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The talent doesn't come across (3/5.03/5.03/5.03/5.03/5.0)
Review written by Larry L from Richmond, VA USA, August 7th, 2011

One of the first ‘American-sounding’ albums by a slightly rearranged Fleetwood Mac. Here they shift to laid-back rock not too dissimilar to what the Steve Miller Band and America were recording during the same period. But let’s be clear about one thing: the music on this Mac album is second rate. Sure, there are a couple powerful moments — the soaring chorus in the album’s title track, for example — but those who exclaim “How was this album not a hit back then?!” are truly kidding themselves.

The music on Future Games is palatable, it isn’t awful, but the Mac put forth far more convincing stuff than this, before and after.

new line-up, bad luck (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Anonymous from germany, August 17th, 2010

in germany everybody went crazy about peter green's fleetwood mac. when peter left the majority of people said this would be the end of the group. i did not as danny was my favourite member anyway.
future games is perhaps my very very favourite mac album. it is just perfect. danny makes an extremely good job and they were a real band. the new members christine and bob fitted perfectly into the band and two of their contributions belong to the highlights of this album(show me a smile and future games).
no one bought this album in europe (except me i cannot count the copies i bought and can't tell you how difficult it was to get them as no record store had it and i had to order it and wait and wait and wait). america is another story i know, thanks god.
let's do not forget how difficult those days were for fleetwood mac. besides the rumours line-up this is the best fleetwood mac there ever was.

Fleetwood Mac stepped forward into the future here (4/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.04/5.0)
Review written by Anonymous from Hawaii, USA, December 14th, 2009

I have always thought most highly of Future Games and the lyrics and melodies have all stayed with me since 1971. It has been the most memorable Fleetwood Mac album and I find it still more genuine in it's music than the later line up with Nicks and Buckingham - who were great at cranking our commercially viable hits with all the appropriate licks and hooks- but less successful at simply playing from the heart. Playing from the heart is what keeps me listening to Future Games.

I was living in London in 1971 and know what and where Fleetwood Mac was coming from.

Very Very Interesting (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Anonymous from fairfield, ct, May 9th, 2009

I heard future fames, the song on the XM show DEEP TRACKS, and I thought. "What the hell is this ? This is awesome."

This album set the foundation for later work, for sure.

decades ahead of its time (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Jim (jimmad02@tds.net) from Madison, WI, November 7th, 2008

An album that would have been consider ahead of its time well into the '80s; remains one of my all time favs. remarkably tight production quality for a album of this era -- none of the wall of sound AM radio crap, pure and straight ahead. Change the instrumentation and any of these songs would be jazz standards today.

No Dragonfly (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Anonymous from The Netherlands, May 20th, 2006

Future games is an album I rediscovered lately. At the time I thought it a bit disappointing as the follow up of the brilliant "Kiln House" but now I think "woman of a 1000 years alone is worth the five stars. OK, Danny lyrics were never earth shocking but his guitar work and his harmonic sense were (and still are)completely unique. Itis strange he never had any followers like Peter Green, Eric Clapton etc. Maybe his guitar style was too personal to copy
Future Games is the first album with Christine as a full FM member. Her song "morning rain" has got that typical FM sound which however is hard to define. I've never been a great Bob Welch fan but his songs especially the title track do fit in perfectly to give this album the same kind of athmosphere as its predecessor. But to me the album is really Danny's tour the force. Pity they did not include "Dragonfly" and the hard to find B-side "Purple Dancer" as bonus tracks. Maybe Reprise will see the slight one day.

Awesome! (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Donnie Swinton from South Carolina, January 27th, 2006

Future Games is absolutely great. The title track, Woman of 1.000 Years, Morning Rain, and Show Me A Smile are my favorites, but the whole thing is great nevertheless. Some albums flow well and this is definitely one of them.

Pine Box (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Charlie Martin (charlie@aristonedesigns.com) from Phoenix, AZ USA, October 6th, 2005

Here in Phoenix, AZ we are lucky enough to have a radio station who plays something off Bare Trees or Future Games almost daily (KCDX, you can listen over the internet). I recently asked my wife that when I take the ultimate dirt nap, please include a copy of these two albums in the "Pine Box" They never cease to amaze me!!

