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Straight between the eyes
Review written by Larry L, August 8th, 2011
There’s a refreshing amount of force on this album, guitar & drums right up front and not shy. Yet it doesn’t rob one bit from the smooth melodic sound that's become characteristic of the band by now. Speaking of guitars, Bob Weston isn’t usually mentioned in ‘classic’ Fleetwood Mac discussions, but its his rippin’ & roarin’ which keeps this album a few steps above average. He asserts himself in the music exceedingly well.
The opening song, “Emerald Eyes”, grabs the listener on first play. This short ballad comes across real strong at just the right moments, then it leaves …..Exactly what a good hit single would do. Its odd they instead chose the bombastic, over-vocalized “For Your Love” cover as the album’s single — it should have been “Emerald Eyes”, a song I’ve played over & over again. Other good tracks on this album are simply fun-to-listen-to rockers, “The City”, “Miles Away”, and “Hypnotized”.
Mystery to Me lacks the range and variety of Bare Trees, but in its own way leaves a powerful mark in Fleetwood Mac’s middle period. It’s a power that was really never heard again.
fleetwood macs best album
Review written by Anonymous, October 14th, 2010
maybe this is fleetwood macs best album at all. though only two writers in the band mystery to me is totally inspired. bob welch contributes his best material ever and bob weston is the ideal replacement for danny kirwan as lead guitar player.
christine mcvie, extremely good looking in this period is their crown jewel. believe me and why are two all-time classics.
this line up could have made it. thats how i feel about them.
is mystery really that good?
Review written by Anonymous, August 18th, 2010
besides then play on and perhaps bare trees mystery to me is the most popular and estimated album by the pre-buckingham-nicks-fleetwood mac.
it is indeed a good album, no doubt. hypnotized, believe me, miles away and keep on going are very strong songs. but there is something about the atmosphere that does not really satisfy me. i cannot describe this. i prefer both penguin and heroes because i just feel happy and free while listening to them. maybe i am a bit annoyed as i adore heroes and noone really remembers this great album.
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U.K. release date: January 11, 1973
RIAA Certification : November 9, 1976 (Gold, 500,000 copies)
Charts Peak : US #67 (December, 1973)
"Good Things (Come To Those Who Wait)" is a song written by Bob Welch which was recorded and to be included on this album. Some album artork (i.e. lyrics sheets) had been printed with this track included already. At the last minute the band decided to record a version of a song originally made famous by The Yardbirds, "For Your Love" (suggested by Bob Weston) as it was felt at the time (amazingly) that the album didn't have a stand out track for a single and they felt their new version of "For Your Love" would rectify this. So "Good Things (Come To Those Who Wait)" was removed (the actual recording has never been released) and "For Your Love" was put in it's place on the album even though those early artwork pressings had already been made and distributed with the amended recording. Bob Welch eventually did record and release "Good Things (Come To Those Who Wait)" on his own under the title "Don't Wait Too Long" on his 1979 solo album "Three Hearts".