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The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac
More of a "collection" than a "best of"
Review written by Zabe from Boise, Idaho U.S., August 20th, 2004
Whoever selected the tracks performed the task well, but not well enough. I suppose everyone has their own ideas of what tracks should have been chosen, and how they should have been sequenced. Too bad nothing from "Time" appears on the new set. At least "I Do" could have made it here. A great live version of "Everywhere", from the 1987 tour appeared on an import CD of "Save Me". Not including that version of "Everywhere" is a huge oversight.
Thirty-eight, rather than 36, songs could have fit here. If it was my responsibility to select and sequence the tracks for this collection, it would have gone like this
"The Chain" 4-CD box set, while an enjoyable listen, is totally uneven, and quite sloppily assembled. This new collection, it seems, was hastily thrown together as well. I'll buy it, but will always regret that it could have been done much more thoughtfully.
This one gets a grade of "Incomplete"
Review written by Zabe from Boise, Idaho U.S.A., August 16th, 2004
A friend of mine has this set, and I was checking out the track-listing to see whether I wanted a copy for myself. Looks like the hits are there. There appears to be a good number of b-sides and soundtrack songs here. Some decent album cuts (although why "Think About It" is missing is a baffling mystery) found their way onto this collection. And then there's the duets. On this package you get Tom Petty, Kenny Loggins, Don Henley, and John Stewart. But where, oh where is "I Pretend", the duet she performed with Sandy Stewart on Stewart's "Cat Dancer" album? This glaring omission is the one reason I will never purchase "Enchanted".