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Glossy, but not intimate...nor personal
Review written by Jon the Moonspinner, February 17th, 2010
Just recently I began collecting the 12-inch remixes of singles released from "Tango in the Night", and they show what a much richer album it might have been with some judicious planning. Stevie Nicks has nearly been left out of the mix (she was touring with Dylan and Petty while most of the album went down), although on the DJ remixes she is certainly present (especially on "Little Lies", where she gets a neat solo). Nicks' spotlight songs are her weakest in ages, starting with the wan "Seven Wonders" (written by Sandy Stewart with lyrics "augmented" by Nicks!). Lindsey's "Big Love" sounded good on the radio, but it hasn't held up (his recent gritty live versions of this tune are actually much better than what we get here). Christine comes through with her usual style and grace, though her closer with Lindsey, "You and Me Part II", is a bummer, as is the feeling that Fleetwood Mac wasn't really a cohesive unit any longer. They were friends united by the need to make money. BEST: Little Lies, Family Man, Everywhere, Isn't It Midnight, Welcome To the Room, Sara.
Fleetwood Mac Still the Best
Review written by Dan Delaney (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 9th, 2009
Tango in the Night. I was 33 yrs. old and was very familiar with the group.
All I can say is this: A great band, a great album.
Christie McVie is not touring, but she was a very big part of the band.
They all produced great music. Great harmony and great memories.
I would stack them up against any "Band" of today.
My first Fleetwood Mac Album
Review written by Gavin, August 17th, 2006
In 1987, I was 11 years old, and having heard 'Big Love' by this band called Fleetwood Mac, I was surprised that even my Mum and Dad knew who they were and liked them! Obviously at 11, I knew nothing of the groups' past or hey-day, but it was 'Tango in the Night' that introduced me to the band and subsequently made me develop a huge interest in the group and their huge back catalogue of music. The album, to me, is a classic. From the minute I heard 'Big Love' on the UK Top 40 countdown one Sunday afternoon, I knew I'd love the album. My absolute favourite tracks are 'Isn't It Midnight', a sure-fire driving track that you just HAVE to turn up wherever you are! I also love 'Everywhere' for a its pure majestic beauty, while the title track is also a dark, brooding number which still totally captures my imagination even now nearly 20 years on. Stevie Nick's heartfelt 'When I See You Again' is one of my favourite compositions by her, while the track 'Welcome to the Room...Sara' continues Nicks's poetic leanings and references to her inner-self as 'Sara'. The album is generally considered 'hit packed' and one of their greatest releases which is arguable among the older Fleetwood Mac fans that grew up with them in the 60's and 70's. For me though, the album captures the 80's and my childhood perfectly!
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A hit, yes. A blockbuster? Probably not. Lead single, "Big Love," may ultimately prove the strongest track on the album. The problem isn't a lack of first-rate material but rather an absence of obvious single choices. Once again, Lindsey Buckingham is the driving force, though both Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks weigh in with impressive contributions. Best bets: "Mysterious (sic)," "Seven Wonders," and "Isn't It Midnight." (Billboard Magazine, 4/25/87)
Charts Peak : US #7 (May 1987), UK #1 (Oct 1987), UK #1 (May 1988, re-chart)
RIAA Certification : Album - Multi-Platinum (3 million, 10/03/00)