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While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their careers, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo in the late '60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock act over the course of a decade. Throughout all of their incarnations, the only consistent members of Fleetwood Mac were drummerMick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie -- the rhythm section that provided the band with its name. Ironically, they had the least influence over the musical direction of the band. Originally, guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencerprovided the band with its gutsy, neo-psychedelic blues-rock sound, but as both guitarists descended into mental illness, the group began moving toward pop/rock with the songwriting of pianist Christine McVie. By the mid-'70s, Fleetwood Mac had relocated to California, where they added the soft rock duo of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to their lineup. Obsessed with the meticulously arranged pop of the Beach Boys and the Beatles, Buckingham helped the band become one of the most popular groups of the late '70s. Combining soft rock with the confessional introspection of singer/songwriters, Fleetwood Mac created a slick but emotional sound that helped 1977's Rumoursbecome one of the biggest-selling albums of all time. The band retained its popularity through the early '80s, when Buckingham, Nicks, and Christine McVie all began pursuing solo careers. The band reunited for one album, 1987's Tango in the Night, before splintering in the late '80s. Buckingham left the group initially, but the band decided to soldier on, releasing one other album before Nicks andMcVie left the band in the early '90s, hastening the group's commercial decline.

The roots of Fleetwood Mac lie in John Mayall's legendary British blues outfit, the Bluesbreakers. Bassist John McViewas one of the charter members of the Bluesbreakers, joining the group in 1963. In 1966 Peter Green replaced Eric Clapton, and a year later drummer Mick Fleetwood joined. Inspired by the success of Cream, the Yardbirds, and Jimi Hendrix, the trio decided to break away from Mayall in 1967. At their debut at the British Jazz and Blues Festival in August,Bob Brunning was playing bass in the group, since McViewas still under contract to Mayall. He joined the band a few weeks after their debut; by that time, slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer had joined the band. Fleetwood Mac soon signed with Blue Horizon, releasing their eponymous debut the following year. Fleetwood Mac was an enormous hit in the U.K., spending over a year in the Top Ten. Despite its British success, the album was virtually ignored in America. During 1968, the band added guitarist Danny Kirwan. The following year, they recorded Fleetwood Mac in Chicago with a variety of bluesmen, including Willie Dixon and Otis Spann. The set was released later that year, after the band had left Blue Horizon for a one-album deal with Immediate Records; in the U.S., they signed with Reprise/Warner Bros., and by 1970, Warner began releasing the band's British records as well.

Fleetwood Mac released English Rose and Then Play Onduring 1969, which both indicated that the band was expanding its music, moving away from its blues purist roots. That year, Peter Green's "Man of the World" and "Oh Well" were number two hits. Though his music was providing the backbone of the group, Green was growing increasingly disturbed due to his large ingestion of hallucinogenic drugs. After announcing that he was planning to give all of his earnings away, Green suddenly left the band in the spring of 1970; he released two solo albums over the course of the '70s, but he rarely performed after leaving Fleetwood Mac. The band replaced him with Christine Perfect, a vocalist/pianist who had earned a small but loyal following in the U.K. by singing with Spencer Davis and the Chicken Shack. She had already performed uncredited on Then Play On. Contractual difficulties prevented her from becoming a full-fledged member of Fleetwood Mac until 1971; by that time she had married John McVie.

Christine McVie didn't appear on 1970's Kiln House, the first album the band recorded without Peter Green. For that album, Jeremy Spencer dominated the band's musical direction, but he had also been undergoing mental problems due to heavy drug use. During the band's American tour in early 1971, Spencer disappeared; it was later discovered that he left the band to join the religious cult the Children of God. Fleetwood Mac had already been trying to determine the direction of their music, but Spencer's departure sent the band into disarray. Christine McVie and Danny Kirwanbegan to move the band towards mainstream rock on 1971'sFuture Games, but new guitarist Bob Welch exerted a heavy influence on 1972's Bare Trees. Kirwanwas fired after Bare Trees and was replaced by guitarists Bob Weston and Dave Walker, who appeared on 1973's Penguin. Walker left after that album, and Weston departed after making its follow-up, Mystery to Me (1973). In 1974, the group's manager, Clifford Davis, formed a bogusFleetwood Mac and had the band tour the U.S. The real Fleetwood Mac filed and won a lawsuit against the imposters -- after losing, they began performing under the name Stretch -- but the lawsuit kept the band off the road for most of the year. In the interim, they released Heroes Are Hard to Find. Late in 1974, Fleetwood Mac moved to California, with hopes of restarting their career. Welch left the band shortly after the move to form Paris.

