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Future Games (1971) - Fleetwood Mac


    Featuring »

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

    Tracklisting »
Woman Of 1000 Years Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1971, Running Time: 5:23
  Comments: Running time incorrectly listed on both vinyl & CD editions of this album at 8:20.
Morning Rain Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1971, Running Time: 5:32
  Comments: Running time incorrectly listed on both vinyl & CD editions of this album at 6:22.
What A Shame Listen.Instrumental
  Date Performance: 1971, Running Time: 2:13
Future Games Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1971, Running Time: 8:15
Sands Of Time Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1971, Running Time: 7:24
Sometimes Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1971, Running Time: 5:21
  Comments: Running time incorrectly listed on both vinyl & CD editions of this album at 6:25.
Lay It All Down Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1971, Running Time: 4:30
Show Me A Smile Listen.Lyrics available Tabs available
  Date Performance: 1971, Running Time: 3:20
    Guest Appearance »

John Perfect

    Released »

1971-09-03

    Format »

Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Martin Rushent (Engineer), Mick Fleetwood (Songwriter), Mick Fleetwood (Songwriter), Danny Kirwan (Songwriter), Danny Kirwan (Songwriter), Christine McVie (Songwriter), Christine McVie (Songwriter), John McVie (Songwriter), John McVie (Songwriter), Bob Welch (Songwriter), Bob Welch (Songwriter), John Pasche (Sleeve Design), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), Mick Fleetwood (Produced By), Fleetwood Mac (Produced By), Danny Kirwan (Produced By), Danny Kirwan (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), John McVie (Produced By), Christine McVie (Produced By), Bob Welch (Produced By), Bob Welch (Produced By), Sally Jesse (Cover Photo), Edmund Shea (Group Photos)

    Record Label »
Reprise

    Catalogue Number »

RS-6465 (LP) 6465-2 (CD) M5-6465 (Cassette)

    Running Time »

42:28

    Liner Notes »

Recorded at Advision.

Danny Kirwan-Guitar and vocals
Joined Fleetwood Mac 1968 from Boilerhouse, ex Brixton Blues band.

Christine McVie-Piano and vocals
Joined Fleetwood Mac in the Summer 1970, from Chicken Shack.

Bob Welch-Guitar and vocals
Joined Fleetwood Mac in Spring 1971 from various California R&B groups.

Mick Fleetwood-Drums
Original member of the group with Peter Green, 1967. From John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and Shotgun Express with Rod Stewart, to name a few.

John McVie-Bass
Founder-member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. From 1963 to 1967. Joined Fleetwood Mac from its inception.

Fleetwood Mac Personnel changes to date:

Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer, John McVie and Peter Green started group in 1967. Danny Kirwan joined later. Then Peter Green left in 1969. And then Christine McVie joined. Then Jeremy left six months later. Bob Welch joined in 1971.

CD Reissue Liner Notes:

After a series of personnel changes that saw the departure of two of the group's founding members, Fleetwood Mac rebounded with one of the most significant and satisfying albums of their career. Released in late 1971, Future Games was a breathtaking musical pastiche that heavily featured the musical contributions of the band's two newest members, American Bob Welch and Christine McVie, wife of bassist John McVie and an essential component to the group's new sound.

Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967 when McVie, drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Peter Green left John Mayall's legendary Bluesbreakers to form their own band. Recruiting Elmore James enthusiast Jeremy Spencer, the group played its first gig in August of that year at the British Jazz and Blues Festival and immediately landed a recording contract. Fleetwood Mac's self-titled debut was released later that year and was an immediate best-seller, yielding the hit single "Black Magic Woman."

It was followed by a series of popular and critically acclaimed releases, showcasing not only the band's consummate blues abilities, but their wide-ranging grasp of a variety of musical styles. On albums such as Mr. Wonderful (1969), Then Play On (1969) and Kiln House (1970), Fleetwood Mac set standards for taut, economical ensemble work as well as dazzling guitar virtuosity and supple songwriting skills.

