Fleetwood Mac

The Fleetwood Mac Family Album

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The notion behind this 16-song collection is so simple it's brilliant -- get together early and off-shoot work by the various members of Fleetwood Mac (original and megastar act versions) and put it out. It's a decidedly mixed bag, highlighted by the Cheynes' (featuring Mick Fleetwood) 1965 version of the Isley Brothers' "Respectable" (OK, even respectable, but no threat to the Outsiders or the Isleys), and the sub-Joe Meek instrumental "If You Want to Be Happy" by Peter B's Looners (Peter Green's first appearance on record). A lot of the rest is fairly obvious, but also attractive, especially the bluesy numbers: "Double Trouble" by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, "Fleetwood Mac" by the Peter Green band, and "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Chicken Shack (with Christine McVie). That stuff is great, and therein lies the problem with this collection: it contains a range of sounds as impossible to put under one cover as that of the band whose members it is tracking. The blues sides hardly fit together, in any coherent way, with the pop/rock stuff. And speaking of the latter, the producers might have given us more blues and spared purchasers gratuitous inclusions like "We Just Disagree" by Dave Mason, and Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady." (British import)

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