Fleetwood Mac, Future Games (1971)
Here’s the first of the Fleetwood Mac albums to feature Bob Welch – what a sad, sad story that ended up being. I called him the “nightwatchman” of Fleetwood Mac, he was in the caretaker-role that took the band from blues and psych-rock stalwarts to soft-rock stadium kings; he’s there across the nearly half-dozen albums that time seems to have forgotten. You check them out now and they offer a lot. This one feels pretty good right now on a stink-buzz rainy Monday morning with its Morning Rain – a chance to hear Christine McVie off on her journey toward becoming a really great songwriter for the band. I love all aspects/eras/formations of this band but I get the most out of these albums from 1971-1975 – a swirl of ideas, so many different song-shapes and you can always have fun playing these songs, telling the uninitiated they’re listening to Fleetwood Mac. Nine times out of ten they won’t believe you.
Sample Track: Lay It All Down
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