These LPs also mirrored the band's rapidly shifting line-up. Founding member Peter Green left the group in 1970, followed a year later by Jeremy Spencer. Danny Kirwan, who had joined the group in time to record their second album, was augmented by keyboardist/vocalist Christine Perfect, formerly of the British blues/rock outfit Chicken Shack. Bob Welch, a Los Angeles-based guitarist and vocalist who had served a stint in an R&B band called the Seven Souls, was recruited as a replacement for Spencer.

It was this line-up - Christine and John McVie, Bob Welch, Danny Kirwan and Mick Fleetwood - that entered the studio in the summer of 1971 to record Future Games. The album's tune stack ranges from the Bob Welch R&B shouter "Lay It All Down," to the evocative, jazz-flavored title track to the lilting Christine McVie ballad "Show Me A Smile." The three Kirwan-penned tunes are special treats. According to one critic, "Woman Of 1000 Years" "floated on a languid sea of echo-laden acoustic and electric guitars," while "Sometimes" boasted a sparkling country arrangement and "Sands Of Time" accented the band's formidable melodic prowess.

(C) (P) 1971 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 it’s 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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The talent doesn't come across
Review written by Larry L, August 7th, 2011

One of the first ‘American-sounding’ albums by a slightly rearranged Fleetwood Mac. Here they shift to laid-back rock not too dissimilar to what the Steve Miller Band and America were recording during the same period. But let’s be clear about one thing: the music on this Mac album is second rate. Sure, there are a couple powerful moments — the soaring chorus in the album’s title track, for example — but those who exclaim “How was this album not a hit back then?!” are truly kidding themselves.

The music on Future Games is palatable, it isn’t awful, but the Mac put forth far more convincing stuff than this, before and after.

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new line-up, bad luck
Review written by Anonymous, August 17th, 2010

in germany everybody went crazy about peter green's fleetwood mac. when peter left the majority of people said this would be the end of the group. i did not as danny was my favourite member anyway.
future games is perhaps my very very favourite mac album. it is just perfect. danny makes an extremely good job and they were a real band. the new members christine and bob fitted perfectly into the band and two of their contributions belong to the highlights of this album(show me a smile and future games).
no one bought this album in europe (except me i cannot count the copies i bought and can't tell you how difficult it was to get them as no record store had it and i had to order it and wait and wait and wait). america is another story i know, thanks god.
let's do not forget how difficult those days were for fleetwood mac. besides the rumours line-up this is the best fleetwood mac there ever was.

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Fleetwood Mac stepped forward into the future here
Review written by Anonymous, December 14th, 2009

I have always thought most highly of Future Games and the lyrics and melodies have all stayed with me since 1971. It has been the most memorable Fleetwood Mac album and I find it still more genuine in it's music than the later line up with Nicks and Buckingham - who were great at cranking our commercially viable hits with all the appropriate licks and hooks- but less successful at simply playing from the heart. Playing from the heart is what keeps me listening to Future Games.

I was living in London in 1971 and know what and where Fleetwood Mac was coming from.

    Comments »

By the time of this album's release, Jeremy Spencer had been replaced by Bob Welch and Christine McVie had begun to assert herself more as a singer and songwriter. The result is a distinct move toward folk-rock and pop; this album sounds almost nothing like Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Welch's eight-minute title track has one of his characteristic haunting melodies, and with pruning and better editing could have been a hit. Christine McVie's "Show Me a Smile" is one of her loveliest ballads. Initial popular reaction was mixed: the album didn't sell as well as Kiln House, but it sold better than any of the band's first three albums in the U.S. In the U.K., where the original lineup had been more successful, Future Games didn't chart at all, the same fate that would befall the rest of its albums until the Lindsey Buckingham-Stevie Nicks era. (William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide)

  • RIAA Certification : Album - Gold (500,000 copies, 10/04/00)
  • Charts Peak : US #91 (Nov 1971)

  •     Last Modified »
    2011-08-07
        Tracklisting »
    Discography entry submitted by Mary Anne. Original/promo issue cover provided by Steve Denison & Audiophileusa.com.