FLEETWOOD MAC - NASHVILLE 1977

December 19, 2018 – 7:34 am

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FLEETWOOD MAC
Nashville 1977 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee; May 21, 1977. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to the original uploader; and to EN (Emperor Nobody) for the remaster and repair.

EN noted (June 24, 2018):

This concert… is likely the best sounding and most complete show from this most legendary record and tour; there’s never been an official live document of this explosive period for FM, save a single tour highlights CD included in the 35th Anniversary box set edition of Rumours.

It’s a damn good record that stands up really well for something so beaten to death. Cocaine, alcohol, unlimited money and a seething hatred for your spouse/bandmates’ infidelities - sometimes with other bandmates and their spouses - made for one of the most incisive and serious albums that will ever be made about intimate relationships gone sour. That none of them died young doing it is almost a minor miracle. That Mick Fleetwood - born this day in 1947 - is turning 71 today is, given the whirlwind of Seventies consumption in which he indulged, perhaps an even less likely miracle. So yeah, they did drugs in the 1970s, news flash for you there. But what about this concert? There’re two of them from this week in May 1977 that are essentially the two best sounding captures of the Rumours excursion that circulate. The Nashville one from the 21st is the superior performance and recording, IMO.

The issue with the two of them is that the track You Make Loving Fun is incomplete in both; there were these things called tapes back in the day and they had to be flipped occasionally. So I spent yesterday creating a complete version, sort of Frankensteined from the two fragments, which involved a whole lotta digital trickery, as the song was played considerably faster at the Nashville show. I ended up remastering both sets to ballpark match each other sonically, then decided to share the Nashville one with the two encores - the only tunes not played at that show — from OKC three days before tacked on as bonus tracks.

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Original notes:

This is a recent cassette transfer and the sound on it is outstanding. I think it’s the best sounding soundboard of the Rumours tour - and an upgrade from what I’ve previously heard of this recording. It’s a seemless recording meaning there are no cuts or edits between tracks. There is a very slight cut at the end of disc one, but it’s right at the end of Gold Dust Woman, no vocals are cut. There is also a slight cut in at the beginning of disc two, but again no vocals are sliced off. I have no info on who taped the show, but a big thanks to everyone responsible for getting this tape transferred - it’s a really great sounding show.

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EN remaster notes, June 2018:

- faded in opening crowd
- faded playout of Gold Dust Woman, which was slightly cut at the end
- beginning was cut, so subbed in You Make Loving Fun from OKC 5.18.1977, matching pitch and tempo of the last minute of the song when it returns to Nashville 5.21.1977
- faded outro PA music of Nashville performance for quick transition into bonus encore material
- added encores from OKC 5.18.1977, with slight remastering to match both sources, which sound like they were recorded on the same deck
- fixed numerous dropouts and applied applause fades where necessary for smoothness
- repaired The Green Manalishi to remove/smooth loud cracking noise in intro

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Lineage:
SBD > ? > Cassette > wav > cdr > eac > wav > flac Level 6
soundboard feed of unknown origin; sounds like a cassette master

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Disc 1
Track 101. welcome and tuning 1:44
Track 102. Say You Love Me 4:15
Track 103. Monday Morning 3:20
Track 104. Dreams 4:18
Track 105. Oh Well 3:16
Track 106. Rhiannon 8:03
Track 107. Oh Daddy 4:49
Track 108. Never Going Back Again 3:01
Track 109. Landslide 3:55
Track 110. Over My Head 3:36
Track 111. Gold Dust Woman 6:30
47 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. You Make Loving Fun 4:44
Track 202. I’m So Afraid 5:28
Track 203. Go Your Own Way 4:28
Track 204. World Turning 8:05
Track 205. Blue Letter 6:51
Track 206. Second Hand News 3:25
Track 207. The Chain 7:51
Track 208. Songbird 5:04
Track 209. The Green Manalishi * 5:17
Track 210. Don’t Stop * 4:02
56 mins

* encores from Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, 5.18.1977

Lineup:
Mick Fleetwood - drums, percussion, vocals
John McVie - bass, guitar, vocals
Christine McVie - keyboards, vocals
Stevie Nicks - vocals, percussion, guitar
Lindsey Buckingham - guitar, vocals

