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Kiln House (1970) - Fleetwood Mac

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Mick Fleetwood, Danny Kirwan, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer

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This Is The Rock Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 2:45
Station Man Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 5:49
Blood On The Floor Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 2:44
Honey Hush Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 3:05
  Comments: Billed as "Hi Ho Silver".
Jewel Eyed Judy Listen.Lyrics available Tabs available
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 3:17
Buddy's Song Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 2:08
Earl Grey Listen.Instrumental
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 4:01
One Together Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 3:23
Tell Me All The Things You Do Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 4:10
Mission Bell Listen.Lyrics available Tabs available
  Date Performance: 1970, Running Time: 2:32
    Guest Appearance »

Christine McVie

    Released »


    Format »

Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Mick Fleetwood (Songwriter), Mick Fleetwood (Songwriter), Jesse D. Hodges (Songwriter), Ella Holley (Songwriter), Danny Kirwan (Songwriter), Danny Kirwan (Songwriter), John McVie (Songwriter), John McVie (Songwriter), William Michael (Songwriter), Jeremy Spencer (Songwriter), Jeremy Spencer (Songwriter), (Sleepy) Lou Willie Turner (Songwriter), Martin Birch (Recording Engineer), Mick Fleetwood (Production), Mick Fleetwood (Production), Fleetwood Mac (Production), Danny Kirwan (Production), Danny Kirwan (Production), John McVie (Production), John McVie (Production), Jeremy Spencer (Production), Jeremy Spencer (Production), Christine McVie (Album Cover Illustrated By)

    Record Label »

    Catalogue Number »

RS-6408 (LP) M5-6408 (Cassette) 6408-2 (CD)

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    Liner Notes »

CD Reissue Notes:

The album that marked Fleetwood Mac's transition from the blues-drenched guitar stylings of founding member Peter Green to a more broad-based musical approach, 1970's Kiln House spotlights the engaging songwriting skills of guitarists Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan as well as the tightly meshed ensemble sound that was fast becoming the group's trademark.

Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967 after Green, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood left John Mayall's legendary Bluesbreakers to forge their own musical direction. Recruiting guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Spencer, the quartet played its first gig at the British Blues and Jazz Festival in August of 1967. So enthusiastic was the response that Fleetwood Mac were immediately signed to a recording contract and released their self-titled debut album the following year. An immediate best-seller, Fleetwood Mac remained on British charts for over a year and spawned the hit single "Black Magic Woman" (later a standard for Santana). It was followed by Mr. Wonderful (1969) which featured a horn section and keyboard work from Christine Perfect, a future Mac member and wife of John McVie. The group also released the haunting "Albatross," a No. 1 hit that presaged the band's rapidly expanding musical horizons.

In 1970, after the release of the landmark Then Play On (1969), Peter Green abruptly left the group to join a religious cult. His departure moved the band away from its blues purist roots with the creative impetus falling to Spencer and Kirwan. Their musical stamp is in abundant evidence on the group's next release, Kiln House.

With cuts such as the Elvis-influenced "This Is The Rock," the country & western flavored "Blood On The Floor" and the Buddy Holly tribute "Buddy's Song" (which the writer generously credited to Holly's mother), Jeremy Spencer displayed a broad-based facility with an impressive cross-section of modern music. Not to be outdone, Kirwan contributed a superb instrumental "Earl Gray," as well as the inspired guitar work on both "Tell Me All The Things You Do," and "Station Man" (co-written with Spencer and John McVie). Kiln House also features backing vocals by Christine Perfect who illustrated the album's cover as well. She would formally join the Fleetwood Mac shortly after the release of Kiln House.

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Mfg. by WEA Manufacturing.

WARNING: The music on this Compact Digital Disc was originally recorded on analog equipment, prior to modern noise reduction techniques. This Compact Disc preserves, as closely as possible, the sound of the original recording, but it’s high resolution also reveals limitations in the master tape, including noise and other distortions.

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(C) 1970 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

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Nothing more, nothing less
Review written by Larry L, 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
Review written by Anonymous, 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...
Review written by Dante\' Swinton, 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.

    Comments »

Fleetwood Mac's first album after the departure of their nominal leader, Peter Green, finds the remaining members, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer, and Danny Kirwan (plus McVie's wife, Christine) trying to maintain the band's heavy, blues-rock approach, with the burden falling on Spencer and Kirwan. They don't embarrass themselves, but none of this is of the caliber of Green's work. (William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide)

  • Charts Peak : US #69, UK #39 (Oct 1970)

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    Discography entry submitted by Christy Valkman. All Music Guide review submitted by Luke Arnott.