Friday, April 02, 2010

FLEETWOOD MAC - For some great rock 'n roll bands, change has been good

For some great rock 'n roll bands, change has been good |
By Rock Cesario
Friday, April 2, 2010

Outside of the Allman Brothers, I can’t think of any other band in rock ‘n’ roll that has gone through as many changes both in style and personnel over the years than Fleetwood Mac.

They formed in 1967 with Peter Green on guitar and vocals, Jeremy Spencer on guitar and vocals, John McVie on bass guitar and Mick Fleetwood on drums. They got together after Green, McVie and Fleetwood played with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

The band signed with Blue Horizon and released “Fleetwood Mac” the following year, an enormous hit in the United Kingdom, spending more than a year in the Top 10 but virtually ignored in America.

In 1968, the band added guitarist Danny Kirwan and in 1969 they recorded and released “Fleetwood Mac in Chicago” with numerous bluesmen, including Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy and Otis Spann.

Fleetwood Mac also released “English Rose” and “Then Play On” during 1969, with both being excellent records as the band was moving away from its blues roots.

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