Since the start of 1977 and the release of the multi-platinum Rumours album, Fleetwood Mac has completed two world concert tours, appearing live throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East. Several million fans have seen the band perform during some 300 shows in 13 countries around the world during that time period. Their most recent tour, in conjunction with the release of the double album Tusk, spanned one year from start of rehearsals in September, 1979 to the last concert on the stage of the famed Hollywood Bowl
"As far as I am concerned," explains drummer/manager Mick Fleetwood, "if ever Fleetwood Mac was going to release a live album--and Fleetwood Mac has never done one in any form of this band--it seemed to me that after a year on the road there was no better time. I doubt we will ever again do a tour that long and all-encompassing, and this is a way of documenting it."
Fleetwood Mac Live is a double album, produced by Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat and Fleetwood Mac, a reversal of the production credits of the last two albums, Rumours and Tusk, due to the band's acknowledgement of the major contribution of the engineers in the live concert recordings.
There are 18 songs on the album, narrowed down from dozens of possibilities. As with the band's previous album, Tusk the live album was mixed down to a digital two-track master at Soundstream, Inc. in Salt Lake City. The entire project was completed in less than two months, including the recording of three new songs, the selection of the remaining tunes, limited overdubs, mixing and mastering.
Fleetwood Mac Live consists of performances recorded in 11 separate venues throughout the world. including an audience-less sound-check rehearsal at Paris Pavillion and the performance of three new songs--"Fireflies," "One More Night" and "The Farmer's Daughter"--before an intimate gathering of friends and crew at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
"At certain instances we faded out of one song and faded into another one-—an- other concert recorded on another night--and even though the cover tells you they're not the same concert, it all could be one show. There is a certain amount of rapport, and it does feel like everything belongs. You feel like you are witnessing something, and even the songs without an audience fit into that flow.
There are 18 songs included on the two-record set. chosen from the volumes of tapes recorded by Fleetwood Mac over the last three years of touring. Some of the choices are obvious--the hits, the tunes commanded by the public. Then there are three new songs and some lesser known ones, and, finally, some band favorites.
The album opens with Lindsey Buckingham's "Monday Morning," followed by Christine McVie's "Say You Love Me." the tunes that alternately opened the majority of Fleetwood Mac's shows in 1977. Then comes Stevie Nicks' "Dreams," the band's first million-selling single, and into "Oh Well," perhaps the best known Fleetwood Mac song to pre-date the current band line-up, written by the group's original lead guitarist Peter Green. McVie's "Over And Over," the ' first song on the album frcm Tusk, closes out Side One.
"I think this is a real band statement," concludes Mick Fleetwood. "After working that amount of time on the road, we felt this was a relevant time to put out a live album. If ever there was going to be a time for us to put one out, this was it.
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