Thursday, January 11, 2018

Check out Fleetwood Mac's Early Version of 1975 Classic 'Monday Morning'


As the opening track on 1975's five-times-platinum Fleetwood Mac album, "Monday Morning" was the first thing most fans heard from the new incarnation of the band after Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined. But the song also revealed a new Buckingham. You can listen to an exclusive early take of the song, from the upcoming Fleetwood Mac deluxe edition, below.

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Three early versions have been released to date: 
Say You Love Me, Landslide and Monday Morning.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

President Bill Clinton to Present Fleetwood Mac with MusiCares Person of the Year Award



President Bill Clinton will be on hand to present Fleetwood Mac with MusiCares Person Of The Year Award January 26th in New York City. Tickets to this event in which the band also performs, are available at Ticketmaster.

New performers announced: Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas, Little Big Town, Portugal. The Man and Zac Brown Band.


Sunday, January 07, 2018

Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' Third Biggest Selling Vinyl Album in UK - 2017

The Official Top 40 biggest selling vinyl albums and singles of 2017

Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was the third biggest selling vinyl album in the UK in 2017. Amazing for an album released over 40 years ago!

1 - 51,000 - ÷, ED SHEERAN
2 - 37,000 - AS YOU WERE, LIAM GALLAGHER
3 - 35,000 - RUMOURS, FLEETWOOD MAC

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Stevie Nicks classic previews a new Fleetwood Mac reissue

Hear Fleetwood Mac's Intimate Early 'Landslide'
Alternate version of the Stevie Nicks classic previews a new reissue of the band's self-titled 1975 LP.

In 1975, Fleetwood Mac debuted their classic lineup with their second self-titled album. Not only did
Fleetwood Mac establish the musical chemistry of the band for decades to come, it helped solidify the group as a pop juggernaut with singles like "Rhiannon" and "Say You Love Me." Ahead of the January 19th release of the album's expansive reissue, listen to an early version of Stevie Nicks' classic "Landslide," which would become one of their signature songs.

The "Landslide" outtake sounds surprisingly similar to the final version. Nicks' voice has a little more rawness on the edges here, and where the album cut features Lindsey Buckingham's multi-tracked acoustic guitars and a brief electric solo, this version includes just a single acoustic-guitar track and some light percussion.

The reissue follows a recent series of remastered and re-released Fleetwood Mac albums. Like the others, Fleetwood Mac will include previously unreleased studio and live recordings. The reissue will come out in multiple formats, including a deluxe version that includes three CDs, a DVD and a vinyl LP.

In late January, artists such as Lorde, Harry Styles and Haim will perform at a Fleetwood Mac tribute show at Radio City Music Hall. The concert is part of a MusiCares benefit that will occur days before the Grammy Awards. The band's classic lineup will also perform at the concert.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Fleetwood Mac 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year January 26, 2018

GRAMMY-winning group will receive the prestigious MusiCares Person of the Year honor on Jan. 26, 2018, at Radio City Music Hall in New York.



Two-time GRAMMY winners Fleetwood Mac will be honored at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute on Jan. 26, 2018. The quintet — comprising Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks — is the first band to receive the prestigious award.

Fleetwood Mac will be honored as the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of their significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a number of charitable causes, including MusiCares, the premier safety net of critical resources for the music industry.

Proceeds from the 28th annual benefit gala — to be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City during GRAMMY Week two nights prior to the 60th GRAMMY Awards — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

For questions, contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares at 310.392.3777

"Our 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is a celebration of firsts — the first time our annual signature gala will be held in New York City in 15 years, and the first time in the benefit's history that we will honor a band," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "This excitement is only matched by the genuine thrill and privilege of paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a legendary and influential group of artists whose music has provided the soundtrack for music lovers around the world."

Fleetwood Mac earned two GRAMMYs for their Album Of The Year-winning LP, Rumours, for 1977. The band also has two recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including Fleetwood Mac (1975) and Rumours (1977).

