Fleetwood Mac (1975 album)

Fleetwood Mac is the tenth studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 11 July 1975 by Reprise Records. It was the band's second eponymous album, the first being their 1968 debut album. Among Fleetwood Mac fans, the album is often referred to as The White Album.[12] This is the first Fleetwood Mac album with Lindsey Buckingham as guitarist and Stevie Nicks as vocalist, after Bob Welch departed the band in late 1974. The album was also the band's last to be released on the Reprise label until 1997's The Dance (the band's subsequent albums until then were released through Warner Bros. Records, Reprise's parent company).

Fleetwood Mac
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Studio album by
Released11 July 1975
RecordedJanuary–February 1975
StudioSound City Studios, Van Nuys, California
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Heroes Are Hard to Find
Fleetwood Mac
Singles from Fleetwood Mac
  1. "Over My Head"
    Released: 24 September 1975 (US)[3]
  2. "Warm Ways"
    Released: September 1975 (UK)
  3. "Rhiannon"
    Released: February 1976 (US)
  4. "Say You Love Me"
    Released: June 1976 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Blender4/5 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA[6]
Mojo4/5 stars[2]
Q4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[9]
The Village VoiceA−[11]

The album peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart dated 4 September 1976, 58 weeks after entering the chart.[13] The album also spawned three top twenty singles: "Over My Head", "Rhiannon" and "Say You Love Me", the last two falling just short of the top ten, both at number 11. The album was certified seven times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over seven million copies.[14] The album eventually peaked at number 23 on the UK Albums Chart[15] but was a prelude to a run of hugely successful albums for the band in Britain, including four number ones: Rumours, Tusk, Tango in the Night and Behind the Mask.[16]


In 1974, Fleetwood Mac relocated from England to California to manage the band's affairs better.[17] In California, they recorded another album, Heroes Are Hard to Find, and set out on tour. Shortly after finishing the tour, Bob Welch (guitarist, singer, and composer) left the band, ending Fleetwood Mac's ninth lineup in eight years,[18] to join the band Paris.[17] Now looking for both a new guitarist and a recording studio, Mick Fleetwood met with producer Keith Olsen at Sound City Studios to listen to some demos.[17][18] There, Olsen played Fleetwood an album he had recently engineered, titled Buckingham Nicks.[17] Fleetwood particularly enjoyed the guitar solo on the song "Frozen Love",[18] and decided to hire both Olsen and the guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham.[17] However, Buckingham would not accept Fleetwood's offer unless he agreed to also hire Buckingham's musical and romantic partner, Stevie Nicks.[18] After an informal interview at a Mexican restaurant, Mick Fleetwood invited both Buckingham and Nicks to join the band.[18] Within three months, the band had recorded the album Fleetwood Mac.[18] The band's tenth lineup proved to be their most successful. However at the time, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were close to breaking up when they joined the band.[18] This tension ultimately helped inspire the band's next album, Rumours.[17]

During the recording sessions, bassist John McVie took offence to Buckingham's assertive nature in the studio, particularly when telling other members what he wanted them to play. McVie informed Buckingham that this would not be tolerated. "The band you're in is Fleetwood Mac. I'm the Mac. And I play the bass".[19]

Many of the songs on Fleetwood Mac were written before Buckingham and Nicks joined the band. "Rhiannon", "I'm So Afraid", and "Monday Morning" were written and performed live by the duo and were initially slated to appear on a second Buckingham Nicks album. "Crystal" was recycled from the first Buckingham Nicks album, but with a different arrangement.[20]

Promotion and releaseEdit

Fleetwood Mac was released on 11 July 1975.[18][21] Though the band only experienced modest success immediately after the release, they were determined to promote their new album.[18] After touring doggedly for several months, the band started seeing the results of their hard work.[18] In an interview with Uncut, Stevie Nicks said of the album: "We just played everywhere and we sold that record. We kicked that album in the ass."[18] Fifteen months after the release of Fleetwood Mac, the album climbed to the top of the US charts.[18]

All singles from Fleetwood Mac are remixes (and occasional outright alternate takes, as in the case of "Over My Head"), noticeably different from the album versions, as included on the 2004 re-issue. A 'single mix' was also created for "Blue Letter" and this version was originally only available as the B-side to the "Warm Ways" single from 1975.[16]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 182 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time",[22] maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list.[23]

Like all of the band's studio albums except The Dance (1997), the front cover photo does not show the whole band.[24] That of Fleetwood Mac depicts only drummer Mick Fleetwood and bass guitarist John McVie.


"Warm Ways" was the first single lifted from the album in 1975 in the UK.[16] It was not released as a single in the United States, where "Over My Head" was released instead. Initially, the album generated limited interest in the UK, as the first three singles released by the new lineup failed to chart. "Say You Love Me" charted on the UK Singles Chart and it reached number 40[15] Following the massive success of Rumours two years later, interest in the band re-ignited and Fleetwood Mac was re-released in 1978, along with the single "Rhiannon" which peaked just outside the top 40 at number 46.[16] In the United States, the album spawned three top twenty singles: "Over My Head", "Rhiannon" and "Say You Love Me", the last two falling just short of the top ten, both at number 11.

A live version of "Landslide" was eventually released as a single in the US in 1998 after it became one of the most popular tracks from the live reunion album The Dance. It reached number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[16]

Commercial performanceEdit

Fleetwood Mac debuted at number 183 on the US Billboard 200 chart dated 2 August 1975.[25] The album eventually reached its peak at number one on the chart dated 4 September 1976, which was 58 weeks after entering the chart.[13] On 11 September 2018, the album was certified seven times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over seven million copies in the United States.[14]

In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 49 on the UK Albums Chart dated 6 November 1976.[26] It then peaked at number 23 in its second week on the chart.[27] On 5 July 1978, the album was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of over 100,000 copies in the UK.[28]

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Monday Morning"Lindsey BuckinghamBuckingham2:48
2."Warm Ways"Christine McVieC. McVie3:54
3."Blue Letter"
  • Michael Curtis
  • Richard Curtis
4."Rhiannon"Stevie NicksNicks4:11
5."Over My Head"C. McVieC. McVie3:38
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Say You Love Me"C. McVieC. McVie4:11
3."World Turning"
  • C. McVie
  • Buckingham
  • C. McVie
  • Buckingham
4."Sugar Daddy"C. McVieC. McVie4:10
5."I'm So Afraid"BuckinghamBuckingham4:22


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Additional personnel




Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[37] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[38] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 7× Platinum 7,000,000 

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

See alsoEdit


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