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Since the earlier days of CD we have had to be content with the inferior American version of this album. This new remaster of "Then Play On" reflects the multitrack technology of the time. It was not a very dynamic sounding recording in the first place, however this new digital transfer gives us what's on the master tapes with more punch. At last we have the original 54 minute edit of the UK LP running order along with bonus tracks of the last two 45 singles from this group, "Oh Well" (Parts 1 & 2), "The Green Manalishi (with the Two Prong Crown)" and "World in Harmony". The total playing time for this new CD reissue with it's original feel and segues is a generous 69:53. All tracks are Stereo except for "Oh Well" (in it's original mono mix). Also included in the booklet are 8 pages of fascinating new liner notes and graphics.
"Then Play On", one of the masterpiece British albums of the late 60's, alongside John Mayall's "Bare Wires", demonstrated how the British blues movement had evolved into a polished art form all of it's own. The darkness of "Then Play On" anticipates the murkiness of "Exile on Main St." by the Rolling Stones 3 years hence. We will never know where this Fleetwood Mac might have gone next...
This is a desert island disc.
I cant begin to say how fresh this album sounds, every time I put it on. While still able to bring you back to that warm 60's sound, it never sounds dated. This is FM's first serious departure from the straight blues which appeared on previous efforts thanks to, IMHO, Kirwan's presence.
Just a young lad of 20 his maturity as a song writer is brilliantly evidenced in the first track "coming your way". The song changes from a groovy little number to a heavy ending, reminiscent of I want You (Shes so heavy). Only heavier and louder. From here Kirwan flawlessly moves from said number to the dreamy instrumental "my dream" and other beautifully sad songs like "When you say' and "Although the sun is shining".
How is it possible for him to get no recognition in the annals of music history? To me its simply an indication that people simply dont know their music, and are too willing to accept the Claptons, Santanas and (insert other overrated player) as "the" guitar players.
Kirwan constantly gets labelled as "Green's protege" when in fact Kirwan could keep up with Green's masterful playing as demonstrated on Fighting/Searching for Madge. As a songwriter, Kirwan tapped into music in a way that only the most talented musicians could do. He looked to the past for influece, while still incredibly ahead of his time, writing songs the likes of Cobain would write 20 years later. To write songs like he did, and play as he did, at such a young age, is a testament to his brilliance.Read more ›
Yes, Warner Brothers, I mean you.
With all of the advances in remastering technology over the life of the CD format, you should be ashamed to offer such a classic recording that sounds this bad. And that is why I'm giving a one-star rating to a five-star album.
Imagine my dismay when I slipped this great album into my CD player, cued up "Oh, Well", and was greeting with the tinniest, noisiest (hiss), most distorted and worst sounding presentation of this song I've ever heard. Whatever master this travesty was spawned from sounds many times removed from the original recording.
Granted, the original recording has inherent noise and distortion, but even the LP I had back in the 70's sounded better than this. And the technology certainly exists, and has existed for years, to bring this wonderful recording properly into the digital domain.
To properly judge how bad this CD sounds, all one has to do is A/B "Oh, Well" from "Then" against the remastered single version on the now-defunct "The Chain" box set.
This is a textbook example of why consumers have complained about the CD format for so long.Read more ›
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Then Play On is a masterpiece whichever version you have. This version is wonderful as it is the original UK version with the US version tracks included as "Bonus tracks". Read morePublished 2 days ago by John K. Harrison
I've always been more of a fan of FM's old stuff vs the Buckingham/Nicks era. This is a great CD. I love the additional songs and the original order of the songs. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Whodeanie
I have the original vinyl and single disc cd versions so wanted to listen to the additional tracks ( now I have and have to say that they are worth the extra $ to get and enjoy)Published 25 days ago by John T
This is Fleetwood Mac's glittering masterpiece. Everything before this record was merely building up to this brilliant jewel, and every work after this was something else... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miki Montcalm
A great uncompressed recording! The music has great dynamic range, and it is the best example of what Fleetwood Mac sounded like with Peter Green at the helm.Published 2 months ago by Peter Dobo
I love Peter Green's guitar playing and the killer bass...the jams blow me away every time.Published 3 months ago by Rick bryan
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"Then Play On" was recorded for the Reprise label, a Warner subsidiary, whereas the first three Fleetwood Mac albums were originally Blue Horizon/Columbia recordings latterly owned, remastered and reissued by Sony. Still, why no-one at Reprise/Warner or in the "Fleetwood Mac... Read More
Mar 26, 2010 by Thomas C. Griss | See all 11 posts