"It's a tremendous honor to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award," said Mick Fleetwood on behalf of Fleetwood Mac. "Independently and together, we all set off on a journey to spend our lives as artists, songwriters and musicians. None of us did it alone and there were plenty of helping hands along the way, so we applaud and celebrate MusiCares' guiding principles of giving musicians a helping hand and a place to turn in times of need. We are very appreciative of this recognition."



Performers Announced: Fleetwood Mac MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute
From Keith Urban to Haim, find out who is among the first group of performers for GRAMMY Week event honoring Fleetwood Mac.

GRAMMY winners John Legend, Lorde and Keith Urban are among the first group of performers announced for the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Fleetwood Mac on Jan. 26 in New York.

Past GRAMMY nominees Haim and OneRepublic and singer/songwriter Harry Styles will also join the performance lineup. GRAMMY winners Fleetwood Mac — Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks — will close the evening's performances. 

More guest performers will be announced shortly.

For more information on purchasing VIP ticket packages to the event, or placing ads/messages in the tribute journal, please contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares at 310.581.8727. Individual tickets for mezzanine seats are on-sale to the general public via Ticketmaster.  


FLEETWOOD MAC’S CLASSIC 1975 ALBUM TO GET EXPANSIVE REISSUE JANUARY 19

Fleetwood Mac
Release Date
Fri, 01/19/2018

3CD/LP/DVD Deluxe Edition Features Remastered Audio On CD And Vinyl, Along With Rare  And Unreleased Live And Studio Recordings, Including An Alternate Version Of The Full Album.

Three Versions Available January 19 From Warner Bros. Records

LOS ANGELES – The current incarnation of Fleetwood Mac made its debut in the summer of 1975 when the band released its second eponymous album. An overwhelming smash, the record topped the Billboard album chart, spent more than a year in the Top 40, and sold more than five million copies in the U.S. thanks to classic songs like “Landslide,” “Say You Love Me,” and “Rhiannon.”  

The band’s campaign to reissue its classic albums continues with FLEETWOOD MAC: DELUXE EDITION. Available on January 19, 2018, the collection includes newly remastered audio, rare and unreleased studio and live recordings, and more. The music will be available in several formats:
  • Deluxe (3CD/DVD/LP): The original album with newly remastered audio on CD and LP; rare and unreleased studio and live recordings; plus a DVD with 5.1 Surround Sound and high-resolution mixes of the original album. $99.98
  • Expanded (2CD): The original album with newly remastered sound expanded with rare and unreleased studio and live recordings. $19.98
  • Remastered (CD): Original album with newly remastered sound. $11.98
  • Remastered audio will also via digital download and streaming services.

Fleetwood Mac’s lineup solidified in 1974 when Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Christine McVie to form what would ultimately become the band’s most successful incarnation. FLEETWOOD MAC: DELUXE EDITION is packaged in a 12 x 12 embossed sleeve with rare and unseen photos along with in-depth liner notes written by David Wild featuring new interviews with all the band members.

Both the deluxe and expanded editions feature a newly remastered version of the original album along with single mixes for “Over My Head,” “Rhiannon,” “Say You Love Me.” Also included is a second disc with an alternate version of the complete album comprised of unreleased outtakes for each album track, plus several unreleased live performances from 1976. Exclusive to the deluxe edition is a third disc filled with even more unreleased live recordings highlighted by stellar performances of “Landslide,” “Oh Well,” “Station Man,” “World Turning,” among others.