A definitive album for the 70's (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Marcus from Margaret River, Australia, June 4th, 2005

This album was a unacclaimed masterpeice for Fleetwood Mac. Its subtle and mellow tracks set a new standard for popular music that absolutely defined the 70's and made a deep impression on the surfing generation becoming to many a cult classic. 30 years on, these tracks remain as relaxed and mysterious as ever to surfers all over the world.

We begin with the Woman of 1000 Years who may be seen "up in the sky and from the land or floating by, a fisherman's day".

Before you can figure out exactly what that means, we are woken from our summer slumber by the beautiful Morning Rain.

Then "What a shame" comes in like a sea breeze preparing us for a cool change with the hypnotic Future Games.

We are now deeply in trance when Sands of Time take us back to the beach with the most compelling words ever written about the mesmurising lure of the surf:
And the falling sands of time
Blow my wind and drifted by
To and frow the trees still bend
Wondering what the host will send
We will go right down to the sea
Bathing in light we will be free to wander

And how very free we are made by these great lyrics. Being free to wander is the very fulfillment of our Endless Summer. We know that it just cant get any better than this.

As if its all over now, we come down gently from our ultimate high reminising with "Sometimes", before we land gently back on the shores of 'terra firma' with the hard chords of "Lay it all down", for "paradise here on earth".

The mysterious Woman of 1000 years finally comes to release us from our daydream by asking us the child in us to "Show me a smile". We will never dissapoint her.

Stunningly Beautiful (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Rev Brian from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, March 6th, 2005

This album continues to grow for me so many years after it was first released. Evocative, inspirational, soothing and yet energetic. Morning Rain is one of Christine's most fully realised compostions.

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

Just when you think they can't get any better than they are, they get better! The "identity" search seemed to be a success here. This is one of the best albums of the post-Green, pre-Stevie period. You start off with the somber ballad, "Woman of 1000 Years", the best of Kirwan's effort here. Next is the rocky "Morning Rain" which is one of McVie's most underrated songs (Best on the album). Next is the decent, groovy "What A Shame". "Future Games" is a nice, mellow song but can get a bit boring during the middle. "Sands of Time" is Kirwan's nice country-rock effort, quite enjoyable. "Sometimes" is a bit of a bland love song by Kirwan. "Lay It All Down" is a nice rocker by Welch and the closing song "Show Me A Smile" is a weaker ballad by Christine. Recommended!

One of the finest albums of the early 70s (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Anonymous, August 20th, 2004

This is probably one of my favorite post Peter Green Fleetwood Mac albums, It also marked the debut of the great songwriting talents of Bob Welch although he wrote only two tracks and co wrote "What a shame", Danny Kirwan stepped up and wrote some of his best songs, "Woman of 1000 years" is a beautiful ballad which is the opening cut on the album and the country rocker "Sands of time", I found this song to be a favorite song while driving up the Palisades Parkway to upstate New York last summer, One day not long ago I was listening to a WABC Musicradio soundfile from 1971 and heard an advertisement for Future Games with "Sands of time" as the backing track, Unfortunately, the album didn't chart, This is one of my all time favorite 70s albums, and one of Danny Kirwan's finest hours, Sadly, it didn't last.

The future says it all! (5/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.05/5.0)
Review written by Mike, August 20th, 2004

This is Fleetwood Mac at their transition. Peter Green already gone after " Then Play On " leaving Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan to carry on with " Kiln House " Although a great tribute to Buddy, Elvis, Carl Perkins and such Station Man and Jewelled Eyed Judy are all that really do it for me there! Ah, But! Then we have the Yank save the the day! In what I would think would be the start of the demise, becomes my favorite Mac Album. ( can we still call them that ? )
Danny Kirwan was either pushed or stumbled to the spot light at just the right time. Bob Welch was the tonic needed to make this dreamy, float'er happen. Chrissy Mc'Vie never sounded better. To listen to all reports later, this was a band in turmoil. Maybe that's what it takes sometimes. The guitar work between Kirwan and Welch is outstanding, and the harmonies between all are dreamy. ( Hey this whole album is a dream. ) Danny Kirwan's best as far as I'm concerned. OK OK Bare Trees is Danny showing how far he could go! What ever happenened? Danny Boy I loved All that ya did!

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