Penguin (album)

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Studio album by Fleetwood Mac
Released March 1973
Recorded January 1973
Studio Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, Benifold, Hampshire
Genre Rock
Length 35:46
Label Reprise
Producer Fleetwood Mac & Martin Birch
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Bare Trees
(1972)Bare Trees1972
Mystery to Me
(1973)Mystery to Me1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Penguin is the seventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in March 1973. It was the first Fleetwood Mac album after the departure of Danny Kirwan, the first to feature Bob Weston and the only one to feature Dave Walker.

The penguin is the band mascot favoured by John McVie. His fascination with the birds originated from when he lived near London Zoo during the early days of his marriage to Christine McVie. He was a member of the Zoological Society and would spend hours at the zoo studying and watching the penguins.[2]


After Kirwan was fired following an altercation with the other band members during the Bare Trees tour, the band added guitarist Bob Weston and vocalist Dave Walker (formerly of Savoy Brown and The Idle Race) in September 1972. Weston was well known for playing slide guitar and had known the band from his touring period with Long John Baldry. Fleetwood Mac also hired Savoy Brown's road manager, John Courage. Rather than recording Penguin in a London studio, they hired the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio and brought it to Hampshire in order to record their next album within the domestic atmosphere of Benifold, their communal house. The album was subsequently mixed at AIR Studios in London.

The album's artwork was painted by Chris Moore and the gatefold photo was shot on location at Ludshott Common and Waggoners Wells in Hampshire, according to Dave Walker in an online Q&A interview.[3] For the first time on a Fleetwood Mac album, Mick Fleetwood was credited in the album's liner notes with playing both drums and percussion, even though he did both on previous albums, although uncredited.

The subsequent tour seemed to go well, and Penguin was the highest charting Fleetwood Mac album in the US at the time, clawing its way into the Top 50. However, during the recording of their next album, Mystery to Me, it was mutually agreed upon that Walker's vocal style and attitude "did not fit in" with Fleetwood Mac and by June 1973 he had left. If anything was ever recorded by Walker for Mystery to Me it was not used, and remains unreleased.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Remember Me" Christine McVie 2:41
2. "Bright Fire" Bob Welch 4:32
3. "Dissatisfied" C. McVie 3:43
4. "(I'm a) Road Runner" Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland, Jr. 4:52
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Derelict" Dave Walker 2:43
2. "Revelation" Welch 4:55
3. "Did You Ever Love Me" C. McVie, Welch 3:39
4. "Night Watch" Welch 6:17
5. "Caught in the Rain" Bob Weston 2:35


Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

  • Steve Nyeorgan on track 8
  • Ralph Richardson – steel drums
  • Russell Valdez – steel drums
  • Fred Totesant – steel drums
  • Peter Green – additional lead guitar on track 8[5]


  • Producer: Fleetwood Mac and Martin Birch
  • Engineer: Martin Birch
  • Sleeve Design: Modula / John Watkins (front cover) / Chris Moore
  • Inside photo by Barry Wentzell
  • Recorded in Hampshire on Rolling Stones Mobile Studio
  • Mixed at AIR Studios, London


Chart (1973) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top 200 49


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[6] None 400,000^

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


  1. ^ Penguin at AllMusic
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  4. ^ Saulnier, Jason (30 December 2011). "Dave Walker Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bob Welch, November 8 - 21, 1999". The Penguin. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Penguin". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 19 May 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH