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It's refreshing to find some new elements incorporated into this release, making it more than just your standard best-of. Some of these highlights include single versions for "Rhiannon," "Over My Head," "Think About Me," and "Sisters of the Moon" -- all previously unavailable on CD. There's also a different mix of "Silver Springs," emphasizing Stevie Nicks' ad lib vocals at the end of the song. (The original 45 mix of "Silver Springs" has never been released on CD.)
Overall, the sound quality is excellent. Remastered by engineering heavyweights Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch (who handle many of the Rhino remasters), the tracks have never sounded this good, particularly the ones from Rumours and Mirage. Everything is clean and crisp, with bass and high-end levels faithfully restored. Finally, the depth to these recordings has returned -- something dreadfully missing from the shoddy CD reissues from the late-80s and early 90s.
The liner booklet is very well done, though the selection of photographs could be better. But there are some nice ones, like the one of Christine McVie playing a large bass. There is also a charming Rumours cover outtake featuring Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood in an alternate pose. The liner notes are written well by David Wild, a contributing writer for Rolling Stone. Informative and concise. Selected discography, chart placements and credits are also included.
The enhanced material (on disc 1) is adequate though it may a challenge to play on your computer.Read more ›
Yeah, the live acoustic version of "Big Love" from "The Dance" is here instead of the hit single version from "Tango In The Night" and "Greatest Hits" (probably because it's shorter). Conversely, the studio version of "Silver Springs" is here instead of the more popular live version from "The Dance". And there are a few songs - most notably "Rhiannon" and "Over My Head" - that are represented by single versions instead of album versions. "Over My Head" in particular has a much louder acoustic guitar and doesn't have the "fade-in" of the album version. Either way, any Fleetwood Mac collection that contains well-known but rarely anthologized songs like "The Chain", "Second Hand News", "Never Going Back Again", "Gold Dust Woman", "Monday Morning", "World Turning", "Songbird", and great but forgotten singles like "Sisters Of The Moon", "Think About Me", "Family Man", "Seven Wonders", and "Paper Doll" is one worth having. And as always, the remastered sound is spectacular and the liner notes are comprehensive, including release dates and chart peaks for all singles and the albums they came from - a Top 40 geek's dream!Read more ›
The remastering is decent and allows the listener to hear parts of the songs that were not obvious before. The drums sound much crisper and songs from Rumours, The "White Album," and "Tusk" seem much clearer.
The single version of Rhiannon, Over My Head, and Sisters of the Moon are also a plus, although they can take awhile to grow on you. If you are use to the album versions, these will seem kind of odd and unfulfilling. After a few listens however, one will notice the heavy guitar layering and texturing. These songs turn out to be quite cool.
The complilation will appeal to long-time fans because of the inclusion of bonus material on the first disc, as well as the song Go Insane from the Dance. It will appeal to more casual fans because of the extent that it covers their catalog.
Some songs that were not included are Eyes of the World, Oh Diane (which was a big hit in Europe & Japan), Big Love (the original), and Crystal. All of these would have made the compilation even stronger but like any Best Of, you can't have everything. All and all it is a nice set and I recommend it to anyone who wants a MAC ATTACK!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This a very enjoyable CD set. I decided to get it not knowing much about Fleetwood Mac's music except for their charted hits from the mid/late 70s. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joel C.
Has all the great classics that I enjoy. This music never goes out of style.Published 3 days ago by toms
Love my Fleetwood Mac! I've been in their presence twice in Dallas! Excellent CD and shipping A+ as expected from Amazon!Published 12 days ago by Mark E
Love Fleetwood Mac, This Double CD of they're Greatest Hits is Fantastic.Published 12 days ago by Jacinta
I dont think these songs sound as good as original albums...they seem muted....next time i will buy Rumors...But that being said it was delivered in a timely mannerPublished 13 days ago by T. Green
i've also been a fleetwood fan forever.. you can never go wrong with their musicPublished 15 days ago by kat
OK now, but was originally Disappointed. Got CD and Auto-ripped package. Re-mastered versions, which are all of them, sound tinny. Using excellent ear phones. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KLM606