We may or may not have done this poll before. But if we had, it’s lost to hackers’ delight. Besides, who really cares if we do it again. It’s especially relevant right now with the fresh news that Rhino Records would be reissuing Then Play On, the 1969 fan favorite from the Peter Green/Jeremy Spencer/Danny Kirwan era of Fleetwood Mac (never mind Mick and John as they were there from the beginning, and they still are. They’re mainstays).
For those that didn’t catch the news, Rhino will release Then Play On August 19 (UK), and August 20 (US). And of course, many of us are hoping that Rhino won’t stop there as there are many other sweet ones to bring back and freshen up, Bare Trees among them.
Since the news is fresh, and there is plenty of discussion about it going in various corners of the matrix, let’s add to the chatter.
Many of us enjoy the Lindsay Buckingham/Stevie Nicks era of Fleetwood Mac. And there is a smaller portion – myself included – that enjoy the music of earlier versions of Fleetwood Mac, perhaps more than the B/N period. Then there are those that just simply enjoy Fleetwood Mac period!
And now’s a great time to bring it up again (if we had previously done so). Which Fleetwood Mac album or selection of albums are the best to enjoy. For me, I have such a soft spot for Then Play On, Bare Trees, Heroes Are Hard To Find, and Future Games. When the eponymous 1975 album was released, I’ll admit to being taken aback. But it wasn’t the hits that eventually drew me in, it was Christine McVie’s extraordinary “Warm Ways” that caught my rapt attention. With her sexy voice, and the beautiful layers with its haunting guitars, I soon became a fan of the song, just less for the rest.
That’s my own perosnal take. Let’s hear yours.