Early in 1975, Fleetwood and McVie were auditioning engineers for the band's new album when they heardBuckingham-Nicks, an album recorded by the soft rock duoLindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. The pair were asked to join the group and their addition revived the band's musical and commercial fortunes. Not only did Buckinghamand Nicks write songs, but they brought distinctive talents the band had been lacking. Buckingham was a skilled pop craftsman, capable of arranging a commercial song while keeping it musically adventurous. Nicks had a husky voice and a sexy, hippie gypsy stage persona that gave the band a charismatic frontwoman. The new lineup of Fleetwood Mac released their eponymous debut in 1975 and it slowly became a huge hit, reaching number one in 1976 on the strength of the singles "Over My Head," "Rhiannon," and "Say You Love Me." The album would eventually sell over five million copies in the U.S. alone.

While Fleetwood Mac had finally attained their long-desired commercial success, the band was fraying apart behind the scenes. The McVies divorced in 1976, and Buckingham andNicks' romance ended shortly afterward. The internal tensions formed the basis for the songs on their next album,Rumours. Released in the spring of 1977, Rumours became a blockbuster success, topping the American and British charts and generating the Top Ten singles "Go Your Own Way," "Dreams," "Don't Stop," and "You Make Loving Fun." It would eventually sell over 17 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it the second biggest-selling album of all time.Fleetwood Mac supported the album with an exhaustive, lucrative tour and then retired to the studio to record their follow-up to Rumours. A wildly experimental double album conceived largely byBuckingham, 1979's Tusk didn't duplicate the enormous success of Rumours, yet it did go multi-platinum and featured the Top Ten singles "Sara" and "Tusk." In 1980, they released the double albumLive.

Following the Tusk tour, Fleetwood, Buckingham, and Nicksall recorded solo albums. Of the solo projects, Stevie Nicks'Bella Donna (1981) was the most successful, peaking at number one and featuring the hit singles "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Leather and Lace," and "Edge of Seventeen."Buckingham's Law and Order (1981) was a moderate success, spawning the Top Ten "Trouble." Fleetwood, for his part, made a world music album called The Visitor.Fleetwood Mac reconvened in 1982 for Mirage. More conventional and accessible than Tusk, Mirage reached number one and featured the hit singles "Hold Me" and "Gypsy." After Mirage, Buckingham, Nicks, and Christine McVie all worked on solo albums.

The hiatus was due to a variety of reasons. Each member had his or her own manager, Nickswas becoming the group's breakaway star, Buckingham was obsessive in the studio, and each member was suffering from various substance addictions. Nicks was able to maintain her popularity, with The Wild Heart (1983) and Rock a Little(1985) both reaching the Top 15. Christine McVie also had a Top Ten hit with "Got a Hold on Me" in 1984. Buckinghamreceived the strongest reviews of all, but his 1984 album Go Insane failed to generate a hit. Fleetwood Mac reunited to record a new album in 1985. Buckingham, who had grown increasingly frustrated with the musical limitations of the band, decided to make it his last Fleetwood Mac project. When the resulting album,Tango in the Night, was finally released in 1987, it was greeted with mixed reviews but strong sales, reaching the Top Ten and generating the Top 20 hits "Little Lies," "Seven Wonders," and "Everywhere."

