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Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years The Chain

Rock | Author: peaceofmind | 29-09-2012, 14:20
Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years The Chain

Artist: Fleetwood Mac
Album: 25 Years The Chain
Genre: Rock
Source: CD
Year: 1992
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Included: NFO, Logs, Cues, M3Us
Label: Warner Bros.
Catalog Number: 8122797302
Other: 2012 Reissue

Disc 1 Track Listing:

01. Paper Doll (New Song)
02. Love Shines (New Song)
03. Stand Back (Live) (Unreleased)
04. Crystal
05. Isn't It Midnight (Edited Alternate Version)
06. Big Love
07. Everywhere
08. Affairs Of The Heart
09. Heart Of Stone (New Song)
10. Sara
11. That's All For Everyone
12. Over My Head
13. Little Lies
14. Eyes Of The World
15. Oh Diane
16. In The Back Of My Mind
17. Make Me A Mask (New Song)

Disc 2 Track Listing:

01. Save Me
02. Goodbye Angel
03. Silver Springs
04. What Makes You Think You're The One
05. Think About Me
06. Gypsy (Alternate Unedited Version)
07. You Make Loving Fun
08. Second Hand News (Alternate Mix)
09. Love In Store (Alternate Mix)
10. The Chain (Alternate Mix)
11. Teen Beat
12. Dreams (Alternate Mix)
13. Only Over You
14. I'm So Afraid (Edited)
15. Love Is Dangerous
16. Gold Dust Woman (Alternate Mix)
17. Not That Funny (Live) (Unreleased)

Disc 3 Track Listing:

01. Warm Ways
02. Say You Love Me
03. Don't Stop
04. Rhiannon
05. Walk a Thin Line
06. Storms
07. Go Your Own Way
08. Sisters of the Moon
09. Monday Morning
10. Landslide
11. Hypnotized
12. Lay It All Down (Unreleased Alternate Version)
13. Angel (Alternate Mix)
14. Beautiful Child (Alternate Mix)
15. Brown Eyes
16. Save Me a Place
17. Tusk
18. Never Going Back Again
19. Songbird

Disc 4 Track Listing:

01. I Believe My Time Ain't Long
02. Need Your Love So Bad
03. Rattlesnake Shake
04. Oh Well, Part 1 (Original Mono Version-Rechannelled For Stereo)
05. Stop Messin' Round
06. The Green Manalishi
07. Albatross
08. Man Of The World
09. Love That Burns
10. Black Magic Woman
11. Watch Out
12. String-A-Long (Unreleased)
13. Station Man
14. Did You Ever Love Me
15. Sentimental Lady
16. Come A Little Bit Closer
17. Heroes Are Hard To Find
18. Trinity (Unreleased Song From 1971)
19. Why

Overall, Fleetwood Mac's four-CD box set, 25 Years: The Chain, contains a lot of great music, with plenty of the 1970s hits that made them one of the biggest bands in the world. It fails as a complete chronicle; not enough weight is given to the early, blues-based Mac with Peter Green, and there are too many songs (nearly a whole disc's worth) from the lightweight 1980s albums. Also, the haphazard song sequencing doesn't help matters, it doesn't make the case for Fleetwood Mac's music as a body of work, and it doesn't trace the evolution, which should be apparent from the diversity of the music. If nothing else, 25 Years: The Chain offers evidence that Lindsey Buckingham was a brilliant pop composer and that the band's '70s success was well deserved. (allmusic)
IT may seem odd that a greatest hits box set could break up a band, but the rumours (ha! rumours) are that Stevie Nicks was so miffed that Mick Fleetwood included her seminal but little-known Fleetwood Mac B-side Silver Springs on this compilation on its original release in 1992 in lieu of allowing her to stick it on her own greatest hits album, that she huffed off entirely. Personally, I reckon that Nicks and Fleetwood had other unresolved issues.

Anyhow, it’s a treat to have Silver Springs on this good-value re-release of the 1992 four-CD boxset, along with a number of rarities, less-known album tracks, four “new” songs (two Christine McVie, one Lindsey Buckingham and one Nicks-penned, and all a bit meh, to be honest, other than Buckingham’s hypnotic Make Me A Mask) and live performances. There are also alternate versions/mixes of well-known songs, although nothing that dramatically different from the original – no aggrotech remixes here. More often, as on the “alternate unedited version” of Gypsy, it gives Nicks the chance to further showcase the song-end poetic wibbling she is so fond of. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Stevie, but it doesn’t mean that I know what she’s going on about half the time.

While the track sequencing on the first three discs merrily mixes up the 70s-90s apparently quite arbitrarily, the pre-Nicks/Buckingham era Mac is squirrelled away on the fourth disc, where it works best together in a melee of mainly Green-penned Brit blues; but as a way of education for those, like me, who may be less familiar with the Mac’s earlier work, having it separated out in this way means tearing yourself away from the warm waters of AOR to change the disc.

Back to the classic Fleetwood Mac years, and compilation curators Fleetwood and John McVie have pretty much selected an even distribution of tracks penned by main songwriters Christine McVie, Buckingham and Nicks, with Ms McVie just pipping the post with her smooth-as-silk vocals and tunes thanks to her contributions to blues-era Mac, against Buckingham’s pithy pop sensibilities and Nicks’ fairy dusted ditties.

Of course, there are very few classic FM hits missing from the compilation, meaning that Rumours is pretty much presented in its entirety, but it’s an interesting and varied enough collection to make worthwhile for both completists and dabblers; presented with an excellently chunky booklet chock-full of rare and often wacky photos. (louderthanwar.com)

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