ILCR Pick: 5 Songs From “Fleetwood Mac” By Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac live in 1976 - WestLAGuy / Youtube
Fleetwood Mac’s tenth self-titled studio effort finally cemented what the band’s most successful lineup and sound would be. After a few personnel and style changes, Fleetwood Mac – now comprised of Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie, and the newcomers Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks – were ready to take on the world with this solid record. Here are our favorite tunes from the iconic album.
Penned by Christine McVie, “Warm Ways” gives a peek to the album’s diversity from the get-go. The indulgently-weaved acoustic and electric guitars ride on a soulful piano progression for that laid-back quality.
One of the band’s most popular cuts is the legend-inspired “Rhiannon”. Buckingham’s masterful guitar delivery in this track is paired with Nicks’ unrelenting vocals, the duo stepping up to the creative challenge quite well.
This track comes from the Buckingham-Nicks creative catalog and was featured on the duo’s 1973 LP. It has a soft rock arrangement with country influences in the mix, and has Buckingham on the lead vocals while Nicks supports him behind.
Less is more with the arrangement of “Landslide”. Carrying an acoustic main rhythm, lead accents pop out here and there in this laid back, philosophical track.
“I’m So Afraid”
“I’m So Afraid” ends the album on a high note with its rich instrumentation, not to mention Lindsey Buckingham’s impressive vocal performance. Of course, lead guitars are set the mood to a tee with their melodic harmonization.