Fleetwood Mac (1975 album)

Fleetwood Mac (1975 album)
Fleetwood Mac
Studio album by Fleetwood Mac
Released 11 July 1975
Recorded February 1975 at Sound City, Van Nuys, CA
Genre Rock
Length 42:12
Label Reprise
Producer Fleetwood Mac and Keith Olsen
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Heroes Are Hard to Find
(1974)
Fleetwood Mac
(1975)
Rumours
(1977)
Singles from Fleetwood Mac
  1. "Warm Ways"
    Released: October 1975 (UK)
  2. "Over My Head"
    Released: November 1975 (USA) / February 1976 (UK)
  3. "Rhiannon"
    Released: February 1976 (USA) / April 1976 (UK)
  4. "Say You Love Me"
    Released: June 1976 (USA) / September 1976 (UK)
  5. "Rhiannon (re-issue)"
    Released: February 1978 (UK)
  6. "Landslide (live)"
    Released: July 1998 (USA)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A-)[2]

Fleetwood Mac is the tenth album by the British/American band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1975. It was the band's second eponymous album; the first was their 1968 album. This is the first Fleetwood Mac album to feature Lindsey Buckingham as guitarist and Stevie Nicks as vocalist, after Bob Welch departed the band in late 1974.

The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 over a year after entering the chart, and set a record for most weeks on the chart before reaching the top position (broken in 1989, when Paula Abdul's Forever Your Girl took 64 weeks to reach #1). It launched three top twenty singles: "Over My Head", "Rhiannon" and "Say You Love Me", the last two falling just short of the top ten, both at #11. In 1986, it was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA representing shipments of five million units.[3]

Until the release of this album, Fleetwood Mac's albums generally sold around 300,000 - 350,000 copies apiece.[citation needed] This album helped launch them as musical superstars with an almost constant radio presence (which would be continued with their even more popular follow-up, Rumours). In 2003, the album was ranked #183 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[4]

In Britain, the album was initially largely ignored and the first three singles lifted from the album failed to chart, therefore, generating limited interest in the album and the new line-up of the band. Only "Say You Love Me" charted on the UK Singles Chart and it reached #40.[5] With the massive success of Rumours in 1977 and interest in the band re-ignited, Fleetwood Mac was issued again in 1978, along with the re-release of "Rhiannon" which peaked just outside the Top 40 at #46.[6] The album eventually peaked at #23[7] on the UK Album Chart but was a prelude to a run of hugely successful albums for the band in Britain, including four multi-platinum #1s: Rumours, Tusk, Tango in the Night and Behind the Mask.[8]

The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart with sales of 158,000.

Contents

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Monday Morning"   Buckingham 2:48
2. "Warm Ways"   C. McVie 3:54
3. "Blue Letter"   Rick Curtis, Mike Curtis 2:41
4. "Rhiannon"   Nicks 4:11
5. "Over My Head"   C. McVie 3:38
6. "Crystal"   Nicks 5:14
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Say You Love Me"   C. McVie 4:11
8. "Landslide"   Nicks 3:19
9. "World Turning"   Buckingham, C. McVie 4:25
10. "Sugar Daddy"   C. McVie 4:10
11. "I'm So Afraid"   Buckingham 4:22

2004 Re-issue

On 24 March 2004, Warner Bros. Records re-released the remastered album, with the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Jam #2" (Buckingham, C. McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood) – 5:41
  2. "Say You Love Me" [single version] (C. McVie) – 4:03
  3. "Rhiannon" [single version] (Nicks) – 3:48
  4. "Over My Head" [single version] (C. McVie) – 3:09
  5. "Blue Letter" [single version] (Curtis, Curtis) – 2:42

Additional information

  • The original LP/Cassette formats contained Tracks 1-6 on Side 1 and Tracks 7-11 on Side 2.
  • "Warm Ways" was the first single lifted from the album in 1975 in the UK.[9] It was not released as a single in the United States. All singles from Fleetwood Mac are remixes, noticeably different from the album versions, as included on the 2004 re-issue. A 'single mix' was also created for "Blue Letter" and this version was originally only available as the B-side to the "Warm Ways" single from 1975.[10]
  • Although it was written by Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham sang lead on the song "Crystal". It originally appeared (also sung by Lindsey) on the duo's 1973 Buckingham Nicks album. Stevie later recorded it as a solo song (with backing vocals from Sheryl Crow) for the soundtrack of the 1998 film Practical Magic.
  • Both "Rhiannon" and "Monday Morning" were written during the Buckingham Nicks days, and performed live by the duo although not recorded. The early version of Rhiannon was played much faster, in what was described by one reviewer of the time as a 'polka' style.
  • The album was referenced in the 2000 film High Fidelity, during the scene where lead character Rob (played by John Cusack) is sorting his record collection into autobiographical order while holding a copy of Fleetwood Mac.
  • "Landslide" was eventually released as a single in the USA in 1998 after it became one of the most popular tracks from the live reunion album The Dance. It reached #51 on the Billboard Hot 100.[11]

Credits

Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

Production

  • Producers: Fleetwood Mac & Keith Olsen
  • Engineer: Keith Olsen, 2nd Engineer: David Devore

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1975 US Billboard 200 1
1976 UK 23

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Over My Head" Pop Singles 20
1976 "Over My Head" Adult Contemporary 32
1976 "Rhiannon" Pop Singles 11
1976 "Rhiannon" Adult Contemporary 33
1976 "Say You Love Me" Pop Singles 11
1976 "Say You Love Me" Adult Contemporary 12

Certifications

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[3] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ a b "American album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Fleetwood+Mac%22.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  4. ^ 183 Fleetwood Mac
  5. ^ British Hit Singles and Albums vol.19. Page 205. ISBN 9781904994107
  6. ^ The Great Rock Discography. Martin C.Strong. ISBN 1-84195-312-1
  7. ^ British Hit Singles and Albums vol.19. Page 205. ISBN 9781904994107
  8. ^ The Great Rock Discography. Martin C.Strong. ISBN 1-84195-312-1
  9. ^ The Great Rock Discography. Martin C.Strong. ISBN 1-84195-312-1
  10. ^ The Great Rock Discography. Martin C. Strong. ISBN 1-84195-312-1
  11. ^ The Great Rock Discography. Martin C.Strong. ISBN 1-84195-312-1
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac". British Phonographic Industry. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx.  Enter Fleetwood Mac in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
Preceded by
Breezin' by George Benson
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 4–10, 1976
Succeeded by
Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder

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