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The Cat's Eye (05/15/1998), Review of Legacy
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Review of Legacy, May 15, 1998
Written by Jennifer Mitchell (aka Mina) for The Cat's Eye

"If music be the food of life.. play on," states Mick Fleetwood's favorite Shakespearean quote, but according to many teenage Fleetwood Mac fans, if that's true, then Legacy, a Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' could leave you with a serious case of botulism.

Legacy is a compilation of various artists who have remade the 11 songs on Fleetwood Mac's extremely popular 1977 album Rumours. Among the artists on the tribute album are Elton John, who remade "Don't Stop," The Cranberries, who sing a very similar-to-the-original version of "Go Your Own Way," and Matchbox 20, with a darker version of "Never Going Back Again." Produced by Mick Fleetwood, Legacy is seemingly directed toward younger people who didn't grow up in the Fleetwood Mac generation, but teens seem to be more fond of the classic Mac.

"I much prefer Fleetwood Mac over these new people covering their songs. I don't think people should mess up such wonderful original music," said 18-year old Annie, a teenage Fleetwood Mac fan.

Edward, an 18-year old from Arizona explains, "Fleetwood Mac is an excellent band mostly because of their distinct sound."

The original Rumours came from Fleetwood Mac's most famous line-up of members ---- Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John and Christine McVie. The title for the album was suggested by John McVie as a reference to the band's recent romantic troubles; John and Christine were in the middle of a divorce and Stevie and Lindsey had just ended a relationship. Though devastating their personal lives and eventually causing the band to break up, the relationship troubles plaguing the band spawned beautiful songs like "The Chain" and "Songbird" along with Lindsey Buckingham's angry "Go Your Own Way."

Legacy, however, transforms Fleetwood Mac's unique emotion-filled songs of love lost into bland music with little feeling behind it. Duncan Sheik destroyed Christine McVie's "Songbird" and The Corrs turned Stevie Nicks' "Dreams" into strange electronica. Arguably, the most ruined song on Legacy is Shawn Colvin's rendition of "The Chain." When Fleetwood Mac performed "The Chain" they would show enough hurt and anger to almost frighten an audience, but Shawn Colvin sounds almost indifferent to the fact that the chain has been broken.

"You can't make perfection better; you can only ruin it, much like Duncan Sheik did to "Songbird," said Vanessa Crouch, a 15 year old from CT.

The Goo Goo Dolls reversed the meaning of "I Don't Want To Know" by changing the wording from "I don't want to stand between you and love honey, I just want you to feel fine" to "I don't understand you and me baby, I just want you to be mine," effectively turning Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks' song of breaking up into a love song.

More than Legacy, Fleetwood Mac's 1997 reunion tour, The Dance, which was shown on MTV and released on CD, cassette, and VHS, is what caught the attention of teenagers. The Dance included many of Fleetwood Mac's most popular songs with a few new songs added into the mix. The Dance was #7 in Rolling Stone's Reader's Top 20 for the week of May 14, 1998.

"Fleetwood Mac is the only great band still around from the 70's." said Jennifer Babulsky, a 15 year old from CT, who continued, "and Lindsey is the best looking guy around. The Dance was seeing legends on stage singing with so much power and beauty in a way only Fleetwood Mac can do."

Chanel, a 16-year old from California who agrees, "Lindsey is gorgeous" stated, "Fleetwood Mac's lyrics have more meaning than anything I have ever heard. Stevie Nicks is a great singer."

Joanne, a 15-year old from Hamden, CT says she loves Fleetwood Mac. "I had been listening to Fleetwood Mac's songs on the radio and loved them even before I even knew who Fleetwood Mac was. When The Dance was released I fell in love with "Silver Springs" and I now own many of Fleetwood Mac's albums and adore them."

Fleetwood Mac isn't only popular with American teens. It seems they are still popular in many other countries. Mathew, a 16-year old from Australia who also loves Fleetwood Mac states, "Teens like this band because all new music is the same; Fleetwood Mac is unique. Also because they have never done techno."

Gareth, an 18-year old from Ireland explains, "Fleetwood Mac is famous with teens because they have a very melodic sound which sounds great no matter what decade it is."

Fleetwood Mac has many Internet sites in their honor, the official site located at www.reprise.com. One of the bigger sites is 'The Penguin' at www.cyberpenguin.net. The site includes message boards, called 'ledges' after the second song on Fleetwood Mac's 1979 album Tusk, "The Ledge," where teens frequently go and discuss everything about their favorite band. Teens post anything from pictures to song interpretations to their own personal reviews of Fleetwood Mac albums. Many have also posted reviews about Legacy, either from magazines or those they have written themselves. A good percentage of the comments about Legacy are negative, with the most common complaint being that the new artists don't put enough feeling behind the songs.

Of all the reviews of Legacy written, it is difficult to find one that says something good about the album. Rolling Stone Magazine called it "dull," and added, "Legacy leaves a strange aftertaste; it makes you appreciate Stevie Nicks almost as much as Enchanted (Stevie Nicks' recently released box set) does"

A review in the Toronto Sun asked, "Who thought it was a good idea to take the third largest selling album in history, which has sold 40 million copies, and re-do it with contemporary middle of the road acts?" Apparently Mick Fleetwood did, but he is one of few. "You have re-crafted the songs of Lindsey, Christine, and Stevie with inspiration and passion, as such you have left your own mark on the now continuing legacy that is Rumours," Fleetwood wrote inside Legacy's CD case.

Less like a mark and more like a blemish seems to be the common opinion among Fleetwood Mac fans. As 21 year old Lissa from Wisconsin put it, "I'll stick to the original, thanks"


Date: 1998-05-15         Number of views: 1527

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