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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An great live document of one of the all-time great bands at it's peak
Still smarting from the negative reception that Tusk received from many fans and critics, the Mac decided to release a live album of their previous hits to remind fans of why they became so successful in the first place. A whopping 10 of the double album's 18 tracks come from 1975's FLEETWOOD MAC and 1977's RUMOURS, with "Sara," "Over and Over," and "Not That Funny"...
Published on October 24, 2006 by Det. Abilene

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK - More Miss Than Hit
Some really good moments and lots of really bad moments -- the live version of "It's Not That Funny" is annoying, obnoxious and embarassing! Lindsey Buckingham needs to stop yelling and yelping and try singing instead. Wish it had a live version of Angel - their best song in my opinion. Could be a great 1-disc album but too much garbage for 2 discs so can't recommend...
Published on August 19, 2012 by MJH


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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An great live document of one of the all-time great bands at it's peak, October 24, 2006
This review is from: Fleetwood Mac: Live (Audio CD)
Still smarting from the negative reception that Tusk received from many fans and critics, the Mac decided to release a live album of their previous hits to remind fans of why they became so successful in the first place. A whopping 10 of the double album's 18 tracks come from 1975's FLEETWOOD MAC and 1977's RUMOURS, with "Sara," "Over and Over," and "Not That Funny" standing in as the only songs to represent 1979's underrated masterpiece TUSK. Still, there are a few surprises, including a stunning cover of Peter Green's "Oh Well" and a rare performance of "Don't Let Me Down Again," a stellar number form Buckingham Nicks' long out-of-print debut album.

There are also two newly-written songs, which will be of interest to fans. Christine McVie contributes the lovely ballad "One More Night," which is yet another beautiful, bittersweet ballad, very much in the same vein as much of her melancholy material on TUSK. Stevie's new composition "Fireflies" (#60 Pop, #59 Mainstream Rock) is a groovy mid-tempo rocker, that many of Nicks' fans will no doubt buy this record especially for - although the song was not a hit, it was a charting single, and it has yet to appear on any other album. There is also a terrific backstage recording the Beach Boys' "The Farmer's Daughter," which highlights the groups gorgeous harmonies at the peak of their strength.

Live albums are a sometimes a tough sell, as they are often routine and predictable. This one is one of my favorites, however, as it contains raw and energetic performances that are a nice counterpart to the heavily-produced studio versions. In particular, "Rhiannon," "Don't Stop," "I'm So Afraid," and especially "Go Your Own Way" all rock harder than ever, brimming forth with an almost carnal energy that becomes intoxicating. The set's ballads like "Sara" and "Over and Over" also seem to strike stronger emotional chords in the live setting, with Stevie's tattered rendition of "Landslide" emerging as especially moving; it sounds as though she's literally experiencing the lyrics right in front of your own ears.

