One of my favorite bands of all time is Fleetwood Mac. What makes The Mac so amazing isn’t one particular member. The band is a true sum of its parts. They are the gold standard when it comes to the team effort approach to their songs, albums and live shows. Though they are a chameleon of a band who has evolved and changed over time, they have had their share of chaotic times. But difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations. When the group is in sync with each other, there is no one better.
But what if that wasn’t true? What if Fleetwood Mac only had one singer? The Mac has been known since their early beginnings as a band who has shared vocal duties. But just for fun…what if that wasn’t true? What if they only had one singer? What would an album by Fleetwood Mac sound like? Over the next three days, I want to look at three different versions of The Mac…each one featuring a different singer. What would an album sound like if only Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie or Lindsey Buckingham were the singer? I am not advocating this should be the case…but what if?
Up first, here is the Stevie Nicks version of Fleetwood Mac. I have kept the album to a tight 11 songs, trying to find the best songs that cohesively fit together. It’s an interesting experiment and I’d love to know your thoughts. Listen below.
2014 was filled with 90s superstars, indie rap reinvention, 80s throwbacks, and some of the best EPs to come out in recent memory.
The 55 Best Albums of 2014 (34-44):
34. Nothing - Guilty of Everything
35. D'Angelo - Black Messiah
36. Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right
37. Future Islands - Singles
38. LA Dispute - The Rooms of the House
39. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Pinata
40. Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold
41. Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To An Elegy
42. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
43. Ought - More Than Any Other Day
44. Small Black - Real People EP
We all have our favorites. We all have artists who we follow. We all have artists who we can listen to no matter the album, whether it’s considered their best or their worst. For me that artist is Tom Petty. He has been one of my favorites for over 25 years. He also may be the only artist among my favorites I’ve never seen live. That changed this week. After going through a deeply frustrating personal set-back, one of my best friends came through out of the blue with a free ticket to his show in Anaheim. It could not have come at a better time, and it was exactly what I needed. Tom Petty…40 years a rock n roll star…put on one of the best rock shows I have ever seen. It was big, personal, and filled with every riff I ever wanted to hear out of Petty’s mouth or Campbell’s guitar. Today, I have gratitude that when we get knocked down that our friends are there to pick us up.
One of Petty’s best rock friends is the one and only Stevie Nicks. Many people don’t know that Nicks almost became a member of the Heartbreakers in the 80s. Nicks may have had a massive career in dysfunctional family of Fleetwood Mac but her solo outings were ripe with huge duets and guests that made her equally respected on her own. And with Mike Campbell sneaking into every one of her solo albums, it’s safe to say that she might as well be a Heartbreaker.
Here are the 11 Best Stevie Nicks Team-Ups:
Stand Back w/ Prince (The Wild Heart)
Stop Draggn’ My Heart Around w/ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (Bella Donna)
Whenever I Call You Friend w/ Kenny Loggins (Nightwatch)
I Will Run To You w/ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (The Wild Heart)
Leather and Lace w/ Don Henley (Bella Donna)
Magnet And Steel w/ Walter Egan (Not Shy)
You Can’t Fix This w/ Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffe (Reel To Reel)
Too Far From Texas w/ Natalie Maines (Trouble in Shangri-La)
Sorcerer w/ Marilyn Martin (Streets of Fire)
Everybody Loves You w/ Dave Stewart (In Your Dreams)