Jo V. (Jo) from BOISE, ID Reviewed on 8/19/2006...
Great Fleetwood Mac from their years between being a blues band and the advent of Stevie and Lindsey.
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The Great Lost Mac Album
Johnny Bacardi | Horse Cave, KY United States | 06/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Recorded at was probably the lowest point, both professionally and personally (well, I suppose there were some lower personal lows to come, mostly involving people who weren't in the band when this was in the works), this effort by the Mac is mostly ignored and regarded as slight by almost everybody. Except me.Although there is a fair amount of filler here-mostly courtesy of Bob Welch whose outer-space fixation had become a bit of an annoyance by 1974-many of these songs contain some of the strongest melodies and arrangements that Christine AND Welch ever did. Stripped down to a four-piece by this time, there's an resigned air of "Let's give it all we got one more time" on this one.Bob Welch's best here, Angel, is a tad lugubrious but builds up a nice head of steam with an insistent chunck-a chunck-a rhythm guitar and gives this tale of another of his many ethereal inamoratas some serious weight...it presages the music his subsequent band, Paris, made. Silver Heels name drops Paul McCartney and Etta James and is a fun, rocking little number, and She's Changing Me has a nice melody and great BV's by Christine. Bermuda Triangle is a bit wan and murky but rocks agreeably enough.And, of course, Ms. McVie is in very fine form, with the gorgeous Prove Your Love shining through. The title cut also has a nice melody and an air of confident grace; and Come A Little Bit Closer is another of those yearning love songs that made her reputation.Heroes Are Hard to Find is no classic, but is a lot better effort than people gave it credit for. And of course, got lost in the shuffle when the Lindsey/Stevie tidal wave hit...if you're curious at all about pre-Buckingham/Nicks Mac, then by all means give this one a shot...it's an underrated gem."
Safe Harbour before the Pop Storm
J. Collins | 01/03/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The title of this album should have been switched with that of the previous, "Mystery To Me," if for no other reason than it's a mystery how the group kept going despite all the hassles they faced at the time. The strain shows, but both Chris and Bob met the challenge and wrote an album's worth of tunes that stick with the listener.The overall sound is a bit murky, which should not be confused with "mystical" or any of the adjectives commonly associated with Bob's love of the paranormal. In the case of the title tune, this is a benefit; the blare of the backing horns annoys more than it complements the song. I should mention that Chris's song itself is quite catchy...it's the arrangement that is lacking. Three Bob Welch compositions follow, and two of them have postive impact. "Angel" is the hardest rocker he ever conributed to the Mac songbook, laced with a sense of longing and regret that should move any attentive listener. "Bermuda Triangle" is less effective, especially in light of similar offerings from Welch's personal songbook.Chris scores her first direct hit on this album with "Come A Little Bit Closer," a gorgeous piano-driven tune with soaring strings and pedal steel. On the album's flip, "Bad Loser" kicks in with a feisty rhythm track and insinuating guitar licks, as Chris denounces the title character. "Prove Your Love" would have benefitted from a quicker pace, but the emotional impact of her singing adds a wistful resonance to a familiar theme.Welch's songs from the "B" side are pretty good, though only "She's Changing Me" is a pleasant (almost country-rock) departure. "Silver Heels" has Pop hooks out the wazoo, though his voice isn't really suited to the task. "Born Enchanter" is jazzy mood music without a sense of direction. "Safe Harbour" closes the album with graceful instrumentation and haunting melody, not unlike Bob Weston's "Caught In the Rain," or even Danny Kirwan's "Sunny Side of Heaven.""Heroes.." is more impressive as a statement of group solidarity and grace under pressure than as an album of Pop Rock...but the musical pleasure it provides can't be denied."
Johnny Bacardi | 05/02/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The mysteriously moody semi-instrumental piece, "Coming Home," is one of Fleetwood Mac's all-time best. Yet virtually no one remembers Bob Welch, then guitarist for the band and author of this gem. He gave the band their mysterious aura before Stevie Nicks sang songs about a Welsh Witch, how appropriate. His songs, by themselves, are good enough to justify this, when one adds Mr. Fleetwood, still the best drummer in rock music. But let us not forget Christine Perfect McVie. Of all her material, and I used to have the 'Christine Perfect Album' from before she joined Fleetwood Mac, three of her four songs, particularly the brassy title track and the sunset glory of "Prove Your Love," have set a standard which she has never matched since. More fans should love this album. Why they do not is a mystery to me. (Snicker!)"
Fleetwood Mac looses steam
J. Collins | 01/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Heroes Are Hard To Find is the final album to feature Bob Welch. And he goes out with a bang too contributing to most of the songs off the album. Welch highlights are Angel (not the Nicks version later on Tusk), Coming Home (very spacey semi-instrumental),Bermuda Triangle, Steel Heels, and the instrumental closer Safe Harbour.Christine McVie contributes to the chipper title track, the soft Come A Little Bit Closer as well as the poppy Prove Your Love.Bottom Line: Not a great album, but certainlly better than Penguin. You do get a sense that the band was losing steam or burning out by this point and they needed some new fresh ideas. Enter Stevie and Linsdey"
The return of the "Real" Fleetwood Mac!
Greg St Martin | Portland, OR | 01/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The release of Heroes Are Hard To FInd was a triumph for the band after an unbelievable two year period of upheaval. During the planning of a 1973 U.S. tour, Mick Fleetwood's divorce forced him to withdraw and the band agreed to postpone. Clifford Davis, the band's manager, claimed he owned the name Fleetwood Mac and booked the tour using a horrible London bar band. The real Fleetwood Mac sued and won, moving to Los Angeles to record this triumphant album. Listening to it from the perspective of appreciating the work of FM to come back at all and with a such a swagger in Christine McVie's title song was thrilling then and now. Unfortunately, the under recognized Bob Welch left the band after completing the excellent promotional tour. His unique style and songwriting were all over this amazing record. His dreamscape reworking of Elmore James' Coming Home, rhythmic Bermuda Triangle and jazz infused Born Enchanter gave a very diverse sound anchored by Christine's classic Come A Little Bit Closer. A very under recognized album by a gifted Fleetwood Mac line-up that deserved greater appreciation and a longer career."