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fleeetwood mac  -  Bare trees

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  • Format : Vinyle 33T

  • Etat général : original occasion
  • Etat pochette : VG+ (?)
  • Etat disque : VG+ (?)

  • Label : Reprise
  • Pressage : MS 2080 - US
  • Année : 1972
  • Commentaire : Like a lot of folks, when 1976's "Fleetwood Mac' came out, I was curious about ... Voir plus bas

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Like a lot of folks, when 1976's "Fleetwood Mac' came out, I was curious about the band's earlier catalog. I was living in Belgium at the time and thanks to my buddy Mark Funk (kudos Mark), was introduced to this strange cultural institution - record libraries. Seriously, think along the lines of your conventional book library, except you paid a small fee to join, brought in your record player stylus so they could ensure you weren't going to kill their albums and could then check out a dozen albums at a time.  

One of the first albums I checked out - 1972's "Bare Trees". Unlike lots of folks who were disappointed to learn the earlier albums didn't sound like "Fleetwood Mac", I took a shine to the band's mid-career catalog. In fact, I recorded the album on a cassette (anyone remember those) and use to run cross country practice listening to this album (along with Led Zeppelin). Geez, I wonder how many hours I spent listening to this set ... With Danny Kirwan, Christine McVie and relative newcomer Bob Welch sharing songwriting chores, the album underscored the band's determined move away from their longstanding devotion to all things blues-rock. In fact, compared to those earlier releases, this one came off as a straightforward pop set ... So where to start? Showcasing material from all three writers, side one was as good as anything the band ever recorded; all four songs reflecting strong melodies and tight band dynamics. Kirwan's lead-off 'Child of Mine was particular radio-friendly, as was the McVie rocker 'Homeward Bound'. Maybe due to the fact we equate music to personal experiences, this one's always been evocative of cold, dreary, slightly ominous Fall days ... John McVie's haunting cover photo only added to the aura. 'Course maybe it has something to do with the fact we ran cross country in the Fall when it was typically cold and dark.

"Bare Trees" track listing:
(side 1)
1.) Child of Mine (Danny Kriwan) - 5:09 rating: **** stars
Danny Kirwan's most commercial and accomplished song ? Well, maybe not, but it's certainly one of my favorite performances with a killer rockin' melody, great lead guitar, excellent John McVie bass line, and a nice lead vocal from the man. Very-'70s feel and should have provided the band with a mega FM hit.
2.) The Ghost (Bob Welch) - 3:58 rating: **** stars
If I had to pick one Bob Welch song for a "favorites" collection, it would be 'The Ghost'. Welch seemingly had a longstanding interest in the paranormal, but unlike much of his material, this one actually managed to find a sweet spot between highly commercial melody and slightly ominous feel. Great tune ...
3.) Homeward Bound (Christine McVie) - 3:20 rating: **** stars
'Homeward Bound' was a true rarity - a Christine McVie rocker. Seriously - McVie rocking out. Yeah, her vocals may have been a bit iffy, but it was a nice change-up. Seemingly inspired by the struggles associated with constant touring, this one had some great keyboards and showcased Fleetwood's frequently overlooked drumming. Nice to hear a three lead guitar attack on the fade out ...
4.) Sunny Side of Heaven (instrumental) (Danny Kirwan) - 3:10 rating: **** stars
Showcasing Kirwan's melodic lead guitar, the instrumental 'Sunny Side of Heaven' has always reminded me of a British version of something out of the Allman Brothers catalog. The classy melody is simply haunting.

(side 2)
1.) Bare Trees (Danny Kirwan) - 5:02 rating: **** stars
Another lost FM classic, the rocking title track underscored the band's potent Kirwan-Welch lead guitar line-up (what I wouldn't give to be able to play that riff ...). It also served to showcase what an attractive voice Kirwan had. Far better than Welch. Shame this was his finally album with the band.
2.) Sentimental Lady (Bob Welch) - 4:35 rating: *** stars
A big, pretty ballad, Welch's 'Sentimental Lady' was clearly the album's most commercial offering which is probably why I never cared for it. That said, this version (with Christine McVie on backing vocals), was far better than the retread Welch recorded for his 1977 solo "French Kiss" album. In the States the track was tapped as a single:

- 1972's 'Sentimental Lady' b/w 'Sunny Side of Heaven' (Reprise catalog number REP 1092) 
3.) Danny's Chant (instrumental) (Danny Krwan) - 3:16 rating: *** stars
Kirwan does Jimi Hendrix ... Okay it may not have been the album's standout performance, but I certainly enjoyed the opening feedback section. Unfortunately the wordless chanting section gave the song an unfinished, demo-ish feel. Makes you wonder why they didn't opt to include Kirwan's song 'Trinity' on the album instead (it was a far better song).
4.) Spare Me a Little of Your Love (Christine McVie) - 3:44 rating: *** stars
'Spare Me a Little of Your Love' was a more typical McVie ballad. Typically pretty and showcased her wonderful voice, but lacked the catchiness of some of her other songs and the country bluegrass ending was simply dumb. YouTube has a live 1974 performance of the tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luypNhJBIFw In the UK this track was the single::
- 1972's 'Spare Me A Little of Your Love' b/w 'Sunny Side of Heaven' (Reprise catalog number K 14194)
5.) Dust (Danny Krwan) - 2:41 rating: **** stars
Easily the album's prettiest tune, 'Dust' managed to combine thoughtful lyrics (based on a  Rupert Brooke poem) and a staggeringly pretty melody while underscoring how well Kirwan and McVie's voices blended together. Play this one at a funeral and I'd bet there wouldn't be any dry eyes in the crowd..
6.) Thoughts on a Gray Day (Mrs. Scarrot) - 2:03 rating: * star
The album closed with a brief spoken word [poetry segment credited to Mrs. Scarrot. I'm not a big poetry fans and hearing an elderly lady reading some pretenious prose didn't do a great deal for me, though it apparently was inspirational to Kirwan who apparently wrote the album title track after hearing this original piece of poetry. I guess it had something to do with being English ... beats me.

Probably my favorite pre-Buckingham-Nicks LP and Kirwan's moment in the creative spotlight ... well worth tracking down and you can still find affordable vinyl copies.

Naturally the album was followed by another round of personnel upheavals. With an apparent alcohol problem, his health beginning to fail, and his behavior becoming ever more erratic, Kirwan was fired from the band after he refused to take the stage during a 1972 performance. Bob Weston was brought in as a replacement. For his part Kirwan recorded a series of three obscure mid-'70s solo efforts. By the early 1980s he was divorced and living in the London streets.

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