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Classic Album Review: Fleetwood Mac | Shrine ’69

Peter Green & co. are in full attack mode on this mighty fine live archival treasure.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Long before Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, long before Rumours and Tusk, long before the soap-opera romances and cocaine roadies, Fleetwood Mac were an actual, honest-to-Muddy blues band. And a damn good one.

It’s this Fleetwood Mac that’s captured in all its glory on the live disc Shrine ’69, the first in a series of live releases from the archives of veteran rock soundman Dinky Dawson. If this one is any sign, bring on the rest — this 10-song set finds the original Mac in full attack mode, with guitarists Peter Green and Danny Kirwan sliding deftly from chugging electric blues to spooky acoustic moaners, while drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie hold it all together like Krazy Glue. These are the real Mac daddies.