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aleuzzi 08-01-2015 10:29 AM

Night Watch
 
I was blaring "Night Watch" from my car radio last night, listened to it three times in a row. While I have always loved the song, I think last night was the first time I truly experienced its full sonic textures--all those harmonies in the second half, the frenetic guitar figures weaving through the steady, eerie bottom supplied by bass/drums/piano, the seamless shifts from CSNY-ish acid folk to an unexpected tour of the underworld to a breathtaking drum and guitar-driven climax that flames, bursts like a shattered star and then dies away on a wave of African drums. It occurred to me that this is the first song in the Fleetwood Mac catalogue to exploit the full range of possibilities in a studio. No song before this demonstrates as much engineered sophistication or polish. One can see how the production helps shape the construction of the song. It's truly remarkable in this way. An unheralded classic.

dino 08-10-2015 02:41 PM

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Originally Posted by aleuzzi (Post 1170663)
I was blaring "Night Watch" from my car radio last night, listened to it three times in a row. While I have always loved the song, I think last night was the first time I truly experienced its full sonic textures--all those harmonies in the second half, the frenetic guitar figures weaving through the steady, eerie bottom supplied by bass/drums/piano, the seamless shifts from CSNY-ish acid folk to an unexpected tour of the underworld to a breathtaking drum and guitar-driven climax that flames, bursts like a shattered star and then dies away on a wave of African drums. It occurred to me that this is the first song in the Fleetwood Mac catalogue to exploit the full range of possibilities in a studio. No song before this demonstrates as much engineered sophistication or polish. One can see how the production helps shape the construction of the song. It's truly remarkable in this way. An unheralded classic.

Good track! Don't forget Peter Green's mournful guitar part (the guitar with echo on).

aleuzzi 03-28-2019 09:15 PM

I’m resurrecting this thread because today I once again blasted “Night Watch” and thought about what an incredible achievement it is. The writing, the instrumentation, the harmonies, the extensive production...it’s the centerpiece of an underrated record. But man, what a centerpiece!

Green gets all kinds of kudos for his far-echo guitar but Weston’s work is equally effective and responsible for driving the song to its climax. I also love the choral vocals that follow the final sonic blast, four-hundred Christines and Bob Welches layering a mysterious texture over the propulsive African drum.


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