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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KP2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,895 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Woman Of 1000 Years
2. Morning Rain
3. What A Shame
4. Future Games
5. Sands Of Time
6. Sometimes
7. Lay It All Down
8. Show Me A Smile

Editorial Reviews

With Christine McVie and Bob Welch contributing more and more, the band moved closer to folk-rock and nearer to stardom with this 1971 LP: Morning Rain; Future Games; Show Me a Smile; Sometimes , and more!

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Remastering this incarnation of Fleetwood Mac would also be a tribute to the great guitar work of Danny Kirwan, considering his life after Fleetwood mac.
All five of those albums are very good, featuring some great songs.

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on April 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was in high school when this album was released and Fleetwood Mac was one of the bands I enjoyed the most. Having discovered them at the close of the Peter Green era, I was at that time very surprised at how different a band could be with a slight change of personnel. Many have put their stamp on Fleetwood Mac's music through the years and it was here that Danny Kirwan made his mark. The title cut, Woman of a Thousand Years, and Morning Rain are all good songs, but the one that left an indelible impression is Sands of Time. I remember the mournful guitar of Kirwan and the melancholy delivery of the lyrics bringing tears to the eyes of young men who considered themselves hard. The power of that song alone is reason enough to buy "Future Games".
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Shaw N. Gynan on October 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This beautiful record brings back fond memories of graduate school in Austin, Texas, and a friendship I had with an unusual young man, very troubled, really, but brilliant, and an admirer of this wonderful album. The CD release was important, because the music is so atmospheric, and intolerant of the surface noise that was inevitable on vinyl.

Woman of a Thousand Years is, as all fans know, utterly classic, perfect in conceptualization, and a fairly extended piece, over seven minutes.

Morning Rain is a great rocker, nicely harmonized and performed with professional assurance.

The title song of the album is over eight minutes long, of reverberant and bluesy acoustic. It's totally fantastic, and as another reviewer put it, mesmerizing. This is music to groove to.

As if that masterpiece weren't enough, Sands of Time is the astonishing follow up, beautifully harmonized and, ultimately, a totally driving and inescapable rocker.

The folksy Sometimes is so wistful, so simple, so convincing. What other pop group ever wrote and performed such compelling and genial music? "Sometimes I get to thinking about the times we used to have, but now you've gone away and left me, so alone. Although my back is aching, I work the whole day through, although that you feel that I've been wasting all my time. Taking the sun from the sky, lifting our hearts to the day."

This home-run of an album ends with another gem, Show Me a Smile, and Christine McVie's winning plea.

This should be enough to convince people to buy this spectacular album.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Brian P. Colwell on April 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Most people know Fleetwood Mac as that great band featuring the etheral Stevie Nicks with such classic tunes as "Rhiannon" / "Don't Stop" / "Go Your Own Way" .... but they don't realize that this band has been around since the 1960s and once had firm roots in blues. Alot of changes took place within the band over the years, but such is common in our own individual lives and relationships. "Future Games" came out in 1971 and featured a new promising yet risky line-up. In my opinion, this is Fleetwood Mac's best line-up because the work they put forth (up until 1974) was clever, unique, talented, enjoyable and overall special. Bob Welch was a perfect frontman for the band, bridging the gap between blues, soul, jazz and R&B .... which brought these influences to the musical table, and thus layed the foundation for what would later become and unforgettable, smash-hit group that most still revere today. Danny Kirwan was gentle in production and touching in singing. Christine McVie is truly an underrated singer/songwriter in an era where women were just starting to get their feet into that particular creative door. John McVie could sure knock the crowd off its axis with his precise, highly skilled and effective bass work. And finally, Mick Fleetwood (the source of it all both then and now) could be mellow and heavy interchangably with the drums.

Each song is great and surprisingly different on "Future Games" so I'm hard-pressed to pick a standout favorite. I certainly Christine's soft but crescendo-filled chorus of "Show Me A Smile". "Sands Of Time" is an amazing treasure by Danny Kirwan that allows John McVie and Mick Fleetwood to shine together right with him (the blend of all the work within this track shows perfectly how much of a musically skilled/gifted band Fleetwood Mac is).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Macalister Jr. on December 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Let me start off by saying I am a fan of all incarnations of Fleetwood Mac, but my favorite incarnation was the line-up which recorded the "Then Play On" album. That being said, "Future Games" was one of the last albums I added to my collection & it has quickly become a favorite. Along with "Bare Trees" this album is the most overlooked & neglected album in their vast catalog. It can be said Fleetwood Mac entered their "pop" period with this release. Although unlike the Buckingham-Nicks polished pop albums of the late 70's & early 80's, the roots of the Buckingham-Nicks period can be found here. Excellent musicianship, great songwriting & great harmony vocals. This material is much more raw & unpolished than the Buckingham-Nicks output & there still exists roots to the blues-rock made by the Peter Green-led incarnations in the songs of Danny Kirwan. Kirwan's songs are the best here, especially the excellent "Sands Of Time" which displays exactly why Mick Fleetwood & John McVie are considered to comprise one of the best rhythm sections ever, and "Woman Of 1,000 Years" which features beautiful acoustic & electric guitars intermingling together throughout the song. Bob Welch introduces his talents here with the title song which is far & away the best song he ever contributed to the band. The guitar work on this song is some of the best in their catalog & draws the listener in & doesn't let them go. The sad thing about this album is most Fleetwood Mac fans who are only aware of the Buckingham-Nicks material are totally ignorant of this & every release which preceded the initial Buckingham-Nicks release in 1975.Read more ›
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