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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