Sound — 9
This incarnation of England's famed Fleetwood Mac would include the addition of two new members of the band from California, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Both of whom had just recorded the Buckingham-Nicks album through Polydor records. That album caught the attention of Mick Fleetwood, who offered a membership to Buckingham. Refusing to join unless his musical counterpart and girlfriend be allowed to join as well, Buckingham made big Mac cave in and allow both in. This would prove to be the smartest move he and co-founder John McVie would ever make as the line-up would sell over 100 million records worldwide over the course of the next 35 years. The American/California influence wouldn't come into full force until their follow up in 1977 with Rumours. For this review I listened to the 2004 deluxe edition. The album is 35 years old but the original master tapes must be flawless because the sound on the disc is amazing. Unlike the old disc from the 90's, which often sounded flat and void of texture. There's no hissing or pops in the background. You'll find that you'll be very comfortable in playing this in your car or home without fear of too much manual volume manipulation as it as all been equalized
Lyrics — 9
This lineup of Fleetwood Mac would split song singing duties between three talented and unique people. Buckingham gets the rock songs in Monday Morning, Blue Letter, I'm So Afraid and World Turning. Christine McVie who usually gets the love songs would give the band one of its bigger hits on the album with "Say You Love me" and Stevie Nicks begins her ascension to rock sorceress with the mystical "Rhiannon" and "Landslide" (which is incomparable). "Crystal" appears from the Buckingham-Nicks album in a more focused and tightly constructed operatic piece.
Overall Impression — 9
This album often gets overlooked when compared to Rumours or even Tango in the Night. It's a totally different perspective, band and sound than what was established in the 60's and early 70's with the Peter Green blues jam stuff. The album has Rhiannon and Landslide which together will stand as a testament to how great Stevie Nicks is as a songwriter, singer and stage performer. As a whole, the album is great and a interesting way to break the ice before their mammoth hit would fill the airwaves two years later.