Fleetwood Mac (1975 album)

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Fleetwood Mac
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Studio album by Fleetwood Mac
Released July 1975
Recorded January–February 1975
Studio Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, California
Length 42:12
Label Reprise
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Heroes Are Hard to Find
Fleetwood Mac
Singles from Fleetwood Mac
  1. "Warm Ways"
    Released: October 1975 (UK)
  2. "Over My Head"
    Released: November 1975 (USA) / February 1976 (UK)
  3. "Rhiannon"
    Released: February 1976 (USA) / April 1976 (UK)
  4. "Say You Love Me"
    Released: June 1976 (USA) / September 1976 (UK)
  5. "Rhiannon (re-issue)"
    Released: February 1978 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[2]
MusicHound Rock 4.5/5[5]
Pitchfork 9.0/10[6]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[8]
The Village Voice A−[9]

Fleetwood Mac is the tenth studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in July 1975 by Reprise Records. It was the band's second eponymous album, the first being their 1968 debut album. Among Fleetwood Mac fans, the album is often referred to as The White Album.[10] This is the first Fleetwood Mac album to feature Lindsey Buckingham as guitarist and Stevie Nicks as vocalist, after Bob Welch departed the band in late 1974. The album was also the band's last to be released on the Reprise label until 1997's The Dance (the band's subsequent albums until then were released through Warner Bros. Records, Reprise's parent company).

The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 over a year after entering the chart, spent 37 weeks within the top 10, and more than fifteen months within the top 40. It was the second biggest album of 1976 (behind Frampton Comes Alive! by Peter Frampton) and the tenth biggest album of 1977. It launched three top twenty singles: "Over My Head", "Rhiannon" and "Say You Love Me", the last two falling just short of the top ten, both at No. 11. In 1986, it was certified 7x platinum by the RIAA representing shipments of seven million units in the United States.[11]

"Warm Ways" was the first single lifted from the album in 1975 in the UK.[12] It was not released as a single in the United States, where "Over My Head" was released instead. Initially, the album generated limited interest in the UK, as the first three singles released by the new lineup failed to chart. "Say You Love Me" charted on the UK Singles Chart and it reached No. 40[13] Following the massive success of Rumours two years later, interest in the band re-ignited and Fleetwood Mac was re-released in 1978, along with the single "Rhiannon" which peaked just outside the Top 40 at No. 46.[12] The album eventually peaked at No. 23 on the UK Albums Chart[13] but was a prelude to a run of hugely successful albums for the band in Britain, including four number ones: Rumours, Tusk, Tango in the Night and Behind the Mask.[12]

A live version of "Landslide" was eventually released as a single in the US in 1998 after it became one of the most popular tracks from the live reunion album The Dance. It reached No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.[12]


In 1974, Fleetwood Mac relocated from England to California to manage the band's affairs better.[14] In California, they recorded another album, Heroes Are Hard to Find, and set out on tour. Shortly after finishing up the tour, Bob Welch (guitarist, singer, and composer) announced that he was leaving what had become Fleetwood Mac's ninth lineup in eight years,[15] so that he could be part of the power trio Paris.[14] Now looking for both a new guitarist and a recording studio, Mick Fleetwood met with producer Keith Olsen at Sound City Studios to listen to some demos.[14][15] There, Olsen played Fleetwood an album he had recently engineered, called Buckingham Nicks.[14] Fleetwood particularly enjoyed the guitar solo on the song "Frozen Love",[15] and decided to hire both Olsen and the guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham.[14] However, Buckingham would not accept Fleetwood's offer unless he agreed to also hire Buckingham's musical and romantic partner, Stevie Nicks.[15] After an informal interview at a Mexican restaurant, Mick Fleetwood invited both Buckingham and Nicks to join the band.[15] Within three months, the band had recorded the album Fleetwood Mac.[15] Though the band's tenth lineup proved to be their most successful, it was not the most stable, as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were close to breaking up when they joined the band.[15] This tension ultimately helped inspire the band's next album, Rumours.[14]

During the recording sessions, bassist John McVie noticed that Buckingham was particularly assertive when it came to teaching other members their individual parts, including the drums and bass. McVie informed Buckingham that this wouldn't be tolerated. "The band you're in is Fleetwood Mac. I'm the Mac. And I play the bass".[16]

Many of the songs on Fleetwood Mac were written before Buckingham and Nicks joined the band. "Rhiannon", "I'm So Afraid", and "Monday Morning" were written and performed live by the duo and were initially slated to appear on a second Buckingham Nicks album. "Crystal" was recycled from the first Buckingham Nicks album, but with a different arrangement.[17]

