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Nothing more, nothing less (3/5.03/5.03/5.03/5.03/5.0)
Review written by Larry L from Richmond, VA USA, August 8th, 2011

Apparently the Mac wanted to tread carefully on this, the first album without Peter Green. There’s no ‘Who needs Peter anyway?!” type of jamming — even though the remaining 4 were perfectly capable of doing that — and no resurrection of the blues which made them popular in the U.K. just 2 years prior. Instead they record a platter of simple, easy-to-play songs of varying melodic character.

One exception might be the Grateful Dead sound-alike, “Station Man”, which has gotten its share of airplay on FM album-rock stations over the years, and considered a classic by some Mac fans. But I hesitate to call it the ‘stand out track’, mainly because I never really liked it too much — it just kind of plods along until fade out time. I prefer the catchy edge of “Tell Me All the Things You Do”, a sharp tune where Danny & Mick make a slight nod to hard rock ala Mountain.

Kiln House shows great restraint overall, as though they didn’t want to make too much a statement without Peter, or something. It does give a hint of the American sound they’d adopt on ensuing albums.

earl grey (4/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.0)
Review written by Anonymous from stone staffordshire England, March 24th, 2010

wow i like earl gray its a work of genius feels like my secret but i will share it with you

The rock we've been talking about... (4/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.0)
Review written by Dante\' Swinton from Rock Hill, SC, USA, September 5th, 2006

Although this lineup only lasted for one album, Kilm House is a kick-ass album. This Is The Rock, Buddy's Song, Mission Bell, and Station Man are my favorites. The fusion of blues and country on this album is absolutely fantastic.

One of Most Underated Rock Abums of All Time. (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by TMF Sr from Herndon,Va USA, February 6th, 2005

This make up of Fleetwood Mac was arguably the best down to earth version of the band. There are many jewels on this album/CD and if you have never heard it and are a rock afficionado you have cheated yourself by not having this as part of your collection. I played "Station Man" in every band I've been with and still listen and enjoy the song like it was just released. For this band to have faded into the halls of memories is sad and a statement of the current state of the music business today AND then. A MUST HAVE !

Oh, Danny Boy! (4/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.0)
Review written by (semiotic@sbcglobal.net) from Cleveland, Ohio, August 21st, 2004

I don't know much about this album--except that "Jewel -eyed Judy" is one of the tastiest pop-rock confections ever recorded---just enough balls and subtlety, too! Danny Kirwan's guitar playing soars in his characteristically restrained way.

"Station Man" : same thing -- a snappy, rhythmic tour-de-force with offbeat syncopated bass/drums sections that are absolutely delicious---swirling, chugging guitars of Kirwan married to the sweet slide meanderings of Jeremy Spencer, make this tune irresistible.

A "Kiln House" selection introduced Fleetwood Mac (4/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.0)
Review written by Anonymous, August 21st, 2004

What piece defined Fleetwood Mac for myself? It wasn't off of Rumours. It wasn't off of the '75 self-titled album. It wasn't off of "Heroes are Hard to Find," "Bare Trees," nor even "Then Play On." Nope, "Oh Well" was the SECOND Fleetwood Mac piece which helped define the name "Fleetwood Mac" as progressive rock. The very first song on the radio which inspired me to equate Fleetwood Mac with progressive, non-bubble-gum style rock & roll was the musically upbeat "Tell Me All The Things You Do." Yet many current "Classic Hits" radio stations won't touch this fine piece of 1970 vintage progressive rock with a ten foot pole. Today's younger "calssic hits" listeners don't know what they are missing.

My favorite FM album. Last of the heavy guitar Mac (4/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.0)
Review written by Jared Zelmer from Georgia, USA, August 21st, 2004

I think this album is a great vehicle for Spencer and Kirwins' talents. My favorite Spencer song, 'Buddy's Song' is a great rocking/pop ode to Buddy Holly with some cool licks. Kirwin's music on 'Station Man' and 'Tell Me ...' just rock out. They are just heavy, heavy songs with extended interplay between Spencer and Kirwin. 'Earl Gray' is a strange instrumental, it's really unique, it leaves you expecting some chord progressions to resolve, but they never seem to. The strongest facet of the album is Kirwin. The weakest part of Kirwin on this album is his lyrics, which typically are one verse (or phrase) continually repeated. Kirwin had an abstact take on song structures and had a totally individual guitar style. Its too bad he couldn't hold it together and keep his focus (You hear 'Life Machine' off of his 2nd solo album and can hear his goods still). I think he might have been better off in a team effort, instead of having to be completely responsible for cranking out new words and music instead of being a guitar player first (his best attribute) and songwriter second (which sometimes seems forced, in particular the solo albums). Check out Dragon Fly (from around this era), its Kirwin at his best. Also, of 'The Chain' box set is a song called 'Trinity' its in the same vein as some of these songs (short lyric repeated twice with lots of jamming).
All in all, knowing this record makes Kirwin and Spencer both sad stories of lost talent.

Kiln House ROCKS! Peter Green ROCKS! NOT Stevie Nicks (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by loaf from Bellingham, WA USA, August 21st, 2004

Joe writes "Anything with a Fleetwood-McVie rhythm section is definitely worth a listen..." NOT SO reference the Lindsey Buckingham-Stevie Nicks era. Fleetwood and McVie somehow got thrown into "THE EAGLES' 2nd string band"...forget "pop hits" and stick with Greeny...

