- Monday Morning
- Say You Love Me
- Oh Well
- Over & Over
- Not That Funny
- Never Going Back Again
Fleetwood Mac's first live album finds the band at its popular height, pumping out hit after hit. To its credit, the group nevertheless puts out: Mick Fleetwood drums like a demon and Lindsey Buckingham plays fiercely. All the hits you'd expect are here, spread across two discs, and there's also a charming backstage rendition of the Beach Boys' "Farmer's Daughter."
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These live versions sound so good compared to their "The Dance" and "Live in Boston" versions. I like listening to all three of those albums.
I remember when I first listened to the album days after it had been released. At first I was disappointed. The tracks seemed to be too lengthy, too drawn out. Especially the cover version of the Beach Boy's ''Farmer's Daughter'' was a real downer (and still is). That track was also a glimpse of the direction Fleetwood Mac was headed, mostly soft pop synthesized fluff. But Live grows on you. Buckingham's guitar play is really ingenious, Fleetwood's drumming becomes hynotic after you listen to it for a while. Live definitely offers the best interpretation of ''So Afraid'' and ''Go your own Way''. It also offers a great version of ''Oh well'', a song going way back into Fleedwood Mac's History. Most importantly it gives you an idea of what the ''Tusk'' album could have been, if it hadn't been so overproduced druing it's lenghty recording period. Every single Tusk track sounds dramatically better on the Live album. You also notice a special spirit coming from the Live album, an intensitiy, they haven't reached since. You notice that, when you compare the Live Track ''So Afraid'' with the live recording of the same song on ''The Dance'', the earlier one being really intense, the latter sounding quite flat. You haven't really listened to The Mac until you have listened to their Live album.
This album is NOTHING like the Mac's 1997 live reunion, The Dance. For one thing, it has some of the best forgotten album cuts the band ever played, and includes a handful of songs which are all top-notch. It also includes ''Don't Let Me Down Again'' from the Buckingham-Nicks album and Brian Wilson's ''The Farmer's Daughter.'' The album ranges from soft pop-rock (''Over and Over,'' ''Dreams'') to hard-rock (''Go Your Own Way, ''I'm So Afraid'') to the in-betweens (''Not That Funny,'' ''Rhiannon''). An interesting selections of songs for any Fleetwood Mac fan.