Mr. Wonderful (Fleetwood Mac album)

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Mr. Wonderful
Fleetwood Mac - Mr. Wonderful.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 August 1968
RecordedApril 1968
StudioCBS Studio, London
GenreBlues rock[1]
Length41:30
LabelBlue Horizon
ProducerMike Vernon
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Fleetwood Mac
(1968)
Mr. Wonderful
(1968)
Then Play On
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars [2]

Mr. Wonderful is the second studio album by British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 23 August 1968. This all-blues album was broadly similar to their debut album, albeit with some changes to personnel and recording method. The album was recorded live in the studio with miked amplifiers and PA system, rather than plugged into the board.[citation needed] A horn section was introduced; and Christine Perfect of Chicken Shack was featured on keyboards. In the US, the album was not issued under the name Mr. Wonderful, though around half of the tracks appeared on English Rose.

An expanded version of Mr. Wonderful was included in the box set, The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions.

The song Lazy Poker Blues was covered by Status Quo on their 1971 album Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon.

Reception[edit]

Compared to the huge success of the band's first album, Fleetwood Mac, this follow-up received rather muted critical reviews: AllMusic described it as "a disappointment". Four of the songs, "Dust My Broom", "Doctor Brown", "Need Your Love Tonight" and "Coming Home", all begin with an identical Elmore James riff. "Evenin' Boogie" was the first instrumental released by Fleetwood Mac.

Sputnik Music describes the style as "vocally conservative, sticking to gruff mannerisms, and it often sounds like Green is drunkedly wandering through the music. The production adds further insult to injury, as it muffles his voice rather than amplifying it and makes the instruments sound murky."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Stop Messin' Round"Peter Green, C.G. Adams2:22
2."I've Lost My Baby"Jeremy Spencer4:18
3."Rollin' Man"Green, Adams2:54
4."Dust My Broom"Elmore James, Robert Johnson2:54
5."Love That Burns"Green, Adams5:04
6."Doctor Brown"J. T. Brown, W. Glasco3:48
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Need Your Love Tonight"Spencer3:29
2."If You Be My Baby"Green, Adams3:54
3."Evenin' Boogie"Spencer2:42
4."Lazy Poker Blues"Green, Adams2:37
5."Coming Home"James2:41
6."Trying So Hard to Forget"Green, Adams4:47

Personnel[edit]

Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

Production

  • Producer: Mike Vernon
  • Engineer: Mike Ross
  • Coordination: Richard Vernon
  • Cover design: Terence Ibbott
  • Photography: Terence Ibbott

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Top 30 British Blues Rock Albums Of All Time". Classic Rock. Future plc. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ Mr. Wonderful at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Fleetwood Mac - Mr. Wonderful (album review 2)". Sputnikmusic.com. 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2017-07-02.