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Bare Trees (1972) - Fleetwood Mac

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Mick Fleetwood, Danny Kirwan, John McVie, Christine McVie, Bob Welch

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Child Of Mine Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 5:09
  Comments: Recorded at DeLane Lea Music Centre.
The Ghost Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:58
  Comments: Recorded at DeLane Lea Music Centre.
Homeward Bound Listen.Lyrics availableFan interpretation available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:20
  Comments: Recorded at DeLane Lea Music Centre.
Sunny Side of Heaven Listen.Instrumental Midi available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:10
  Comments: Recorded at DeLane Lea Music Centre.
Bare Trees Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 5:02
  Comments: Recorded at DeLane Lea Music Centre.
Sentimental Lady Listen.Lyrics available Tabs available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 4:35
  Comments: Recorded at DeLane Lea Music Centre.
Danny's Chant Listen.Instrumental
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:16
  Comments: Recorded at DeLane Lea Music Centre.
Spare Me A Little Of Your Love Listen.Lyrics availableFan interpretation available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 3:44
  Comments: Recorded at DeLane Lea Music Centre.
Dust Listen.Lyrics availableFan interpretation available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 2:41
  Comments: Recorded at DeLane Lea Music Centre.
Thoughts On A Grey Day Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1972, Running Time: 2:03
  Comments: Special thanks to Mrs. Scarrot for her readings, recorded at her home in Hampshire.
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Aileen Scarrot

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Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

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Rupert Brooke (Songwriter), Danny Kirwan (Songwriter), Danny Kirwan (Songwriter), Christine McVie (Songwriter), Christine McVie (Songwriter), Aileen Scarrot (Songwriter), Bob Welch (Songwriter), Bob Welch (Songwriter), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Danny Kirwan (Produced By), Danny Kirwan (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Bob Welch (Produced By), Bob Welch (Produced By), Martin Birch (Engineered By), John McVie (Cover Photo By), John McVie (Cover Photo By), Bob Hughes (Remix Engineer), Lee Herschberg (CD Remastered By), The Record Group (CDD Pre-Mastering By)

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Remixed at The Record Plant.

CD Issue Notes:

Fleetwood Mac's Bare Trees features a cover photo by John McVie and some of the legendary British band's most intriguing and innovative music. The haunting Bob Welch original "Sentimental Lady," Christine McVie's country-tinged "Spare Me A Little Of Your Love" and Danny Kirwan's stunning instrumental "Sunny Side Of Heaven," are among Bare Trees many musical highlights.

Formed in 1967 by guitarist Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac's original line-up included drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. All three were veterans of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. With guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Spencer they released their self-titled debut album in early 1968. With the addition of a third guitarist, Danny Kirwan, the band recorded a series of acclaimed albums, including English Rose, Mr. Wonderful and Then Play On, scoring hits with such singles as "Albatross" and "Black Magic Woman" before Green departed in mid-1970.

For Kiln House (1970), the group recruited singer Christine Perfect (later McVie), formerly of Chicken Shack. Shortly afterward Spencer left the group to be replaced by American guitarist/vocalist Bob Welch. It was this line-up - Fleetwood, McVie, Perfect, Kirwan, Welch - that recorded Future Games in 1971. A greatest hits package followed and, in March of 1972, the group released Bare Trees.

A Fleetwood Mac production engineered by Martin Birch, Bare Trees featured ten songs penned by Bob Welch, Christine McVie and Danny Kirwan, with music ranging from the group's blues roots to pure pop and progressive rock flavorings.

(C) (P) 1972 Warner Bros. Records Inc. Reprise Records, a division of Warner Bros. Records Inc., a Warner Communications Company.

All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Mfg. by WEA Manufacturing.

Printed in U.S.A.

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 itís high resolution also reveals limitations in the master tape, including noise and other distortions.

The Compact Disc Digital Audio System offers the best possible sound reproduction - on a small, convenient disc. Its remarkable performance is the result of a unique combination of digital storage and laser optics. For best results, you should apply the same care in storing and handling the Compact Disc as you would with conventional records. No cleaning is necessary if the Compact Disc is always held by its edges and is replaced in its case directly after playing. If the Compact Disc becomes soiled by fingerprints, dust or dirt, it can be wiped (always in a stright line, from center to edge) with a clean and lint-free, soft, dry cloth. Never use a solvent or abrasive cleaner to clean the disc. If you follow these suggestions, the Compact Disc will provide a lifetime of listening enjoyment.

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When we are dust, this will remain
Review written by (keogh01@yahoo.com), September 14th, 2012

The best Fleetwood Mac LP of a great catalogue.
"Sunny Side Of Heaven' is just stunningly georgeous music well-fitting its title - picture sunlight piercing clouds or perhaps the fog picture on the album jacket.

Side two is near perfection. "Dust" is so thoughtful and poignant but rather than finishing the album in deep sadness of our mortality, Mrs. Scarrot's reading of "Thoughts on a Grey Day" lifts the mood without changing the subject.

Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady", Christine McVie's "Spare Me A Little Of Your Love", Kirwin's "Bare Trees" and "Child Of Mine" are great songs.

All works together as a whole - music, lyrics, cover photo and varying voices.

Do not underestimate John Mc Vie's cover photo. When you listen and learn the songs, the songs so well fit a mood reflected in the cover photo, that when you are out and about and see bare trees through a fog, you will recall 'Bare Trees' and want to re-listen. This morning in Auburn was a such a time and I did listen.

When will it be remastered?
Review written by Tom (curioushead@hotmail.com), September 6th, 2012

This has got to be one of my favorite Fleetwood Mac albums. It has the right amount of soft and hard rock in the right places. I'm only giving it 4 stars because I want Reprise to re-release the CD clear and remastered. The dimension of the sound is phenomenal for an analog recording. But I want the album restored to its full glory!

Enjoyable rock
Review written by Larry L, August 8th, 2011

After the previous year's timid offering Fleetwood Mac suddenly springs to life. Bare Trees is smooth, confident FM-friendly music of the Steely Dan class. From straight ahead rock ("Homeward Bound", Child of Mine") to the title track's bouncy progressive-pop, this Mac album will not bore. In fact, some of the songs you'll immediately want to play again. Now that's good.

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On Bare Trees, Fleetwood Mac married the gritty electric blues-rock of their earlier incarnations to the classic pop sensibilities that would later become fully realized in 1975's Fleetwood Mac. Bob Welch's "Sentimental Lady" and Christine McVie's soulful "Spare Me a Little of Your Love" are highlights. Danny Kirwin revealed an ability to compose highly melodic material that didn't constrain the band's legendary musical chemistry. Rated: 1. (Rick Clark, All Music Guide, Volume 1, Number 1)

  • RIAA Certification : Album - Platinum (1 million, 2/09/88)
  • Charts Peak : US #70 (May 1972)

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    Discography entry submitted by Josh Williams.