Bare Trees

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Bare Trees
Studio album by Fleetwood Mac
Released March 1972
Recorded 1971–1972
Studio De Lane Lea Music Centre, Wembley, London
(apart from track 10, recorded at Mrs Scarrott's home in Hampshire)
Genre Rock
Length 36:58
Label Reprise
Producer Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Future Games
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Bare Trees

Bare Trees is the sixth studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in March 1972. This is their last album to feature Danny Kirwan, who was fired during the album's supporting tour. In the wake of the band's success in the mid-1970s, Bare Trees peaked at No. 70 and achieved Gold status in 1976 and certified platinum in 1988 for selling over a million copies.


The album features the original version of "Sentimental Lady", which was later re-recorded by its composer Bob Welch (with Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham backing him) for his solo album French Kiss. "Spare Me a Little of Your Love" became a staple of the band's live act from 1972–1977. The latter track was also covered by Johnny Rivers on his studio album New Lovers and Old Friends in 1975, the same year that Fleetwood Mac broke through in the United States with their self-titled album.

Five of the ten tracks were penned by Kirwan. His "Sunny Side of Heaven" was an instrumental, which, at the time, was mixed in with some radio station sign-offs.[citation needed] "Danny's Chant" features the use of wah-wah guitars, while the lyrics for Kirwan's composition "Dust" were taken from a poem by Rupert Brooke.[1] "Trinity", another Kirwan song, was an outtake from the album that was subsequently released in 1992 on the 25 Years – The Chain box set. Fleetwood was particularly impressed with Kirwan's contributions to the album. "It's a well-rounded album. Like Lindsey, Danny had the chops with layering techniques, and the ability to know what's right and wrong in the studio."[2]

The final track on the album, "Thoughts on a Grey Day", is a poem read by an elderly woman, Mrs Scarrott, who lived near the band's communal home in southern England.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Child of Mine" Danny Kirwan 5:09
2. "The Ghost" Bob Welch 3:58
3. "Homeward Bound" Christine McVie 3:20
4. "Sunny Side of Heaven" Kirwan 3:10
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bare Trees" Kirwan 5:02
2. "Sentimental Lady" Welch 4:35
3. "Danny's Chant" Kirwan 3:16
4. "Spare Me a Little of Your Love" C. McVie 3:44
5. "Dust" Kirwan 2:41
6. "Thoughts on a Grey Day" Mrs. Scarrott 1:46


Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

  • "Special thanks to Mrs Scarrott for her readings, recorded at her home in Hampshire."




  1. ^ Dust By Rupert Brooke
  2. ^ Farber, Jim. "Fleetwood Mac's Forgotten Hero". Music Aficionado. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Bare Trees – Fleetwood Mac". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2006. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (August 1972). "The Christgau Consumer Guide: Fleetwood Mac: Bare Trees". Creem. Retrieved 16 January 2012.  Also posted in a revised version at "Fleetwood Mac: Bare Trees > Consumer Guide Album". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  5. ^ Scoppa, Bud (8 June 1972). "Fleetwood Mac Bare Trees > Album Review". Rolling Stone (110). Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "Allmusic: Bare Trees : Charts & Awards: Billboard Albums". Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 19 May 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH