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Mystery to Me

Fleetwood MacAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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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 (June 28, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LIP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Emerald Eyes
2. Believe Me
3. Just Crazy Love
4. Hypnotized
5. Forever
6. Keep On Going
7. The City
8. Miles Away
9. Somebody
10. The Way I Feel
11. For Your Love
12. Why

Editorial Reviews

John McVie and Mick Fleetwood lay down the rock-solid foundation behind Emerald Eyes; Believe Me; Hypnotized; Somebody; Keep On Going , and the rest of the stellar songs on this hit LP from 1973!

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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost the best album of FM's Middle Years... January 23, 2004
By Mr. x
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First off, this is where Welch really shines on this album.
His Emerald Eyes and Hypmotized are his strongest efforts from his tenure with Fleetwood Mac - save for Future Games and Sentimental Lady.
Christine McVie adds some of her unmistakeable pop charm with Believe Me, Just Crazy Love, The Way I Feel, and Why.
But this is Welch's spotlight album.
He rocks out on some tracks as well such as City, Miles Away and Somebody.
The band also does a cover of For Your Love, a song made famous by The Yardbirds.
Bottom Line: The album is the peak of the band's middle years and the peak of Welch's input with the band. Classic stuff on here folks!
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91 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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The exact point at which Fleetwood Mac went from blues-rock towards sunny California-style pop is hard to pinpoint. But you could say that when Jeremy Spencer disappeared from the band to join a religious cult, not to mention leader Peter Green retiring into a drug-induced seclusion, Fleetwood Mac needed to carry on, even if that meant changing their musical approach. In the early 1970s, Fleetwood went through personnel changes galore, with Mick Fleetwood & John McVie the only constants from the original lineup. Christine McVie had officially become a permanent part of the group, but she was still a newcomer basically.

An American by the name of Robert Welch was the unofficial leader by the time of 1973's MYSTERY TO ME, which even with its sound even further removed from the Mac's blues-rock beginnings, it still failed to turn a profit. In fact, a standing joke around Warner Brothers was that Fleetwood Mac's albums made enough money to pay the label's electric bills. While in a few short years Mac would soon be able to do more for Warners than that, with MYSTERY TO ME they were still journeymen at best.

Welch, who would go on to solo success with hits like "Sentimental Lady" & "Ebony Eyes", dominates the album by writing 7 of its 12 songs. Not all of them are winners, but those that are include "Hypnotized", "Somebody" & the early concert standard "Emerald Eyes". All of these songs have a certain sexiness to it that is only helped by the snaking rhythm that powers these songs. They also prove that Welch had a good chance of making it as a solo artist, even if it only lasted a short while.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album from the Best Line-Up of Fleetwood Mac June 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Nothing against Lindsay Buckingham or Stevie Nicks (who have alot of awesome music out to begin with), but I personally liked the Bob Welch-led set with FM. It was not so polished and radio-friendly; instead it had an innocent glaze to it that was made to appreciated in scope, rather than individual "Hit Singles". To give credit where credit is due, Mr. Welch really started carving out the pop-ish legacy that FM would later generate worldwide with the entrance of Buckingham/Nicks. "Hypnotized" is crafted so well both in sound and lyrics that it makes one wonder how it was not further recognized or appreciated. "Emerald Eyes" is gifted too, with riffs that are reminiscent of Eric Clapton. The blues roots that FM started in their 1960s debut was still kept alive here, with "Why" as a clear example. Christine McVie shines magically here with "The Way I Feel" .... a truly raw/honest telling from the heart that makes me sit back in complete every time I hear it; her piano playing is stronger than ever (to anyone who might doubt her ability) and nearly Carole King-like in nature. Mick's drumming and John's bass were always the foundation to the band's craftsmanship, and this album is no exception or disappointment to that fact. All the songs travel in warp speed to the consciousness .... when a track begins at a slightly slow pace (such as "Believe Me") the moment changes to a highly-charged follow-up in musicianship that makes the listener free and willing to dance around a bit.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mood Elevator January 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Fleetwood Mac veered all across the musical spectrum from the churning blues created by the group's mysterious founder, Peter Green, to the crystal visions that blinded FM programmers of the Buckingham-Nicks era. In many ways, Mystery to Me stands as an anomaly in this body of work.
Recorded shortly after the less than amicable departure of the self-destructing genius Danny Kirwan, Bob Welch and Christian McVie imbue this recording with wit and charm. The sound and the songs are less hard-edged and more mellow than on any other Fleetwood Mac recording, and it deserved to be judged on its own merits not for the lack of blues and psychedelic jams on earlier recordings. Though some attribute the sound to the fact this album was recorded on the Rolling Stones Mobile Unit, it's more likely that the personalities of this line up just happened to mesh.
Bob Welch infuses some jazzy west coast guitar into his songs along with his breezy vocals and clever lyrics on cuts such as Hypnotized and Emerald Eyes. Christine McVie really shines, both as a singer and songwriter. Forever, one of the few collaborations between McVie and Welch, offers a glimpse of what might have been a great songwriting duo. Mick Fleetwood and John McVie demonstrate once more why they deserve serious recognition as one of the greatest rhythm sections ever, laying down superb drums and bass that seamlessly propel these songs.
Listening to this CD always improves my mood and it's the perfect balm for the Sunday afternoon blues.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
arrived in good condition.
Published 1 day ago by Edward Pampani
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fleetwood from the start.
Published 2 days ago by John Chesney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love
Published 10 days ago by C. Rocka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Track #4 Hypnotized!
Published 16 days ago by Suzanne Schiffman
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE!
BEST ALBUM EVER MADE!!!!!!!!!
Published 26 days ago by Sara Worner
5.0 out of 5 stars but a very good early 70's album
Going back in time, but a very good early 70's album.
Published 28 days ago by Chris Malkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars My fave Mac
Buy this disc. In between their Peter Green driven, heavy blues roots and their uber pop later success lay three albums of great beauty, combining the core of the band with Bob... Read more
Published 1 month ago by UrbanMonique
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Welch rules
Man I love this album-I have been a huge fan of FM since Kiln House and have always thought the changes they made in the band were wonderful(even losing Welch) but(there's that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by never never land
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent sound quality
The sound quality on this disk is just ok. Perhaps the original vinyl was good and if so this disk was not remastered. It's decent sound quality. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GreenJacket
4.0 out of 5 stars I Miss Bob and Bob
This transitional iteration of Fleetwood Mac had a lot going for it with Bob Welch providing lots of well crafted pop tunes and Bob Weston filling in the texture with some fine... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tyrebyter
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