On the downside, the material isn't always very well recorded (the mastering of live albums has come a long way since then), and all of the tracks come from different concert dates spliced together, but this device actually works surprisingly well as it gives listeners a well rounded view of the overall tour. I do wonder why the original two record set is presented on two compact discs, when, at about 80 minutes, it could have fit on one CD by editing only a couple seconds. This is a minor nitpick, however, as the album remains an amazing document of one of the all-time great bands at the top of it's game. The album was also a commercial success, peaking at #14 on the Hot 200, which is a great showing for a live recording.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated classic, July 16, 2003
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This review is from: Fleetwood Mac: Live (Audio CD)
Most of the live shows tend to be faithful reproduction of the albums. Fleetwood Mac is a great studio band as evidenced by their albums. But don't forget that they are a great live band as well. They don't just try to reproduce the songs' sounds from the respective albums. Familiar songs with new arrangements are refreshing and also challenging to the listeners. This live album include pre-Buckingham/Nicks tune Oh Well, highlighting Buckingham's underrated guitar playing.
Most other tunes are well known ones from their Self-titled, Rumour and Tusk. One song that is not on any other album, Fireflies stands out. On the liner notes it says it was recorded during the sound check. Anyway, it would fit in any of their albums. It is a classic. Another one of my favorite is Farmer's daughter, a Beach Boys tune. Buckingham was heavily influenced by Brian Wilson and here he pays his respect by reworking a little known Beach Boys song. It's spare arrangement (just a bass guitar & drum I think) & emphasis on harmonizing vocal give it an almost mystical quality.
Overall, it's an outstanding album to have in your collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great LIVE ALBUM, July 9, 2002
This review is from: Fleetwood Mac: Live (Audio CD)
There are few bands that can truly pull off being an OUTSTANDING live act, but Fleetwood Mac is definetely one. Now this CD was released in 1980, and that shows somewhat in the quality of the recordings, but not enough to affect the overall quality of the CD. It's a Double-CD set, full of Fleetwood Mac classics from the 79-80 mammoth Tusk Tour.
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The Cd's feature each song from a different stop on the tour, which was very unique thing to do.
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On the first disk, you get to hear Stevie Nicks sing "Dreams" beautifully from a live sound check...which is something rare.
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On the first disk, you also get to experience the mega-hit from their album "Tusk," "Sara"- a song Nicks wrote about her relationship with Don Henley, and also Mick Fleetwood.
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On Disk 2 you get the full-fledged rock version of Stevie's classic tune "Rhiannon." The intensity of this version is incredible, and truly displays to listeners how it was back then, and the whole aura of Stevie Nicks.
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Lindsey Buckingham shines his light on "Go Your Own Way," originally from "Rumours."
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You get to hear an unreleased live tune by Nicks on Disc 2, called "Fireflies." (and incredible song!)
-The whole band unites at the end, especially portraying the great voice of Christine McVie, in this number, for "The Farmers Daughter," which could almost be considered an acapella tune. The was written for Fleetwood Mac by The Beach Boys (which is very rare, for Fleetwood Mac to take a song written by someone else.)
-If you love great rock n' roll, or if you love Fleetwood Mac you should definetely invest your money in this truly amazing 2-CD Set!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buckingham's Best Performances, February 8, 2003
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For Buckingham fans, this is a must have. It is his best performance of "I'm So Afraid". And his other performances have unmatched passion with his voice still in its prime: "Go Your Own Way", "Never Going Back Again", "Not That Funny" and "Oh Well" are especially good. But "I'm So Afraid" alone is worth the price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic, Live and Raw Fleetwood Mac, not over-produced, December 7, 2002
This review is from: Fleetwood Mac: Live (Audio CD)
This is Fleetwood Mac. This is the raw energy captured back when they were in their prime. The Dance is pretty, but it lacks sincerity, emotion and energy. Fleetwood Mac Live is an essential part of classic rock history. Live is the only album where you will hear the lovely ballad, Fireflies, said to be about the band members dynamic relationships.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE!, September 12, 1999
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This review is from: Fleetwood Mac: Live (Audio CD)
Fleetwood Mac Live is absolutely awe inspiring. This set is great live music plain and simple. Mac classics like Go Your Own Way, Sara, and Landslide all performed beautifully. "Rhiannon" is amazing! I would give anything to see Stevie perform Rhiannon like this one more time. Also included are never before released tracks "Fireflies" and Brian Wilson's "Farmer's Daughter" bringing out Fleetwood Mac's harmonizing ability to the listener. Pre Buckingham Nicks Fleetwood Mac song "Oh Well" is played with Lindsey doing an incredible cover. "Don't Let Me Down Again," from the Buckinham Nicks album is also a highlight. Enjoy...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to "I'm So Afraid", February 8, 2004
