Talk:Albatross (instrumental)

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I'm really unconvinced that the term 'albatross' has anything to do with the Fleetwood Mac single. I don't even think Fleetwood Mac are particularly associated with that song, it's one of many Mac hits. It's from Coleridge. The use of the term to mean 'a wearisome burden' applies outside the field of music too.

"Sun King" - how was thing song inspired by "Albatross"/is there a source? I'm not disputing it - I have no idea - but a source or justification would be nice. --kingboyk 01:05, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

I agree with the bit about songs associated with bands in the public consciousness, but is "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes really a good example of this? Are there not better ones like Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" or The Who's "My Generation?" I'm confident that the VAST majority of the public have never heard "Seven Nation Army" nor even know what a white stripe is. --Jrs044 05:06, 20 December 2006 (UTC)

Sun King: In the book "Beatlesongs" by William J. Dowlding, George Harrison is quoted as saying: At the time, [Fleetwood Mac's] "Albatross" was out, with all the reverb on guitar. So we said, "Let's be Fleetwood Mac doing 'Albatross,'" just to get going. It never really sounded like Fleetwood Mac...but [it was] the point of origin. Dowlding cites the November 1987 issue of "Musician" as his source. --Jrs044 05:06, 20 December 2006 (UTC)

Is The Side notes really true & Needed becasue most people think of "Rumors" when they think of Fleetwood Mac ?? 23:35, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

First Instrumental #1[edit]

I'm quite sure that Albatross was the first instrumental track to top the UK charts, though I don't have a source for that. Anyone? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:02, 11 January 2008 (UTC) it was definately not the first instrumental to top the uk charts although i can not provide you with what that was. fleetwood mac are certainly associated with this piece. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:06, 15 February 2008 (UTC)


This article is currently full of opinion and expression of belief, whilst it is well short of reliable sources. Can someone try to balance this equation ? Thank you,

Derek R Bullamore (talk) 11:54, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

With regard to the opinion and "expression of belief", can you be a bit, or a lot, more specific? Cheers, Bretonbanquet (talk) 17:58, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Who actually wrote this arrangement?[edit]

I've been doing some reading on Peter Green, Danny Kirwan and that particular incarnation of Fleetwood Mac... If you read Danny Kirwan's page, it sounds like he wrote and arranged it, and that Peter Green didn't even play on the recording, but if you read PG's page, it doesn't really say either way. Then, you read this page and it sounds like it was primarily Green's piece, with Kirwan assisting in the absence of Jeremy Spencer. If you go purely by Wikipedia, there's no way of knowing which is right. I'm going to look for more info, but both pieces basically indicate quotes from the artists themselves that disagree, but without reference to the other's "perspective" (assuming both quotes are credible, of course). Please advise... ColdGrayLight (talk) 00:46, 15 November 2014 (UTC)User:ColdGrayLight

Green wrote "Albatross". I don't agree that Kirwan's page suggests he wrote it, or that Green didn't play on it, although I've clarified the sentence there. Kirwan arrived in the band and helped Green with the arrangement as Spencer wasn't interested. Although it was Green's piece, what Green is saying in the quote at Kirwan's page is that "Albatross" may well not have come to fruition without Kirwan's input. That input would've been simple encouragement as much as musical input. Bretonbanquet (talk) 11:33, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Bretonbanquet... It actually makes quite a bit more sense as it's written now. ColdGrayLight (talk) 17:18, 16 November 2014 (UTC)


There's four people listed as personnel on the track, but there's five people on the picture of the single's jacket.

Who's the missing person? Didn't he play on the song?

Montalban (talk) 03:46, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

It's in the article, but I've just made it a bit clearer and added a reference. Jeremy Spencer was the band member who did not play on the recording. Cheers, Bretonbanquet (talk) 11:34, 13 January 2015 (UTC)