Buckingham decided to leave Fleetwood Mac after completing Tango in the Night, and the group replaced him with guitarists Billy Burnette and Rick Vito. The new lineup of the band recorded their first album, Behind the Mask, in 1990. It became the band's first album since 1975 to not go gold. Following its supporting tour, Nicks and Christine McVie announced they would continue to record with the group, but not tour. Vito left the band in 1991, and the group released the box set 25 Years -- The Chain the following year. The classic Fleetwood Mac lineup of Fleetwood, the McVies, Buckingham, and Nicks reunited to play PresidentBill Clinton's inauguration in early 1993, but the concert did not lead to a full-fledged reunion. Later that year, Nicks left the band and was replaced by Bekka Bramlett and Dave Mason; Christine McVie left the group shortly afterward.

The new lineup of Fleetwood Mac began touring in 1994, releasing Timethe following year to little attention. While the new version of Fleetwood Mac wasn't commercially successful, neither were the solo careers of Buckingham, Nicks, and McVie, prompting speculation of a full-fledged reunion in 1997. Soon these whispers proved to be true, as the classic Rumours quintet reunited for a live performance that became the 1997 album The Dance. The album performed well, debuting at number one on Billboard and generating an adult contemporary hit in the new version of "Landslide." Fleetwood Mac supported The Dance with a tour that lasted throughout the year and, early in 1998, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Not long afterward, Christine McVie announced she was leaving the band.

Her departure may have slowed the speed of Fleetwood Mac's reunion, but the remaining quartet set to work writing and recording a new album. The resulting Say You Willappeared in April of 2003; it was their first studio album in eight years and the first in 16 to feature Buckingham andNicks. Say You Will performed well -- it went gold in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, with the singles "Peacekeeper" and "Say You Will" reaching the U.S. Adult Contemporary Top 20 -- and the accompanying international tour was a success. After a few quiet years where Buckingham resumed his solo career and the group unsuccessfully courted Sheryl Crow as a replacement for Christine McVie, they reconvened for a tour in 2009.

Four years later, the group celebrated the 35th anniversary of Rumours with a new deluxe box reissue accompanied by a tour. As the tour got underway in April, the band unexpectedly released a four-track Extended Play of new material; it received good notices and entered the U.S. charts at 48. During a three-night stint at London's O2 in September 2013, Christine McVie appeared withFleetwood Mac for the first time in 15 years. In January of 2014, the band announced that Christinewas rejoining the group and they started recording a new album. The progress on the new album was slow and steady, partially due to individual solo projects, partially due to interruptions caused by the band's ongoing world tour; they played international dates in both 2014 and 2015. As the group continued to chip away at their new record, they released a super deluxe reissue of Tusk in time for the holidays of 2015.

-- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


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The ChainThe Chain (live)
TuskTusk (live)
Go Your Own WayGo Your Own Way


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Fleetwood Mac1968Fleetwood Mac
Mr. Wonderful1968Mr. Wonderful
English Rose1969English Rose
Then Play On1969Then Play On
Kiln House1970Kiln House
Future Games1971Future Games
Bare Trees1972Bare Trees
Mystery to Me1973Mystery to Me
Heroes Are Hard to Find	1974Heroes Are Hard to Find
Fleetwood Mac1975Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac Live1980Fleetwood Mac Live
Jumping at Shadows1985Jumping at Shadows
Tango in the Night1987Tango in the Night
Behind the Mask1990Behind the Mask
The Fleetwood Mac Family Album1996The Fleetwood Mac Family Album
The Dance1997The Dance
Say You Will2003Say You Will


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1968     Fleetwood Mac

01. My Heart Beat Like a Hammer
02. Merry-Go-Round
03. Long Grey Mare
04. Hellhound on My Trail
05. Shake Your Moneymaker
06. Looking for Somebody
07. No Place to Go
08. My Baby's Good to Me
09. I Loved Another Woman
10. Cold Black Night
11. The World Keep on Turning
12. Got to Move
13. My Heart Beat Like a Hammer
14. Merry-Go-Round
15. I Loved Another Woman (Takes 1, 2, 3 & 4)
16. I Loved Another Woman (Takes 5 & 6)
17. Cold Black Night (Takes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6)
18. You're So Evil
19. I'm Coming Home to Stay

