Fleetwood Mac: Live at the BBC (DVD-A)
5.1 Entertainment // DVD Audio // $29.95 // January 14, 2003
Review by Jason Bovberg | posted August 3, 2003
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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
2. Sandy Mary
3. Believe My Time Ain't Long
4. Although the Sun Is Shining
5. Only You
6. You Never Know What You're Missing
7. Oh Well
8. Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
9. Jenny Lee
10. Heavenly
11. When Will I Be Loved?
12. When I See My Baby
13. Buddy's Song
14. Honey Hush
15. Preachin'
16. Jumping at Shadows
17. Preachin' Blues
18. Need Your Love So Bad
19. Long Grey Mare
20. Sweet Home Chicago
21. Baby Please Set a Date
22. Blues with a Feeling
23. Stop Messing 'Round
24. Tallahassee Lassie
25. Hang on to a Dream
26. Linda
27. Mean Mistreatin' Mama
28. World Keep On Turning
29. I Can't Hold Out
30. Early Morning Come
31. Albatross
32. Looking for Somebody
33. A Fool No More
34. Got to Move
35. Like Crying Like Dying
36. Man of the World

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.



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