TVD’s 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways, Week 3: Fleetwood Mac, Then Play On

As we noted upon the launch of our first of 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways, it’s easy to forget that going on 8 years now when TVD was in its year one (as was Record Store Day) the vinyl medium wasn’t “back,” sales weren’t stellar, and indeed record stores were a fading lot. No, worse actually. Shops we’re closing at such a clip, their disappearance literally informed the launch of the site you’re reading at present.

And as we’ll repeat for 9 weeks—vinyl and record stores go hand in hand. Their shared intrinsic value is the cultural commodity and the bedrock of any local music scene. Don’t believe us though…hit up your locals and the marriage becomes crystal clear. 

But we too have been overwhelmed with the resounding popular and prevalent headlines as to vinyl’s big resurgence, yet they also arrive in tandem with far less rosy headlines such as “Starbucks to Open in Former Bleecker Street Records Space”—and worse, some very bad ideas when one advocates for record shops have, of late, become internet fodder. (Seriously, vinyl subscription clubs are the Carson Daly of record collecting.)

As such, picking up with an old TVD favorite, we’ve lined up 9 (count ’em, 9) weeks of vinyl giveaways as we count down to Record Store Day 2015 to redouble our efforts to underscore the viability and the inherent need for your local brick and mortar record shops to remain the vibrant community touchstone that they intrinsically are. And while we kinda hate hanging out by the mailbox waiting for a record to show up (unless you’ve ordered it from a mom and pop or directly from a label!) we’re shipping out records for 9 weeks straight as sweet reminders that record stores are literally where it’s at.

For week 3 of 9, a look back at the Mac—before their chart attack.

“Fleetwood Mac was already a popular blues band in 1969 when they released Then Play On, the group’s stellar third studio album. It was the first with guitarist-songwriter Danny Kirwan and ultimately its last with founding member Peter Green. The album’s powerful mix of blues and rock includes standout tracks like “Rattlesnake Shake,” “Searching For Madge,” and “Coming Your Way.”

Rhino’s newly re-mastered and expanded edition includes four bonus tracks originally released as singles: parts one and two of “Oh Well,” “The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown),” and “World In Harmony,” which is available on CD for the first time.”

Enter to win Fleetwood Mac’s Then Play On by citing in the comments below your favorite Fleetwood Mac LP, and briefly—why. And for kicks, Rumours is out.

We’ll choose one enthusiastic brick and mortar supporter with a North American mailing address for the LP a week from today, March 10. Our winner will be notified directly via email. 

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  • marghet

    If Rumours is out, then Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 self titled album because of the gorgeous California pop vibes that allowed Christine McVie’s songs to take flight, it features Stevie Nick’s best and tightest songwriting (Landslide, Rhiannon, Crystal) and Lindsay Buckingham’s ageless rock classic I’m So Afraid. Tusk may be better but it sounds more like three solo artists on an album while the 1975 Fleetwood Mac album had a more cohesive sound.

  • disqus_E6LqKvqlVP

    Tusk, because it’s often overlooked.

  • Shane Gilbert

    Rumours-Rumours-Rumours.

    Wait, Rumours is out? Then I’m going to say Tusk. One because it was a somewhat experimental record. And two because I’ve always liked the video to the title track. The band-members look almost…..Happy.

  • Phiredog

    To be honest, I’ve never really been a huge fan but have been interested in hearing the Peter Green version of the band.

  • sara gordon

    The Vintage Years. Although it is a compilation album it is some of their best work with Peter Green (and easier to come by on vinyl than earlier albums). Totally different sound and totally bluesy. Did you know PG wrote Black Magic Woman?! Awesome.

  • ffxmovieman

    Tusk brilliant. it is their white album and physical graffiti The true classic of this FM lineup

  • MacManiac

    Tusk because life would be so much better if it was set to “Sara”.

  • Ty Fleischut

    i was gonna say rumours but i’ll say the self titled Fleetwood Mac because Sound City. That is all. haha

  • Kennedy

    Fleetwood Mac in Chicago.
    Great recording of FM with Otis Spann/ Willie Dixon among others. Totally different from anything else they were putting out at the time.

  • Rick E. Lake

    I’d have to go with the under-rated MIRAGE. Even though it isn’t quite as great as Fleetwood Mac or Rumours, it was still more coherent than Tusk, which seemed more like a collection of songs than a real album. On the singles front both McVie’s “Hold Me” and Nicks’ “Gypsy” are real stellar songs! Give it a second chance….

  • Diego Bermejo

    “Mystery to Me”

    It was the first album I bought of theirs when I was around 8 in cassette form. I didn’t know who Fleetwood Mac was when I bought it — I only picked it up because the cover art was super cool. Then it became my favorite album by them (probably because it’s the one I listened to the most).

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