Live (Fleetwood Mac album)

Live is a double live album released by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac on 5 December 1980.[5] It was the first live album from the then-current line-up of the band, and the next would be The Dance from 1997. The album was certified gold (500,000 copies sold) by the RIAA in November 1981.[6] A deluxe edition of the album was released on 9 April 2021.[7]

Live album by
Released5 December 1980
Recorded17 October 1975 – 4 September 1980
LabelWarner Bros.
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauC+[2]
Rolling Stone[3]
Record Mirror[4]

Live consists of recordings taken primarily from the 1979–1980 Tusk Tour and a Buckingham Nicks track, "Don't Let Me Down Again", from the 1975 Fleetwood Mac Tour. The deluxe edition also includes a few recordings from the earlier Rumours Tour of 1977 and the later Mirage Tour of 1982. According to the liner notes, two songs were recorded at a Paris soundcheck and three at a performance at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium "for an audience of friends and road crew".

Background edit

Drummer Mick Fleetwood had originally suggested that the band release a live album at the time of the Rumours tour, although the band decided against it, with recording engineer Richard Dashut arguing that it would interfere with the band's in-studio identity. The band still recorded over 400 shows from 1975-79 in case they changed their minds. At the conclusion of the Tusk tour, Fleetwood brought up the idea again, and this time the band agreed despite Buckingham's and John McVie's initial reservations.[8]

Of particular note are three new songs—Christine McVie's "One More Night", Stevie Nicks's "Fireflies", and a well-harmonized backstage rendition of the Beach Boys' "The Farmer's Daughter". The latter two were released as singles; "Fireflies" reached the top 60 in the US, while "The Farmer's Daughter" reached the top 10 in Austria. "Fireflies" was Nicks' rumination on the tumultuous recording of the Tusk album and her observance that the band stayed intact nevertheless. Her lyrics referred to band members as the "five fireflies".[citation needed]

"The Farmer's Daughter" appears to have been recorded at The Village Recorders studio where Tusk was recorded despite the liner notes—it appears in the Tusk re-release of 2004 nearly identical sans crowd noise. Various similar takes from a recording session have emerged on bootlegs, and at least two separate vocal tracks featuring Nicks can be heard on the version released on Live.[citation needed] The band covered "Farmer's Daughter" at the request of Buckingham, who deemed the Brian Wilson tune obscure enough to include on the album.[9] "Don't Let Me Down Again" is a song from the Buckingham Nicks album and was recorded earlier than the rest of the tracks; the recording was made in 1975 in Passaic.

Also notable are three Lindsey Buckingham guitar showcases. The first, "I'm So Afraid", was popular as a concert finale during this period. The second was Buckingham's take on former Mac guitarist Peter Green's signature number, "Oh Well" (originally a 1969 single release). The third was "Monday Morning", a popular concert opener during this period.

Track listing edit

Side one
1."Monday Morning"Lindsey Buckingham2/3/80, Budokan Hall, Tokyo3:51
2."Say You Love Me"Christine McVie8/25/80, Kansas Coliseum, Wichita4:18
3."Dreams"Stevie Nicks6/14/80, Palais de Sport, Paris (soundcheck)4:18
4."Oh Well"Peter Green11/5/79, Checker Dome, St. Louis3:23
5."Over & Over"Christine McVie8/22/80, Myriad, Oklahoma City5:01
Total length:21:20
Side two
1."Sara"Stevie Nicks11/5/79, Checker Dome, St. Louis7:23
2."Not That Funny"Lindsey Buckingham5/21/80, Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland9:04
3."Never Going Back Again"Lindsey Buckingham8/28/80, McKale Center, Tucson4:13
4."Landslide"Stevie Nicks6/25/80, Wembley Arena, London4:33
Total length:25:14
Side three
1."Fireflies"Stevie Nicks9/4/80, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica (for crew and friends)4:37
2."Over My Head"Christine McVie8/24/80, Kemper Arena, Kansas City3:27
3."Rhiannon"Stevie Nicks6/26/80, Wembley Arena, London7:43
4."Don't Let Me Down Again" (from Buckingham Nicks, 1973)Lindsey Buckingham10/17/75, Capitol Theater, Passaic3:57
5."One More Night"Christine McVie9/3/80, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica (for crew and friends)3:43
Total length:23:33
Side four
1."Go Your Own Way"Lindsey Buckingham5/21/80, Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland5:44
2."Don't Stop"Christine McVie6/14/80, Palais de Sport, Paris (soundcheck)4:05
3."I'm So Afraid"Lindsey Buckingham5/20/80, Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland8:28
4."Farmer's Daughter"9/4/80, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica (for crew and friends)2:25
Total length:20:47
2021 super deluxe edition
1."Second Hand News"Lindsey Buckingham10/21/82, The Forum, Inglewood3:52
2."The Chain"
5/20/80, Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland6:50
3."Think About Me"Christine McVie8/24/80, Kemper Arena, Kansas City3:09
4."What Makes You Think You're the One"Lindsey Buckingham8/23/80, Kemper Arena, Kansas City4:20
5."Gold Dust Woman"Stevie Nicks8/29/77, The Forum, Inglewood7:23
6."Brown Eyes"Christine McVie10/22/82, The Forum, Inglewood4:27
7."The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)"Peter Green5/18/77, State Fair Arena, Oklahoma City5:27
8."Angel"Stevie Nicks5/20/80, Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland4:49
9."Hold Me"Christine McVie10/21/82, The Forum, Inglewood4:19
10."Tusk"Lindsey Buckingham8/24/80, Kemper Arena, Kansas City6:25
11."You Make Loving Fun"Christine McVie5/19/77, BOK Center, Tulsa4:44
12."Sisters of the Moon"Stevie Nicks8/21/80, Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha7:17
13."Songbird"Christine McVie8/21/80, Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha4:14
14."Blue Letter"
5/20/77, Barton Coliseum, Little Rock4:48
15."Fireflies"Stevie Nicksremix – long version4:04
16."Fireflies"Stevie Nicksdemo3:41
17."One More Night"Christine McViedemo3:00
Total length:82:58

Personnel edit

Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

  • Ray Lindsey – additional guitar on "Go Your Own Way"[citation needed]
  • Tony Toadaro – additional percussion
  • Jeffery Sova – additional keyboards


  • Richard Dashut – producer, mix-down engineer, live engineering
  • Ken Caillat – producer, live recording, mix-down engineer
  • Fleetwood Mac – producers
  • Biff Dawes – live recording
  • Trip Khalaf – live engineering
  • Carla Frederick – studio recording assistant
  • Rich Feldman – studio recording assistant
  • David (Dominguez) Ahlert – studio recording assistant
  • Ken Perry – mastering
  • Larry Vigon – art direction and design
  • Chris Callis – cover and collage photography
  • Sam Emerson – collage photography
  • Sharon Weisz – collage photography

Charts edit

Certifications edit

Certifications for Live
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References edit

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