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A SMATTERING FROM ONE OF ROCK'S GREATEST SOAP OPERAS
We don't really have a particular reason for choosing Fleetwood Mac this week. Maybe it's just the gypsy in our soul, but here's a handful of good ones from a band that's made an awful lot of swell rock 'n' roll since 1967, no matter what the lineup might be.
Let's jump off with a nasty classic from the early Peter Green led years, later covered by Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes during their short union.
Things changed radically in 1975 when Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the Mac. Dark hued and driving, World Turning" was an early collaboration between Buckingham and Christine McVie.
Speaking of heavy, this one penned at the height of intra-band squabbling, romantic and otherwise, is a model of restrained power with chorus full of stubborn strength. This version was captured during their 1977 tour of Japan.
Here's Stevie and Lindsey doing acoustic renditions of Landslide" and Big Love" at their induction ceremony into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
One name in Mac's storied history lost to most outside their hardcore fan base is Danny Kirwan, who wrote some great tunes, played some pretty guitar, and sang with a pleasantly sweet 'n' sour tone. Here's a cool Kirwan number from 1969's Then Play On.
For some Fleetwood Mac enthusiasts, the songwriting department just hasn't been the same since Christine McVie retired from the group in 1998 and took sumptuous slow burns like this with her.
As kiss-offs go, this is a contender for all-time pop champ. Just think of a lover that's wronged you and belt it out!
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.