Where is the album, "Then Play On"?
Will somebody please tell me why this classic Fleetwood Mac album, full of classic blues rock riffs, unlike the girly pop dreck they devolved into with McVie and Nicks, is not anywhere to be found on iTunes? Mick Fleetwood himself, called it his favorite album. But, nowhere on iTunes? Are you kidding me?
A rare find.
By Willy Loughran
Early fleet wood Mac great
Early Fleetwood Mac was a fine blues band.
British blues might seem like a mixed metaphor but it has given us the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, and many other noted artists. John Mayall's Blues Breakers was the Great Mother of all the purist wing which spawned the original Fleetwood Mac. Early Fleetwood Mac doesn't sound at all like later Fleetwood Mac, in case you didn't know. But if you like Mayall you will like (very) early Fleetwood Mac which may be defined as any disc with Peter Green or Jeremy Spencer in the band. Green and Spencer are great guitarists and Spencer does the best Elmore James imitation I've ever heard. He's almost better than Elmore James! And of course MacVie and Fleetwood are a great rhythm section. On the downside, a lot of the Elmore James style tracks sound alike -- a criticism that could be leveled at James as well: he had that one lick that he loved so much he played it most every song. Doctor Brown is my favorite track, a really amusing bawdy blues named after the Cel-Ray Tonic.
if you like horns
if you like horns, you will more than likely appreciate this album. It is saturated with horns. It is probably my least favorite. I prefer the grittiness of their other albums. Where in the hell is English Rose? Mick in drag? No wonder its not available. No doubt, early Mac was the finest in English Blues. Listen to Jigsaw Puzzle Blues.
The Best British Blues Band.
Buy it. See for your self... some are covers and some are a bit chesey but great album over all!
Letdown For Album #2
Hey, it isn't terrible, but compared to it's predecessor it is a letdown. For some reason the band seems a little uninspired in both songwriting and performance. It seems about half these songs got the same "Elmore James - style" guitar treatment rather than trying to be a little more original. Still. there are some good songs. Rollin' Man is probably my favorite here.
Mr. Wonderful - Three and a Half Stars
By Mr. Wonderful - Three and a Half Stars
Decent album. Not nearly as good as their first, but has some real good tracks. Unless you are a big Peter Green Fleetwood Mac fan, you probably will be dissappointed. Overall it is a decent album.
Most of this album is re-tread standard blues-originals or repo's. Peter Green must have been hiding in a broom closet during most of the recordings. He does emerge on a couple tracks, giving you the feeling that he and the band began to figure out where the talent lie.