FLEETWOOD MAC: DELUXE EDITION also comes with a DVD featuring 5.1 Surround Sound and high-resolution 24/96 Stereo Audio mixes of the original album and four single mixes. Completing the set is an LP version of the original album pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

FLEETWOOD MAC: DELUXE EDITION

Disc One – Original Album Remastered and Singles
1. "Monday Morning"
2. "Warm Ways"
3. "Blue Letter"
4. "Rhiannon"
5. "Over My Head"
6. "Crystal"
7. "Say You Love Me"
8. "Landslide"
9. "World Turning"
10. "Sugar Daddy"
11. "I'm So Afraid"
12. "Over My Head" – Single Version
13. "Rhiannon" – Single Version
14. "Say You Love Me" – Single Version
15. "Blue Letter" – Single Version

Disc Two – Alternates and Live
1. "Monday Morning" – Early Take *
2. "Warm Ways" – Early Take *
3. "Blue Letter" – Early Take *
4. "Rhiannon" – Early Take *
5. "Over My Head" – Early Take *
6. "Crystal" – Early Take *
7. "Say You Love Me" – Early Version *
8. "Landslide" – Early Version *
9. "World Turning" – Early Version *
10. "Sugar Daddy" – Early Take *
11. "I'm So Afraid" – Early Version *
12. "Over My Head" – (Live from The Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 1/26/76) *
13. "Rhiannon" – (Live from The Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 1/26/76) *
14. "Why" – (Live from The Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 1/26/76) *
15. "World Turning" – (Live from The Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA, 1/26/76) *
16. Jam #2
17. "I'm So Afraid" – Early Take Instrumental *

Disc Three – Live
1. "Get Like You Used To Be" (Live at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 10/17/75) *
2. "Station Man" (Live at Jorgensen Auditorium, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 10/25/75) *
3. "Spare Me A Little" (Live at Jorgensen Auditorium, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 10/25/75) *
4. "Rhiannon" (Live at Jorgensen Auditorium, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 10/25/75) *
5. "Why" (Live at Jorgensen Auditorium, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 10/25/75) *
6. "Landslide" (Live at Jorgensen Auditorium, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 10/25/75) *
7. "Over My Head" (Live at Campus Stadium, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 5/2/76) *
8. "I'm So Afraid" (Live at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 10/17/75) *
9. "Oh Well" (Live at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 10/17/75) *
10. "The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)" (Live at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 10/17/75) *
11. "World Turning" (Live at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 10/17/75) *
12. "Blue Letter" (Live at Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, 10/17/75) *
13. "Don't Let Me Down Again" (Live at Jorgensen Auditorium, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 10/25/75)
14. "Hypnotized" (Live at Jorgensen Auditorium, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 10/25/75) *


DVD: 5.1 Surround Mix and 24/96 Stereo Audio of Original Album plus four single mixes
1. Monday Morning (5.1 Surround Mix)
2. Warm Ways (5.1 Surround Mix)
3. Blue Letter (5.1 Surround Mix)
4. Rhiannon (5.1 Surround Mix)
5. Over My Head (5.1 Surround Mix)
6. Crystal (5.1 Surround Mix)
7. Say You Love Me (5.1 Surround Mix)
8. Landslide (5.1 Surround Mix)
9. World Turning (5.1 Surround Mix
10. Sugar Daddy (5.1 Surround Mix
11. I'm So Afraid (5.1 Surround Mix)
12. Monday Morning (24/96 Stereo Audio)
13. Warm Ways (24/96 Stereo Audio)
14. Blue Letter (24/96 Stereo Audio)
15. Rhiannon (24/96 Stereo Audio)
16. Over My Head (24/96 Stereo Audio)
17. Crystal (24/96 Stereo Audio)
18. Say You Love Me (24/96 Stereo Audio)
19. Landslide (24/96 Stereo Audio)
20. World Turning (24/96 Stereo Audio)
21. Sugar Daddy (24/96 Stereo Audio)
22. I'm So Afraid (24/96 Stereo Audio)
23. Over My Head (Single Version)
24. Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win) [Single Version]
25. Say You Love Me (Single Version)
26. Blue Letter (Single Version)

LP – Side One
1. Monday Morning (Remastered)
2. Warm Ways (Remastered)
3. Blue Letter (Remastered)
4. Rhiannon (Remastered)
5. Over My Head (Remastered)
6. Crystal (Remastered)

