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Chain 25 Years [Box set]

Fleetwood MacAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (January 21, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0009WQ3P0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4-CD Box Set Of Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits - Contains many demos and other obscure rarities

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Definitive Retrospective June 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
When this box set was released in 1992, it was to commemorate 25 years of what had become one of the biggest selling bands of the seventies. So, why has it gone out of print? For starters, fans of the Buckingham/Nicks hit-making version of Fleetwood Mac will be better served by 2002's two-disc THE VERY BEST OF. Fans of the earlier versions of the band (and there were many) that included, at various times, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, Jeremy Spencer and Bob Welch, will be sady disappointed by their limited inclusion.

Of the first three discs, all of the songs but two are from 1977's breakout FLEETWOOD MAC or later. That leaves only disc four to tell the rest of the Fleetwood Mac story. While it's difficult to argue with what gets included on this final disc (from their first U.K. single "I believe My Time Ain't Long" through Peter Green's classic "Black Magic Woman"), to include only one track (Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady") from a classic album like BARE TREES then turn around and include four tracks from 1990's mediocre BEHIND THE MASK, only serves to show that the compilers were not really interested in telling the band's full history.

Another problem with this box set is the sequencing. The four new recordings are scattered throughout disc one. The songs are not presented chronologically--you hear "Over My Head" (1975), followed by "Little Lies" (1987), then "Eyes of the World" (1982)--which provides for a haphazard listening experience.

Also at issue is the 64-page booklet. It contains dozens of photos, but not a single word on the history of the band. Sure, they include a roster of each of the various incarnations of Fleetwood Mac as well as a U.S./U.K. singles and album discography, but nothing else.

I purchased my copy as a factory sealed cut-out for only $10 so I can't complain too much, but this could have been so much better. [Disc-1 73:24, Disc-2 72:17; Disc-3 75:08; Disc-4 72:37]
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mac Anthology - Sounds Great! January 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I really love this collection. It's not a greatest hits collection, although a good effort was made to select the best material. It is an anthology, giving an overview of many of the personalities, musical styles, and high-points of this incredibly durable band. The tracks are not organized chronologically. I really like this feature: I think significant effort was put into the choice and the order of the material; and it flows nicely.

Four discs, 72 tracks, including 4 new songs, 5 unreleased songs, 2 live and unreleased songs, and 9 alternative mix songs, so 28% of the total is not what was on the released albums and singles. And the alternative material sounds great. (I don't have the remastered Fleetwood Mac and Rumours albums (yet), so some of this might be redundant.) My favorite FM album is Tusk; but I also like Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, the Bob Welch records, and much of the Peter Green phase. (I think the Burnette/Vito period is the least interesting.)

The first disk is dominated by Mirage, Tango in the Night, and Behind the Mask material. Disc 2 is dominated by Rumours, Mirage, and Tusk material. Disc 3 is dominated by Tusk and Fleetwood Mac (white album) material with some Bob Welch era. Disc 4 is dominated by Peter Green era and Bob Welch era material. I think the Bob Welch material gets short shrift, as well as Tusk. The set was released during the Burnette/Vito period and that's reflected in (in my opinion) an unrepresentative helping of that material. The thing that amazes me is how good it all sounds. Mick and John are just rocks (pun intended) behind whoever is out front. The breadth and depth of the material is amazing. Some complain about too much emphasis on the Buckingham/Nicks period. It's not possible to do otherwise.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tragic October 20, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this set when it first came out, and I have barely listened to it since. It's hard to imagine a more uninspired and generally disappointing tribute to this legendary band. First, there is very little here that hasn't been heard--often--before. There are no B-sides--save for "Silver Springs," which any self-respecting fan had already tracked down--and only a few unreleased live performances (none of them particularly impressive). According to the liner notes, several album tracks are "alternate mixes," but don't be fooled--they are virtually indistinguishable from the originals. Basically, we get a nearly complete rehash of the material contained on their late-70s albums (Fleetwood Mac, Rumours and Tusk), a smattering of stuff from the 80s, and one token disc of pre-Buckingham/Nicks tunes. Where are the unreleased songs from the Rumours and Mirage sessions, or live material from the early 70s? In short, where's stuff that isn't already eminently familiar?
There are a few (a precious few) surprises. For example, an unedited version of "Gypsy" appears on Disc 2, confirming the song's status as one of Stevie's finest moments. And there's an interesting, if not great, instrumental from Buckingham called "Teen Beat."
On the other hand, Danny Kirwan, the early Mac's most interesting songwriter and a great guitarist, is criminally under-represented. And the four new songs (by Nicks, McVie and Buckingham), while passable, are by no means essential.
For this kind of money, all but the most die-hard completists would be best off buying "Fleetwood Mac," "Rumours" and "Tusk," plus one or two of the earlier albums--perhaps "Then Play On," "Bare Trees" or "Future Games."
Those are the discs that constitute the Mac's true legacy. "25 Years: The Chain," meanwhile, comes off mostly as a lazily missed opportunity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best box set
Published 2 days ago by Katherine Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars great album. Takes me back to the 70's era.
great album. Takes me back to the 70's era. 4 CD's of music. Great songs. would recommend if you are a Fleetwood Mac fan
Published 6 months ago by Sherry L. Flansburg
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the only way to find 'trinity'
danny kirwan's 'trinity' costs a bit , but it is worth the cost. danny kirwan wrote songs i never tire of . Read more
Published 6 months ago by James S. Prichard
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Starter Collection
There are many things to love about this collection. There are also many things to not love so much. Read more
Published 6 months ago by iMike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great packaging and running order.
This is a great mix of tunes from every incarnation of this wonderfully talented group. New and old, it's all represented here.
Published 9 months ago by Erik L.
5.0 out of 5 stars No bare essentials
Love the new re-packaging from this great cd. 4 cd's in one jewel case, which has some classic ol' Fleetwood Mac before Lindsey took this band to new heights. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Axel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mac are back.
This is an awesome cd ever since I finally saw them this past summer realize how you are never too old to rock and roll.
Published 13 months ago by Ann
3.0 out of 5 stars Sheer number of songs: Good. Sequencing: Bad
First of all, it must be stated that this was created solely by Mick Fleetwood, with assistance by John McVie. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Irving
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleetwood Mac's Best
This is a great collection of Fleetwood Mac collected works. This group has been through many changes over the years. Read more
Published 15 months ago by E. Alvira
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleetwood Mac 25 Years: The Chain
i was looking for this
i'm glad you had it.
so great, totally enjoying it.

great price, thanks for great service
Published 18 months ago by Joseph S. Pino
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