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Fleetwood Mac

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Year of Release: 1972

track listing
  • Remember Me
  • Bright Fire
  • Dissatisfied
  • (I'm A) Road Runner
  • The Derelict
  • Revelation
  • Did You Ever Love Me
  • Night Watch
  • Caught In The Rain

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    Peter Green was long gone, and Bob Welch and Christine McVie were now band members. The blues of Peter Green was being replaced by a more Pop Rock style, which would be maximized in later years, when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined. Penguin was released in 1972, as the pieces were being put together, for what would be their most successful years later on.

    "Remember Me" is a nice Pop tune, and you can easily recognize the lead vocals, that being Christine McVie. "Bright Fire" definitely has a 1970s "love songs" style (Bob Welch was famous for this), and definitely different than that of the years of Peter Green and his involvement with Fleetwood Mac. "Dissatisfied" is a catchy little Pop number, with Christine McVie on vocals.

    "(I'm A) Road Runner" is a remake of the Jr. Walker & The All-Stars classic. (When I first learned of this album being Album Pick of the Week, and seeing this title, I immediately thought it was an album with Peter Green.) Great version here of the revised lineup of Fleetwood Mac. "The Derelict" has an off-Country style, as heard in the early years of the Eagles, or even the early solo years of Neil Young, or even Bob Dylan. A very impressive tune. "Revelation" is quite different than that of the Pop style. It has a more Classic Rock feel, definitely Rock & Roll. Peter Green style too. Crosby, Stills Nash and/or Young comes to mind as well.

    "Did You Ever Love Me" has a Soul feel, with Christine McVie on vocals, this song reminds me a little bit of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready.""Night Watch" is also another CSNY-sounding track, and "Caught In The Rain" is the album's closing tune -- a very mellow song, with an almost Spanish-sounding style.

    There's a little bit of everything here on Penguin It was the follow up to 1972's Bare Trees. Peter Green had left Fleetwood Mac in 1970. Penguin seems to look as if Fleetwood Mac was trying to find "that right sound" to call their own. They did just that when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined, and achieved their best years with them. Bare Trees is better than Penguin, but despite saying that, the Penguin album has some very good and impressive songs. Maybe some felt that with Peter Green's leaving, the future of Fleetwood Mac would look grim. Not at all, they kept recording albums until they finally got it right. And the rest they say, is History.

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