Monday, July 16, 2018

BEFORE THE HIT VERSION
LOVE ME. Check back here for the next update.
BEFORE IT WAS A
HIT SONG…
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
Love Me
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Yvonne Elliman enjoyed worldwide success with "If I Can't Have You", a hit lifted off the 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack album. The Bee Gees wrote the song. Before achieving that hit single, Elliman had charted in many countries with another remake of a Bee Gees song. 
"Love Me" was issued in 1976. It climbed to #6 in Britain and reached #14 in America. The cover was also a hit in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Brothers Barry and Robin Gibb penned the ballad. The trio had recorded the original version which was included on The Bee Gees' 1976 album 'Children Of The World'.
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Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the previous earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte
THE TIME CAPSULE: Do I Do.
Updated twice each weekday.


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DO I DO
Stevie Wonder
1981 UK #10; US #13
Trivia: A 1982 compilation album included some new tracks, of which "Do I Do" was one. The song features a trumpet solo from Dizzy Gillespie.
Alternate 7-Inch single cover

This regular segment looks back on recordings from the previous century. Check the special Caffé Latté playlist on spotify to rediscover these releases from the distant past.

Celebrating 50 Years of Fleetwood Mac Recordings.
PART 12: 1977. The history continues tomorrow.
This Caffé Latté special tribute spans the decades since the release of the group’s debut album in 1968, stopping off at 100 of the best tracks from its 50 years of recorded output as a band and as soloists in chronological order.

FLEETWOOD MAC
100 GREAT SONGS OVER 50 YEARS

The group’s history defies the odds. There’s been several line-up changes; shifts in musical directions and internal relations that rival those in soap operas. Throughout it all, 2 members have remained its core: Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.
The latter 2 founded Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green, in 1967. That same year, Jeremy Spencer joined the fledgling group’s line-up.
In 1968, Fleetwood Mac released its debut album followed by  another 2 new singles: “Black Magic Woman” and the UK #1 “Albatross”. By now, Danny Kirwan was in the line-up. Fleetwood Mac released a series of singles and early albums.
By 1971, Green and Spencer had been replaced by Christine McVie (John’s wife) and Bob Welch. ‘Bare Trees’ followed in 1972, the last album to feature Kirwan. Two new guitarists joined: Bob Weston and Dave Walker. The former was ditched before the completion of the ‘Mystery To Me’ LP later that year. Weston was sacked prior to the group’s 1974 album, ‘Heroes Are Hard To Find’.
When Welch quit, Fleetwood Mac asked Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood asked him to join the band. He agreed on the condition that his partner Stevie Nicks would also be recruited. They all agreed. Finally, the platinum-selling line-up of Fleetwood Mac was in place. Buckingham and Nicks were now flanked by Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. The first album to feature this new combination was ‘Fleetwood Mac’ in 1975.
Follow-up album ‘Rumours’ was recorded while all of the members dealt with the end of their relationships. Mick’s marriage to Jenny was over. John & Christine McVie were divorced. Buckingham and Nicks had ceased being a couple. Despite the odds, the band created a classic LP filled with exceptional tracks. It reached #1 all over the globe. In America, it spent a total of 31 weeks at the top. The album has sold in excess of 40 million copies worldwide.
RUMOURS
UK: #1; USA: #1
Mostly cream album cover with black-and-white image of tall, bearded gentleman holding a snow globe in front of a blonde, cape-wearing woman. In the top right-hand corner, it is captioned "FLEETWOOD MAC" and "RUMOURS" below it.
30GO YOUR OWN WAY
Writer: Lindsey Buckingham

31SECOND HAND NEWS
Writer: Lindsey Buckingham

32DREAMS
Writer: Stevie Nicks

33NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN
Writer: Lindsey Buckingham

34DON’T STOP
Writer: Christine McVie

35SONGBIRD
Writer: Christine McVie

36THE CHAIN
Writers: Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie & Mick Fleetwood

37YOU MAKE LOVING FUN
Writer: Christine McVie

38I DON’T WANT TO KNOW
Writer: Stevie Nicks

39GOLD DUST WOMAN
Writer: Stevie Nicks

40SILVER SPRINGS
Writer: Stevie Nicks
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With each update on this site, tracks will be added to the spotify playlist- FLEETWOOD MAC Caffé Latté selects 100 GREATEST SONGS  (1968 - 2018).

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Celebrating 50 Years of Fleetwood Mac Recordings.
The  Story So Far (recap #2)... 
This Caffé Latté special tribute spans the decades since the release of the group’s debut album in 1968, stopping off at 100 of the best tracks from its 50 years of recorded output as a band and as soloists in chronological order.
FLEETWOOD MAC
100 GREAT SONGS OVER 50 YEARS
Image result for john mcvieMick Fleetwood crop.pngMick Fleetwood and John McVie founded Fleetwood Mac. The group's name prophetically refers to the only 2 members that have survived the decades since its formation. 
Image result for peter greenImage result for peter greenBoth had previously met as members of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. That band also included Peter Green who joined Fleetwood Mac in 1967. He steered the new band as its songwriter. mixing the blues with a British attitude.
 That same year, Jeremy Spencer joined the line-up.
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In 1968, Fleetwood Mac released its debut album and 2 new singles: “Black Magic Woman” and the UK #1 “Albatross”. 
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Around that time, Danny Kirwan joined.
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BuckMcVieOhio031117-50 (37650690384) (cropped).jpgIn 1970, Green quit Fleetwood Mac. Spencer and Kirwan shared songwriting duties. The group recruited McVie's wife Christine Perfect.
Image result for bob welch fleetwood macIn 1971, Spencer - who like Green had been suffering mental health issues due to drug use - left the band and joined a religious cult.
Kirwan and McVie shifted the group's musical direction towards a mainstream sound.
The addition of Bob Welch in 1971 moved the band even further from its psychedelic blues roots.
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Image result for bob westonImage result for fleetwood mac dave walker Relations between Kirwan and Welch led to the sacking of the former. He was replaced by guitarists Bob Weston and Dave Walker in time for the 1973 album 'Penguin'.
Walker did not seem a good fit for the group so he was dumped. When it was discovered that Fleetwood's wife Jenny was involved with Weston, he too was asked to leave the band.
BuckinghamNicksCover.jpgSentimental Lady 77.jpgA bogus Fleetwood Mac was touring America, assembled by its manager Clifford Davis. The group successfully sued and began working on its next album, 'Heroes Are Hard To Find'. Released in 1974, it was the final Fleetwood Mac LP to feature Bob Welch. He left and eventually launched a solo career which produced the hits "Ebony Eyes" and a re-working of a previous Fleetwood Mac song he had written entitled "Sentimental Lady".
Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (1975).pngImage result for fleetwood mac lindsey buckinghamThe group was now reduced to a trio: Mick Fleetwood and the McVies. By accident, a recording by a duo named Buckingham Nicks came to their attention. The group investigated and invited Lindsey Buckingham to join Fleetwood Mac. He replied that he would only accept if they agreed to add his partner Stevie Nicks too.
The multi-platinum line-up was finally in place. In 1975, a new album was unleashed. 'Fleetwood Mac' outsold its predecessors, reaching #1 in America and hatching the hit singles "Rhiannon", "Say You Love Me" and "Over My Head".
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As sessions began for a follow-up album, each of the members was undergoing breakdowns in their relationships. The marriage of Fleetwood and Jenny Boyd was over. John and Christine McVie had divorced. Buckingham and Nicks had also broken up. 
While all of this turmoil was going on, Fleetwood Mac recorded its classic album 'Rumours'...
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