Fleetwood Mac "Greatest Hits", UK 1971. Yes, there was a time when, in the pre-Stevie Nicks dark ages, a prehistoric 'Mac had so much relative success that they actually warranted a greatest hits album. Indeed, exactly half the cuts on this record actually made the UK top-40, and 4 of them made the top-10. Not bad for a bunch of heads down, no nonsense boogie freaks. Having said that, not a single one of these classics ended up on their 1988 album of the same name, perhaps being the only Greatest Hits album that omitted a no. 1 hit by the artist (discuss). The appeal of this album, aside from the fetching artwork, is the fact that it is culled from 3 different records labels, none of which were CBS (Blue Horizon, Immediate, Reprise), so this might very well be the only place you can get all these monsters in one place on vinyl (discuss). Many of the essential cuts from this new breed of hairy chart disturbers can be found here: "Black Magic Woman", "Man Of The World", "Rattlesnake Shake", "Need Your Love So Bad", and 3 of the very best cuts of the era: the sublime "Albatross", the Judas Priest-covered "Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)", and the utterly extraordinary "Oh Well Pt 1". You may notice that these superlatively restrained axemen achieved an intensity and heaviness without excessive use of distortion/volume; something many metal bands ought to take notice of. Simply put, The Stones aside, this group was superior to all other British blues rockers, including, in my opinion, Cream (discuss). The sound is beautifully dark and almost "White Album"-ish at times, and it's obvious that the influence went both ways with these groups, Lennon purposely crafting "Yer Blues" and "Sun King" after Peter Green tunes, included herein. Also notable is the post-Green gem "Dragonfly", which was their latest 45rpm offering at the time of this album's release, but not included on other albums of the era. It's a gorgeous, but little talked about item, from that other lost genius from the early Mac-ranks; Danny Kirwan. I reach for this album quite often, and it's always exhilarating. Scroll ➡️ for more views!