Promotion and release

Fleetwood Mac was released in July 1975.[15] Though the band only experienced modest success immediately after the release, they were determined to promote their new album.[15] After touring doggedly for several months, the band started seeing the results of their hard work.[15] In an interview with Uncut, Stevie Nicks said of the album: "We just played everywhere and we sold that record. We kicked that album in the ass."[15] Fifteen months after the release of Fleetwood Mac, the album climbed to the top of the US charts.[15]

All singles from Fleetwood Mac are remixes (and occasional outright alternate takes, as in the case of "Over My Head"), noticeably different from the album versions, as included on the 2004 re-issue. A 'single mix' was also created for "Blue Letter" and this version was originally only available as the B-side to the "Warm Ways" single from 1975.[12]

This album helped launch them as musical superstars with an almost constant radio presence (which would be continued with their even more popular follow-up, Rumours). In 2003, the album was ranked No. 182 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[18]

The album cover photo for Fleetwood Mac emulates all of the band's albums, in that all the band members have never fully appeared on the front cover of any of their studio albums, The Dance from 1997, being the only exception.[19] Drummer Mick Fleetwood and bass guitarist John McVie are the only band members that are shown on the cover.

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Monday Morning" Lindsey Buckingham Buckingham 2:48
2. "Warm Ways" Christine McVie C. McVie 3:54
3. "Blue Letter"
  • Michael Curtis
  • Richard Curtis
Buckingham 2:41
4. "Rhiannon" Stevie Nicks Nicks 4:11
5. "Over My Head" C. McVie C. McVie 3:38
6. "Crystal" Nicks Buckingham 5:14
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Say You Love Me" C. McVie C. McVie 4:11
2. "Landslide" Nicks Nicks 3:19
3. "World Turning"
  • C. McVie
  • Buckingham
  • C. McVie
  • Buckingham
4. "Sugar Daddy" C. McVie C. McVie 4:10
5. "I'm So Afraid" Buckingham Buckingham 4:22
2004 reissue

On 24 March 2004, Warner Bros. Records re-released the remastered album with five bonus tracks, with track 12 and 16 being previously unreleased.[20]

2018 reissue

In 2017, Fleetwood Mac announced a 4-disc deluxe edition reissue of the album consisting of a remastered version of the original album, single mixes, previously unreleased demos, recorded live performances from 1975 and 1976, and a DVD with 5.1 surround sound and high-resolution 24/96 stereo audio mixes of the original album and four single mixes. The box set also includes previously unseen or rare photographs and detailed linear notes written by David Wild featuring interviews with the band, as well as the original album remastered on 180g vinyl. The deluxe reissue was officially released worldwide on 19 January 2018.[21]


  • Although it was written by Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham sang lead on the song "Crystal". It originally appeared (also sung by Buckingham) on the duo's 1973 Buckingham Nicks album.


Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel


  • Producers: Fleetwood Mac & Keith Olsen
  • Engineer: Keith Olsen
  • 2nd Engineer: David Devore
  • Photograph: Herbert W. Worthington II



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 7× Platinum 7,000,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also


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  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Fleetwood Mac". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel, eds. (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 434. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (27 January 2018). "Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  7. ^ Gifford, Barry (21 January 1997). "Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 18 January 2008.
  8. ^ "Fleetwood Mac". Archived from the original on 1 November 2011.. Rolling Stone.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (1 December 1975). "Consumer Guide". Retrieved 3 February 2017.
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  13. ^ a b Roberts 2006, p. 205.
  14. ^ a b c d e f Serpick, Evan. "Fleetwood Mac Biography". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Williamson, Nigel (29 January 2013). "Fleetwood Mac: 'Everybody was pretty weirded out' – the story of Rumours". Uncut. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  16. ^ Honingmann, David (January 9, 2017). "The Life of a Song: Fleetwood Mac's the Chain". The Financial Times. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  17. ^ Fleetwood & Bozza 2014, pp. 164, 169.
  18. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time > 182: Fleetwood Mac, 'Fleetwood Mac'". Rolling Stone. 1 November 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  19. ^ DeGroot, Joey. "7 Album Cover Photos Without the Entire Band: Fleetwood Mac, R.E.M., and more". Music Times. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
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  30. ^ "Albums". Billboard. Vol. 88 no. 52. 25 December 1976. ISSN 0006-2510.
  31. ^ "Pop Albums". Billboard. Vol. 89 no. 51. 24 December 1977. ISSN 0006-2510.
  32. ^ "British album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Fleetwood Mac in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.


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