Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac – [Record 38]
Fleetwood Mac: is the tenth album by the British-American band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1975. It was the band’s second self-titled album; the first was their 1968 album. To avoid confusion, it is often referred to as the White Album, in reference both to the album’s artwork and to The Beatles’ own self-titled album. This is the first Fleetwood Mac album to feature Lindsey Buckingham as guitarist and Stevie Nicks as vocalist, after Bob Welch departed the band in late 1974. The album was also the group’s last to be released under the Reprise label until 1990’s Behind the Mask (the group’s subsequent albums until then were released through Warner Bros. Records, Reprise’s parent company).
The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 over a year after entering the chart, spent 37 weeks within the top 10, and more than fifteen months within the top 40. It launched three top twenty singles: “Over My Head”, “Rhiannon” and “Say You Love Me”, the last two falling just short of the top ten, both at No. 11. In 1976, it was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA representing shipments of five million units.
Until the release of this album, Fleetwood Mac’s albums generally sold around 300,000 – 350,000 copies apiece. This album helped launch them as musical superstars with an almost constant radio presence (which would be continued with their even more popular follow-up, Rumours). In 2003, the album was ranked No. 182 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In Britain, the album was initially largely ignored and the first three singles lifted from the album failed to chart, therefore, generating limited interest in the album and the new line-up of the band. Only “Say You Love Me” charted on the UK Singles Chart and it reached No. 40. With the massive success of Rumours in 1977 and interest in the band re-ignited, Fleetwood Mac was issued again in 1978, along with the re-release of “Rhiannon” which peaked just outside the Top 40 at No. 46. The album eventually peaked at #23 on the UK Album Chart but was a prelude to a run of hugely successful albums for the band in Britain, including four multi-platinum number ones: Rumours, Tusk, Tango in the Night and Behind the Mask.
1. Monday Morning.
2. Warm Ways.
3. Blue Letter.
5. Over My Head.
7. Say You Love Me.
9. World Turning.
10. Sugar Daddy.
11. I’m So Afraid.
Additional information: “Warm Ways” was the first single lifted from the album in 1975 in the UK. It was not released as a single in the United States. All singles from Fleetwood Mac are remixes, noticeably different from the album versions, as included on the 2004 re-issue. A ‘single mix’ was also created for “Blue Letter” and this version was originally only available as the B-side to the “Warm Ways” single from 1975.
Although it was written by Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham sang lead on the song “Crystal”. It originally appeared (also sung by Lindsey) on the duo’s 1973 Buckingham Nicks album. Stevie later recorded it as a solo song (with backing vocals from Sheryl Crow) for the soundtrack of the 1998 film Practical Magic.
Both “Rhiannon” and “Monday Morning” were written during the Buckingham Nicks days, and performed live by the duo although not recorded. The early version of Rhiannon was played much faster, in what was described by one reviewer of the time as a ‘polka’ style.
The album was referenced in the 2000 film High Fidelity, during the scene where lead character Rob (played by John Cusack) is sorting his record collection into autobiographical order while holding a copy of Fleetwood Mac.
“Landslide” was eventually released as a single in the USA in 1998 after it became one of the most popular tracks from the live reunion album The Dance. It reached No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.