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mitzo 07-04-2016 09:04 PM

Songs on this album are all pretty strong and the best feature is the gorgeous harmonies throughout. Not a song I hate. Shows what the band could do without Lindsey and it was refreshing.

SeanJT 07-08-2016 01:35 PM

Here is my playlist when I listen to this era of the band:

Skies The Limit
Intuition
Love Shines
Paper Doll
Heart of Stone
Desiree
Save Me
Make Me a Mask
In The Back Of My Mind
Behind The Mask
No Questions Asked
As Long As You Follow

StevieNicksfann 07-19-2016 01:03 AM

To include the greatest hits songs and The Chain:

Faves:

No Questions Asked
Paper Doll
Affairs Of The Heart
Love Is Dangerous
Save Me
The Second Time

Ones I like:

As Long As You Swallow
Skies The Limit
When The Sun Goes Down
When It Comes To Love
Hard Feelings
Love Shines
Stand On The Rock

No opinion/Don't care for:

In The Back Of My Mind
Behind The Mask
Do You Know
Heart Of Stone
Make Me A Mask

Absolute least favorite and that's saying a ton considering my screen name:

Freedom

P.S. I like Intuition and Desiree but I only know them as Rick Vito songs

WatchChain 08-03-2016 08:59 PM

Perhaps we could just forget to whole album's existence? It was a just a dream, darling......nothing more than a frightening, bad dream. Kind of like the team it was revealed that an entire season of "Dallas" was nothing more than Pamela Ewing's dream.

bwboy 08-11-2016 06:47 AM

Nah,the album, at worst, is straight forward rock, much less 'poppy' than Tango. If people don't like ANY songs by this incarnation, I'd be surprised. As Long As You Follow, Save Me, the Second Time, even Skies the Limit at least SOUND like Fleetwood Mac. Behind the Mask is well made and gave each songwriter the opportunity to shine. Sorry some people hate it so much.

shackin'up 08-11-2016 12:32 PM

Hahaha! Yes,
I can live with this album...

Quote:

Originally Posted by StevieNicksfann (Post 1187895)
...As Long As You Swallow

:laugh:

bwboy 08-13-2016 08:49 AM

Out of sheer boredom and an unusual abundance of free time, I added the totals and here we go.

Favorites:
Save Me and Freedom tied with 13 votes
In the Back of My Mind 12
Behind the Mask 10
The Second Time 9
Skies the Limit and Affairs of the Heart tied with 8
Love is Dangerous 7
Do You Know and When the Sun Goes Down tied with 6
When It Comes to Love, Stand on the Rock, and Hard Feelings tied for last with 3

Least Favorites:
Stand on the Rock with 9 votes
The Second Time 8
Hard Feelings 4
Do You Know and Freedom tied with 3
Behind the Mask 2
In the Back of My Mind, When It Comes to Love, Affairs of the Heart, Love is Dnagerous, and When the Sun Goes Down all tied with one vote each
Save Me and Skies the Limit received 0 votes for least favorite!

bwboy 08-13-2016 08:59 AM

So averaging them out, here's the order of favorites:

Save Me 13 votes
In the Back of My Mind 11
Freedom 10
Behind the Mask and Skies the Limit tied with 8
Affairs of the Heart 7
Love is Dangerous 6
When the Sun Goes Down 5
Do You Know 3
When It Comes to Love 2
The Second Time 1
Hard Feelings -1
Stand on the Rock -6

Some observations:
The Second Time really divided fans.

When the Sun Goes Down beat out Do You Know- huh.

In the Back of My Mind rated higher than any of Stevie's songs.

Christine McVie clearly was the unsung hero of this album. Perhaps the album might have done better if they had dropped Hard Feelings or Stand on the Rock and included another McVie song.

Macfan4life 08-13-2016 12:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bwboy (Post 1189184)
So averaging them out, here's the order of favorites:

Save Me 13 votes
In the Back of My Mind 11
Freedom 10
Behind the Mask and Skies the Limit tied with 8
Affairs of the Heart 7
Love is Dangerous 6
When the Sun Goes Down 5
Do You Know 3
When It Comes to Love 2
The Second Time 1
Hard Feelings -1
Stand on the Rock -6

Some observations:
The Second Time really divided fans.

When the Sun Goes Down beat out Do You Know- huh.

In the Back of My Mind rated higher than any of Stevie's songs.

Christine McVie clearly was the unsung hero of this album. Perhaps the album might have done better if they had dropped Hard Feelings or Stand on the Rock and included another McVie song.

I see Christine more than the hero of this band in 1990. I see her as the mature leader of the band. Both Stevie and Mick were zonked out while the world was still getting to know Billy and Rick. She was the rock for the band at this time.
But then again...has Christine ever recorded a bad song? IMHO no.

Murrow 08-16-2016 07:23 PM

Loved this album from the moment I first heard it. I'd rather hear it than Mirage or Tango anyday.

TOP: Love is Dangerous-Stand On the Rock
BOTTOM: Save Me - I find it rather dull and production line though I like Rick's solo on it. Also I find Do You Know rather turgid and When It Comes to Love sounds like Simon Climie should've kept it for a Climie Fisher album.

Funnily enough I like Hard Feelings - despite the basic lyric, it has some really nice classical overtones.

Behind the Mask - an album that blended pop, rockabilly and hard rock with a dash of country to perfection. So sad that Greg Ladanyi, who produced it, died after a fall in 2009.

annabellee 08-18-2016 01:25 PM

This album is as great if not better than Tango.

SpyNote 08-19-2016 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Murrow (Post 1189287)
Behind the Mask - an album that blended pop, rockabilly and hard rock with a dash of country to perfection.

This summons up the album well for me. Everyone sounds great on the album, even Stevie despite being in the middle of her Klonopin daze.

I dug up some old demos from these sessions. It's interesting to hear how bluesy it went with Rick's songs before they pulled back. Some of Billy's unused contributions were a little on the cheesy side.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Murrow (Post 1189287)
So sad that Greg Ladanyi, who produced it, died after a fall in 2009.

Did not know this. According to Wikipedia, it was a freak accident :distress:


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