Fleetwood Mac, The Alternate Tango In The Night (2018)
There’s a great moment, in that Fleetwood Mac doco I’ve watched so many times – Fleetwood Mac at 21 – where the interviewer obviously relays a story from Lindsey Buckingham to Stevie Nicks; she either sees the footage or hears from the filmmaker that Lindsey saw his talent within the band as being the diamond-polisher, he could work on the raw material from the other writers and shape it, or find the gem. And in the scheme of his extraordinary contributions to the group and his mega-talents this is really just an astute observation, if anything it’s quite humble really. Stevie gets quite defensive, turns it around, Lindsey’s best work was working on my songs, that’s her spin. And hey, whatever, maybe that’s partly true too. But it’s noticeable and fascinating. Just one little bit of the Fleetwood Mac soap opera. I was always keen to get this – I liked the original album a whole lot as a kid, and I still dig it. It’s never my favourite but it’s got some great stuff on it and these alternate versions are worth it – to hear the songs-in-progress, the work Lindsey was doing. If he’s really out of the band for good, and that seems to be the case, you can hear some of his heavy lifting here. This is will be his Fleetwood Mac swansong. Fitting, given he walked for the first time after the original album was released.
Sample Track: Mystified (Alternate Version)
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