Mick Fleetwood – Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography Book Review

Book Review: Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography by Mick Fleetwood

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Nice, reflective memoir from Mr Fleetwood

I enjoyed this book, nice to see that the Fleetwood Mac story (from Mick’s perspective) brought up to date, the book did allocate the nearly fifty percent to the early years before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the band and really over covered the years post-1990 in the last third of the book, this was a surprise as Mick’s previous book covered up to 1990, but I guess he felt that he needed to tell this story again.

The pre-1990 section could be seen as a duplicate, but I felt that the story was told with a fresher sense of perspective, probably as it included information from Mick’s first wife Jenny Boyd that took the story in a slightly different direction with more emphasis on regrets and acknowledged the dysfunctional family life as opposed to the just being focused on Fleetwood Mac.

The later section that dealt with the post-1990 band was a little rushed, many years were skipped and as this timeframe is really lacking in print, this was a missed opportunity, the book was finished bang up to date with Christine McVie re-joining the band and Fleetwood Mac being out on the road again.

All in all, a good read for a fan of the band, or for a casual observer of Fleetwood Mac and Mick Fleetwood.

Four Stars out of Five

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Stevie Nicks – Beauty and the Beast (live 1986 Radio Broadcast) Review

Album Review: Beauty and the Beast (live 1986 Radio Broadcast) by Stevie Nicks

Poor Sound, but it is a bootleg after all….

71rTySi5VRL._SL1064_I was gifted this CD as an Xmas present and was curious hear the quality of this set, I did not expect a stellar live recording and my fears were as expected fully justified, the sound quality is poor for a ‘supposed’ official release (would rate this a B+ in the bootleg world) and the packaging is pretty average.

If you want to hear Stevie singing live I would suggest the official Soundstage set from 2009 is worth your hard-earned money, not this set that is really only a bootleg and i do wonder how the publishers get hold of these recordings and are allowed to sell them via Amazon, I suspect Ms Nicks sees nothing of the royalties here. Also bear in mind that if you look hard enough online or engage with Stevie Nicks fans online, I dare say that this recording (and others) exist as bootlegs that can normally be sourced for free.

Two stars out of five

Track List

1. Outside The Rain
2. Dreams
3. Talk To Me
4. I Need To Know
5. Beauty and the Beast
6. Leather and Lace
7. Stand Back
8. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
9. How Still My Love
10. Edge of Seventeen
11. Rhiannon

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