They had a sound that was west coast perfection
Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 self-titled album introduced a new band with a smoother sound that would go on to take over the world.
After Peter Green’s departure the early seventies proved a lean time for the Mac. But when American songwriters and lovers Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined forces with Brits Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood – magic was in the air.
Producer Keith Olsen introduced Mick Fleetwood to the Buckingham-Nicks album to demonstrate his Sound City studio’s sound. Mick immediately heard that Buckingham guitar and then Stevie’s haunting vocal phrasing and knew they were the fresh blood he needed. Inevitably they used the studio for their first album together and a mighty polished sound it has too, proving that luxurious tone with heartfelt songs is a winning recipe.
Reprise chose the sexy groove of Over My Head as their lead off 45 in September 1975 with Lindsey’s I’m So Afraid on the B-side. It was a smart move – it hit Top 20 in the US and suddenly old and new fans were listening to Fleetwood Mac again. But it’s Stevie’s mesmerising Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win) that really caught the public’s ear – giving the band their first big hit since Albatross.
But better are the album cuts – the Buckingham/Nicks duet of Crystal – the opening bopper Monday Morning – the acoustic blues chug of the fantastic World Turning (similar to Big Love’) and best of all – the heart-breaking ballad Landslide – quite possibly Stevie Nicks’ best song.