LP – Side Two
1. Say You Love Me (Remastered)
2. Landslide (Remastered)
3. World Turning (Remastered)
4. Sugar Daddy (Remastered)
5. I'm So Afraid (Remastered)

* Previously Unreleased

FLEETWOOD MAC: EXPANDED EDITION

Disc One: Original Album Remastered and Singles
1. “Monday Morning”
2. “Warm Ways”
3. “Blue Letter”
4. “Rhiannon”
5. “Over My Head”
6. “Crystal”
7. “Say You Love Me”
8. “Landslide”
9. “World Turning”
10. “Sugar Daddy”
11. “I’m So Afraid”
12. “Over My Head” – Single Version
13. “Rhiannon” – Single Version
14. “Say You Love Me” – Single Version
15. “Blue Letter” – Single Version *

Disc Two: Alternates and Live
1. “Monday Morning” – Early Take *
2. “Warm Ways” – Early Take *
3. “Blue Letter” – Early Take *
4. “Rhiannon” – Early Take *
5. “Over My Head” – Early Take *
6. “Crystal” – Early Take *
7. “Say You Love Me” – Early Version *
8. “Landslide” – Early Version *
9. “World Turning” – Early Version *
10. “Sugar Daddy” – Early Take *
11. “I’m So Afraid” – Early Version *
12. “Over My Head” – Live *
13. “Rhiannon” – Live *
14. “Why” – Live *
15. “World Turning” – Live *
16. Jam #2
17. “I’m So Afraid” – Early Take Instrumental *

* Previously Unreleased

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Monday, June 19, 2017

CD Review Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie "Red Sun lives in the same neighborhood as “Hold Me” does"

Review: Buckingham/McVie – Lindsey Buckingham . Christine McVie
By MARowe
Musictap.net

From the goofy, Animal House silliness that weaves in and out of the pop perfection of “Feel About You”, to the way that the opening number, “Sleeping Around the Corner” makes you smile when the band suddenly kicks in after a tortured vocal on the intro, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie is almost everything that you could possibly want from a Fleetwood Mac album.

Which of course, it really isn’t. For a variety of reasons and speculation that you can find everywhere, Stevie Nicks sat this one out. Thankfully, in an odd parallel to her own beginnings, we get to stand back and discover her bandmates, Buckingham and McVie as a duo.

Full review at MusicTAP

"Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go" - Stevie Nicks

Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go

Not to be upstaged by the release of an album that all of her Fleetwood Mac bandmates contributed to except for her, Stevie Nicks has returned with her first solo song since 2014’s 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault. The track, “Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go,” comes from the soundtrack to the new dramatic film from Focus Features, The Book of Henry, which stars Naomi Watts and Sarah Silverman. The song was written by Thomas Bartlett (also known as Doveman) and (!) Ryan Miller from Guster. (Miller posted on Guster’s Facebook about the collaboration, which he called “ONE THE GREATEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE”).

The sparse, constantly mutating ballad finds Nicks bridging country-tinged pop songwriting with some modern electronic production and New Age-y flourishes. Watch the lyric video and hear the song below.

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Stevie Nicks' new ballad, "Your Hand I Will Never Let Go," will be featured in the Naomi Watts-led drama, The Book of Henry. The song was written by Thomas Barlett and Ryan Miller. 

"Drowned in thought and caught in a stare/ Talking to ghosts who were not there," Nicks sings plaintively. "Then you took my hand/ Transformation began/ Commotion where it once was still/ Fireworks explode/ Front row tickets to the show/ This hand I will never let it go."

Nicks also contributed vocals to Lana Del Rey's new Lust for Life track "Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems." In a recent interview, Del Rey confirmed she recruited the Fleetwood Mac singer for a last-minute collaboration.

