Friday, September 09, 2016

Reimagining Fleetwood Mac - Lindsey Buckingham Edition

 Day of three finds us looking in at the driving guitar force of Fleetwood Mac, with Lindsey Buckingham.  There's no denying that adding Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham to the Fleetwood Mac mix completely elevated the band to another level.  Each one had such a distinct sound, when coupled together they form a complex companionship.  Separated, you can hear their unique voices in a more complete setting.

 In this experiment, not every song works.  Again, this isn't a "best of."  It's about what group of songs can cohesively go together to form an album.  Now while Tusk is pretty much a full Fleetwood Mac contribution, it's really Lindsey's baby (not to mention that it there was some good extra credit in there for a few USC students) hence its inclusion.

 Enjoy and let me know which edition is your favorite.

Here is Buckingham Mac:
  1. Tusk (Tusk)
  2. Tango In The Night (Tango In The Night)
  3. Big Love (Tango In The Night)
  4. Empire State (Mirage)
  5. Go Your Own Way (Rumors)
  6. Family Man (Tango in the Night)
  7. Can't Go Back (Mirage)
  8. Monday Morning (Fleetwood Mac)
  9. What Makes You Think You're The One (Tusk)
  10. Caroline (Tango In The Night)
  11. I'm So Afraid (Fleetwood Mac)

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Re-imagining Fleetwood Mac - Christine McVie Edition

 Day two of re-imagining the Fleetwood Mac brings us to Christine McVie, who sang with the band for a few albums prior to Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks' recruitment.  That said, I'm only including songs after the self-titled Fleetwood Mac album (1975). As much as l love Stevie, Christine may have written and sang my favorite Fleetwood Mac tunes, including Little Lies and Isn't It Midnight.  Neither song is included here for various reasons.  I wanted this experiment to feel more like a solo work.  It's one thing to have another member chiming in for some background vocals but for songs like Little Lies and Hold Me, the rest of the band have too prominent of contributions.  As great as those songs are, they sound too much like a collaborative effort...and don't necessarily fit for purposes of this post. Here is Fleetwood MacVie:
  1. You Make Loving Fun (Rumors)
  2. Think About Me (Tusk)
  3. Say You Love Me (Fleetwood Mac)
  4. Sugar Daddy (Fleetwood Mac)
  5. Never Forget (Tusk)
  6. Over My Head (Fleetwood Mac)
  7. Everywhere (Tango In The Night)
  8. Brown Eyes (Tusk)
  9. Oh Daddy (Rumors)
  10. Over & Over (Tusk)
  11. Honey Hi (Tusk)

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Re-Imagining Fleetwood Mac - Stevie Nicks Edition

One of my favorite bands of all time is Fleetwood Mac.  What makes The Mac so amazing isn't one particular member.  The band is a true sum of its parts.  They are the gold standard when it comes to the team effort approach to their songs, albums and live shows.  Though they are a chameleon of a band who has evolved and changed over time, they have had their share of chaotic times.  But difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.  When the group is in sync with each other, there is no one better. But what if that wasn't true?  What if Fleetwood Mac only had one singer?  The Mac has been known since their early beginnings as a band who has shared vocal duties.  But just for fun...what if that wasn't true?  What if they only had one singer?  What would an album by Fleetwood Mac sound like?  Over the next three days, I want to look at three different versions of The Mac...each one featuring a different singer.  What would an album sound like if only Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie or Lindsey Buckingham were the singer?  I am not advocating this should be the case...but what if? Up first, here is the Stevie Nicks version of Fleetwood Mac.  I have kept the album to a tight 11 songs, trying to find the best songs that cohesively fit together.  It's an interesting experiment and I'd love to know your thoughts. Listen below. Fleetwood Nicks
  1. Sisters of the Moon (Tusk)
  2. Straight Back (Mirage)
  3. Seven Wonders (Tango in the Night)
  4. Gypsy (Mirage)
  5. Rhiannon (FM)
  6. Sara (Tusk)
  7. Dreams (Rumors)
  8. That's Alright (Mirage)
  9. Angel (Tusk)
  10. Landslide (Rumors)
  11. Storms (Tusk)