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Fleetwood Mac will celebrate a half century of music this fall with a new 50-song collection that is the first to explore the group's entire career, from its early days playing the blues, to its global success as one of the most-enduring and in rock history.
The new compilation touches on every era in the band's rich history and offers a deep dive into Fleetwood Mac's expansive catalog by bringing together essential tracks released between 1968 and 2013. 50 YEARS-DON'T STOP also highlights the talented musicians who have recorded under the Fleetwood Mac banner over the years, including Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremey Spencer, John McVie, Danny Kirwan, Christine McVie, Bob Welch, Bob Weston, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Billy Burnette, Rick Vito, Dave Mason, and Bekka Bramlett. The collection also features rare photos from the band's career along with new liner notes by veteran music writer David Wild.
The first disc revisits Fleetwood Mac's early years as a blues-rock combo, a six-year period that began in 1968 with the band's self-titled debut and ended in 1974 with its ninth studio album, Heroes Are Hard To Find. Many of the songs featured here in the U.K., including "Man Of The World," "Oh Well - Pt. 1," "The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)," and "Albatross."
The second disc focuses on Fleetwood Mac's most commercially successful period with music from a trio of multi-platinum releases - Fleetwood Mac (1975), Rumours (1977), and Tusk(1979) - plus the acclaimed concert album Live (1980). Together they've sold millions of copies worldwide, with Rumours alone selling more than 40 million copies. Several of the band's most beloved tracks come from these albums including "Rhiannon," "Say You Love Me," "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop," "You Make Loving Fun," and single "Dreams."
The final disc explores songs the band released between 1982 and 2013, including major U.S. hits like, "Hold Me", "Gypsy", "Big Love" , "Little Lies" , and "Everywhere". Also featured are several rarities ("Paper Doll" and "As Long As You Follow"); a live version of "Silver Springs" from the multi-platinum concert album, The Dance (1997); and "Sad Angel" from the band's most recent release, Extended Play (2013).
This new compilation touches on every era in the band’s rich history and offers a deep dive into Fleetwood Mac’s expansive catalog by bringing together essential tracks released between 1968 and 2013. 50 YEARS—DON’T STOP also highlights the talented musicians who have recorded under the Fleetwood Mac banner over the years, including Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremey Spencer, John McVie, Danny Kirwan, Christine McVie, Bob Welch, Bob Weston, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Billy Burnette, Rick Vito, Dave Mason, and Bekka Bramlett.
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.55 x 4.92 x 0.59 inches; 4.44 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Rhino Records - No SAI
- Date First Available : September 26, 2018
- Label : Rhino Records - No SAI
- ASIN : B07HQ7LJGB
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,581 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The rest of the set includes the songs that most casual fans will be looking for. It includes the most well known songs from 1975 on. For die hard fans there is really nothing on this set you don’t already have. If you have the complete catalog, you pretty much have all of the songs here. The draw though would be the single mixes of several tracks, many of which have never been reissued on CD. Among these is “Fireflies” a 1980 single from the “Live” album that has never been included on any compliatuon. The single mix here has never been included on anything other than the original 1980 45rpm release. Later in the set is a track from the mostly forgotten 1995 album “Time”. Again, it’s the single mix of “I Do” that is included. Finally wrapping up the set is the 2013 track “Sad Angel” from the digital only release “Extended Play”.
If you’re a fan of the hits only, you may want to skip this, or seek out the single disc version which is not much different from the 1988 “Greatest Hits” release. If you are new to Fleetwood Mac this is a great overview of the band. Be warned though, the bands sound changed dramatically over the years. The Fleetwood Mac of 1977 bares next to no resemblance to the Mac of 1967. If you are a long time fan of the band and already own everything, you could probably skip this, however the remastering makes these songs sound better than ever. Throw in the single mixes and it’s a keeper.
Disc two is represents 16 tracks from 1975 to 1980. Most of these songs were released as singles. "Monday Morning," "Landslide," "Second Hand News," and "The Chain" were never officially singles, but enjoyed just as much radio airplay as the official singles from The White Album and Rumours. I do find it odd that "Second Hand News" was included from Rumours, leaving space for only three songs from Tusk. We get the title track, "Think About Me" and the single edit for "Sara." They could have left off "Second Hand News" and given us the full "Sara" as well as one of the other singles from Tusk, like "Sisters of the Moon" or "Angel." The second disc closes with a live version of "Never Going Back Again" (a Rumours track) performed on the Tusk Tour and released on Fleetwood Mac Live in 1980. For me, the best part of the second disc is "Fireflies," which was also released on Fleetwood Mac Live, but here we get the non-live single version released. It's such a treat to have this song remastered.
Disc three begins with "Hold Me" from 1982's Mirage and concludes with "Sad Angel" from the band's 2013 digitally released EP called Extended Play. Four singles from Mirage, four from Tango In The Night (although "Family Man" was released as a fifth single here in the US, and "Isn't it Midnight" as a fifth single in the UK). We get "As Long As You Follow," one of the two new tracks from 1988's Greatest Hits (I don't think Stevie's "No Questions Asked" was ever a single), "Save Me" from 1990's Behind the Mask, and "Love Shines" and "Paper Doll" from the 1992 Boxed Set The Chain. Christine McVie's "I Do" represents the only single released from 1995's Time. The live single edit of "Silver Springs" is the only representation from 1997's MTV taping that would become The Dance; I would have rather also had the live version of "Landslide" from this collection, instead of the album version on Disc two (but that's just me). Rounding out the collection are "Peackeeper" and "Say You Will" from 2003's Say You Will, and of course "Sad Angel."
There are certainly other Fleetwood Mac hits collection. The remastered 'The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac,' initially released in 2002, comes in 36 tracks over two discs and may have more appeal to mainstream fans. I am going to give '50 Years - Don't Stop' five stars though, because at three discs it manages to pull fifty tracks together and give a solid representation of every Fleetwood Mac album. It's also the first time many of these tracks have ever appeared in remastered form.
*** A little something about the packaging. The 3CD Deluxe version comes in the standard cardstock gatefold packaging, holding the 3 discs and booklet. There are very simple and brief liner notes from rock journalist David Wild, but nothing any Mac fan doesn't already know. There are also no photos. I did find that disappointing - surely someone could have "dug deep" to find some never-before-seen photos from the last 50 years? The packaging is sturdy though none of my discs were scratched.