ARTIST: Fleetwood Mac
TITLE: Mr. Wonderful
YEAR RELEASED: 1968
CHART ACTION: #10 UK
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They cover Dust My Broom and Coming Home by Elmore James.
LINEUP: Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood plus Christine Perfect and a horn section.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The blues – original blues as performed by one of the best UK blues bands going at the time. Somehow, though, it doesn’t quite work.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Fleetwood Mac was kind of a big deal in the blues-hungry UK album buying crowd at this time, and Peter Green and company put this album out to greet success.
Still, though it’s not so good. Many of the songs are similar in nature and tone, the production is rough, and it just sounds rushed. Over here in the states, they released a compilation called English Rose which had some of the best tracks here and other odds and sods.
The worst tracks here just seem listless, with poor vocal mixes, a sound like they were playing in a club and not a studio and maybe some indifferent playing – as the band knew they had to knock out a product.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This is the last release streaming (except for a couple of compilations) before the big breakthrough. So to review I’ll go to what I have saved and / or You Tube. UPDATE – Most everything is streaming now.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with some bonus tracks that aren’t needed.
GRADE: C: Fleetwood Mac completitsts (which is hard since most of their early and mid career stuff isn’t streaming) only. EXILED.