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FLEETWOOD MAC: 1969-1972 features four complete albums – Then Play On (1969), Kiln House (1970), Future Games (1971) and Bare Trees (1972) – housed in a striking black slipcase. To ensure superb sound quality, Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering cut the lacquers for all four albums. The records look as good as they sound thanks to authentically reproduced packages, including gatefolds for Then Play On and Kiln House and single sleeves for Future Games and Bare Trees.
The set follows the band through an early transitional period. With Kiln House, Fleetwood Mac began moving toward a more melodic pop sound on songs like “Mission Bell” and “One Together.” At the time, the band included: Jeremy Spencer (guitar, vocals, piano), Kirwan (guitar, vocals), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). Christine McVie was at the recording sessions and contributed backing vocals and the album’s cover art, but she did not join the band until shortly after the album was finished.
The band’s shift toward pop and folk styles continued on Future Games with songs like “Show Me A Smile” and “Morning Rain.” This marks the first Fleetwood Mac album with Christine McVie as a full band member as well as the Mac debut of Bob Welch on guitar.
The line-up stayed the same for Bare Trees, which boasts a consistently strong collection of songs like McVie’s “Spare Me A Little Of Your Love,” Kirwan’s “Dust” and Welch’s “Sentimental Lady.” Although Kirwan was a dominant figure during the recording, penning half of the songs, this would ultimately be his last appearance on a Fleetwood Mac album.
1.Closing My Eyes 2.Station Man 3.The Ghost 4.What A Shame 5.Show Me A Smile 6.Before The Beginning 7.Earl Gray 8.Without You 9.Underway 10.Although The Sun Is Shining 11.Tell Me All The Things You Do 12.Fighting For Madge 13.Sentimental Lady 14.When You Say 15.Jewel Eyed Judy 16.Searching For Madge 17.Child Of Mine 18.One Together 19.Sunny Side Of Heaven 20.Coming Your Way 21.Lay It All Down 22.Oh Well - Pt. 2 23.Buddy's Song 24.Danny's Chant 25.Thoughts On A Grey Day 26.Sands Of Time 27.Future Games 28.This Is A Rock 29.Rattlesnake Shake 30.Mission Bell 31.Show Biz Blues 32.Blood On The Floor 33.Oh Well - Pt. 1 34.Hi Ho Silver 35.My Dream 36.Spare Me A Little Of Your Love 37.One Sunny Day 38.Woman Of A 1000 Years 39.Morning Rain 40.Like Crying 41.Dust 42.Homeward Bound 43.Sometimes 44.Bare Trees