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Fleetwood Mac: Then Play On

Then Play On

(Fleetwood Mac)
Release Date: 
Friday, September 20, 2013

Before Fleetwood Mac became the popular pop rock band in the 70's and 80's, they were a popular blues/rock band. Right before Peter Green, the founder of the band, left Fleetwood Mac, they put out their third album called Then Play On. The album was originally release in the Summer of 1969 and since then it has been put onto other forms such as record, tape, and CD's and now after 44 years Then Play On gets remastered with 4 bonus tracks added to the CD. With a total of 18 tracks this album has a playing time of 1.1 hours, I wasn't needing to hit repeat as quickly as I do with a lot of albums.
Then Play On is not the Fleetwood Mac band that I'm familiar with. Sure I've heard a few of the songs before they became a pop rock band of the 70's and 80's that made them a popular household name. But the blues rock songs that I have heard where only for that moment and then it was over with and forgotten. This is a completely different band that I'm used to, which it's really is almost a different band considering that some of the band members playing on Then Play On were no longer with the band when they did become a popular pop radio band.
Not as great of an album as I was expecting though from the band Fleetwood Mac. One thing that I noticed, and this goes with and kind of against the playing time, is that some of the songs just dwell on. It felt like they where trying to go for this spacey sound where it makes their music feel like it's a thought out art piece but all it ended up being was a bit long and at times a little boring. The instruments where only played at a ok level, better than average players but for a band like Fleetwood Mac I was expecting more, especially from Peter Green who is one of the top 100 guitarists. Having the bonus tracks was nice but for someone like me who has never heard the original album without the bonus tracks, having them is no real bonus. They are good, Oh Well was one of my most liked on the album because it didn't get drug along, well at least not part 1, part 2 was over 5 minutes of instrumental that got boring by minute 2. Then Play On is ok, not great, not too impressive, and for being a remastered album it almost sounds like there was still some of the scratching from the record only dulled down to be low. The music does get a little boring, it is a long album, and though I did like it, I wasn't impressed with it either.

Lee Roberts
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