The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac

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The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
TheVeryBestofFleetwoodMac.jpg
Greatest hits album by Fleetwood Mac
Released 12 October 2002
Recorded 1968–97
Genre Rock
Label Reprise/Warner Strategic Marketing
Producer Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Keith Olsen, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat, Greg Ladanyi, Elliot Scheiner
Fleetwood Mac chronology
The Dance
(1997)
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
(2002)
Say You Will
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac is an enhanced compilation album released by rock band Fleetwood Mac in 2002 to promote their then-upcoming album Say You Will (2003). It was released as a double album in the US, and as a single disc in the UK. It debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart at number 12 on 2 November 2002 and spent 42 weeks on the chart. It was certified gold on 12 November 2002, and platinum on 10 January 2003, by the RIAA.[2]

The US version contained the highly successful Californian era of Fleetwood Mac's work (1975 onwards). It also featured the B-side "Silver Springs", the previously unreleased The Dance performance of "Go Insane", and several rare single remixes of key tracks, such as "Rhiannon" and "Sisters of the Moon". The enhanced section contained rare live performances, interviews, music videos and footage of the band making their next album.

The UK version of 2002 was not enhanced, and contained a few songs from the Peter Green-led blues era of Fleetwood Mac.

2009 re-release[edit]

In October 2009, the two-disc US version was released in the UK and many other territories in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, to coincide with the European and Australasian legs of the group's 'Unleashed' world tour. The re-released version features a different picture on the outer slipcase to previous releases, but does not contain the enhanced material of the 2002 US release.

The re-release has proven to be as successful in the UK as the previous 2002 release, and it re-entered the UK album chart at No. 6 (the 2002 edition had peaked at No. 7). Sales of both the 2002 edition and the 2009 edition combined have achieved 5x platinum status (shipping of 1,500,000) by December 2013.[3] The album has spent more than eight months within the top 40, and 330 weeks in the UK Top 200 by February 2014.[4]The album sold over 89,000 copies in the UK in 2013 having reached as high as #34 on the album chart earlier in the year.

It reached No. 1 on the Australian ARIA Catalogue Chart in December 2009, and achieved platinum status in New Zealand within only five weeks after release there.[5]

Track listing[edit]

UK track listing 2002 release[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Go Your Own Way"   Lindsey Buckingham Rumours, 1977 3:39
2. "Don't Stop"   Christine McVie Rumours 3:11
3. "Dreams"   Stevie Nicks Rumours 4:16
4. "Little Lies"   C. McVie, Eddy Quintela Mendonca Tango in the Night, 1987 3:38
5. "Everywhere"   C. McVie Tango in the Night 3:42
6. "Albatross"   Peter Green Non-album single, 1968; later appeared on The Pious Bird of Good Omen (UK) and English Rose (US), 1969 3:08
7. "You Make Loving Fun"   C. McVie Rumours 3:33
8. "Rhiannon" (Single mix, 1976) Nicks Fleetwood Mac, 1975 3:47
9. "Black Magic Woman"   Green Non-album single; later appeared on The Pious Bird of Good Omen and English Rose 2:51
10. "Tusk"   Buckingham Tusk, 1979 3:34
11. "Say You Love Me" (Single mix, 1976) C. McVie Fleetwood Mac 4:01
12. "Man of the World"   Green Non-album single, 1969; later appeared on Greatest Hits, 1971 2:50
13. "Seven Wonders"   Sandy Stewart, Nicks Tango in the Night 3:36
14. "Family Man"   Buckingham, Richard Dashut Tango in the Night 4:02
15. "Sara"   Nicks Tusk 6:27
16. "Monday Morning"   Buckingham Fleetwood Mac 2:45
17. "Gypsy"   Nicks Mirage, 1982 4:22
18. "Over My Head" (Single mix, 1975) C. McVie Fleetwood Mac 3:07
19. "Landslide"   Nicks Fleetwood Mac 3:15
20. "The Chain"   Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, C. McVie, John McVie, Nicks Rumours 4:29
21. "Big Love (Live, 1997)"   Buckingham The Dance, 1997; originally from Tango in the Night 2:47

US 2002 and UK 2009 track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Monday Morning"   Buckingham Fleetwood Mac 2:45
2. "Dreams"   Nicks Rumours 4:15
3. "You Make Loving Fun"   C. McVie Rumours 3:33
4. "Go Your Own Way"   Buckingham Rumours 3:40
5. "Rhiannon" (Single mix, 1976) Nicks "Rhiannon" single; original version found on Fleetwood Mac 3:46
6. "Say You Love Me" (Single mix, 1976) C. McVie "Say You Love Me" single; original version found on Fleetwood Mac 4:03
7. "I'm So Afraid (Live, 1997)" (Edited version) Buckingham unreleased in this edit; full version found on The Dance 6:01
8. "Silver Springs" (Remix, 1976) Nicks previously unreleased; original mix found on the "Go Your Own Way" single 4:30
9. "Over My Head" (Single mix) C. McVie "Over My Head" single; original version found on Fleetwood Mac 3:08
10. "Never Going Back Again"   Buckingham Rumours 2:14
11. "Sara"   Nicks Tusk 6:26
12. "Love in Store"   C. McVie, Jim Recor Mirage 3:10
13. "Tusk"   Buckingham Tusk 3:34
14. "Landslide"   Nicks Fleetwood Mac 3:17
15. "Songbird"   C. McVie   3:20
16. "Big Love (Live, 1997)"   Buckingham The Dance 2:48
17. "Storms"   Nicks Tusk 5:30
Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "The Chain"   Buckingham, Fleetwood, Nicks, C. McVie, J. McVie Rumours 4:29
2. "Don't Stop"   C. McVie Rumours 3:12
3. "What Makes You Think You're the One"   Buckingham Tusk 3:30
4. "Gypsy"   Nicks Mirage 4:22
5. "Second Hand News"   Buckingham Rumours 2:52
6. "Little Lies"   C. McVie, Mendonca Tango in the Night 3:39
7. "Think About Me" (Single mix, 1980) C. McVie "Think About Me" single; original version found on Tusk 2:42
8. "Go Insane (Live, 1997)"   Buckingham "Silver Springs" single 4:20
9. "Gold Dust Woman" (Fade-in version) Nicks Rumours 4:59
10. "Hold Me"   C. McVie, Robbie Patton Mirage 3:44
11. "Seven Wonders"   Stewart, Nicks Tango in the Night 3:38
12. "World Turning"   Buckingham, C. McVie Fleetwood Mac 4:24
13. "Everywhere"   C. McVie Tango in the Night 3:41
14. "Sisters of the Moon" (Single mix, 1980) Nicks Tusk 4:41
15. "Family Man"   Buckingham, Dashut Tango in the Night 4:01
16. "As Long as You Follow"   C. McVie, Mendonca Greatest Hits 4:18
17. "No Questions Asked"   Nicks Greatest Hits 4:42
18. "Skies the Limit"   C. McVie, Mendonca Behind the Mask 3:46
19. "Paper Doll"   Nicks, Rick Vito, John Herron 25 Years – The Chain 3:58

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 39
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[7] 11
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 75
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 31
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 7
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[11] 5
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 7
US Billboard 200[14] 12
Chart (2005) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[15] 27
Chart (2006) Peak
position
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[16] 61
Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 16
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 6
Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 11
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 7

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[20] Gold 20,000*
Australia (ARIA)[21] 8× Platinum 560,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[5] 7× Platinum 105,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[3] 5× Platinum 1,500,000^
United States (RIAA)[2] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[23] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
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