1968     Mr. Wonderful

01. Stop Messin' Round
02. I've Lost My Baby
03. Rollin' Man
04. Dust My Broom
05. Love That Burns
06. Doctor Brown
07. Need Your Love Tonight
08. If You Be My Baby
09. Evenin' Boogie
10. Lazy Poker Blues
11. Coming Home
12. Trying So Hard To Forget

1969     English Rose

01. Stop Messin' Round
02. Jigsaw Puzzle Blues
03. Doctor Brown
04. Something Inside Of Me
05. Evenin' Boogie
06. Love That Burns
07. Black Magic Woman
08. I've Lost My Baby
09. One Sunny Day
10. Without You
11. Coming Home
12. Albatross
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1969     Then Play On

01. Coming Your Way
02. Closing My Eyes
03. Fighting For Madge
04. When You Say
05. Show Biz Blues
06. Underway
07. One Sunny Day
08. Although The Sun Is Shining
09. Rattlesnake Shake
10. Without You
11. Searching For Madge
12. My Dream
13. Like Crying
14. Before The Beginning
15. Oh Well - Pt. 1
16. Oh Well - Pt. 2
17. The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)
18. World In Harmony

1970     Kiln House

01. This Is The Rock
02. Station Man
03. Blood On The Floor
04. Hi Ho Silver
05. Jewel Eyed Judy
06. Buddy's Song
07. Earl Gray
08. One Together
09. Tell Me All The Things You Do
10. Mission Bell

1971     Future Games

01. Woman Of 1000 Years
02. Morning Rain
03. What A Shame
04. Future Games
05. Sands Of Time
06. Sometimes
07. Lay It All Down
08. Show Me A Smile

1972     Bare Trees

01. Child Of Mine
02. The Ghost
03. Homeward Bound
04. Sunny Side Of Heaven
05. Bare Trees
06. Sentimental Lady
07. Danny's Chant
08. Spare Me A Little Of Your Love
09. Dust
10. Thoughts On A Grey Day

1973     Penguin

01. Remember Me
02. Bright Fire
03. Dissatisfied
04. (I'm A) Road Runner
05. The Derelict
06. Revelation
07. Did You Ever Love Me
08. Night Watch
09. Caught In The Rain

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1973     Mystery to Me

01. Emerald Eyes
02. Believe Me
03. Just Crazy Love
04. Hypnotized
05. Forever
06. Keep On Going
07. The City
08. Miles Away
09. Somebody
10. The Way I Feel
11. For Your Love
12. Why

1974     Heroes Are Hard to Find

01. Heroes Are Hard To Find
02. Coming Home
03. Angel
04. Bermuda Triangle
05. Come A Little Bit Closer
06. She's Changing Me
07. Bad Loser
08. Silver Heels
09. Prove Your Love
10. Born Enchanter
11. Safe Harbour

1975     Fleetwood Mac

01. Monday Morning
02. Warm Ways
03. Blue Letter
04. Rhiannon
05. Over My Head
06. Crystal
07. Say You Love Me
08. Landslide
09. World Turning
10. Sugar Daddy
11. I'm So Afraid

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1977     Rumours

01. Second Hand News
02. Dreams
03. Never Going Back Again
04. Don't Stop
05. Go Your Own Way
06. Songbird
07. The Chain
08. You Make Loving Fun
09. I Don't Want To Know
10. Oh Daddy
11. Gold Dust Woman


1979     Tusk

01. Over & Over
02. The Ledge
03. Think About Me
04. Save Me A Place
05. Sara
06. What Makes You Think You're The One
07. Storms
08. That's All For Everyone
09. Not That Funny
10. Sisters Of The Moon
11. Angel
12. That's Enough For Me
13. Brown Eyes
14. Never Make Me Cry
15. I Know I'm Not Wrong
16. Honey Hi
17. Beautiful Child
18. Walk A Thin Line
19. Tusk
20. Never Forget

