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Old 10-04-2017, 09:34 PM
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Default Songs that show off Christine's Keyboard playing?

Okay so this question came up the other day when a friend of mine commented that Fleetwood Mac and Stevie's solo bands had little difference between them. I had to disagree, and listed a few songs where John's, Mick's and Lindsey's playing stood out as beyond exceptional, even on Stevie-written songs like Sara, Gypsy, or Destiny Rules.

Problem arose when I came to Christine... I love her keyboard playing but I struggled to come up with a song that truly shows off her understated talents.

The only ones I could think of were:
Some of the early live versions of Don't Stop
Never Forget
Believe Me
Keep Me There (at the end especially)
Songbird
Isn't It Midnight (the guitar gets most of the attention but the keys are great too)
and.. .maybe Rhiannon? I also always liked her keys on Landslide and its a bummer that they cut those out of the live versions.

I know she play keys more as part of the rhythm section, but to you guys what are some songs where her playing really grabs your attention?
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"The face of a pretty girl x1,000,000" -Isn't It Midnight (The song that got me into Christine McVie)

"The sun is bright, but not too bright to see. When the darkness comes you've got to fly into the light." -Doing What I Can (The song that got me into Lindsey Buckingham)

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Old 10-04-2017, 09:47 PM
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Okay so this question came up the other day when a friend of mine commented that Fleetwood Mac and Stevie's solo bands had little difference between them. I had to disagree, and listed a few songs where John's, Mick's and Lindsey's playing stood out as beyond exceptional, even on Stevie-written songs like Sara, Gypsy, or Destiny Rules.

Problem arose when I came to Christine... I love her keyboard playing but I struggled to come up with a song that truly shows off her understated talents.

The only ones I could think of were:
Some of the early live versions of Don't Stop
Never Forget
Believe Me
Keep Me There (at the end especially)
Songbird
Isn't It Midnight (the guitar gets most of the attention but the keys are great too)
and.. .maybe Rhiannon? I also always liked her keys on Landslide and its a bummer that they cut those out of the live versions.

I know she play keys more as part of the rhythm section, but to you guys what are some songs where her playing really grabs your attention?
Now that Chris is back in the band, I'd like the band to put the keyboards BACK in the live version of "Landslide" for this next tour.

Also, I know it's cliché to say, BUT "Songbird" is probably the BEST Christine McVie track ever recorded. It's also one of the greatest Fleetwood Mac songs on record.
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Old 10-04-2017, 10:18 PM
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Now that Chris is back in the band, I'd like the band to put the keyboards BACK in the live version of "Landslide" for this next tour.

Also, I know it's cliché to say, BUT "Songbird" is probably the BEST Christine McVie track ever recorded. It's also one of the greatest Fleetwood Mac songs on record.
I don't think Christine ever considered herself a soloist, per se, but more a part of the rhythm section. The MEAT of the song, if you will. Let the guitarist(s) show off, and I'll just "support the song" with Mick and John.

There aren't many songs that deviate from that platform of thinking in her repertoire.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:22 AM
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I don't think Christine ever considered herself a soloist, per se, but more a part of the rhythm section. The MEAT of the song, if you will. Let the guitarist(s) show off, and I'll just "support the song" with Mick and John.

There aren't many songs that deviate from that platform of thinking in her repertoire.
Interesting, because Lindsey has stated that he always felt that his guitar playing in Fleetwood Mac was in an “orchestral” role. All four instrument players have always seemed to put the best interest of the song first, as opposed to extending piano, guitar, drum or bass solos. Lindsey, being involved in nearly every aspect of a songs development in FM in the Rumours era, he often gets the credit or blame (depending on your perspective) - the Tusk album being the prime example. However, he was pushing the experimental envelope even on Rumours, utilizing a leather chair for portions of the percussion on Second Hand News. As painful as it might have been for these five musicians to be in the same room for extended periods of time producing new music, the results were amazing.
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:06 AM
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I LOVE this thread but have been disappointed so far with the songs listed. C'mon guys there are so many great songs that feature her style of keyboarding.

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Prove your love (keyboard solo at 2:20) VINTAGE CHRISTINE STYLE HERE
Why
You make loving fun (HELLO!!!!!!)
Skies the Limit - vintage Christine style
Do you know - such wonderful Christine keyboard parts playing LOVE IT!
Hold me - just for the piano riff alone
Don't Stop - the shuffle of all shuffles
Nights in Estoril - probably one of my favorites GOD SHE IS SO GOOD HERE
Dreams - I give Christine full credit for the mood and success of the song!
Say You Love me
So Excited - some great piano playing

I could go on forever but I will be late for work. One of the reasons I almost like Behind the Mask better than Tango is because Christine returns with her vintage style keyboard playing. We get very little of it on Tango since its mostly pre-recorded keyboard tracks. BTM features Christine playing keyboards on almost all the songs. He playing on songs like Do you know are so vintage of her style that I cannot help but to like the song.
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Old 10-05-2017, 07:37 AM
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I always enjoy Christine's piano on Peter's tracks on Mr Wonderful particularly Love that Burns - it really adds to the atmosphere of that track.

And whilst I'm veering off from the Rumours era, there's The Way I Feel from MTM, which is a sort of early training ground for Songbird
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Old 10-05-2017, 11:43 AM
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I LOVE this thread but have been disappointed so far with the songs listed. C'mon guys there are so many great songs that feature her style of keyboarding.
Well of course her STYLE of playing is all over much of their work. I was thinking more in terms of her SOLOING, of which there isn't much!

The end of Don't Stop live...the end of Wish You Were Here...I always thought the Little Lies riff was a synth lead, but they use guitar to do it live...I suppose Songbird is a 3 minute solo!
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Well of course her STYLE of playing is all over much of their work. I was thinking more in terms of her SOLOING, of which there isn't much!

The end of Don't Stop live...the end of Wish You Were Here...I always thought the Little Lies riff was a synth lead, but they use guitar to do it live...I suppose Songbird is a 3 minute solo!
Oh yes I see. Her style is very trademark IMHO. If you listen to her solo in Prove Your Love...its so vintage Christine McVie.
To semi quote Christine and use her words on her... Maybe her style is not the most sophisticated in the world but its pleasing to the ears.

I really dig the way she played keyboards.
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Oh yes I see. Her style is very trademark IMHO. If you listen to her solo in Prove Your Love...its so vintage Christine McVie.
To semi quote Christine and use her words on her... Maybe her style is not the most sophisticated in the world but its pleasing to the ears.

I really dig the way she played keyboards.
I've always dug everything about her, with the one exception(supposedly) of her keeping Bob Welch out of the R&RHOF.
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Songs that show off Christine's keyboard playing: Sara, Gypsy, Hold Me, Say You Love Me, Not That Funny, You Make Loving Fun, Dreams, Crystal, That's Alright, If You Were My Love, Don't Stop, Angel, Over & Over, Beautiful Child,
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