• Fleetwood Mac - Bare Trees
    (Reprise Records  1972  K44181)
    Matrix No's: A1/B1 - UK Pressing

    Vinyl in Nr MINT/Excellent+ condition
    (there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don't affect the sound quality apart from some light pops/crackles - light click at the start of side 2 - Side 1 NM Side 2 EX+)

    Sleeve in Excellent/Very Good+ condition

    - some wear to edges - sticker tear in top right corner - some ringwear on back

    Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, formed in London in 1967. Fleetwood Mac were founded by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Jeremy Spencer, before bassist John McVie joined the lineup for their self-titled debut album. Danny Kirwan joined as a third guitarist in 1968. Keyboardist Christine Perfect, who contributed as a session musician from the second album, married McVie and joined in 1970.

    Primarily a British blues band, Fleetwood Mac scored a UK number one with "Albatross", and had other hits such as the singles "Oh Well" and "Man of the World". All three guitarists left in succession during the early 1970s, to be replaced by guitarists Bob Welch and Bob Weston and vocalist Dave Walker. By 1974, all three of them had either departed or been dismissed, leaving the band without a male lead vocalist or guitarist. In late 1974, while Fleetwood was scouting studios in Los Angeles, he was introduced to American folk-rock duo Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood Mac soon asked Buckingham to be their new lead guitarist, and Buckingham agreed on condition that Nicks would also join the band.

    The addition of Buckingham and Nicks gave the band a more pop rock sound, and their 1975 self-titled album, Fleetwood Mac, reached No. 1 in the United States. Rumours (1977), Fleetwood Mac's second album after the arrival of Buckingham and Nicks, produced four U.S. Top 10 singles and remained at number one on the American albums chart for 31 weeks. It also reached the top spot in various countries around the world and won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978. Rumours has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums in history. The band went through personal turmoil while recording the album, as both the romantic partnerships in the band (one being John and Christine McVie, and the other being Buckingham and Nicks) separated while continuing to make music together.

    The band's personnel remained stable through three more studio albums, but by the late 1980s began to disintegrate. After Buckingham and Nicks each left the band, they were replaced by a number of other guitarists and vocalists. A 1993 one-off performance for the first inauguration of Bill Clinton featured the lineup of Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Nicks, and Buckingham back together for the first time in six years. A full reunion occurred four years later, and the group released their fourth U.S. No. 1 album, The Dance (1997), a live compilation of their hits, also marking the 20th anniversary of Rumours. Christine McVie left the band in 1998, but continued to work with the band in a session capacity. Meanwhile, the group remained together as a four-piece, releasing their most recent studio album, Say You Will, in 2003. Christine McVie rejoined the band full-time in 2014. In 2018, Buckingham was fired from the band and was replaced by Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House.

    Fleetwood Mac have sold more than 120 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands. In 1979, the group were honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1998 the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2018, the band received the MusiCares Person of the Year award by The Recording Academy in recognition of their artistic achievement in the music industry and dedication to philanthropy.

    Bare Trees is the sixth studio album by British rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1972. This is their last album to feature Danny Kirwan, who was fired during the album's supporting tour. In the wake of the band's success in the mid-70s, Bare Trees peaked at No. 70 and achieved Gold status in 1976 and was later certified platinum for selling a million copies.

    The album features the original version of "Sentimental Lady", which was later re-recorded by its composer Bob Welch (with Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham backing him) for his solo album French Kiss. "Spare Me a Little of Your Love" became a staple of the band's live act from 1972–77.

    "Trinity", a Danny Kirwan song, was an outtake from the album that was subsequently released in 1992 on the 25 Years – The Chain box set. His "Sunny Side of Heaven" was an instrumental, which, at the time, was mixed in with some radio station sign-offs.

    The lyrics for Kirwan's composition "Dust" were taken from a poem by Rupert Brooke.

    "Spare Me a Little of Your Love" was also covered by Johnny Rivers on his studio album "New Lovers and Old Friends" in 1975, the same year that Fleetwood Mac broke through in the United States with their self-titled album.

    "Thoughts on a Grey Day" is a poem read by an elderly woman, Mrs Scarrott, who lived near the band's communal home in southern England.

    Track listing

    Side one  
    No. Title Writer(s) Length  
    1. "Child of Mine"   Danny Kirwan 5:09
    2. "The Ghost"   Bob Welch 3:58
    3. "Homeward Bound"   Christine McVie 3:20
    4. "Sunny Side of Heaven"   Kirwan 3:10
    Side two  
    No. Title Writer(s) Length  
    1. "Bare Trees"   Kirwan 5:02
    2. "Sentimental Lady"   Welch 4:35
    3. "Danny's Chant"   Kirwan 3:16
    4. "Spare Me a Little of Your Love"   C. McVie 3:44
    5. "Dust"   Kirwan 2:41
    6. "Thoughts on a Grey Day"   Mrs Scarrott 1:46

    Credits

    Fleetwood Mac

    • Danny Kirwan – guitar, vocals
    • Bob Welch – guitar, vocals
    • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
    • John McVie – bass guitar
    • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion

    Additional personnel

    • "Special thanks to Mrs Scarrott for her readings, recorded at her home in Hampshire."

    Production

    • Producer: Fleetwood Mac
    • Engineer: Martin Birch
    • Remix engineer: Bob Hughes
    • Remastering: Lee Herschberg
    • Cover photo by John McVie
    • Recorded at DeLane Lea Music Centre
    • Remixed at Record Plant Studios

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    FLEETWOOD MAC - BARE TREES LP - Nr MINT/EXC+ A1/B1 UK

    • Product Code: K44181
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    • £31.99

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