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Fleetwood Mac

A band with a long and convoluted history, Fleetwood Mac was originally conceived as a heavy blues outfit in the tradition of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. It wasn't until Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Christine McVie enlisted the services of soft-rock duo Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham that the band took on its definitive form. In Buckingham the band acquired a prodigious guitar talent and a gifted lyricist whose occasionally daffy sensibilities nicely complemented the tender intimacies of Nicks and McVie. Though incestuous liaisons within the group threatened to tear it apart, these also sparked some of the band's greatest material. Witness Rumours, to this day one of the top ten best selling albums of all time. From the giddy, self-deprecating "Second Hand News" to the achingly beautiful "Gold Dust Woman," the album is painfully intimate -- and that's precisely what gives it power. Though a pair of mediocre releases in the '90s threatened to end the band's career with a whimper, The Dance (1997) restored Buckingham and Nicks to the fold and dusted the cobwebs off Fleetwood Mac's rich legacy.

Fleetwood Mac Concert Films

  • Classic Album: Rumours

    Fleetwood Mac

    Year: 1998

    Runtime: 60 min

    Oh, the heartache. Oh, the drug intake. And oh, the sales records they did break. It's all here in this 70-minute, 1997 chronicle of the making of one of pop music's biggest albums ever, Rumours. All five members of Fleetwood Mac's most successful incarnation are interviewed, and their comments are even more candid than the confessional songs ("Dreams," "Go Your Own Way" et al.) on the album itself; descriptions of the torturous process of making a record while John and Christine McVie's marriage and the Lindsey Buckingham- Stevie Nicks liaison were breaking up at the same time makes for compelling, if slightly discomfiting, viewing. Meanwhile, lest one forget that Rumours was terrific as well as revealing, plenty of attention is paid to the songs. Particularly fascinating (as with most Classic Albums packages) are the breakdowns of the separate instrumental and vocal components of individual tracks. A great tale, wonderfully told.
     
     
  • Live in Boston (Part 1)

    Fleetwood Mac

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 50 min

    Part 1: As one of the most popular and enduring acts for more than thirty-five years, Fleetwood Mac has seen it all. Anchored by the tight rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood on drums and John McVie on bass, Fleetwood Mac began as a hard-hitting British blues-rock act in 1967, featuring "Black Magic Woman" author, Peter Green. Over the next decade Fleetwood and McVie led the band through numerous personnel changes, including the exit of guitarists and Green and Jeremy Spencer, as psychedelic-era casualties. The band's personnel shuffling resulted in a late 1974 move to California. While auditioning engineers for their new album, Fleetwood and McVie were impressed by soft-rock songwriting duo: Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Shortly thereafter the rhythm section stalwarts invited the duo to join Fleetwood Mac, changing the course of the band's musical direction.
     
     
  • Live in Boston (Part 2)

    Fleetwood Mac

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 3 min

    Part 2
    Fleetwood Mac: Members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks unite for an evening that revisits the passion that propelled them to the top of the charts in a night of rocking classics

    The culmination of wrenching lyrics, harmonious delivery and purposeful melodies maintained by the rhythms of Fleetwood and McVie (the band’s namesakes), have endured several stylistic incarnations over the decades. Other performances include the dramatic “Rhiannon,” the early hit “Say You Love Me” and new releases “Peacekeeper,” “Goodbye Baby,” and Say You Will.”
     
     
  • The Dance

    Fleetwood Mac

    Year: 1997

    Runtime: 1 hr 46 min

    The Dance finds Fleetwood Mac rekindling their late ‘70s magic on stage with mostly successful results. Old friends and sparring partners Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie harmonize and take turns in the spotlight, backed as before by the sturdy rhythm section of John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Performing in a stripped-down format, the group reconsiders its past with a sense of perspective — Nicks in particular adds something new to signature songs like “Rhiannon” and “Landslide.” Buckingham acquits himself well on the always odd “Tusk” as well as such fresh tunes as the ferocious “My Little Demon” and the Appalachian-accented “Bleed to Love Her.” Christine McVie acts as a leavening force, rippling sweetly through “Say You Love Me” and gliding high on the new “Temporary One.” If there’s a centerpiece to this set, it’s Nicks’ “Silver Springs,” a devastating break-up ballad denied a spot on the Mac’s landmark Rumours album. The inevitable (but still welcome) “Don’t Stop” brings the set to a rousing conclusion.
     
     

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