Future Games

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Future Games
Fleetwood Mac - Future Games.jpg
Studio album by Fleetwood Mac
Released3 September 1971
RecordedJune–August 1971
StudioAdvision Studios, London, England
ProducerFleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Kiln House
Future Games
Bare Trees
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]

Future Games is the fifth studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 3 September 1971. It was recorded in the summer of 1971 at Advision Studios in London[3] and was the first album to feature Christine McVie as a full member. This album was also the first of five albums to feature American guitarist Bob Welch. “He was totally different background – R&B, sort of jazzy. He brought his personality,” Mick Fleetwood said of Welch in a 1995 BBC interview. “He was a member of Fleetwood Mac before we’d even played a note.” [4]

Without the 1950s leanings of departed guitarist Jeremy Spencer, the band moved further away from blues and closer to the melodic pop sound that would finally break them into America four years later. After the band completed the album and turned it in, the record label said that it would not release an album with only seven songs, and demanded that they record an eighth. "What a Shame" was recorded hastily as a jam to fulfill this request.[citation needed]

Track notes[edit]

There is an early version of "Morning Rain" with the title "Start Again", as recorded in a BBC session on 5 January 1971.[5]

"What a Shame" featured saxophone from Christine McVie's brother John Perfect whose son Dan would later co-produce and feature as guitarist/co-writer on Christine's 2004 album In the Meantime.

The title track was later re-recorded by Bob Welch for his 1979 solo album The Other One and again for His Fleetwood Mac Years & Beyond in 2003. The original version is featured in the 2000 movie Almost Famous.

A heavily edited version of "Sands of Time" was an unsuccessful single in the United States and some other territories. However, the album did get airplay on FM radio.[citation needed]

An alternate version of "Lay It All Down" appeared on the 1992 compilation 25 Years - The Chain


Early UK releases of this album, and some non-UK issues, have a yellow background to the picture of the two children and cover text. All subsequent releases have a green background. The 2013 vinyl reissue by Warner/Rhino available in the Fleetwood Mac: 1969 to 1972 4-LP box set restores the original yellow background to the album artwork.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Woman of 1000 Years"Danny Kirwan5:28
2."Morning Rain"Christine McVie5:38
3."What a Shame"Bob Welch, Kirwan, C. McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood2:20
4."Future Games"Welch8:18
Side two
1."Sands of Time"Kirwan7:23
3."Lay It All Down"Welch4:30
4."Show Me a Smile"C. McVie3:21

The song timings listed here are not as indicated on all CDs since the timings on some releases are inaccurate, in a few cases very inaccurate. On some versions of the album (depending on the country of issue), the notes state that the track "Woman of a 1000 Years" runs for 8:20 when in fact it runs for 5:28. Similarly, "Morning Rain" is listed as 6:22 and runs for 5:38, while the track "Sometimes" is listed to run for 6:25 and only runs for 5:26.[6]


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  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Mick Fleetwood (30 October 2014). Play On: Now, Then and Fleetwood Mac. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 978-1-4447-5326-4.
  4. ^ Swanson, Dave. "45 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Play 'Future Games'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Live at the BBC 5-1-71 (CD running order). Fleetwood Mac. Reprise. 1971.
  6. ^ Future Games (CD booklet notes). Fleetwood Mac. Reprise. 1971.
  7. ^ "Allmusic: Future Games : Charts & Awards: Billboard Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Future Games". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.