Kiln House

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Kiln House
Kilnhouse.jpg
Studio album by Fleetwood Mac
Released 18 September 1970
Recorded June–July 1970
Studio De Lane Lea Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 33:54
Label Reprise
Producer Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Then Play On
(1969)Then Play On1969
Kiln House
(1970)
Future Games
(1971)Future Games1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]

Kiln House is the fourth studio album by British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 18 September 1970 by Reprise Records. This is the first of the post-Peter Green Fleetwood Mac albums, and their last album to feature Jeremy Spencer. Christine McVie was present at the recording sessions and contributed backing vocals, keyboards and cover art, although she was not a full member of the band until shortly after the album's completion.[3]

Background[edit]

The album title is taken from the name of a converted Oast house in Truncheaunts Lane, near Alton in Hampshire (UK). The house (now a grade II listed building) was leased by the band, who lived there communally, with their families, for a six-month period in 1970. Mick Fleetwood was married to his wife at the house on 20 June 1970.[4]

Spencer's retro 1950s homages and parodies dominate the album, but Danny Kirwan's more sincere songs are almost equally prominent. "Buddy's Song" is credited to Buddy Holly's mother, but is basically the song "Peggy Sue Got Married" with new lyrics listing a number of Buddy Holly song titles.[3]

An early version of Kirwan's instrumental "Earl Gray", entitled "Farewell", was later released on the compilation The Vaudeville Years.[5]

The album reached #69 on the Billboard 200 album chart on 7 November 1970.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Is the Rock" Jeremy Spencer 2:45
2. "Station Man" Danny Kirwan, Spencer, John McVie 5:49
3. "Blood on the Floor" Spencer 2:44
4. "Hi Ho Silver" Fats Waller, Ed Kirkeby 3:05
5. "Jewel-Eyed Judy" Kirwan, Mick Fleetwood, J. McVie 3:17
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Buddy's Song" Ella Holley 2:08
2. "Earl Gray" Kirwan 4:01
3. "One Together" Spencer 3:23
4. "Tell Me All the Things You Do" Kirwan 4:10
5. "Mission Bell" Jesse D. Hodges, William Michael 2:32

Personnel[edit]

Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ a b Kiln House (CD booklet notes). Fleetwood Mac. Reprise. 1970. 
  4. ^ Fleetwood, Mick (2014). Play On. London: Hodder & Stoughton. 
  5. ^ The Vaudeville Years (CD booklet notes). Fleetwood Mac. Receiver Records. 1998. 
  6. ^ "Billboard 200 Kiln House".