Mystery to Me

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Mystery to Me
Mystery to Me cover.jpg
Studio album by Fleetwood Mac
Released 15 October 1973
Recorded Spring-Summer 1973
Studio Rolling Stones Mobile Studio
Genre Rock
Length 47:49
Label Reprise
Producer Fleetwood Mac & Martin Birch
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Penguin
(1973)Penguin1973
Mystery to Me
(1973)
Heroes Are Hard to Find
(1974)Heroes Are Hard to Find1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Rolling Stone (negative)[2]

Mystery to Me is the eighth studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 15 October 1973. This was their last album to feature Bob Weston. Most of the songs were penned by guitarist/singer Bob Welch and keyboardist/singer Christine McVie, who were instrumental in gearing the band toward the radio-friendly pop rock that would make them successful a few years later. Although Mystery to Me sold moderately and produced no hit singles, "Hypnotized" became an American FM radio staple for many years. In the wake of the Buckingham/Nicks-led line-up's success a few years later, the album achieved a RIAA gold certification in the United States in 1976.

Background[edit]

Mystery to Me was Fleetwood Mac's last album recorded in England, the last to have two guitarists in the line-up until Behind the Mask and the last to be co-produced and/or engineered by Martin Birch. As with the preceding Penguin, the group recorded the album at Benifolds, their communal house in Hampshire, with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Dave Walker was asked to leave during the sessions and none of his contributions ended up in the final release.

The title comes from a line in the chorus of "Emerald Eyes".

Tour[edit]

During the band's 1973 American tour, they appeared on the Midnight Special, but during the venture, it became clear that Bob Weston was having an affair with Mick Fleetwood's wife Jenny. Although Fleetwood tried to carry on playing with Weston, regardless of the extramarital issues, it soon became clear that something had to give and after a gig in Lincoln, Nebraska. Fleetwood told the McVies and Welch he could no longer play with Weston in the line-up. John Courage, the band's road manager, fired Weston and put him on a plane back to the UK. With the tour cut short, the band also went back to England to break the news to their manager Clifford Davis, who was so angry that he sent another bunch of musicians on the road as Fleetwood Mac, claiming that he owned the name.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Emerald Eyes" Bob Welch 3:37
2. "Believe Me" Christine McVie 4:12
3. "Just Crazy Love" C. McVie 3:22
4. "Hypnotized" Welch 4:48
5. "Forever" Bob Weston, John McVie, Welch 4:04
6. "Keep On Going" Welch 4:05
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The City" Welch 3:35
2. "Miles Away" Welch 3:47
3. "Somebody" Welch 5:00
4. "The Way I Feel" C. McVie 2:43
5. "For Your Love" Graham Gouldman 3:44
6. "Why" C. McVie 4:55

Notes

  • "For Your Love" was originally recorded by The Yardbirds, and Fleetwood Mac's cover version replaced a Bob Welch song "Good Things (Come to Those Who Wait)" on the album at a very late stage in production. Some albums came with a lyric inner sheet still showing "Good Things" instead of "For Your Love". The song was also released as a single. Although Fleetwood Mac's version of "Good Things" has never been released, it was later re-recorded by Welch and released as "Don't Wait Too Long" on his solo album Three Hearts.
  • "Hypnotized" was the B-side of "For Your Love". It was a minor US radio hit, often getting more airplay on AOR stations than the A-side. It later was covered on The Pointer Sisters' 1978 album Energy.
  • "Keep On Going" was written by Bob Welch, but sung by Christine McVie because Welch decided her voice was better suited to the song than his. This was one of very few occasions when a member of Fleetwood Mac composed a song which was sung by another member.

Personnel[edit]

Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

Production

  • Fleetwood Mac – production
  • Martin Birch – production, engineer
  • Desmond Majekodunmi – assistant engineer
  • Paul Hardiman – assistant engineer
  • Clive Arrowsmith – photography
  • Modula – cover design, art direction
  • Mixed at Advision Studios, London

Charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 67
Canadian Albums Chart 82

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 750,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elias, Jason. "Mystery to Me – Fleetwood Mac". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2006. 
  2. ^ Fletcher, Gordon (3 January 1974). "Fleetwood Mac Mystery to Me > Album Review". Rolling Stone (151). Archived from the original on 10 March 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 1974). "The Christgau Consumer Guide: Fleetwood Mac: Mystery to Me". Creem. Retrieved 14 January 2012.  Relevant portion posted in a revised version with a new rating at "Fleetwood Mac: Mystery to Me > Consumer Guide Album". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.fleetwoodmac.net/penguin/qa/bobwelch_qa2.htm
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Mystery To Me". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 19 May 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH