3:31
  4. "Go Your Own Way" (Buckingham) – 3:38
  5. "Rhiannon" (Nicks) – 3:46
    • Single mix, 1976
  6. "Say You Love Me" (C. McVie) – 4:09 [4:01]
    • Single mix, 1976
  7. "I'm So Afraid" (Live, 1997) (Buckingham) – 6:00
    • This version is an edit from the version originally heard on The Dance (1997)
  8. "Silver Springs" (Nicks) – 4:35
    • Remix from studio version, 1976
  9. "Over My Head" (C. McVie) – 3:09
    • Single mix, 1975
  10. "Never Going Back Again" (Buckingham) – 2:02 [2:14]
  11. "Sara" (Nicks) – 6:26
  12. "Love in Store" (C. McVie, Jim Recor) – 3:23 [3:10]
  13. "Tusk" (Buckingham) – 3:29
  14. "Landslide" (Nicks) – 3:16
  15. "Songbird" (C. McVie) – 3:20
  16. "Big Love (Live, 1997)" (Buckingham) – 3:39 [2:47]
  17. "Storms" (Nicks) – 5:28

Only the US 2002 release contains bonus multimedia which is playable on most computers, and it also has special music videos, interviews, discography and vaults and a password to the special website only obtainable on this disc.

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "The Chain" (Buckingham, Fleetwood, Nicks, C. McVie, J. McVie) – 4:28
  2. "Don't Stop" (C. McVie) – 3:11
  3. "What Makes You Think You're the One" (Buckingham) – 3:30
  4. "Gypsy" (Nicks) – 4:23
  5. "Second Hand News" (Buckingham)" – 2:43 [2:52]
  6. "Little Lies" (C. McVie, Quintela) – 3:38
  7. "Think About Me" (C. McVie) – 2:44
    • Single mix, 1980
  8. "Go Insane (Live, 1997)" (Buckingham) – 4:20
    • Performed on The Dance (1997), but not included on the original CD; it only appeared on the DVD.
  9. "Gold Dust Woman" (Nicks) – 4:51
  10. "Hold Me" (C. McVie, Robbie Patton) – 3:46
  11. "Seven Wonders" (Stewart, Nicks) – 3:38
  12. "World Turning" (Buckingham, C. McVie) – 4:25
  13. "Everywhere" (C. McVie) – 3:43
  14. "Sisters of the Moon" (Nicks) – 4:37
    • Single mix, 1980
  15. "Family Man" (Buckingham, Dashut) – 4:01
  16. "As Long as You Follow" (C. McVie) – 4:08*
  17. "No Questions Asked" (Nicks) – 4:40*
  18. "Skies the Limit" (McVie) – 3:44
  19. "Paper Doll" (Nicks, Rick Vito, John Herron) – 3:56*
  • "As Long as You Follow" and "No Questions Asked" are non-album studio tracks which originally appeared on the 1988 Greatest Hits album.
  • "Paper Doll" is also a non-album studio track, and was previously released on the 1992 compilation album/box set 25 Years – The Chain.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 39
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[7] 11
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 75
German Albums (Official Top 100)[9] 31
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 7
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 7
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 5
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 18
US Billboard 200[14] 12
Chart (2005) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[15] 27
Chart (2006) Peak
position
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[16] 61
Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 16
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[19] Gold 20,000x
Australia (ARIA)[20] 7× Platinum 490,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[5] 7× Platinum 105,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[3] 5× Platinum 1,500,000^
United States (RIAA)[2] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[22] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
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