Fleetwood Mac Early Recordings to Be Reissued

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Rhino Records has announced the Sept. 4 release of Fleetwood Mac 1969-1974, an eight-CD boxed set featuring all seven of the studio albums the band recorded for Reprise Records during those years, plus several bonus tracks, and an unreleased 1974 concert recorded just a few months before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the band.

The set encompasses several different band lineups, from founding members Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, John McVie and Jeremy Spencer; to later additions like Danny Kirwan, Christine McVie, Dave Walker, Bob Welch and Bob Weston.

(Two days after the collection’s July 23 announcement, Green died at age 73.)

Also announced for a Sept. 18 release: A deluxe, expanded bookpack edition of the group’s Then Play On, their final studio recording with Green. This title, from BMG, includes four bonus tracks; all mastered at half speed for dynamic range. The title is being reissued as a prelude to the worldwide release of the Mick Fleetwood and Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green concert film, set for release later this year.

Rhino’s 1969-1974 collection includes these studio albums: Then Play On (1969), Kiln House (1970), Future Games (1971), Bare Trees (1972), Penguin (1973), Mystery to Me (1973) and Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974). The albums include such singles as “Man of the World,” “Oh Well–Pt. 1,” “The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Prong Crown)” “Albatross.”

Bare Trees is one of the albums included in the collection

The CD set concludes with an unreleased recording of the band’s December 15, 1974, concert at the Record Plant in Sausalito, Calif. The performance captures the band—Fleetwood, Welch and the McVies—on tour supporting their latest album, Heroes Are Hard to Find. Originally, the show was simulcast on the rock radio station KSAN-FM in San Francisco.

Rhino will also bring Fleetwood Mac’s early albums back into print on vinyl with a 4-LP/7” boxed set that will be available on Sept. 4. Fleetwood Mac 1973-1974 includes the unreleased 1974 live album along with Penguin (1973), Mystery To Me (1973) and Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974).

Says a press release, “To ensure superb sound quality, Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering cut the lacquers for all the albums from the original analog masters, which are pressed on 140-gram vinyl and presented in replica sleeves made to look like the original pressings. As a final touch, the set also includes a 7” single with ‘For Your Love’ (Mono Promo Edit) on one side, and the previously unreleased ‘Good Things (Come To Those Who Wait)’ on the flip side.

An early lineup of Fleetwood Mac

On the same day, a limited edition, colored-vinyl edition of Fleetwood Mac 1973-1974 will be available exclusively from www.rhino.com. The studio albums, live recording, and 7” single will each be pressed on a different colored vinyl: Penguin (yellow), Mystery to Me (orange), Heroes Are Hard to Find (gold), Live from the Record Plant 12-15-74 (white), and 7” (blue). The limited edition is available for pre-order now.

Listen to a remaster of the early hit “Oh Well (Pt. 1)”

Mick Fleetwood organized a 2020 all-star event for the music of Peter Green. The concert is expected to be released in 2020 or 2021.

Fleetwood Mac 1969-1974 CD Track Listing

Fleetwood Mac’s Then Play On

Then Play On (1969)
1. “Coming Your Way”
2. “Closing My Eyes”
3. “Show-Biz Blues”
4. “My Dream”
5. “Underway”
6. “Oh Well”
7. “Although The Sun Is Shining”
8. “Rattlesnake Shake”
9. “Searching For Madge”
10. “Fighting For Madge”
11. “When You Say”
12. “Like Crying”
13. “Before The Beginning”
Bonus Tracks
14. “Oh Well Pts I & II”
15. “The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)”
16. “World In Harmony”

Kiln House (1970)
1. “This Is The Rock”
2. “Station Man”
3. “Blood On The Floor”
4. “Hi Ho Silver”
5. “Jewel Eyed Judy”
6. “Buddy’s Song”
7. “Earl Gray”
8. “One Together”
9. “Tell Me All The Things You Do”
10. “Mission Bell”
Bonus Tracks
11. “Dragonfly”
12. “Purple Dancer”
13. “Jewel Eyed Judy” (Single Version)
14. “Station Man” (Single Version)

Mick Fleetwood, in an undated photo via BMG

Future Games (1971)
1. “Woman Of 1000 Years”
2. “Morning Rain”
3. “What A Shame”
4. “Future Games”
5. “Sands Of Time”
6. “Sometimes”
7. “Lay It All Down”
8. “Show Me A Smile”
Bonus Tracks
9. “Sands Of Time” (Single Version)
10. “Sometimes” (Alt. Version)
11. “Lay It All Down” (Alt. Version)
12. “Stone
13. “Show Me A Smile” (Alt. Version)
14. “What A Shame” (Unedited)

Bare Trees (1972)
1. “Child Of Mine”
2. “The Ghost”
3. “Homeward Bound”
4. “Sunny Side Of Heaven”
5. “Bare Trees”
6. “Sentimental Lady”
7. “Danny’s Chant”
8. “Spare Me A Little Of Your Love”
9. “Dust”
10. “Thoughts On A Grey Day”
Bonus Tracks
11. “Trinity”
12. “Sentimental Lady” (Single Version)

Penguin (1973)
1. “Remember Me”
2. “Bright Fire”
3. “Dissatisfied”
4. “(I’m A) Road Runner”
5. “The Derelict”
6. “Revelation”
7. “Did You Ever Love Me”
8. “Night Watch”
9. “Caught In The Rain”

Mystery To Me (1973)
1. “Emerald Eyes”
2. “Believe Me”
3. “Just Crazy Love”
4. “Hypnotized”
5. “Forever”
6. “Keep On Going”
7. “The City”
8. “Miles Away”
9. “Somebody”
10. “The Way I Feel”
11. “For Your Love”
12. “Why”
Bonus Tracks
13. “For Your Love” (Mono Promo Edit)
14. “Good Things (Come To Those Who Wait)”

Heroes Are Hard To Find (1974)
1. “Heroes Are Hard To Find”
2. “Coming Home”
3. “Angel”
4. “Bermuda Triangle”
5. “Come A Little Bit Closer”
6. “She’s Changing Me”
7. “Bad Loser”
8. “Silver Heels”
9. “Prove Your Love”
10. “Born Enchanter”
11. “Safe Harbour”
Bonus Track
12. “Heroes Are Hard To Find” (Single Version)

Live From The Record Plant 12-15-74
1. “Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)”
2. “Angel”
3. “Spare Me A Little Of Your Love”
4. “Sentimental Lady”
5. “Future Games”
6. “Bermuda Triangle”
7. “Why”
8. “Believe Me”
9. “Black Magic Woman/Oh Well”
10. “Rattlesnake Shake”
11. “Hypnotized”

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