ARTIST: FLEETWOOD MAC
LABEL: WARNER BROTHERS
This Sunday (March 4th) at 9pm, you’re invited to share a listening session with some likeminded souls, wherever you might be. This can be experienced either alone or communally, and you don’t need to leave the comfort of your own home to participate. Full lowdown here:
I originally became aware of Fleetwood Mac via their chart topping single ‘Albatros’ (1969), an almost ambient instrumental opus that had your senses surfing on an ethereal wave of sound – band founder Peter Green’s hauntingly understated guitar a joy to behold.
Starting out as a British Blues band formed in 1967, and hailing from London, Fleetwood Mac took its name from 2 of its members, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. They went through a whole series of personnel changes before arriving at the ‘Rumours’ line-up of Fleetwood, McVie, his ex-wife, the singer and keyboard player Christine McVie, plus, re-inventing the band as an Anglo-American collective, Lindsay Buckingham (guitar / vocals) and singer Stevie Nicks. Their sound now embraced the Album-Oriented Rock (AOR) category that was so popular on FM radio in 70’s America, and ‘Rumours’ would be the perfect fit following its 1977 release, spawning 4 US Top 10 singles, ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘Dreams’ and ‘You Make Loving Fun’. It was radio gold.
However, this wasn’t music played in the clubs (at least not in those I worked in or went to back then). It wouldn’t be until later that the band’s Balearic credentials brought their music to the dancefloor, their 1987 single ‘Everywhere’ gaining anthemic status. In more recent times I’ve featured the wonderful Psychemagik edit of ‘Everywhere’, along with Rocco Raimundo’s take on ‘Dreams’, which I re-touched for the ‘We Love Dreams’ DJ Only 12″.
This goes to illustrate how Fleetwood Mac have a resonance that persists all these years on, their laid back style continuing to work its magic with a new generation of music enthusiasts.
Your own thoughts are always welcomed, and, should you join us for Sunday’s session, it’d be great if you could leave a comment here after you’ve listened to the album sharing your impressions – how the music affected you, who you listened to it with, where you were, plus anything else relevant to your own individual / collective experience.
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