This review is from: Fleetwood Mac: Live (Audio CD)
I can't say that I've ever listened to this album, really, or even a whole side of it, so take the 5-star rating with a grain of salt, but I've listened to "I'm So Afraid" about a thousand times, mostly late at night, alone in my room with the lights out. It's not just the vocals, which are amazing, but also the guitar. This is what a live performance is supposed to be, a well-rehearsed, talented band finding their groove and channeling inspiration down from that place where music resides. I admit I was 18 years when I did it--but 20 years later the memory has never left me.
It's pretty rare that a live version of a song surpasses the studio version in all ways, but this is it. After you've listetened to the live version for the tenth time in a row, look for the studio version and play that, just for a giggle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic live album from the REAL Mac, July 5, 2001
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This review is from: Fleetwood Mac: Live (Audio CD)
without a doubt one of the BEST rock bands alive. I bought the vinyl years ago and recently bought the CD. All the songs are performed excellent. Favorites are: Sara, Never going back again, Over & Over, Rhiannon, Go your own way, I am so afraid, Fireflies and Landslide, which in my opinion is one of the most emotional performances Stevie has done ever, you can listen to the depth and the emotions in every whisper and words from her voice, truly amazing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best live albums out there!, April 13, 2004
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I admit I'm a fan of The Mac. I also admit that, like another who has written a review here, 'Tusk' is my favourite Mac album. And I love live albums. So this was a real treat for me. It's simply a fantastic mesh of the first three Mac albums made with the great Buckingham/Nicks, with a gritty workout on Peter Green's 'Oh Well' thrown in for good measure.
Lindsey Buckingham reveals himself in the course of this album to be a truly absurdly talented guy. In particular his rendition of 'Never Going Back' is just beautiful. He more than holds his own in 'Oh Well' and delivers a blistering 'I'm So Afraid' to boot. Though some have expressed irritation for it, the version of 'Not That Funny' is intriguing - he sounds as if he's performing some sort of rock n roll exorcism to the manic accompaniment of Mick. The screams and yelps are great fun.
Stevie also sounds fantastic, especially on Landslide (emotionally charged) and Rhiannon, in which she summons up the Welsh witch and sends chills down the spine. 'Fireflies' is an undiscovered gem of a tune, which should have been on an album somewhere. The version of 'Sara' is the longer one which was trimmed for the Tusk album, but did appear on the green Greatest Hits album which came out in the early 90s. It's equally wicked. Nicks floats through the song like a dream.
Christine McVie is the anchor of it all...she's just great. The (then)new song 'Over & Over' twinkles in with keyboard and swooping vocals. 'Say You Love Me' provides a rousing intro (along with a fantastic 'Monday Morning') to the album.
As for the Amazing Rhythm Section...they are solid, subtle, and cool as ice, and on 'Oh Well' they dig into their blues roots like men possessed.
All in all...this album has not been off my record player for a long time. There is a song for every mood, and The Mac successfully plumb emotional depths rarely seen in today's music.
Buy it! It's great! Truly one of their finest times captured (lucky for us) on an album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage live music from the classic Mac line-up !, March 21, 2004
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Louis (Quebec, Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Fleetwood Mac: Live (Audio CD)
This live album from 1980 is a rare insight on the band's marathon-tour in support of the "Tusk" album. Not only does it allow the casual listener to discover hidden gems like "Don't Let Me Down Again", "One More Night" "Fireflies" or "Over & Over", it also enables the true Mac fans to capture a milestone in the band's history.
The recording is impressive; songs like "Landslide" or "Never going back again" feature such intimate readings, that you can even wonder if they were truly recorded live - that is, until a deluge of applause happens as the songs conclude. Other songs like "I'm so afraid" or "Not that funny" are a testimony to the mad genius displayed by Lindsey Buckingham on stage. Christine McVie is as good as always, with flawless performances of "Over my head" and "Say you love me". And Stevie Nicks delivers an achingly beautiful version of "Sara", less polished but more emotional than on the album version, where her voice is both sensitive and soaring. The band no longer performs "Sara" in their concerts, based on Stevie's wish, and judging from this version, one can only wonder why. This is the only official live version of "Sara" ever released, which is reason enough to purchase the album.
There are plenty of high points on this album, such as "Rhiannon" (less subdued and more rocking than the version later found on "The Dance"), "Don't Stop", "Dreams", "Oh Well" and the ethereal cover of Brian Wilson's "The Farmer's Daughter". There isn't a weak moment on this album; and although it would have been nice to have songs like "Gold Dust Woman", "You Make Loving Fun" and "Songbird", it's still one of the finest live albums ever recorded.
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