Anyone checking out Kiln House would [i assume] be interested in the Peter Green/Blues era [known as the Original Fleetwood Mac] so here it goes

Check out the Fleetwood Mac Blue Horizon Box Set...yeah, it doesn't have Kiln House - which is too bad - but it does have 6 CDs worth of the band in their short-lived blues incarnation...the first 3 albums plus an incredible collection of LIVE IN CHICAGO tracks featured on the expensive Blues Jam in Chicago Record and an additional CD of miscellaneous/rare/unreleased tracks. Also worth every dime spent is the FLeetwood Mac BBC Sessions 2 CD Set and the LIVE IN BOSTON 3 CD set.

These 3 releases, plus Kiln House should give you an incredibly complete Fleetwood Mac Collection [minus additional live albums and bootlegs of course]...i spent $75 total for these twelve CDs and not once did i wish i could listen to Rhiannon or whatever that crap is called. WARNING!!!! Once you go Green you don't go back...so if you want to have Buckingham's or Nicks' baby, DO NOT listen to GREEN, cause those "other" records will find the trash can real quick...

A delightful display of pure talent! (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Joe Panackia from Macomb, Michigan, August 21st, 2004

Anything with a Fleetwood-McVie rhythm section is definitely worth a listen, and you wont be disappointed here. This multi-faceted jewel shines in the treasure chest of Fleetwood Mac material. A departure from the raw blues and guitar jams of Peter Green, the band's illustrious founder. Kiln House lays the foundation for the Fleetwood Mac sound that was to eventually evolve.

With a 50s music revival being the trend at the time, every corner night spot had bands do-wapping away. Jeremy Spencer steps up and delivers what had been a highlight of the group's stage show since its inception. His remarkable ability not only to characterize, but to also play the music of the immortals, is evident in this collection. "This is the Rock" (his song that was included on the official CD commemorating the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), "Hi Ho Silver", and "Buddys Song" epitomize the genre.

The celestial vibrato of Danny Kirwan's guitar, and sweet vocal is heard on "Station Man", and "Jewel Eyed Judy", while the wah-wah based "Tell Me All The Things You Do", demonstrates his funkier side. Definitely some of Danny's finest moments.

Although only officially credited with designing the album cover, this was Christine McVies initial major contribution to the group. Her wonderful piano and back-up vocals are heard throughout the set.

A must-have for guitarists and vocalists (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Mitch Lopate from Matawan, NJ, August 21st, 2004

If you loved "Abbey Road" (and "Golden Slumbers") for its hooks, then you need this release. Yes, they weren't the same without Peter Green--Jeremy and Danny really led each other to new displays of vibrato magic and chunky chord displays that made it a 'different' sound. More importantly, the vocals (especially Spencer) make this more approachable. All bands face a transition phase, and these guys made it safely to the other shore with this set. With the turmoil(s) of the band, they only could have done this once in their careers--thankfully, it has kept its listening appeal.

Good Work (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Kevin, August 20th, 2004

Following after Green's departure is definitely tough work but the rest of the band pulled it off well. The albums contains three amazing tracks and two bombs and the rest are all good. So, we start off with Jeremy's "This Is The Rock" with a 50's style sound to it. This song is forgettable and bland. There's nothing to it and Jeremy's imitation of Gene Vincent is good but he should should have tried sounding original. "Station Man" is amazing and it definitely makes this album worth money. Great guitar, vocals, and lyrics and it's a group effort. Spencer's "Blood On The Floor" is country-flavored and really bad. It's the worst off the album if you don't like country (me!). "Hi Ho Silver" is a good rocker for the album and brings some relief over the other two bad songs. "Jewel Eyed Judy" is a masterpiece. This is the song that made me get the album. Kirwan's guitarwork is incredible and his vocals really blend well. "Buddy's Song" is Jeremy's tribute to Buddy Holly and it's a nice short song. It's nothing extraordinary but it's worth a listen. "Earl Gray" is a good instrumental and Kirwan does a good job with it. "One Together" is a softer song from Jeremy and it works well with the album. Definitely his best song on here. Danny's "Tell Me All Things You Do" is definitely the "rocking" song on here. It's quick-paced although the lyrics aren't that great. The music makes up for the lyrics. This is another hidden gem. The last song "Mission Bell" is mediocre. It's just kind of out there. The band did a good job following Green's exit and I believe some of these songs are much better than Green ever wrote. I believe Spencer's lack of motivation definitely shows on this album as Kirwan pretty much makes this album worth a listen. Spencer really started off great in the beginning but as soon as the band headed for mainstream rock, he lost the magic. If you like Spencer, I'd suggest "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac" and if you like Kirwan this album and "Bare Trees" are definitely two albums to own. I'd buy this album for the three masterpieces because they are worth every cent.

best album they released (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Dee Price, August 20th, 2004

to much to say.their best over all.sounds great today as it did then.songs like this is the rock and blood on the floor.no air play then. classic rock ,real rock from the real band.

top notch (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Anonymous, August 20th, 2004

this album is absolutely top notch Fleetwood Mac. It is the best. Every song takes you to another world. The imagination of the artists in he making of this album is unsurpassed. "Then Play On" is a fantastic recording, but Kiln House takes Fleetwood Mac to the highest level possible. I have listened to this album almost every day since I first purchased it in 1970. In my opinion, this album defines f. Mac.

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