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Fleetwood Mac Bonus Track! The Legendary Christine McVie Solo Career

Welcome back to Fleetwood Mac Attack!  This post is a hidden bonus track on the playlist of the Mac’s discography.  Now that you know that this bonus track exists, I figure it’s probably safe to inform you that yes, in fact, there are a couple more riddled throughout.  And they are wonderful nuggets of awesome that live in the Fleetwood Mac fringe world.

So Christine McVie.  She was a huge Fleetwood Mac fan back when she was still Christine Perfect and writing bluesy hits for Chicken Shack (I haven’t listened to Chicken Shack, but I will one day!).  Then she was invited to play with the Mac on their second album, Mr. Wonderful (click here for my thoughts on that album).  She met John McVie, bass guitarist and one of the two most consistent members of Fleetwood Mac (he’s always there, like Mick Fleetwood).  Christine Perfect left Chicken Shack in 1969, and as Christine McVie she joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970.

And in the down time between the two bands, she recorded Christine Perfect (1970).

Cover of the 1976 reissue, The Legendary Christine Perfect Album

Christine Perfect came out in 1970 and kind of hung around being awesome as Fleetwood Mac got more and more famous.  The album was re-released in 1976 as The Legendary Christine Perfect Album by Christine McVie.  And it retained all of its awesomeness, perhaps giving listeners an extra nugget to enjoy in between the release of Fleetwood Mac (1975) and Rumours (1977).

What I love about this album is how much you can see a bridge in sound from Fleetwood Mac P to Fleetwood Mac C (in case you’ve forgotten, Mac P is Peter Green era, and Mac C is post-1975 Christine + Buckingham/Nicks era).  Christine Perfect loved the blues.  And she loved the Peter Green Fleetwood Mac sound.  It’s all over this album, which is largely covers and only includes five original songs.  But it also delves into a different sound, something a little warpy and fun (check “Let Me Go”) that I think is perfected in “You Make Loving Fun” (Rumours, 1977).

This album, for me, solidifies my reasoning by labeling post-1975 Mac as Fleetwood Mac C.  Christine McVie nee Perfect is a driving musical force that bridges the sound gap from “Black Magic Woman” (released to promote 1969 compilation albums English Rose and The Pious Bird of Good Omen) to “Rhiannon” (released on 1975 Fleetwood Mac).  Without the specific sound of The Legendary Christine Perfect Album, I’m not so sure Fleetwood Mac would have been able to transition from blues rock to pop rock.  I’m definitely unsure that Stevie Nicks’ songs would have been able to fit in without the sound of C. McVie’s music.

Fourteen years after the original release of Christine Perfect, C. McVie released her second solo album, also self-titled.

Christine McVie, 1984

Christine McVie is a smoother, sexier album than Christine Perfect, which stands to reason, after a fourteen year gap in solo projects.  Christine McVie came out in 1984, in between Fleetwood Mac albums Mirage (1982) and Tango in the Night (1987).  And it is awesome.

The album starts out with this incredibly positive, optimistic burst in “Love Will Show Us How” and then powers through nine more soft pop tracks that delve into the heart of what it means to love.  After writing so many hits for Fleetwood Mac, Christine’s solo performance on this album showcases her strength as a musician on her own.  You can also hear the influence of the other members of Fleetwood Mac on this album crouching underneath the bouncing piano pop melodies; Lindsay Buckingham’s wild guitar finds its way into “So Excited” and “Got A Hold On Me,” and you can hear his voice in the background of three other tracks.

All in all, Christine McVie is a fantastic and fun album that, like the rest of Christine’s solo career, seems to have been swallowed up by the fame of Fleetwood Mac.

In fact, Christine McVie’s musical career spanned five decades, and she has only released three solo albums.  The third album, In The Meantime, came out in 2004 (which is the first Mac Attack album so far that was released after my birth!).

In The Meantime, 2004

And I can’t find it.

Usually, if I don’t already own the album, I will listen to it on Spotify.  If the album isn’t on Spotify, then I will search Youtube for the full album.  If I can’t find the full album, I search each song individually and listen to them in order (I never download music illegally, so Spotify and Youtube are my best friends).  And since I usually listen to each album at least three or four times before I write a review of it, this process can be difficult.

So Spotify only has The Legendary Christine Perfect Album and Christine McVie.  Which is great; two out of three is great.  But there is no whole album video of In The Meantime on Youtube; in fact, only ten of the twelve tracks exist on Youtube, and only five of those ten tracks are accessible in “my region” of the world.

I have access to “Friend,” “You Are,” “Anything Is Possible” (complete with a slideshow of Cristiano Ronaldo’s abs), “Easy Come, Easy Go,” and “Liar.”

I really, really like these songs.  I want more.  I want the rest of the album.  It’s good music.  And she worked with her nephew (awww!) Dan Perfect, so there are at least two Perfects on this album.  Double Perfect!!  It’s also a completely post-Fleetwood Mac album; Christine wrote this music after she left the band.

Anyway, my sadness at not having access to In The Meantime in its entirety was buoyed up by this video:


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