Fleetwood Mac have one of the most unique stories of any band in history. From their '60s British blues beginnings to world-dominating California rock of the '70s to their on-and-off lineup changes, they remain one of music's greatest groups. Whether you prefer the early blues sound of the Peter Green era or their iconic Rumours period with the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks , Fleetwood Mac have always been about crafting fantastic songs. Following the passing of Mick Fleetwood's co-founder Peter Green , we've picked 20 of Fleetwood Mac's finest songs to make for a perfect introduction to the legendary band:. McVie wrote the song after her fifth year in the band while she was married to the group's bassist, John McVie.
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Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and co still had a lot left to say after their masterpiece. Their record label gave them a million dollars to produce the follow-up — they were undoubtedly the biggest band in the world at this point — reasonably expecting another number one. He cut off his rock-star locks — according to producer Ken Caillat, in the shower with nail scissors — and set up a studio in his home, which included a drum set in the bathroom so that he could play from the toilet. He strapped microphones to the floor and hovered over them in a press-up position, howling eerie backing vocals.
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Everyone has heard at least one song by Fleetwood Mac. Whether it was while listening to Smooth Radio or living your best life in a nightclub with your mates, Mick Fleetwood and his fellow singer-songwriters must have figured in your playlists at some point. Being one of the most recognised and admired bands of all times, it also goes without saying that Fleetwood Mac have had their fair amount of changeover of band members over the years. And while they released some truly amazing hits, some of them are still considered as hidden treasures by many people.
The band have just crossed the Atlantic to play three gigs as part of their latest world tour, having played Dublin on 13 June, and with two Wembley gigs on 16 and 18 June. Two struggling musicians, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, then joined the band and the rest, to use a well worn cliche, is history. Just as English football existed long before the advent of the Premier League, Fleetwood Mac were successful long before they morphed into laid-back West Coast soft rockers. Nicks was considering giving music up altogether. She stood at the crossroads of her life and poured all her doubts and fears into one cathartic song; shortly afterwards came the wholly unexpected invitation to join Fleetwood Mac. It was Welch who eventually replaced the departed Peter Green in and who, along with Christine McVie laid the soft rock foundations that would blossom fully when his departure in paved the way for Buckingham and Nicks to join.