Three dozen hits and key album tracks from 1975 to 1997, the first-ever Fleetwood Mac collection to be affordable yet comprehensive! This is mostly all with the classic Mick Fleetwood-John McVie-Christine McVie-Stevie Nicks-Lindsey Buckingham lineup, whom you get to see in action on the enhanced CD recording their new album along with rare archival footage. Includes Go Your Own Way; Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win); Dreams; Don't Stop; You Make Loving Fun; The Chain; Tusk; Sara; Hold Me; Big Love (live); the rare B-side Silver Springs; Everywhere; Over My Head, and more.
Spanning 22 years, this double-disc, 36-track compilation chronicles the initially unlikely and ultimately triumphant conflation of a failing, veteran English neo-blues band (Mick Fleetwood and the McVies) with a pair of mercurial American also-rans (the baroque folk-rock genius Lindsey Buckingham
and crypto-songbird Stevie Nicks
). The creative alchemy was immediate, as 15 epochal tracks ("Dreams," "Say You Love Me," "The Chain," "Don't Stop") from Fleetwood Mac
here attest. They could have arguably repeated that mega-successful formula for a decade, but chose a more musically expansive tack, represented "Sara," Think About Me" and the other core tracks drawn from the ambitious Tusk
. While the band's megahit luster faded as the solo careers of Buckingham and Nicks took flight in the '80s, their power was still apparent in the dusky-bright pop of Christine McVie
's "Hold Me" and "Little Lies." Sequenced with compelling listening rather than chronology in mind, this set also includes the strongest of the Mac's latter-day recordings (Nicks's "Paper Doll," "Silver Springs," and "No Questions Asked"; McVie's "As Long As You Follow"), as well the Lindsey Buckingham showcases "Go Insane" and "Big Love" from '97's The Dance
. --Jerry McCulley