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The Best Of Fleetwood Mac
Continental European album from 1976
Review written by Mark Trauernicht from Alexandria, VA USA, June 29th, 2007
This album, released in 1976, is noteworthy in that it is--so far--the only album (vinyl or CD) release of two single B-sides. The first is "World In Harmony", the b-side to the "Green Manalishi" single. The second is "The Purple Dancer", the b-side of the "Dragonfly" single from 1971. The Best of was released only for the [continental] European market, in 1976, just as the band was starting to take off in America.
It basically contains highlights from the Then Play On album, both sides of these three singles: "Oh Well", "Green Manalishi", and "Dragonfly"....nothing earlier, and nothing later.
I am still amazed, after all this time, that "World in Harmony" and "The Purple Dancer" still haven't made it onto any CD--anywhere!
That fact alone makes getting this 1976 album an absolute MUST!
The Boston Box
Forget the myriad other Tea Party releases--this is the one!!
Review written by Mark Trauernicht from Alexandria, VA, August 8th, 2006
One of the huge problems with going to your local audio store and rifling through the Fleetwood Mac bin even now (2006) is that there are about a million live recordings of Peter Green's version of the band available, and about 90% of those are taken from the Boston Tea Party sets from Feburary 1970!
Ever since the "Live" in Boston album, and the Cerulean album came out in 1984/85, the market has been filled with countless rehashings, repressings, and reissues of this material with sound quality often varying from fair to horrid.
This 3-disc box set (and the three single-CD releases that came out individually first) effectively replaces ALL of those with remastered sound, interesting and informative liner notes, and an attractive packaging. The entire collected material from those three nights is presented here. Yes, there are--in some cases--multiple versions of the same song (since obviously some of their set list would be duplicated from evening to evening), but they are still a joy to hear. Sound quality is excellent (remember, this was recorded with 1970-technology) for the times, and the remastering job top-notch. Go out and buy this--and forget the rest!!