1980     Fleetwood Mac Live

Disc One

01. Monday Morning (Live Version)
02. Say You Love Me (Live Version)
03. Dreams (Live Version)
04. Oh Well - Pt. 1 (Live Version)
05. Over & Over (Live Version)
06. Sara (Live Version)
07. Not That Funny (Live Version)
08. Never Going Back Again (Live Version)
09. Landslide (Live Version)
Disc Two

01. Fireflies (Live Version)
02. Over My Head (Live Version)
03. Rhiannon (Live Version)
04. Don't Let Me Down Again (Live Version)
05. One More Night (Live Version)
06. Go Your Own Way (Live Version)
07. Don't Stop (Live Version)
08. I'm So Afraid (Live Version)
09. The Farmer's Daughter (Live Version)
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1982     Mirage

01. Love In Store
02. Can't Go Back
03. That's Alright
04. Book of Love
05. Gypsy
06. Only Over You
07. Empire State
08. Straight Back
09. Hold Me
10. Oh Diane
11. Eyes of the World
12. Wish You Were Here

1985     Jumping at Shadows

01. Oh Well
02. Like It This Way
03. World in Harmony
04. Only You
05. Black Magic Woman
06. Jumping at Shadows
07. Can't Hold On

1987     Tango in the Night

01. Big Love
02. Seven Wonders
03. Everywhere
04. Caroline
05. Tango In The Night
06. Mystified
07. Little Lies
08. Family Man
09. Welcome To The Room...Sara
10. Isn't It Midnight
11. When I See You Again
12. You And I, Part II
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1990     Behind the Mask

01. Save Me
02. Behind the Mask
03. Freedom
04. Skies The Limit
05. In The Back Of My Mind
06. Affairs Of The Heart
07. Do You Know
08. When The Sun Goes Down
09. The Second Time
10. Love Is Dangerous
11. Hard Feelings
12. When It Comes To Love
13. Stand On The Rock

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1995     Time

01. Talkin' To My Heart
02. Hollywood (Some Other Kind Of Town)
03. Blow By Blow
04. Winds Of Change
05. I Do
06. Nothing Without You
07. Dreamin' The Dream
08. Sooner Or Later
09. I Wonder Why
10. Nights In Estoril
11. I Got It In For You
12. All Over Again
13. These Strange Times

1996     The Fleetwood Mac Family Album

01. Respectable-Cheynes
02. If You Wanna Be Happy-Peter B's Looners
03. Double Trouble-John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
04. Fleetwood Mac-Fleetwood Mac
05. I'd Rather Go Blind-Chicken Shack
06. The Shape I'm In-Jeremy Spencer
07. When You Say-Christine Perfect
08. Put A Record On-Tramp
09. Ram Jam City-Danny Kirwan
10. Sentimental Lady-Bob Welch
11. We Just Disagree-Dave Mason
12. Gold-John Stewart
13. Don't Say No-Billy Burnette
14. Rattlesnake Shake-Mich Fleetwood
15. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around-Stevie Nicks
16. Now I Know-John McVie
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1997     The Dance

01. The Chain (Live Album Version)
02. Dreams (Live Album Version)
03. Everywhere (Live Album Version)
04. Rhiannon (Live Album Version)
05. I'm So Afraid
06. Temporary One (Live Album Version)
07. Bleed To Love Her (Live Album Version)
08. Big Love (Live Album Version)
09. Landslide (Live Album Version)
10. Say You Love Me (Cd Live Album Version)
11. My Little Demon (Live Album Version)
12. Silver Springs (Live Album Version)
13. You Make Loving Fun (Live Album Version)
14. Sweet Girl (Live Album Version)
15. Go Your Own Way (Live Album Version)
16. Tusk (Live Album Version)
17. Don't Stop (Live Album Version)

2003     Say You Will

01. What's The World Coming To
02. Murrow Turning Over In His Grave
03. Illume (9-11)
04. Thrown Down
05. Miranda
06. Red Rover
07. Say You Will
08. Peacekeeper
09. Come
10. Smile At You
11. Running Through The Garden
12. Silver Girl
13. Steal Your Heart Away
14. Bleed To Love Her
15. Everybody Finds Out
16. Destiny Rules
17. Say Goodbye
18. Goodbye Baby
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