A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
We played this copy against a number of British Imports and this copy was clearly the undisputed champion. The sound here is OUT OF THIS WORLD. The music on this album was recorded when they were still a blues band — tracks left off their early albums for one reason or another. As is so often the case with unreleased material, these songs do not have that overproduced, too-many-generations-of-tape sound. This sounds like Fleetwood Mac live in the studio most of the time. In other words, awesome. If the drum sound on the first track isn’t enough to convince you this is an amazing sounding record, I don’t know what would.
These British imports are the way to go. The domestic copies are definitely made from a dub. They sound good, but they don’t sound this good!
Leaving Town Blues
A Fool No More
Mean Old Fireman
Can’t Afford To Do It
Love That Woman
Allow Me One More Show
First Train Home
Rambling Pony No. 2
As far as odds and ends packages go, Original Fleetwood Mac (1971) is an undeniably strong collection culled primarily from the band’s first incarnation, featuring John McVie (bass/guitar), Mick Fleetwood (drums), Peter Green (guitar/vocals), and Jeremy Spencer (guitar/piano/vocals).
As evidenced by the material, this quartet are an unmistakably blues-based combo. Early on they distinguished themselves as not only interpreters of traditional fare, but skilled composers, especially Green, who penned the vast majority of these selections…
Green’s total envelopment of the blues, coupled with equally inspired guitar craft, illuminate the traditional “Drifting” and “First Train Home,” as well as an adventurous, hopped-up cover of Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” titled “Rambling Pony No. 2.”
“Watch Out” reveals Fleetwood Mac’s decidedly jazzier visage. While the driving upbeat rhythm is deeply rooted in a Chicago-style delivery, Green’s fretwork is undeniably fresh, giving the outing fuel for the combo’s fiery contributions.