FLEETWOOD MAC - Original 1, 2, 3 CD Box Set (1996)
Fleetwood Mac were formed in 1967 in London when Peter Green left the British blues band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Green had replaced guitarist Eric Clapton in the Bluesbreakers, and received critical acclaim for his work on their album A Hard Road. After he had been in the Bluesbreakers for some time, Green asked if drummer Mick Fleetwood could replace Aynsley Dunbar. Green had been in two bands with Fleetwood—"Peter B's Looners" and the subsequent "Shotgun Express" (which featured a young vocalist named Rod Stewart). John Mayall agreed and Fleetwood became a member of the band. The Bluesbreakers now consisted of Green, Fleetwood, John McVie and Mayall. Mayall gave Green free recording time as a gift, in which Fleetwood, McVie and Green recorded five songs. The fifth song was an instrumental which Green named after the rhythm section, "Fleetwood Mac". Green contacted Fleetwood to form a new band. The pair desperately wanted McVie on bass and even named the band 'Fleetwood Mac' as a way to entice him. However McVie opted for steady work with Mayall rather than the unknown of a new band. In the meantime Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood teamed up with talented slide player Jeremy Spencer and bassist Bob Brunning, who was in the band on the understanding that he would leave if and when McVie agreed to join. The Green, Fleetwood, Spencer, Brunning version of the band made its debut on 13 August 1967 at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival. Within weeks of this show, John McVie agreed to become the bassist for the band.
Fleetwood Mac's first album, Fleetwood Mac, was a no-frills blues album and was released on the Blue Horizon label in February 1968. In fact there were no other players on the album (except for the song "Long Grey Mare", which was recorded when Bob Brunning was in the band). The album was successful in the UK, hitting no.4, though it did not have any singles on it. The band soon released two singles "Black Magic Woman" (later a big hit for Santana) and "Need Your Love So Bad".
The band's second album, Mr. Wonderful, was released in August 1968. Like the first it was an all-blues album, but this time they made a few changes. The album was recorded live in the studio with miked amplifiers and PA system, rather than pled into the board. This method provided the ideal environment for producing this style of music, and gave it an authentically vintage sound. They also added horns and featured a friend of the band on keyboards, Christine Perfect of Chicken Shack.
Shortly after the release of their second album Fleetwood Mac added guitarist Danny Kirwan, then just eighteen years old, to their line-up. Green had been frustrated that Jeremy Spencer had little desire to contribute to Green's songs. A mature and accomplished self-taught guitarist, Kirwan's signature vibrato and unique style added a new dimension to an already complete band. With Kirwan the band released their first number one single in Europe, "Albatross". Around this time they released their second American album, English Rose, which contained half of Mr. Wonderful, new songs from Kirwan, and their third European album called The Pious Bird of Good Omen, which was a collection of singles, B-sides, and a selection of some work the band did with Eddie Boyd.
CD 1 - Fleetwood Mac (1968):
01. My Heart Beats 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 Keeps On Turning 12. Got To Move
CD 2 - Mr.Wonderful (1968):
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
CD 3 - The Pious Bird Of Good Omen (1969):
01. Need Your Love So Bad 02. Comin' Home 03. Rambling Pony 04. The Big Boat 05. I Believe My Time Ain't Long 06. The Sun Is Shining 07. Albatross 08. Black Magic Woman 09. Just The Blues 10. Jigsaw Puzzle Blues 11. Looking For Somebody 12. Stop Messin' Round
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