Then Play On

Performers Fleetwood Mac

August 19, 2013 | Compact Disc

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This Peter Green-led edition of the Mac isn't just an important transition between their initial blues-based incarnation and the mega-pop band they became, it's also their most vital, exciting version. The addition of Danny Kirwan as second guitarist and songwriter foreshadows not only the soft-rock terrain of "Bare Trees" and "Kiln House" with Christine Perfect-McVie, but also predicts Rumours. That only pertains to roughly half of the also excellent material here, though; the rest is quintessential Green. The immortal "Oh Well," with its hard-edged, thickly layered guitars and chamber-like sections, is perhaps the band's most enduring progressive composition. "Rattlesnake Shake" is another familiar number, a down-and-dirty, even-paced funk, with clean, wall-of-sound guitars. Choogling drums and Green's fiery improvisations power "Searching for Madge," perhaps Mac's most inspired work save "Green Manalishi," and leads into an unlikely symphonic interlude and the similar, lighter boogie "Fighting for Madge." A hot Afro-Cuban rhythm with beautiful guitars from Kirwan and Green on "Coming Your Way" not only defines the Mac's sound, but the rock aesthetic of the day. Of the songs with Kirwan's stamp on them, "Closing My Eyes" is a mysterious waltz love song; haunting guitars approach surf music on the instrumental "My Dream"; while "Although the Sun Is Shining" is the ultimate pre-Rumours number someone should revisit. Blues roots still crop up on the spatial, loose, Hendrix-tinged "Underway," the folky "Like Crying," and the final outcry of the ever-poignant "Show Biz Blues," with Green moaning "do you really give a damn for me?" Then Play On is a reminder of how pervasive and powerful Green's influence was on Mac's originality and individual stance beyond his involvement. Still highly recommended and a must-buy after all these years, it remains their magnum opus. [The 2013 reissue of the album features historical liner notes, remastered sound and sports the original UK track list. That means the slow blues ballad "Without You" and the grinding rocker "One Sunny Day" are added, with "Oh Well' appearing as a bonus track along wtih the peaceful "World in Harmony" and the storming epic "The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown.)"] ~ Michael G. Nastos

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 19, 2013

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

UPC: 081227964436

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Then Play On

Then Play On

Performers Fleetwood Mac

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 19, 2013

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

UPC: 081227964436


Title Track Time
1.Coming Your Way --
2.Closing My Eyes --
3.Fighting For Madge --
4.When You Say --
5.Show-Biz Blues --
6.Under Way --
7.One Sunny Day --
8.Although the Sun is Shining --
9.Rattlesnake Shake --
10.Without You --
11.Searching For Madge --
12.My Dream --
13.Like Crying --
14.Before the Beginning --
15.Oh Well, Pt. 1 --
16.Oh Well, Pt. 2 --
17.Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) --
18.World In Harmony --

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This Peter Green-led edition of the Mac isn't just an important transition between their initial blues-based incarnation and the mega-pop band they became, it's also their most vital, exciting version. The addition of Danny Kirwan as second guitarist and songwriter foreshadows not only the soft-rock terrain of "Bare Trees" and "Kiln House" with Christine Perfect-McVie, but also predicts Rumours. That only pertains to roughly half of the also excellent material here, though; the rest is quintessential Green. The immortal "Oh Well," with its hard-edged, thickly layered guitars and chamber-like sections, is perhaps the band's most enduring progressive composition. "Rattlesnake Shake" is another familiar number, a down-and-dirty, even-paced funk, with clean, wall-of-sound guitars. Choogling drums and Green's fiery improvisations power "Searching for Madge," perhaps Mac's most inspired work save "Green Manalishi," and leads into an unlikely symphonic interlude and the similar, lighter boogie "Fighting for Madge." A hot Afro-Cuban rhythm with beautiful guitars from Kirwan and Green on "Coming Your Way" not only defines the Mac's sound, but the rock aesthetic of the day. Of the songs with Kirwan's stamp on them, "Closing My Eyes" is a mysterious waltz love song; haunting guitars approach surf music on the instrumental "My Dream"; while "Although the Sun Is Shining" is the ultimate pre-Rumours number someone should revisit. Blues roots still crop up on the spatial, loose, Hendrix-tinged "Underway," the folky "Like Crying," and the final outcry of the ever-poignant "Show Biz Blues," with Green moaning "do you really give a damn for me?" Then Play On is a reminder of how pervasive and powerful Green's influence was on Mac's originality and individual stance beyond his involvement. Still highly recommended and a must-buy after all these years, it remains their magnum opus. [The 2013 reissue of the album features historical liner notes, remastered sound and sports the original UK track list. That means the slow blues ballad "Without You" and the grinding rocker "One Sunny Day" are added, with "Oh Well' appearing as a bonus track along wtih the peaceful "World in Harmony" and the storming epic "The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown.)"] ~ Michael G. Nastos
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