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While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their careers, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo in the late '60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock act over the course of a decade. Throughout all of their incarnations, the only consistent members of Fleetwood Mac ... Read more in Amazon's Fleetwood Mac Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KD3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Child Of Mine
2. The Ghost
3. Homeward Bound
4. Sunny Side Of Heaven
5. Bare Trees
6. Sentimental Lady
7. Danny's Chant
8. Spare Me A Little Of Your Love
9. Dust
10. Thoughts On A Grey Day

Editorial Reviews

McVie, Welch and especially Danny Kirwin gave Fleetwood Mac some of their greatest songs of the era: Spare Me a Little of Your Love; Sentimental Lady; Dust; Danny's Chant; Bare Trees , and more. 1972 release.

Customer Reviews

The entire album is very good EXCEPT the stupid ending.
paul r shaar
One of the best Fleetwood Mac albums, before Stevie Nicks or Lindsey Buckingham, when Christie Mcvie was Queen.
The melody is so gorgeous and there is a sense of longing in her lyrics that really touches my soul.
Michael Morales

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101 of 106 people found the following review helpful By S. R. on October 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Fleetwood Mac recorded Bare Trees in 1972 when Danny Kirwan was only 22. He was filing the large shoes of legend Peter Green which at the time was the consensus guitar god of the era. Folk would write "Clapton is God" on the subway walls in London, only to have others write underneath "Green is better than God". The Mac also had lost guitarist Jeremey Spencer and his rock and roll revival stage antics, thus pushing the shy guitarist Kirwan out into the spotlight. A place he would rather not be. Kirwan steps up, however, and delivers 5 top-notch songs for the Mac which all hold up to the high standards already in place in the band with Christine McVie. Newcomer Bob Welch adds a couple fine songs here most notably "Sentimental Lady". Kirwan's guitar is all over the tracks blending several styles, too boot. It's a nice look into the shy guitarists songbag at a very early age. Especially nice that his talents in songwriting seem to be beyond his young years. Everyone knows about Kirwan's later life problems and everyone knows about the things to come for the Mac, but the real story here is Kirwan's talents on a rather obscure Mac effort.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mike on February 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Just like "Future Games", why didn't this album break Fleetwood Mac into the mainstream? The music is absolutely breathtaking. True, it may sound more commercial than the early blues material that made the band in the first place, but the fact that this album never got so big definitely helps the music's credibility.

Danny Kirwan asserts himself more than ever by contributing, a staggering 5 (count 'em) 5 songs! out of the 9 on this album. He balances his songwriting between amicable pop (the title track), bluesy rock ("Child Of Mine", "Danny's Chant"), and folk-ish balladry and instrumentation ("Sunny Side Of Heaven", "Dust").

Christine McVie and Bob Welch with two songs each, equal in depth to Kirwan's 5. McVie's "Homeward Bound", while not anything like the more famous Simon & Garfunkel tune, definitely invokes similar imagery, albeit more desperate in the author's want and need to just get home and relax.

Welch's "The Ghost" just rolls along at a whirlwind pace, brought on by John McVie and Bob Welch dueling for dominance in the intro, which gives way to a haunting combination of slide guitar and a Mellotron Flute drenched in reverb courtesy of Christine McVie.

The almost obligatory love songs actually offer a bit of variety on this album. McVie's "Spare Me A Little Of Your Love" holds it own against her stream of late 70's/early 80's hits, while Welch's "Sentimental Lady" (which, I must say, the version on here bests Welch's late 70's reinterpretation megahit by leaps and bounds) shows how important it really to hold on those lost moments with the one you love.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Bare Trees finds Bob Welch and Christine McVie taking an even greater role in the band. They contribute their strongest work to date and Danny Kirwan's work is impressive as well. Ms. McVie's "Homeward Bound" is a superb song that showed her gifts as a songwriter and singer were immense. Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady" is his signature and is slightly different than the version he had a hit with in 1977. This version has a more pronounced backing vocal from Christine McVie, but in any version it is a gorgeous song. Mr. Kirwan provides the scorching "Danny's Chant" and the somber "Dust". Bare Trees would prove to be his swan song with the band, but he left on a high note. Bare Trees is the finest pre Buckingham-Nicks Mac album and ranks among the finest the band has ever done in any form.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By JoyBoy on October 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Why isn't this music (along with Future Games) REMASTERED? These two albums I have loved since the 70s capture a breathtaking part of the legacy that IS Fleetwood Mac, and from my point of view, blows away almost every album created by the later hit-driven incarnation with Lyndsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. The Fleetwood Mac on Bare Trees and Future Games (Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine Perfect (McVie), Danny Kirwan, who wrote half the songs on Bare Trees, and Bob Welch).....still felt the echo of the band's past glory, and the echoes of the sixties ending, and used it to look forward and create atmospheric, intriguing, complex, and meaningful music. And...this album ROCKS with great guitar work by Kirwan and Welch that leave later Mac albums in shame. From Bob Welch's haunting 'The Ghost' and the original version of his later hit 'Sentimental Lady' (better on this album), to Danny Kirwan's rock anthems 'Child of Mine' and title track 'Bare Trees' to the introspective 'Dust', this album leaves the listener wanting more. I am at a loss why Mick Fleetwood and John McVie would remaster the later Mac catalogue, yet leave these REAL gems Bare Trees and Future Games not re-issued to save these great moments of the band's history. The music suffers from the direct to disc transfer, yet the magic in it shines through. I am also disappointed that the songs from these two albums never appear on Mac compilations. For a lot of us THIS group was the Fleetwood Mac that had a message, and, sorry to say, later versions of the band were mere hit factories.
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What is up with the lack of early Fleetwood Mac MP3s
I have to think because Warner never actually remastered the original tapes to cd's. You listen to the 80's CD of Then Play On it sounds like they mic'd up a turn table! A SHAME!
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