Thursday, May 14, 2009

if you don't love me now, you will never love me again

Seeing as how tomorrow I'm going to be seeing Fleetwood Mac (well...if it's not cancelled), I think it would be fitting to tell you my favourite Fleetwood Mac songs. Since I couldn't decide whether I should give you my favourite Peter Green Fleetwood Mac songs (since they are the version of Fleetwood Mac I prefer) or my favourite Stevie Nicks Fleetwood Mac songs (since they are the version I'm seeing in concert), I'll simply have to give you both.
Just to remind you, the distinction is that Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac is late-60's/early 70's blues-rock, while Stevie Nicks' Fleetwood Mac is mid-late 70's California pop.

My Top 5 Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac Songs

1. "Before the Beginning" from Then Play On

2. "The Green Manalishi"
You may perchance be familiar with the Judas Priest cover, but - obviously - I prefer the original. For one thing, a Fleetwood Mac song without Peter Green's heavenly voice is automatically a lesser Fleetwood Mac song.

3. "Oh Well" from Then Play On
As infuriating as it is to hear the incredibly sexy Peter Green (who was gifted with one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard) say "I can't help it bout the shape I'm in, I can't sing, I ain't pretty and my legs are thin", the stupendous guitar riff makes this song classic. It's also the Peter Green song we have the best chance of hearing the current incarnation cover tomorrow night.
And if you watch the video linked above, you will not regret it, as you will be gifted with Peter Green's breathtaking smile and laugh.

4. "Man Of the World"
The gorgeous contrast of the fast and slow parts are what make this song interesting. I really love the fast parts, but know they wouldn't be as good without the slow parts to contrast them.

5. "Worried Dream"
Written by B.B. King (who, for the record, once stated that Peter Green was the only guitarist alive he was scared of), this incredibly blues-y track wrenches right to the very soul.


My Top 5 Favourite Stevie/Lindsay Fleetwood Mac Songs:

1. "Tusk" from Tusk
This labouring Buckingham-penned track is my favourite late-era Fleetwood Mac song. Special bonus: Listen closely around 2:11..."real savage-like".

2. "The Chain" from Rumours
This might be my favourite Fleetwood Mac song. We all know I'm a sucker for a good bassline.

3. "Dreams" from Rumours
I particularly like the bridge of this song, and the lyrics.

4. "Gold Dust Woman" from Rumours
Forget what you heard...Stevie Nicks said in an interview that she wrote this song before she was a coke addict. Still, it's an awesome track.

5. "I'm So Afraid" from Fleetwood Mac
I was convinced for so long that that was Christine singing, but it's Lindsay. If you're a fan of goodlooking guys with stellar hair shredding on their guitars, check out that link above. I wouldn't letcha down.



w. said...

can i say favourite post ever!!!!!
i am so jealous, i'm totally convinced my life would be complete if i saw fleetwood mac on this tour, huuuuggee nicks fan :]

Planet Mondo said...

Where has your site been all my life? It's so far up my street it's blocking the road..

Have you checked out F Macs 'Curly' a real Greeny freak out

Allison said...

Could I be any more jealous that you're seeing Fleetwood Mac?! Ah, I hope the concert doesn't get canceled = /
I lovedddd all your selections for your fave songs - I grew up listening to my parent's old Fleetwood albums, stemming from the ones with Peter Green to the ones with Stevie Nicks (I like the Peter Green albums better myself!).
This is so much fun! I seriously hope you have the best time tomorrow at the concert! I'll be crossing my fingers for you that it's not canceled!

Mouthwash said...

wait...a Fleetwood CONCERT?! AND i'M NOT THERE?!?!

One word for you:


I hope you have a blast!

this wheel's on fire said...

mmmmm one of my favorites :D
i gotta say, i loove all of these songs so much. "the chain" on my rumours album is basically nonplayable anymore. actually that entire good. i'm putting them on now. hope the concert happens! xoxo

copperoranges said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE fleetwood mac!

i'm a sucker for "landslide." and "bleed to love her."

alexandra said...

ahh! amazing post..loving your blog : ) xx

Mimi said...

I am so terribly jealous Molls! Your so lucky, but this post will suffice. Brilliant picks!


Keith said...

Wow! Such a cool post. I love all those songs. The pictures were all fantastic. Have fun at the show.

I am a Tornado ~ proven fact! said...

Yes, classic post.


I saw Fleetwood Mac in concert once and it was a great show.

Love landslide, and Tusk and Then Play on is just great! Fantastic.

You are an old soul!

I am a Tornado ~ proven fact! said...

Do you realize I have to download everyone of the artists you feature, it appears as if I don't have many of my favorites on my ipod.

Hey, how about a post of Van the Man (classic tunes) or Sting/Police or even Jimi.

deep_in_vogue said...

Great post!

Eddie said...

Fleetwood Mac. How do I begin...

Although I do love Fleet pre-Stevie, I must admit that Ms. Nicks added something to the group that is a little special to my heart. My older sis, Maio, is a Fleetwood Mac junkie and gave me the whole story behind Stevie's madness and I've been hooked ever since. She owns an incredible box set with amazing artwork and history and when I flip through the pages... I feel it.

Great post my darling. I enjoyed it thoroughly (listened to every song too).

Muchos besos para ti...

PS. I will be standing alongside you in spirit when you go to the concert. Hope it's not canceled.