Anthologies showcase best of Fleetwood Mac greats
By Tony Sauro
Record Staff Writer
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at 3:04 PM
During its 50-year history, the Fleetwood Mac lineup has included 12 guitar
Lindsey Buckingham no longer is one of them.
The guy who helped elevate the group to mega-success 43 years ago was “fired”
prior to the band’s current tour.
So, Mike Campbell, who played with the late Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, and
Neil Finn, co-founder of Australia’s Crowded House, are Buckingham’s
successors as Fleetwood Mac performs Friday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento
and Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Coincidentally, Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac recently released impressive
three-CD career retrospectives.
Change and melodrama long have been Fleetwood Mac norms.
“I don’t think there was just cause to be fired,” Buckingham, who’s suing the band
over his dismissal, said in Rolling Stone magazine. “All of us have worn on each
other’s psyches. That’s the history of the group.”
Drummer Mick Fleetwood — along with bassist John McVie a co-founding
member and group namesake — acknowledges the band’s change-is-good history
in the liner notes of “50 Years: Don’t Stop,” released on Nov. 16: “The through
line can get a little confusing to people who love Fleetwood Mac. Sometimes it
even can get a little confusing for the people in Fleetwood Mac.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band — which has sold 100 million albums since
1968 — formed in 1967 as a basic British blues-rock group, evolving into a poprock
colossus by 1977. Fleetwood, 71, and McVie, 72, have provided the
rhythmic pulse all the way.
The guitar alma mater includes co-founder Peter Green, one of blues-rock’s
guitar-playing giants who left in 1970; Jeremy Spencer; Danny Kirwan; Bob
Welch; Dave Mason; and Billy Burnette, among others. Christine PerfectMcVie,
75, who sings, plays keyboards and writes songs, joined in 1970 and has
been the nucleus with Fleetwood and McVie, her ex-husband.
That band’s legacy and artistic adaptability are documented by the three hours of
music on the 50-track “Don’t Stop,” the group’s first career-spanning collection.
One disc is devoted to the Fleetwood Mac that existed, in various incarnations,
prior to Buckingham and Stevie Nicks’ arrival in 1974. Contrasting with the
group’s eventual pop-rock power, its genesis as a basic British blues-rock band is
evident during a gritty version of Elmore James’ “Shake Your Moneymaker”
(1968), the slinking “Rattlesnake Shake” (1969) and strutting “Station Man”
Prior to the addition of Buckingham, a singer, songwriter, arranger and
producer who’s now 69, and singer-songwriter Nicks, also 69, Fleetwood Mac’s
music — from hard blues to springy pop-rock — never made it to the American
Carlos Santana helped, though, by turning Green’s “Black Magic Woman” —
recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1968 — into a No. 4 U.S. hit in 1970. Green’s
hard-driving “Oh, Well, Pt. 1″ (1969) and Kirwan’s Buddy Holly-inspired “Tell
Me All the Things You Do” (1970) remain especially memorable.
“Sentimental Lady,” which became a No. 8 single for Welch in 1977, is included
in its equally catchy, no-hit, Fleetwood Mac version (1972).
Infamously, it was during Welch’s tenure that Stockton police tear-gassed the
crowd while Fleetwood Mac played at an April 29, 1973, concert in Billy Hebert
Field. The resulting riot led to 50 arrests, 108 injuries and a decades-long ban on
big-name outdoor rock shows in Stockton.
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The bulk of “50 years” is devoted to the Buckingham-Nicks ascent and in-andout
alignments that ensued in the 1980s: Five slightly-altered single versions are
included, among them McVie’s “Over My Head” and “Say You Love Me” (both
from 1975) and Nicks’ “Rhiannon” (1976), the only No. 1 mainstream-pop single
(1977) among Fleetwood Mac’s 18 top-40 U.S. hits. Buckingham’s furious and
tempestuous “Go Your Own Way” (1978) is as close to a perfect pop-rock record
as it ever gets.
“Oh Diane,” a ’50s-style single by Buckingham from 1983, is a genuine charmer.
Even after their “Rumours” album (1977) surpassed 20 million in sales, the band
continued recording impeccable pop music, amply documented on “50 Years.”
“Tusk” (1979), Fleetwood Mac’s inventive and adventurous artistic masterwork,
signaled Buckingham’s solo career, thoroughly represented on “Solo Anthology:
the Best of Lindsey Buckingham,” a 53-track, 3½-hour collection that’s being
released on vinyl Friday.
Buckingham, originally from Palo Alto, is among pop-rock music’s premiere
guitarists. His finger-picking style — acoustic and electric — is a constant marvel.
Devoted to detail and seeking perfection, Buckingham and his quirky music have
lacked Fleetwood Mac’s commercial acceptance. Still, “Trouble” (1981), “Go
Insane” (1984) and “Don’t Look Down” (1992) resonate as does almost
everything else on “Solo Anthology.”
Some of his early solo explorations led to Fleetwood Mac albums. The
“Anthology” music was made in and around the group’s tours, recording sessions
and on-and-off relationships.
Mostly, Buckingham — a one-man band — ponders affairs of the heart,
examining the emotional dynamics from all angles and attitudes in a voice that
veers up from barely audible to an impassioned yelp, especially on the 13 lives
tracks that are included.
Buckingham draws widely: English folk to pop, rock and ’50 echoes.
He ranges from the electric “Love Runs Deep” to a whispery acoustic version of
the Rolling Stones’ “I Am Waiting”; “D.W. Suite,” 6:50 of olde English/Irish folk;
the intensely acoustic “Seeds We Sow” (“Soldiers of fortune in paradise”) and the
surfy “Holiday Road.”
He’s playful, too, on that tune and two other tracks written for movies (“National
Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Back to the Future”), and includes two previously
unreleased songs recorded in 2012 (“Hunger,” “Ride This Road”).
It’s probably little consolation. However, Fleetwood Mac needed two guitarists
to replace Buckingham.
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