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Fleetwood Mac: Live at the BBC (DVD-A)

5.1 Entertainment // DVD Audio // January 14, 2003
List Price: $29.95 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Jason Bovberg | posted August 4, 2003 | E-mail the Author

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 band— composed of Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer, and Danny Kirwan—blared 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 music—and 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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