The original Fleetwood Mac was nothing like the Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac you're probably familiar with. Far from the Top 40 mainstay of the 80s and 90s, the original bandó composed of Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer, and Danny Kirwanóblared out a strange amalgam of Buddy Holly oldies, down-home blues, serious rock, and silliness. Not many listeners know about the funky origins of this band, but this Live at the BBC disc serves as a kind of time capsule.
The original Fleetwood Mac enjoyed success in the late 1960s by trying their hands at several styles of musicóand doing it well. The tracks on this disc were recorded for the BBC over numerous sessions, culminating with a final performance in which the band had already begun to change toward its later incarnations. The music styles throughout the many tracks are so varied that you might get the sense that the band didn't have a distinct "voice." But you also get the feeling that these guys were having a blast.
Here's the many-faceted track listing:
1. Rattlesnake Shake
HOW'S IT SOUND?
5.1 Entertainment presents Fleetwood Mac: Live at the BBC in both 24-bit/96KHz DVD Audio and 24-bit/48KHz Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. To get the most out of this disc, you'll need a DVD Audio decoder, but you can play it on any DVD player to hear the Dolby mix.
Honestly, I couldn't detect a huge leap in quality between tracks. The performances have lost a great deal of fidelity through the years, and the sound comes across as hollow and thin. There's not a whole lot of depth here, and I can't imagine this presentation sounding much better than the original 2-disc CD release. Surround activity is minimal.