Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Then Play on
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: FLEETWOOD MAC Title: THEN PLAY ON Street Release Date: 05/10/1988
No Description Available
No Track Information Available
Media Type: CD
Artist: FLEETWOOD MAC
Title: THEN PLAY ON
Street Release Date: 05/10/1988
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Larry L. Looney | Austin, Texas USA | 06/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...remember when Fleetwood Mac was still a blues band? Before Buckingham and Nicks came along to water down the group's sound into a syrupy pop outfit that cranked out one album of lowest common denominator top 40 music after another? For anyone who has never heard the band in the early years, nearer their origins, the experience could come as a shock. There's a lot to be said for the argument that the band should have changed their name when they took that radical turn into pop music......but this album is near the beginning, and it's a joyful experience. The amazing Peter Green (guitar, vocals), the steady rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood (drums) and John McVie (bass), all fresh from some serious schooling in the ranks of the legendary John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, formed Fleetwood Mac in 1967, joined by guitarist Jeremy Spencer, and, just before this set was recorded, guitarist Danny Kirwan. Their first couple of albums [FLEETWOOD MAC (1967) and MR.WONDERFUL (1968)] were well-received by critics and fans alike in theie native UK -- with THEN PLAY ON, the band began to expand their songwriting horizons, while remaining true to their blues roots.The guitar work from the triumvirate of Green/Spencer/Kirwan is stunning, as are their vocals -- each infusing his own compositions with a unique personality, yet fitting into the overall sound of the band at the same time. There are some memorable unbeat, rockin' tunes here -- but what stands out for me after all of these years are the slower, moodier pieces -- vocals and instrumentals alike.Green's 'Closing my eyes', the second track on the album, is one of the most heartfelt expressions of loneliness and despair I've ever heard -- but it's not maudlin. He can sing '...one day I'll die -- maybe then I'll be with you' and it doesn't come across as trite for even a second. Danny Kirwan contributes three tunes in this laid-back but strongly emotional vein as well: 'Although the sun is shining' has an achingly beautiful, unusual chord progression -- 'When you say' and 'Like crying' are gems as well. The instrumentals -- Kirwan's 'My dream', Green's 'Underway', are things of beauty, and the two jams 'Searching for Madge' and 'Fighting for Madge' allow the bandmembers to stretch out a bit in a more upbeat vein.There are rockers here as well -- notably two classics from Peter Green, the classic 'Oh well' (presented here in its entirety, it didn't even appear on the original lp except as a bonus 7" included in early copies) and the playfully nasty 'Rattlesnake shake' (I remember that the 'underground' FM station in my home town wouldn't even play this track -- they were SO adventurous).This is a truly classic recording -- from the band's finest hour. It's no RUMOURS -- and that's a good thing...!"
HORRENDOUS CORPORATE DISRESPECT FOR A CLASSIC RECORDING!
BOB | LOS ANGELES, CA | 03/19/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
Yes, Warner Brothers, I mean you.
With all of the advances in remastering technology over the life of the CD format, you should be ashamed to offer such a classic recording that sounds this bad. And that is why I'm giving a one-star rating to a five-star album.
Imagine my dismay when I slipped this great album into my CD player, cued up "Oh, Well", and was greeting with the tinniest, noisiest (hiss), most distorted and worst sounding presentation of this song I've ever heard. Whatever master this travesty was spawned from sounds many times removed from the original recording.
Granted, the original recording has inherent noise and distortion, but even the LP I had back in the 70's sounded better than this. And the technology certainly exists, and has existed for years, to bring this wonderful recording properly into the digital domain.
To properly judge how bad this CD sounds, all one has to do is A/B "Oh, Well" from "Then" against the remastered single version on the now-defunct "The Chain" box set.
This is a textbook example of why consumers have complained about the CD format for so long. In this case, this is horrible neglect of a classic recording, and a pathetic corporate culture at Warner's in refusing to utilize modern technology to improve the listening experience for the consumer for almost 30 years.
WB, where is your soul? When exactly did you lose it (maybe that black day 25+ years ago when you fired Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison and a host of talented others in the same day?). Haven't you sold enough copies of "Rumors" alone to afford to properly re-master this classic?
But then again, I am speaking to the company who has steadfastedly refused to bring its catalog into the digital age until the late 90's - over two decades since the introduction of the CD format.
As I said before, Warner Brothers, you should be ashamed. You dishonor your company, the artists whose true genius cannot be fully (audibly) appreciated, and the legacy of the pioneers of your company who found and nurtured those artists, all for the sake of the allmighty buck."
Still incredible but lousy mastering job
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 09/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Then Play On" was Peter Green's masterpiece fronting Fleetwood Mac. Featuring the amazing "Oh Well", "Rattlesnake Shake" and other classic Green songs, it continues to improve with time. While I appreciate Eric Clapton and can marvel at Jeff Beck, Green was THE BEST blues guitarist to come out the UK. Complimented by Jeremey Spencer and Danny Kirwan, this three pronged guitat attack greated one of the most powerful incarnations of the Mac and that's saying something considering how many variations the band has gone through over the years.
Bluesy, soulful and, at times, heartbreaking, "Then Play On" sounds horrible on this CD issued by Warner. Clearly the mastertapes weren't used here and this album which was mastered back in 1987 is in desperate need of remastering. It also might help to restore some of the material released on the original UK version of the album. I'd suggest re-releasing this great album with its original line up and bonus tracks. I'd love to hear "The Green Manalishi" added and remastered for this set (the boxed set "The Chain" has that and more. Sadly, that version has only the first half of "Oh Well" which was the A side of the original single).