"I kind of thought I had finished the record a couple times," said Del Rey. "One of those times, I felt I wanted a woman on the record, and I was talking to [Nowels] about who would be great to get on the record. We both could only come up with Stevie. Funny enough, he went to high school with Stevie and wrote his first hit with her."

Nicks recently appeared onstage with Harry Styles at that singer's small venue Los Angeles gig. 

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CD Review Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie "A worthwhile exercise"

Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie
Drowned in Sound
by Joe Goggins
6/10

There’s a couple of possibilities in play when it comes to the title of this collaborative LP from Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie. One is that they’re especially paranoid about the possibility of falling foul of the Trade Descriptions Act, and feared that a simple Buckingham-McVie moniker might have had fans storming record shops in their droves and demanding refunds after discovering that this isn’t, in fact, some kind of creative partnership between the House of Windsor and Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie, who by all accounts would rather be pursuing his love of sailing these days than touring the world in a famously tortured rock and roll band. The other line of reasoning, of course, is that comparisons with the highly-charged Buckingham-Nicks label would’ve been uncomfortable at best and an outright distraction at worst.

It’s exactly that line of thinking, though, that brings you to wonder what it is that Buckingham and McVie were looking to get out of this joint effort; after all, the former has always quietly served as his band’s musical director and the latter was, until recently, entirely off the radar, having effectively spent the best part of two decades as a recluse in the English countryside before finally rejoining Fleetwood Mac on the road. That said, the idea that their partnership was somehow less worthy of attention than that between Buckingham and Nicks is daft; after all, the last truly classic album that the band turned out, Tango in the Night, was built primarily around their songs, with McVie - who, of course, was a part of the setup before Buckingham - laying claim to the classics ‘Little Lies’ and ‘Everywhere’.

It’s worth mentioning that McVie’s ex-husband and Mick Fleetwood both chip in on this album, meaning it’s only a Nicks guest turn away from basically serving as the first new full-length from the group since 2003’s tepid Say You Will. Perhaps that’s the best prism through which to view it, especially given that the last recorded output we got from them as a whole was Extended Play in 2013, prior to McVie rejoining. It was, not to put too fine a point on it, absolutely rubbish. It also felt really regressive, a cynical jab at recapturing some idealised Fleetwood Mac sound, when of course that in its genuine form relies on a cornucopia of different ideas from different songwriters.

Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie comes quite close to it. Both sound pretty free; there’s plenty of experimentation, which is ultimately for both better and worse. ‘Feel About You’ is slight and would barely be there without the peculiar, Grease-esque backing vocals, and yet it’s an earworm. ‘In My World’ is the opposite, thickly layered and constantly shifting shape - it’s deliberate and considered, with the midsection recalling ‘Big Love’ with the vocal back-and-forth.

There’s inevitably missteps. ‘Too Far Gone’ goes all-out in its pursuit of disco and falls short on pretty much every front; the guitars have a weird, off-putting buzz to them, and both vocalists sound achingly uncomfortable, to the point that it’s astonishing that they listened back to it and were happy to put it on the record. Additionally, ‘On with the Show’ is a mid-tempo plodder that might conceivably have been intended for Fleetwood Mac, given that’s what their last world tour was called - it certainly wears the lethargy of Extended Play.

Flashes of vintage Mac remain, though, from both Buckingham and McVie. The latter takes the lead on what might be the standout, the gorgeous ‘Red Sun’, whilst ‘Lay Down for Free’ has Lindsey pulling that strange trick of sounding laid-back but emanating urgency on what should otherwise be a breezy, country-flecked rocker; it’s proof that all of his songwriting faculties are still intact. The fascinating thing is the overall sound of Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie and its production; it’s intriguingly low-key, especially given Buckingham’s appetite for lush textures in recent years. Accordingly, the album falls somewhere between curio and convincing; there’s enough here to hold the attention of the casual Mac fan, however fleetingly, but diehards should find a bit more to dig into in the brighter moments. A worthwhile exercise.