Sonic Gems: Fleetwood Mac – Then Play On

Formed in 1967, the British American rock band, Fleetwood Mac formed in London and went on to sell more than 100 million records worldwide.  In 1998, members of the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.    The band’s founding members were Peter Green on guitar, Mick Fleetwood on drums and Jeremy Spencer also on guitar.  It was some months later that John McVie was added as bassist and then into 1969, Danny Kirwan was added as a third guitarist and studio musician/keyboardist Christine Perfect married McVie and joined the band in 1970.

The band originally was a British blues band and scored such hits as AlbatrossOh Well and Black Magic Woman.  Over the years, personnel in the band included Bob Welch, Bob Weston, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.  With this revolving personnel roster was a continually evolving sound.

Then Play On was the third studio album and released on September 19, 1969.  It marked the band’s transition into a broader stylistic range then the first two albums had offered.  An interesting bit of trivia is that the title is taken from Shakespeare’s opening line from Twelfth Night, “(I)f music be the food of love, then play on”.   Though some tracks seem a bit off kilter, after an objective listening, Aloha Promises Forever rates this album a very solid eight out of 10.

Then Play On may be listened to here:





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