Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac


3.5
great

Review

by War On Drugs: Suck My Cock USER (20 Reviews)
July 25th, 2011 | 97 replies


Release Date: 1968 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A rock-solid blues album from the original incarnation of Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac Discography: Part I

Fleetwood Mac began when Peter Green, guitarist of British blues band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, replaced their drummer Asynsley Dunbar with his friend Mick Fleetwood. Green became dissatisfied with the Bluesbreakers and formed a new band with Fleetwood, naming the band Fleetwood Mac after the rhythm section of their old band (McVie and Fleetwood). Soon after, the band recruited slide guitar player Jeremy Spencer, and they eventually released their first, eponymously titled studio album, in February of 1968. The record was largely a commercial success in Britain, where it stayed on the charts for nearly a year, though it barely made a mark in the United States.

Fleetwood Mac is a straight-up blues album, miles away from their later, more famous work with Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham. With that being said, that doesn’t mean the band’s work here should be discredited, as they played their music with just enough originality and plenty of driving intensity. Three of the twelve songs on the album are old blues standards, but Green and Spencer clearly had a talent for songwriting, as their originals are often above the level of the cover songs. In fact, much of the appeal of the record would be lost if not for Peter Green, who has an oddly Hendrix-esque quality to his voice that accompanies the music quite well. He’s also a superb songwriter as well, better than slide guitarist Spencer, even, though his songs blend well enough into the overall flow of the album.

The best song on the record may be “Long Grey Mare,” which has a galloping guitar riff unlike any other and harmonica sections that are actually used in a way that compliment the song. The variety of the album of is pretty much split into two categories; fast and aggressive like the aforementioned song, and slow and glum like “Looking for Somebody,” another Green song which gets the somber part of blues just right, driven by piano and a slow, heavy bass beat. “Hellhound On My Trail” is another song that belongs in the latter category, a Robert Johnson song played solely on the piano by Green. You’d expect the two dynamics to get old, but being an older album, Fleetwood Mac is just over a half-hour long, perfectly fitted to its running-time as there is little, if any, filler.

Fleetwood Mac may not have been a landmark record, but it’s a rock-solid debut from a fresh-faced band who were playing blues rock the way that it should have been. It can be recommended to anyone with a passing interest in blues or ‘Mac, and it’s easily one of the highpoints of their long, tumultuous career. Take it for what it is and you’ll have a very enjoyable album in your hands.

Fleetwood Mac’s Fleetwood Mac was...
~ Peter Green – vocals, guitar, harmonica
~ Jeremy Spencer – vocals, slide guitar, piano
~ John McVie – bass guitar
~ Mick Fleetwood – drums
~ Bob Brunning – bass on “Long Grey Mare”

Fleetwood Classics:
“Long Grey Mare”
“Looking for Somebody”
"Merry Go Round"
"No Place to Go"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
iFghtffyrdmns
July 25th 2011


7047 Comments


almost 4000 comments how exciting

Dismantle
July 25th 2011


398 Comments


bad review negd

SeaAnemone
July 25th 2011


20970 Comments


fuck you for trolling me with IndieHipster lol

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SeaAnemone
July 25th 2011


20970 Comments


god I'm an idiot

Dismantle
July 25th 2011


398 Comments


I'll remember this day, that you admitted it.

SeaAnemone
July 25th 2011


20970 Comments


I'll remember this day, that you admitted it.


oh stop being surprised. i'm willing to admit it like 70% of the time

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2011


21616 Comments


Glad to see someone review this at last. Great blues album.

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AggravatedYeti
July 26th 2011


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ really is under appreciated

ZedO
July 19th 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos'd, and glad to see this damn great album reviewed!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 19th 2012


21616 Comments


Yeah, this rules.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 13th 2013


21616 Comments


Why is the original Fleetwood Mac so overlooked around here? The average rating for Then Play On is ridiculous. It's rated almost as highly as Rumours on RYM.

NightProwler
May 13th 2013


6609 Comments


If I were to check out the original Fleetwood, where'd you say I should go first, Jamie?

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 13th 2013


21616 Comments


I'd say Then Play On would be the best place to start. Then this.

NightProwler
May 13th 2013


6609 Comments


Cool, thanks man - I've been thinking about getting into the original Fleetwood for quite a while, since I grew up with their later releases due to my parents. Will add those to my list!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 13th 2013


21616 Comments


No problem dude, hope you dig. Peter Green is one of my all time favourite guitarists.

NightProwler
May 13th 2013


6609 Comments


Sweet

KILL
May 17th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

review it jamie

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2013


21616 Comments


Then Play On? Yeah I probably will, it's one of my top priorities to review when I have more time.

KILL
May 28th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

then play on is actually a lot better than this why did i wait so long to check ugh

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2013


21616 Comments


It's crazy how overlooked that album is on Sputnik.



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