Mystery to Me
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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!
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.Read more ›
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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Trying to expand my Fleetwood Mac collection to more then just their best selling well know albums; bought this recently,
and have to be honest, other then 2 or 3 tracks -... Read more
Just got it today-4/23/2016!! I love it!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Great music store!! Great!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas E Shelton
Bought it for The tune Hypnotized. One of the best songs of all time from 1973. Written and sung by the late great Bob Welsh.Published 4 months ago by Mr Tropics