Monday, July 04, 2011

The 100 Greatest Bands of all time - #72 Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac is an odd case. They are a band that found success in two very different incarnations; first as a late 60s British blues band and later as a mid 70s California pop/rock group. Forming in London in 1967, singers and guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer, drummer Mick Fleetwood, and bassist John McVie became one of the top blues bands in Britain, having hits with Black Magic Woman (before Santana) and Albatross. As the 70s went on, the band lost Peter Green to schizophrenia and Jeremy Spencer to a religious cult. Then in 1975, Mick, John and John’s wife Christine found themselves in Southern California looking for a new direction. They found a duo called Buckingham Nicks. The addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks turned Fleetwood Mac into one of the top acts of the 70s. Rumours is still one of the biggest selling albums ever released.

The original version of Black Magic Woman. Peter Green was a great guitarist.

Impressive. I particulary like Mick Fleetwood's drumming here as well as the interplay between Green and Spencer on guitar.

Great version of Rhiannon, my favorite Fleetwood Mac song. The addition of Buckingham and Nicks made the bnd hugely successful. The fact that Stevie Nicks is one of the most beautiful women ever born was probably helpful too. and she looks great in this video.

Beautiful track. One of their best.

Thunder only happens when its rainin'

Of course it wasn't all about Stevie Nicks. Here we have the wonderful Christine McVie singing You Make Loving Fun.

Ah, Tusk!

Always loved this video.

The video for Gypsy was released in 1982. I was 11 years old. It was the first time I remember laying eyes on Stevie Nicks and I developed one of my very first big time celebrity crushes.

Fleetwood Mac - Gypsy by jpdc11

and we conclude our look at Fleetwood Mac with their 1987 hit Big Love.

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