Fleetwood Mac

World Turning

Composed by Christine McVie / Lindsey Buckingham

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"World Turning" is closer in spirit to the pre-Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac than anything else on their self-titled 1975 mega-hit album, yet it absolutely fits right into the fold of the new-school Big Mac. Unusually, it's a Buckingham/McVie collaboration; a back-porch blues, Spartan in its instrumentation, sticking to guitars and percussion with vocals out front. Its pleas are simple: "I just wanna be back where I belong/I need somebody to help me through the night." By song's end, perhaps mimicking the singer's frustration, the melody spins from a stomp into a sort of tribal jam; the sound presaged the band's full-percussive assault of Tusk.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Fleetwood Mac [1975] 1975 Reprise / Rhino Flashback 4:24
No Image 1975
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Rumours 1977 Warner Bros. 7:31
No Image 1977 Warner Bros.
Tusk 1979 Rhino / Warner Bros. 12:29
No Image 1987 Warner Reprise Video / Warner Bros.
Live in Boston [Video] 2004 Warner Bros. / Warner Music Vision
Live in Boston 2004 Reprise
Fleetwoodgrass 2005
Various Artists
Film Chest / Synergy Distribution 3:28
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac [Rhino] 2009 Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:24
Go Your Own Way: Live 1977 2012 Blueline / IMV / IMV Blueline / XXL Media 8:34
Life Becoming a Landslide 2016 Zip City 9:04
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