Fleetwood Mac

Albatross

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Perhaps the crowning moment in Fleetwood Mac's early career, "Albatross" provided the band with a huge international hit in 1969. Combining blues, Bahamian, Caribbean, and calypso music, Peter Green created a truly unique musical synthesis. Built around a simple blues pattern, Green and the band added fabulous and somewhat eccentric shading, and the overall effect is, without a doubt, intoxicating. One of the few instrumentals of the period to become hit records, this song was also highly influential. One of its biggest fans was none other than John Lennon, who used the feel of the song in his own "tribute" to Green, "Sun King," from the Beatles' classic Abbey Road.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
English Rose 1969 Epic 3:10
The Pious Bird of Good Omen 1969 Sony Music Distribution 3:14
Black Magic Woman 1971 Epic
No Image 1975
No Image 1977 Sony Music Distribution
Man of the World 1978 Epic
No Image 1981
No Image 1987 3:10
Collection Gold 1990 Columbia 3:12
25 Years: The Chain 1992 Reprise / Warner Bros. 3:12
Selections from 25 Years: The Chain 1992 WEA International 3:10
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Telstar 3:08
Themes & Dreams 1995
Various Artists
Global TB 3:09
Fleetwood Mac/Mr. Wonderful/Pious Bird of Good Omen 1998 Sony Music Distribution 3:14
Most Relaxing Album in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:06
Six String Superclassics 1999
Various Artists
Repertoire 3:10
Rock: Train Kept a Rollin' 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:11
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:11
The Best of the Original Fleetwood Mac 1999 CBS Records 3:08
The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac [Columbia] 2003 Sony Music Distribution / Columbia 5:26
On Your Radio [Box] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:10
Fleetwoodgrass 2005
Various Artists
Film Chest / Synergy Distribution 2:00
Rock Classics [Sony BMG] 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:09
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI 3:07
Essential: Summer Breeze 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:05
Haynes Ultimate Guide to Rock: Dad 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:05
Pure... Psychedelic Rock 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:05
50 Years: Don't Stop 2018 Rhino 3:14
100 Hits: The Best Seventies Album
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG 3:04
70's Songs
Various Artists
Crimson / Sony Music 3:05
Best of British [Universal]
Various Artists
EMI / Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:07
On Your 60's Radio
Various Artists
Columbia 3:10