Then Play On [Deluxe Edition]

Then Play On [Deluxe Edition]

by Fleetwood Mac
     
 

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This Peter Green-led edition of the Mac isn't just an important transition between their initial blues-based incarnation and the mega-pop band they became, it's also their most vital, exciting version. The addition of Danny Kirwan as second guitarist and songwriter foreshadows not only the soft-rock terrain of "Bare Trees" and "Kiln House" with See more details below

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This Peter Green-led edition of the Mac isn't just an important transition between their initial blues-based incarnation and the mega-pop band they became, it's also their most vital, exciting version. The addition of Danny Kirwan as second guitarist and songwriter foreshadows not only the soft-rock terrain of "Bare Trees" and "Kiln House" with Christine Perfect-McVie, but also predicts Rumours. That only pertains to roughly half of the also excellent material here, though; the rest is quintessential Green. The immortal "Oh Well," with its hard-edged, thickly layered guitars and chamber-like sections, is perhaps the band's most enduring progressive composition. "Rattlesnake Shake" is another familiar number, a down-and-dirty, even-paced funk, with clean, wall-of-sound guitars. Choogling drums and Green's fiery improvisations power "Searching for Madge," perhaps Mac's most inspired work save "Green Manalishi," and leads into an unlikely symphonic interlude and the similar, lighter boogie "Fighting for Madge." A hot Afro-Cuban rhythm with beautiful guitars from Kirwan and Green on "Coming Your Way" not only defines the Mac's sound, but the rock aesthetic of the day. Of the songs with Kirwan's stamp on them, "Closing My Eyes" is a mysterious waltz love song; haunting guitars approach surf music on the instrumental "My Dream"; while "Although the Sun Is Shining" is the ultimate pre-Rumours number someone should revisit. Blues roots still crop up on the spatial, loose, Hendrix-tinged "Underway," the folky "Like Crying," and the final outcry of the ever-poignant "Show Biz Blues," with Green moaning "do you really give a damn for me?" Then Play On is a reminder of how pervasive and powerful Green's influence was on Mac's originality and individual stance beyond his involvement. Still highly recommended and a must-buy after all these years, it remains their magnum opus. [The 2013 reissue of the album features historical liner notes, remastered sound and sports the original UK track list. That means the slow blues ballad "Without You" and the grinding rocker "One Sunny Day" are added, with "Oh Well' appearing as a bonus track along wtih the peaceful "World in Harmony" and the storming epic "The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown.)"]

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2013
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227964436
catalogNumber:
535890
Rank:
15943

Tracks

  1. Coming Your Way  -  Fleetwood Mac
  2. Closing My Eyes  -  Fleetwood Mac
  3. Fighting For Madge  -  Fleetwood Mac
  4. When You Say  -  Fleetwood Mac
  5. Show-Biz Blues  -  Fleetwood Mac
  6. Under Way  -  Fleetwood Mac
  7. One Sunny Day  -  Fleetwood Mac
  8. Although the Sun is Shining  -  Fleetwood Mac
  9. Rattlesnake Shake  -  Fleetwood Mac
  10. Without You  -  Fleetwood Mac
  11. Searching For Madge  -  Fleetwood Mac
  12. My Dream  -  Fleetwood Mac
  13. Like Crying  -  Fleetwood Mac
  14. Before the Beginning  -  Fleetwood Mac
  15. Oh Well, Pt. 1  -  Fleetwood Mac
  16. Oh Well, Pt. 2  -  Fleetwood Mac
  17. The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)  -  Fleetwood Mac
  18. World In Harmony  -  Fleetwood Mac

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