Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fleetwood Mac's Then Play On to be reissued on August 20, along with vinyl box set

Fans of the Peter Green led Fleetwood Mac are in for a treat: according to various reports, the band's third album Then Play On will be reissued with a brand new remaster on August 20 on Reprise Records. This "expanded edition" of the 1969 album will go by the UK tracking list, along with the original segues. The current issue of the album on CD from 1990 goes by a different tracking order with the segues all rearranged. Along with the original version of the album will be four bonus tracks: "Oh Well Parts 1 and 2", "The Green Manalishi" and "World in Harmony". The liner notes will be written by Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke.

Along with this, Reprise is also giving fans a vinyl box set Fleetwood Mac: 1969-1972. This box set will come with four albums (Then Play On, Kiln House, Future Games, and Bare Trees), all of which will be in their original packaging.

This is great news. I own the 1990 CD version of Then Play On and from what I've read in Amazon review sections, this album is in much need of a reissue. It's a shame that the original version of the album hasn't been on CD before. Several reviews have complained about the sound being terrible and botched compared to the original vinyl. On iTunes, I've managed to put together the closest thing to the original UK album via the 1990 CD and MP3 downloads of the missing songs that were on the UK version.

This album, along with the earlier Fleetwood Mac albums, are very important releases. Before Fleetwood Mac became immensely popular in the mid-1970's with Rumours, they were a blues rock band. I'm not saying that I dislike the popular version of the band at all. The Peter Green led Mac were the band that influenced bands like Aerosmith and Judas Priest.

I will definitely be getting this reissue!

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