Greatest Hits Review (Sydney Australia)
Sun Herald (Sydney Australia)
IN TERMS of compilation albums, this is going to be one of the year's biggest. Maybe the decade's biggest.
The SuperMacs continue to hold on to their world-wide legions of fans from the 70s, when pop music meant something. They hold on, effortlessly, like the Beatles and The Stones still do, even though the group has gone through enough changes to count on the fingers of both hands.
The strength of Fleetwood Mac is that even the departure of Lindsey Buckingham, felt by the Macs and fans alike with the near-pang of toothache, hasn't dampened the ardour.
And another indication is the way in which individual members of the super group can go off and do their own thing, and yet return to the Macumbrella to find stadiums packed to the rafters with eager fans.
Mick Fleetwood can hare off to Africa to follow his musical instincts (and persuade Ghanian drummer Isaac Asante into the Macfold) and both Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks fly solo successfully.
It really is incredible the way in which the sound survives the loss of so many talented members: Buckingham, Peter Green, Bob Welch, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan.
Obviously it's not just the talents of "newcomers" Rick Vito and Billy Burnette: it's also the vocals of McVie and Nicks which keep on stitching Fleetwood Mac together. They certainly do just that on this excellent compilation.
For older Mac fans, there are all the favourites (and original versions): Rhiannon, Go Your Own Way, Tusk, Sara, Gypsy, Little Lies, Say You Love Me, a round dozen of oldie/goodies which lend credence to the claim of Greatest Hits.
For later fans, the compact disc and cassette releases contain three"bonus" songs: Big Love, Seven Wonders and You Make Loving Fun.
And just to round it off, there are two "new" tracks: Christine McVie's single, As Long You Follow, and the Stevie Nicks tune, No Questions Asked.
Much has been written about the way in which Fleetwood Mac continues to revitalise itself through all the changes. The secret, surely, lies in an innate knowledge of what appeals.
Fleetwood Mac's music and words, like those of Simon and Garfunkel, touched a nerve way back in the mid-60s. The group produced a sound that could not be duplicated.
And just like those other super groups, that ability to be so identifiable has never been lessened.
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