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Three dozen hits and key album tracks from 1975 to 1997, the first-ever Fleetwood Mac collection to be affordable yet comprehensive! This is mostly all with the classic Mick Fleetwood-John McVie-Christine McVie-Stevie Nicks-Lindsey Buckingham lineup, whom you get to see in action on the enhanced CD recording their new album along with rare archival footage. Includes Go Your Own Way; Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win); Dreams; Don't Stop; You Make Loving Fun; The Chain; Tusk; Sara; Hold Me; Big Love (live); the rare B-side Silver Springs; Everywhere; Over My Head, and more.

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Spanning 22 years, this double-disc, 36-track compilation chronicles the initially unlikely and ultimately triumphant conflation of a failing, veteran English neo-blues band (Mick Fleetwood and the McVies) with a pair of mercurial American also-rans (the baroque folk-rock genius Lindsey Buckingham and crypto-songbird Stevie Nicks). The creative alchemy was immediate, as 15 epochal tracks ("Dreams," "Say You Love Me," "The Chain," "Don't Stop") from Fleetwood Mac and Rumours here attest. They could have arguably repeated that mega-successful formula for a decade, but chose a more musically expansive tack, represented "Sara," Think About Me" and the other core tracks drawn from the ambitious Tusk. While the band's megahit luster faded as the solo careers of Buckingham and Nicks took flight in the '80s, their power was still apparent in the dusky-bright pop of Christine McVie's "Hold Me" and "Little Lies." Sequenced with compelling listening rather than chronology in mind, this set also includes the strongest of the Mac's latter-day recordings (Nicks's "Paper Doll," "Silver Springs," and "No Questions Asked"; McVie's "As Long As You Follow"), as well the Lindsey Buckingham showcases "Go Insane" and "Big Love" from '97's The Dance. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Monday Morning
  2. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
  3. You Make Loving Fun - Fleetwood Mac
  4. Go Your Own Way
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Say You Love Me
  7. I'm So Afraid
  8. Silver Springs
  9. Over My Head - Fleetwood Mac
  10. Never Going Back Again
  11. Sara
  12. Love In Store - Fleetwood Mac
  13. Tusk
  14. Landslide
  15. Songbird
  16. Big Love (Live, 1997)
  17. Storms
  18. The Chain
  19. Dont Stop

Disc: 2

  1. The Chain
  2. Don't Stop
  3. What Makes You Think You're The One
  4. Gypsy - Fleetwood Mac
  5. Second Hand News
  6. Little Lies
  7. Think About Me
  8. Go Insane (Live, 1997)
  9. Gold Dust Woman
  10. Hold Me
  11. Seven Wonders
  12. World Turning
  13. Everywhere
  14. Sisters Of The Moon
  15. Family Man
  16. As Long As You Follow
  17. No Questions Asked
  18. Skies The Limit
  19. Paper Doll


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 15, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: October 12, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: WEA/Reprise
  • ASIN: B00006JL1Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (691 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac collection is a nice warm up for the holidays, which should please fans old and new. The retrospective, which features the classic Rumours lineup, includes all the hits (and then some) from the 1975 "white" album through 1997's reunion album The Dance.

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.
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I own many greatest hits CD's (including "Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits" from 1988), and one thing I've learned is that very few of them actually contain every single notable track one could want. There's always a few missing, be it a Top 40 single or an album track that received heavy airplay. Rhino Records was basically created for the music collector who wants the ultimate compilations, and while they still don't always manage to get everything "right", they come way closer than anyone before them ever have or ever will.

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!
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The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac is a good example of successful compilations are made. While only covering the Buckinham-Nicks version of the band, the two CD set offers a great range of songs from thier career. Unlike the previous greatest hits (which was only 1 disc), Very Best includes The Chain, Landslide, Gold Dust Woman, and even the obscure hit Family Man, on top of having all the other classics. The inclusion of songs like Think About Me, Love In Store, World Turning, No Questions Asked and Paper Doll proves that the set truely covers this era exstensively.

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!!
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