PART 10: 1974. 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.
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 fellow former member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Peter Green, in 1967. That same year, Jeremy Spencer joined the fledgling group’s line-up.
In 1968, Fleetwood Mac released its debut album. That same year, the group issued 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By 1971, Green and Spencer had been replaced by latest recruits Christine McVie (John’s wife) and Bob Welch. ‘Bare Trees’ followed in 1972, the last album to feature Kirwan. After conflict with Welch, he was dumped. 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, who was sleeping with Fleetwood’s wife Jenny Boyd, was sacked prior to the group’s next album, ‘Heroes Are Hard To Find’ during 1974.
This was the group's last LP with Welch who quit to pursue his solo aspirations. Fleetwood Mac was in search of a new guitarist…
HEROES ARE HARD TO FIND
19SHE’S CHANGING ME
Writer: Bob Welch
20COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER
Writer: Christine McVie