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Produced by Mick Fleetwood and Rick Vito, BLUE AGAIN was recorded live at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Missouri in February of 2008. The immaculate recording gives the songs a vibrant, modern immediacy which transcends easy nostalgia. Says Mick in the liner notes: 'Over my career I've been called a pop star and a rock star, yet in my inner heart, I will always be part bluesman. On my journey from blues to a life of rock n roll, I've always remembered where I started.' BLUE AGAIN is both an original musical tour de force and a respectful tribute to Fleetwood Mac (in the midst of celebrating their 40th Anniversary), initiated by the sole member of the band to be in every incarnation from the beginning.
A companion DVD is scheduled for release in Fall 2009.
"Both Blues Again packages return Fleetwood to his blues roots, a far distance musically from the albums that would follow from Fleetwood Mac throughout the following decades." -- The Examiner
"Mick Fleetwood celebrates with "Blue Again," a live album that ably documents the fire and finesse of his touring band, led by another Mac alum, guitarist Rick Vito. The disc centers on songs Green wrote- "Looking For Somebody," "Stop Messin' Around," "Rattlesnake Shake," "Albatross" and the like -and is as much a tribute to Green as it is a paean to the music Fleetwood fell in love with as a teenager with a drum fetish. Nicely done. " -- The Buffalo News
"This Live album is a step back into that wondrous period with some surprises. Blue Again, the title of this album reflects this journey." -- Musictap.com
Top Customer Reviews
This album is 65 minutes long. It is all live, except the final track. The sound quality is very good. The album cover is cheap looking but there is a nice booklet that gives a quick and sometimes incorrect history of Fleetwood Mac (they have Danny Kerwin leaving the band before Peter Green...but Green left before either Kerwin or Spencer, although he did come back for a concert tour after those two left).
Of course you know that Mick Fleetwood is the drummer for Fleetwood Mac (after a stint in John Mayall's Blues Breakers). He was a blues drummer, before Fleetwood Mac went pop after the fifth Fleetwood Mac album (depending on which albums you count).
He is joined by Rick Vito who played on Fleetwood Mac's Behind the Mask album (after Lindsey Buckingham had left the group). Behind the Mask had a Rockabilly flavor to it.
This album is driven by Vito's playing and vocal styles and Fleetwood's history. You can see by the track listing that there are a number of songs that Fleetwood Mac played in the early days. Some of the songs were written by Peter Green (the first leader of Fleetwood Mac) and one is an American blues standard that the band used to play (they did a soujern to Chicago to play with the Blues greats). There are some Vito composed songs, and these are more Rockabilly than Blues.
It is a good selection of songs and they are all played well. And it isn't just a copy of the originals. The songs are played in new and interesting ways.
If you are expecting Rumors, you might not like this. If you were a fan of Fleetwood for any other time besides the Buckingham Nicks years you will probably love this.Read more ›
When he first came over to America, one of the first places he went was Chess Records and got to play with Muddy Waters et al while he was there. I know that, if that were me, I'd be changed forever, too.
With "Blue Again" we get to hear a master musician once again playing the music of his youth, the bedrock style of all the music he's played since. From my personal experience, when you hear someone play music they love, it's simply different... and better.
And so it is here.
In this incarnation of a band featuring Mick Fleetwood on drums, he's got a lot of help from Rick Vito on lead guitar and vocals. I've never heard of Mr. Vito prior to this disc, but I do hope THIS band with him in it is good for a couple more discs before they hang it up or break up, as is the usual case.
Vito's style and sound is that of classic Fender Strat down and dirty Blues. While he's closer to Stevie Ray than Robert Cray, you're going to hear some smokin' Blues licks kicked out with fire in the belly.
To me, the two standout tunes are Fleetwood Boogie and Black Magic Woman, but there's not a bad one in the bunch. Great road food for the CD player in your outfit... just slam this one in and watch the miles clip by with a big ol' Cheshire Cat grin on your face.
Thanks, Mick and the boys, for giving us one 'from the heart.' In this day and age, compared to other Blues music newly released, it feels pretty damn good.
There's a historical book full of photos and the whole story celebrating 40 years of the Fleetwood Mac history that is one more reason to GET THE CD not a download. Nothing like turning the pages and seeing the photos! Mick actually hand wrote two pages as the intro. Fantastic work - even the tray of the CD has a cool shot of the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band in it.
Rick Vito - a former Fleetwood Mac member - delivers the real stuff on guitar and vocals. Highly evocative of the original Peter Green era - with many of Peters songs covered on this album. But it's the new stuff that gets me most excited - Vito wrote a bunch of great material for this album. The only other band members are listed as Lenny Castellanos on bass and Mark Johnstone on Keys. I think both sing too. Not easy to be a bass guy for Mick Fleetwood and Lenny did killer great. Mark seems to just tie it all together and give the oldies a new life with the Keys which weren't in the original Mac songs. Totally refreshing!!! Looking at the internet you can see the European version actually charted in England and Germany last winter - and hearing this album tells me why.
If you like to feel good - tap your feet and dig rock and the blues - this is a MUST HAVE RECORD!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love the very early Fleetwood Mac, this album will absolutely floor you.Published 1 month ago by Donald B. Brown
Amazing album by one of my all time favorite Drummer's Mick Fleetwood.Published 23 months ago by DJS
O K ALBUM BUT DOESN'T HAVE THE ORIGINAL BAND,ONLY COVER TUNES.Published 23 months ago by BRIAN RADIS
This is one of those albums that's tough to define, because like some family tree, the lines cross and intersect so often that it's difficult to say who belongs to what, or where... Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by R. Kesler
A friend recommended this album and after listening to snipets on Amazon, decided it was pretty cool so I did the only normal thing I could and bought it. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Suzi Girl
Bought this for a harmonica playing lover of blues, it was warmly received and is on his constant rotation, his best mate heard it and purchased it the next dayPublished on January 2, 2012 by SATORI
One of the best blues recordings in a long time. Mick Fleetwood is the best! Good songs, good musicians! I especially like "Rattlesnake Shake".Published on September 13, 2011 by Morlock Loves Music
This has the feel of the early Peter Green Fleetwood Mac. It is a sound I can listen too. The tunes are extremely good. Read morePublished on October 26, 2010 by Amazon Customer