Live in Boston
Fleetwood Mac have endured more than their share of bumps in the road over the past few decades, surviving imploding relationships and nasty musical splits, to name but a few. On this live collection -- which comprises two DVDs and a single CD culled from the same Boston gig -- the Mac exhibit some of that wear but manage to cut loose with an energy-filled, surprisingly frill-free performance. As per most of the band's recent shows, Live in Boston doesn't skimp on the group's commercial heyday, kicking off with a powerful version of "The Chain" (one of several tunes to get a boost from Lindsey Buckingham's cutting guitar work) and hitting the right sentimental notes on "Say You Will" and "Dreams." A smattering of newer material, highlighted by "What's the World Coming To" and a poignant "Peacekeeper," lend credence to the notion that Mick Fleetwood and company aren't merely staging a nostalgia trip. Christine McVie, who chose to sit out the current reunion, is certainly missed, but Stevie Nicks, whose voice has taken on a wizened tone of late, steps up nicely on versions of "Rhiannon" and her solo hit "Stand Back." The visuals, while crisply captured, aren't particularly fancy -- the set was initially recorded for PBS, after all -- but the sound, augmented by an additional guitarist, keyboard player, and backing vocalists, says it all. The audio culls ten of the better performances from the DVD set.