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Rarities: The Roots of Fleetwood Mac

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Things get complicated when you talk about the history of Fleetwood Mac. In their first incarnation they were considered one of England's finest blues bands. A decade later, only one original member remained, another had joined a religious cult, and the new Mac found itself saddled with international stardom with two smash records back to back.

RARITIES is the brainchild of a short-term Mac bassist, Bob Brunning. Not exactly a Fleetwood Mac recording, it is a collection of sessions from two of Brunning's post-Mac bands: The Brunning Sunflower Blues Band, which featured Peter Green, and Tramp, which included Mac founder Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Danny Kirwan. While this reissue may not shed any new light on Mac's early recording years, Peter Green's sizzling guitar on the instrumental "Uranus" demonstrates the ferocious energy of his early work. Clearly for fans of '60s English blues, RARITIES is an appealing and loose recording reminiscent of Savoy Brown and the Bluesbreakers.

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