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Mystery to Me

Fleetwood MacAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 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 (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,632 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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80 of 84 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
Format:Audio CD
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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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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56 of 61 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 A Very Pleasant Surprise March 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
One week ago, I was one of you...a fan of FLEETWOOD MAC, RUMOURS and TUSK that had never delved into the band's past catalogue. I had heard rumors of good stuff, sure, but never really gave it a listen. Then "Hypnotized" suddenly appeared on my AOL Radio one day and I was like "OK, I love 'Sentimental Lady' and it's time to give the Bob Welch era a chance."

I'm glad I did. This album is absolutely wonderful. Welch had his weaknesses--he's not the strongest singer and his guitar playing is forgettable--but the man could write songs. McVie more than makes up for him in the vocals department, though, and Bob Weston is just incredible on this album. So good that I'm surprised the fans on here don't talk more about him. His lead work is just amazing--both on electric and in an amazing acoustic solo on "Keep On Going." He makes every song far richer than it otherwise would have been. John McVie is his standard great self on bass and Mick--well Mick is solid, but not at his best here.

The songs are wonderful and will appeal to all (in my opinion) who like the similar pop of the group's Buckingham/Nicks period. Trust me...I worshipped Lindsey before hearing this--but an open ear will grant these songs the due they deserve.

The truth--and I'm only beginning to fully appreciate this--is that John and Mick apparently were unbelievable judges of talent. Throughout their career, they associated themselves with tremendous guitarists, vocalists and songwriters--and that's why they've lasted as long as they have.

Don't cheat yourself. Find "Hypnotized" and "Emerald Eyes." See how stunningly beautiful McVie was pre-commercial success with songs like "Why," "Way I Feel" and "Believe Me." It's musical, it's experimental, it's bold, it's artistic. And it's no longer a MYSTERY TO ME.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery to Me
This is the best album from the Bob Welsh era Fleetwood Mac. It has the minor hit Hypnotized, but the whole album is good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic CD..
This is a Classic CD and you just can't find this anymore especially since the passing of Bob Welsh! This will find a great home in my CD Collection! LOVE IT!! :D
Published 1 month ago by R. E. Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars second ugliest album cover ever
... behind Supertramp's debut. A baboon eating cake or paste at the beach? Isn't that the worst idea ever? Unquestionably, YES! Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hynotized
I have always enjoyed Fleetwood Mac. Unfortunately, there is only one song on there I like, Hyponitized. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Candie Suarez
3.0 out of 5 stars Product was as described
Product was as described. It arrived on time and was suitably packaged. The CD worked great. I purchased it to obtain the song Hyptnotized because I could not find this version... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Blair Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Fabulous Great that I have the oldies for us oldies but goodies! Is a great album by a great group!
Published 5 months ago by david turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mac
Mystery to Me is another great collection of Fleetwood Mac work. It has a place in any collection of Fleetwood Mac's music.
Published 6 months ago by Jim Bacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the 'wayback' machine to a simpler time..
If you're looking for a way to get your head back to a simpler time then Fleetwood Mac' "Mystery to Me" is the 'wayback machine' that'll do the job. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic early Mac prior to Lindsey and Stevie
This classic album gives you a great feel for Mick's band prior to meeting Lindsey and Stevie at Sound City. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kevin E. Waller
2.0 out of 5 stars Mac
This album is a real disappointment. This is not the "Mac" that we all love and appreciate. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael J Barley
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