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Fleetwood Mac
"Bare Trees"

© Reprise Records

Year of Release: 1972

track listing
  • Child Of Mine
  • The Ghost
  • Homeward Bound
  • Sunny Side Of Heaven
  • Bare Trees
  • Sentimental Lady
  • Danny's Chant
  • Spare Me A Little
    Of Your Love
  • Dust
  • Thoughts On A
    Grey Day

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    "Bare Trees"

    By 1972, the personnel lineup of Fleetwood Mac had drastically changed. Peter Green, one of the original founders was gone, and the lineup had consisted of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine Perfect (McVie), Danny Kirwan, and Bob Welch. Bare Trees was the second collaboration of original material, by the now current lineup. Very different than the personnel lineup featuring Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, Bare Trees has some very powerful Rock-styled songs.

    Taking the first two songs, "Child Of Mine" and "The Ghost," both songs bring a Rock sound of the band in their own right -- powerful 1970s material. Christine McVie's "Homeward Bound" has a Jefferson Airplane/Starship atmosphere, with a 1970s updated sound. The instrumental "Sunny Side Of Heavem" has a more blended pop sound, almost as if a Southern Rock as heard in the Allman Brothers.

    But the most popwerful song of all from this release is definitely the title track. When first hearing it, it's surprising to some that the band performing this song is Fleetwood Mac, especially those who are not familiar with the albums recorded by them, before the Christine McVie-Stevie Nicks era.

    Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady" will bring back memories for those familiar with his solo version, yet the original version has a plain taste, where Welch's version was much polished better. "Danny's Chant" has a psychedelic touch, "Spare Me A Little Of Your Love" has an early beginnings of what would later become the sound of Christine McVie & Stevie Nicks. "Dust" is a very laid back, mellow plesant song, where "Thoughts On A Grey Day" is a spoken word selection, with a very thick British accent, and very unusual to listen to, after listening to the previous 9 great songs contained on the album.

    Bare Trees is a wonderful collection of Rock songs by a band that has released many interesting albums throughout their entire history. Where most are familiar with the McVie-Nicks entourage, it's interesting to listen to what they sounded like before them. Bare Trees will receive repeated listens, as it is an album of songs written by talented songwriters who have classified themselves as perfectionists in later years. Bob Welch would later have a promising solo career, and what don't we already know about Christine McVie as she would blossom in coming decades with Fleetwood Mac. Bare Trees is worth checking out, as well as the releases featuring another original member of the Mac, Peter Green.

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