Fleetwood Mac's roots revisited on vinyl!
Remastered version of Then Play On, together with four more albums
Boxed set spans the group's first four albums for Reprise Records
Reprise albums lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
"The original Reprise labels look the part, but the outstanding
feature is the quality of the card sleeves. They are very thick and the
artwork reproduction, which can so often let reissues down, is first
class. Then Play On and Kiln House are both original gatefolds, with the latter coming with a booklet insert." — Superdeluxeedition.com
Revisit Fleetwood Mac's early years through this special releases from Reprise Records and Rhino. Fleetwood Mac: 1969-1972,
is a beautiful vinyl boxed set that collects four of the band's classic
albums, each lovingly reproduced on 140-gram vinyl. As a bonus, the set
comes with an exclusive replica of the original 1969 7-inch single of
"Oh Well - Pt. 1" b/w "Oh Well - Pt. 2." "Oh Well - Pt. 1," boasts one
of the great guitar riffs in rock history and has been covered by likes
of Billy F Gibbons, Jimmy Page, and Tom Petty.
Fleetwood Mac was already a popular blues band in 1969 when they released Then Play On,
the group's stellar third studio album. It was the first with
guitarist-songwriter Danny Kirwan and ultimately its last with founding
member Peter Green. The album's powerful mix of blues and rock includes
standout tracks like "Rattlesnake Shake," "Searching For Madge" and
"Coming Your Way."
Fleetwood Mac: 1969-1972 features four complete albums — Then Play On (1969), Kiln House (1970), Future Games (1971) and Bare Trees (1972)
— housed in a striking black slipcase. To ensure superb sound quality,
Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering cut the lacquers for all four
albums. The records look as good as they sound thanks to authentically
reproduced packages, including gatefolds for Then Play On and Kiln House and single sleeves for Future Games and Bare Trees.
The set follows the band through an early transitional period. With Kiln House,
Fleetwood Mac began moving toward a more melodic pop sound on songs
such as "Mission Bell" and "One Together." At the time, the band
included: Jeremy Spencer (guitar, vocals, piano), Kirwan (guitar,
vocals), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). Christine McVie
was at the recording sessions and contributed backing vocals and the
album's cover art, but she did not join the band until shortly after the
album was finished.
The band's shift toward pop and folk styles continued on Future Games
with songs such as "Show Me A Smile" and "Morning Rain." This marks the
first Fleetwood Mac album with Christine McVie as a full band member as
well as the Mac debut of Bob Welch on guitar.
The line-up stayed the same for Bare Trees, which boasts a
consistently strong collection of songs like McVie's "Spare Me A Little
Of Your Love," Kirwan's "Dust" and Welch's "Sentimental Lady." Although
Kirwan was a dominant figure during the recording, penning half of the
songs, this would ultimately be his last appearance on a Fleetwood Mac