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  1. 17 Responses to “FLEETWOOD MAC - NASHVILLE 1977”

  2. Well Bill this ain’t FLEETWOOD MAC,Without Peter Green,Jeremy Spencer
    Danny Kirwan
    Bob Welch
    Dave Walker…Just my opinion,and i’m looking forward to how you work Tom Petty into your reply…Did you know that Paul Barrere and Bill Payne wrote songs and played their parts just as well as Lowell and they are still playing to day and tell the Deadheads no Gerry no Grateful Dead,just stick to your Tom Petty….

    By skinned knees on Dec 19, 2018

  3. This is a fantastic show that recently was lost due to my dead hdd. It’s an absolute must have for fans of the Stevie/Lindsey Fleetwood Mac. I’m a big fan of the older stuff too; Kiln House, Bare Trees, and older, but the constant in FM is change, by Peter Green’s design.

    By jdallenx on Dec 19, 2018

  4. Actually , fact is as legendary as the Lindsey/ Stevie lineup now is 43 years after their debut , altering the bands name even slightly would have been a good thing . Even today with Lindsey having been booted from the band for no apparent good reason and being replaced with Neil Finn and Mike Campbell, changing the name would have been the best thing . The earlier FM lineups never had this longevity aka Petty / Stones / Who / etc so keeping the name wasn’t quite the same . Buckingham gave FM their identity and sound as as much as I love Mike Campbell, it’s not a good fit , not that he’s not equally talented as a guitarist, but he dosent sing and is so identified with Petty , having been with him for almost 50 years . Neil Finn is a joke . Do my point is Some lineups are more irreplaceable than others , almost half century gives Lindsey cache, over say Danny Kirwan/ Peter Green / Bob Welch etc .

    By Bill on Dec 19, 2018

  5. It’s almost the equivalent of The Stones touring and making an album without Mick Jagger and still calling themselves The Rolling Stones.

    By Bill on Dec 19, 2018

  6. Rumor has it Lindsey gots a big un

    By U L E on Dec 19, 2018

  7. Rumor has it Stevie likes big uns

    By U L E on Dec 19, 2018

  8. Rumor has it Mick Fleetwood gots a big un too / John Mcvie gots a little un

    By U L E on Dec 19, 2018

  9. That explains why Mcvie was the only one Stevie didn’t bang .

    By U L E on Dec 19, 2018

  10. Rumor has it that at their ages “ 70’s Big or little uns are no longer relevant. I’m sure their libidos have ceased by now .

    By Dump the Trump on Dec 19, 2018

  11. Unfortunately, after Buckingham and Nicks joined, they became Fleetwood Crap, very popular admittedly for reasons I will never understand, but nevertheless crap.

    By Amused on Dec 20, 2018

  12. Amused ‘ I don’t think they were crap. Just different ‘ The pre ‘ B N lineups were more blues / rock oriented ‘ less commercial. Totally different bands and sound . I appreciate both incarnations for what they were which was great . This proves that changing the bands name would have been a good idea . Different sound ‘ different name . Makes sense.

    By CJ on Dec 20, 2018

  13. I agree with amused. Even the so called good stuff from this lineup is awful. It was a good band that tried to turn into Abba

    By art critic on Dec 21, 2018

  14. ABBA was great . So that’s a compliment.

    By Frank on Dec 21, 2018

  15. It’s very amusing watching these huge nuts bounce hard ‘ fast and nonstop ON YOUR CHIN .

    By art critic MORON on Dec 21, 2018

  16. I can see them bouncing, they’re tiny. What do you use? Tweezers?

    By art critic on Dec 21, 2018

  17. Excellent sound. I really enjoyed this. Hard to believe the band has been around for so long with it’s different lineups. Fleetwood Mac must have sold a zillion records by now.

    By Malcolm COLLICOTT on Dec 21, 2018

  18. Great show…but i prefer Fleetwood era 1967-1974 shows.
    Thank you!

    By rochacrimson on Dec 21, 2018

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