Tag: Fleetwood Mac

Listening Booth — Fleetwood Mac, “Hypnotized” and “Miles Away”

Listening Booth — Fleetwood Mac, “Hypnotized” and “Miles Away”

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Yesterday the sad news broke that former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer Bob Welch had died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. He was 65 years old. This has been an especially bad year for deaths in the entertainment world. Just so much loss. But let's try to forget that for a moment and remember the great music Welch left behind. Here's a rare Listening Booth two-fer in Bob's memory. Both of these come from Fleetwood Mac's underrated 1973 LP Mystery to Me, which I've discussed on this site previously, and they were both written by Welch. There's the melodic, mid-tempo treasure "Hypnotized" and the harder-edged "Miles Away," both of which showcase Welch's talents in singing, songwriting, and guitar playing. Enjoy "Hypnotized" and "Miles Away." RIP Bob. Related articles...
Album cover of the week: Mystery to Me

Album cover of the week: Mystery to Me

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Maybe someone more versed in Fleetwood Mac lore can explain this cover to me. But until then, I'll just enjoy the weirdness of it. It's the cover to the group's eighth studio album, 1973's Mystery to Me. OK, so it's a baboon on the beach, crying while eating a cake and... a book? Well that's confusing. Perhaps the answer to this mystery is on the back cover. Nope! Well except for the penguin, which was a band mascot of sorts (as well as being the name of Fleetwood Mac's previous album). Anyway, this cover was designed by Modula, who designed a bunch of Camel's coolest album covers from the same period. Related articles 10 Great Fleetwood Mac Songs That Are Written &/or Sung by Christine McVie (thewildheart1983.wordpress.com) Fletwood Mac - 1971-02-19 - San Berna...
My favorite music: 1972

My favorite music: 1972

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If there's one thing the internet lacks, it's pointless music lists. So to fill that void, here's a sampling of my favorite albums from some random year. Let's say, 1972. Fleetwood Mac, Bare Trees -- Oh sure, I love Rumours as much as the next person. But there's something about this particular, pre-Buckingham/Nicks incarnation of the band that speaks to me. Bare Trees is a bit uneven in spots but I keep coming back to it just the same. That said, the original version of Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady" found on this record is far superior to the 1977 hit single version. Steely Dan, Can't Buy a Thrill -- I don't care if Donald Fagen and Walter Becker want to disown this record, I love it and I know a ton of Dan fans love it. Like all classic Steely Dan records, the hits are only part o...
Album cover of the week: Wind & Wuthering

Album cover of the week: Wind & Wuthering

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OK, it's been a few weeks (more like four or five) since the last entry in this series, but what can I say?  I needed a break I guess.  But now that summer is a distant memory and the first frost of the season is almost upon us (in central Jersey anyway), I found some inspiration. This week's featured album art is the 1976 Genesis classic, Wind & Wuthering.  And I think you can see why. Beautiful, isn't it?  Reminds me a lot of Fleetwood Mac's Bare Trees actually, another album I really like.  It fits perfectly with the slightly chilly mood of the album, which turned out to be guitarist Steve Hackett's last with Genesis (leaving the trio of Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford). And surprise - this is another Hipgnosis effort!  Doesn't look like one, does it?  Col