Fleetwood Mac (1975 album)

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Fleetwood Mac
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Studio album by Fleetwood Mac
Released 11 July 1975
Recorded January–February 1975 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California
Genre Soft rock,[1] pop[2]
Length 42:12
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−[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[2]
MusicHound 4.5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[7]

Fleetwood Mac is the tenth album by the British-American band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1975. It was the band's second eponymous album; the first was their 1968 album. Among Fleetwood Mac fans, the album is often referred to as the White Album.[8] 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 on the Reprise label until 1997's The Dance (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 1986, it was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA representing shipments of five million units in the United States.[9]

"Warm Ways" was the first single lifted from the album in 1975 in the UK.[10] It was not released as a single in the United States, where Over My Head was released instead. Initially, the album generated limited interest in the UK, as the first three singles released by the new lineup failed to chart. "Say You Love Me" charted on the UK Singles Chart and it reached No. 40[11] Following the massive success of Rumours two years later, interest in the band re-ignited and Fleetwood Mac was re-released in 1978, along with the single "Rhiannon" which peaked just outside the Top 40 at No. 46.[10] The album eventually peaked at No. 23 on the UK Albums Chart[11] 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.[10]

A live version of "Landslide" was eventually released as a single in the US 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.[10]

Background[edit]

In 1974, Fleetwood Mac relocated from England to California in order to manage the band's affairs better.[12] In California, they recorded another album, Heroes Are Hard to Find, and set out on tour. Shortly after finishing up the tour, Bob Welch (guitarist, singer, and composer) announced that he was leaving what had become Fleetwood Mac's ninth lineup in eight years,[13] so that he could be part of the power trio Paris.[12] Now looking for both a new guitarist and a recording studio, Mick Fleetwood met with producer Keith Olsen at Sound City Studios to listen to some demos.[12][13] There, Olsen played Fleetwood an album he had recently engineered, called Buckingham Nicks.[12] Fleetwood particularly enjoyed the guitar solo on the song "Frozen Love",[13] and decided to hire both Olsen and the guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham.[12] However, Buckingham would not accept Fleetwood's offer unless he agreed to also hire Buckingham's musical and romantic partner, Stephanie "Stevie" Nicks.[13] After an informal interview at a Mexican restaurant, Mick Fleetwood invited both Buckingham and Nicks to join the band.[13] Within three months, the band had recorded the album Fleetwood Mac.[13] Though the band's tenth lineup proved to be their most successful, it was certainly not the most stable, as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were close to breaking up when they joined the band.[13] This tension ultimately helped inspire the band's next album, Rumours.[12]

Promotion and release[edit]

Fleetwood Mac was released in July 1975.[13] Though the band only experienced modest success immediately after the release, they were determined to promote their new album.[13] After touring doggedly for several months, the band started seeing the results of their hard work.[13] In an interview with Uncut, Stevie Nicks said of the album: "We just played everywhere and we sold that record. We kicked that album in the ass."[13] Fifteen months after the release of Fleetwood Mac, the album climbed to the top of the US charts.[13]

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.[10]

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".[14]

The album cover photo for Fleetwood Mac emulates all of the band's albums, in that all the band members have never fully appeared on the cover of any of their studio albums, The Dance from 1997, being the only exception.[15] Drummer, Mick Fleetwood and bassist, John McVie are the only band members that are shown on the cover for this particular album even though other band members included guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, vocalist Stevie Nicks, in addition to Christine McVie on keyboards, synthesizer and vocals.

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 #2" (previously unreleased) 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]" (previously unreleased) Curtis, Curtis 2:42

Additional information[edit]

  • 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.

Personnel[edit]

Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

  • Waddy – rhythm guitar on "Sugar Daddy"

Production

  • Producers: Fleetwood Mac & Keith Olsen
  • Engineer: Keith Olsen
  • 2nd Engineer: David Devore
  • Photograph: Herbert W. Worthington II

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Fleetwood Mac CD". CD Universe/Muze. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac [Reprise, 1975]". Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Fleetwood Mac". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  5. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel, eds. (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 434. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  6. ^ Gifford, Barry. Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac at the Wayback Machine (archived 18 January 2008). Rolling Stone, 21 January 1997.
  7. ^ Fleetwood Mac at the Wayback Machine (archived 1 November 2011). Rolling Stone.
  8. ^ Gleason, Holly (29 May 2014). "The 20 Best Fleetwood Mac Songs of All Time". Paste. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ a b c d e Strong 2003.
  11. ^ a b Roberts 2006, p. 205.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Serpick, Evan. "Fleetwood Mac Biography". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Williamson, Nigel (29 January 2013). "Fleetwood Mac: 'Everybody was pretty weirded out' - the story of Rumours". Uncut. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time > 182: Fleetwood Mac, 'Fleetwood Mac'". Rolling Stone. 1 November 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  15. ^ DeGroot, Joey. "7 Album Cover Photos Without the Entire Band: Fleetwood Mac, R.E.M., and more". Music Times. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  17. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4349a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
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  20. ^ "1976-11-07 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
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  22. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM (Library and Archives Canada). Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Albums". Billboard 88 (52). 25 December 1976. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  24. ^ "Pop Albums". Billboard 89 (51). 24 December 1977. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  25. ^ "British album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Fleetwood Mac in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

Bibliography[edit]

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