Fleetwood Mac - the very best of - Is the Very Best Of the very best of?

2006-03-29 18:21

With 36 tracks mapping the meteoric rise and fall of the adult contemporary, album rock pioneers the epochal spotlight is actually from 1975 to 1977. Which means that the cutting edge blues guitar-fuelled contributions of founding member and original songwriting genius Peter Green are completely ignored. Of course, only die hard fans and highbrow critics would complain. So as expected, the focus is high on the eponymous and Rumours album eras.

Tracks such as "The Chain," "Don't Stop", "Dreams" and "Say You Love Me" prove that a trio of has been blues rockers (Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie) and a tempestuous pair of folk rock lovers (Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks) could create some dazzling middle of the road songs. Of course, other oddities attempt to show that the envelope could be tweaked, if not pushed open with the inquisitive "Sara" (off Tusk) sitting snugly alongside the summery pop of Christine McVie's "Little Lies" and later moodier contributions from Nicks ("Paper Doll", "No Questions Asked") and Buckingham ("Go Insane"). With the digital age permitting easy access to enhanced multimedia footage exclusive video snippets of Fleetwood Mac making their new album should have both fans and the recently converted delving into their pockets.

It's inevitable that any rock dinosaur that delivers a chart-topping comeback of the calibre of Fleetwood Mac's Say You Will (2003) will immediately spark a swarm of reissues and cobbled together compilations. Whether this sprawling 2CD is indeed the Very Best of Fleetwood Mac is actually irrelevant.

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