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Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie dies at 79

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They went from a trad blues band to smarmy 70's pop-shlock afterwards .

Still, RIP to a great keyboardist.

In songs like 'Gypsy' and 'Everywhere' Christine did the 'Butterfly' effect on her synths, which is a very nice touch. I wish she (and the band) did more songs featuring that, taking it further. Howard Jones played the same way on his 1984 first hit, 'New Song'.

But then came the 90s and like their fellow cohorts the Eagles they did nothing new or noticeable except go touring, stealing money and playing 30-40+ year old music at $250/ticket. What a shame.

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What happened was radical and regrettable change...

Yawn. It was bound to come. 

RIP. A real talent.

@Jimizoo

Peter Green's departure was a real turning point.

They went from a trad blues band to smarmy 70's pop-shlock afterwards .

Still, RIP to a great keyboardist.

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It's hard to imagine the mid-70s without them. It was kind of like the background music of that decade. I would hear their songs played everywhere and all the time by my friends' parents and well, pretty much every adult.

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I was lucky enough to see her play as Christine Perfect with Chicken Shack in around 1970. A great performance. Oddly, I'd always assumed "Perfect" was a stage name, but it seems that was her real name.

Thanks for the music!

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TorafusuTorasanToday  09:58 am JST

@TL--that is like saying Syd Barret Pink Floyd is the real one. Yes those were early key members but had moved on by the time of massive hits in the 1970s that 95 percent of fans of those bands are familiar with. More for completists than casuals.

And even today Van Halen 'completists' debate about 'DLR vs. Van Hagar'. And the band ended two years ago! And yet nobody is nostalgic about the 1998 'Van Halen III' CD, are they? It's crap.

sunfunbunToday  11:04 am JST

What happened was radical and regrettable change...

A very narrow minded opinion.

Bands change and evolve. Blues was great, so was the pop band.

RIP songbird Christine.

Bands evolve. Lineups change.

And for that matter the same goes for RUSH whose first drummer was only on their first album. And don't get started on the various lineups of Yes, Genesis or even that awful Menudo.

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Thank you for the memories. Fleetwood Mac's music always reminded me of my childhood in Sacramento. It was always great to relive great memories. Thanks! you and your music will live on for generations.

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She held her own and made big contributions to a band featuring Stevie Nicks. That's some achievement.

"Everywhere" and "You Make Loving Fun" are both McVie songs. Hugh soaring choruses make for timeless pop music.

RIP.

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What happened was radical and regrettable change...

Yawn. It was bound to come.

RIP. A real talent.

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TokyoLivingToday  09:15 am JST

At that time three of its original members left the band, and Fleetwood Mac stopped being an excellent Blues band and became a Pop-Rock band...

The REAL Fleetwood Mac was Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (1967-1970)..

Listen to Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac blues, it was a great blues..

What happened was radical and regrettable change...

No they didn't. Green left the band. That's why they were able to still use the name.

Green made a lot of solo albums so you can listen to his blues, the three others added Buckingham & Nicks, and made music history. Nothing regrettable there.

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What happened was radical and regrettable change...

A very narrow minded opinion.

Bands change and evolve. Blues was great, so was the pop band.

RIP songbird Christine.

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@TL--that is like saying Syd Barret Pink Floyd is the real one. Yes those were early key members but had moved on by the time of massive hits in the 1970s that 95 percent of fans of those bands are familiar with. More for completists than casuals.

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A link to Pete Townsend playing Station Man, with his explanation. https://vimeo.com/397106064

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I meant... "due to the line-up changes, not despite them". (No edit function)

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The REAL Fleetwood Mac was Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac

I just came here to see how long it took for someone to make that comment. The Peter Greeners are like a cult - one that he wouldn't agree with; he himself has praised other versions of the band. Fleetwood Mac has basically three versions, all great bands. Only the rhythm section remained unchanged. Peter Green never intended to stay, which was why his name isn't in the band name (along with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie). After he left, they had a fantastic band mostly led by Bob Welch (along with Peter Green, another under-appreciated genius). Pete Townsend of the Who admitted to stealing riffs from this version of the band rather than Peter Green's version. (Esp. lifted from Station Man for his Won't Get Fooled Again). Christine contributed greatly here too. (Bare Trees, Tell Me All the Things You Do, Jewel Eyed Judy, etc.). The last and most famous version featured the brilliant duo of Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, both solid songwriters and Lindsay a fine guitarist.

Some people do a real disservice to the later band members by claiming that only the earliest line-up was the "real" band, as though the rest were just a cover band. Fleetwood Mac has had an amazing string of songwriting success over the years, and that's due to the line-up changes, not because of them.

RIP, Christine - you were brilliant.

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She married member and bassist John McVie in 1968, and joined the group officially in 1970, becoming a mainstay member as a lyricist, lead vocalist and keyboardist.

At that time three of its original members left the band, and Fleetwood Mac stopped being an excellent Blues band and became a Pop-Rock band...

The REAL Fleetwood Mac was Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (1967-1970)..

Listen to Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac blues, it was a great blues..

What happened was radical and regrettable change...

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Legendary Fleetwood Mac suffers further attrition as another one bites the dust. I fear the Grim Reaper might harvest a bumper crop of superstar boomers in 2023. Time is not on their side now and mortality no longer beckons from afar.

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Chicken Shack, Fleetwood Mac, and McVie are all great.

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The "Rumours" album was massive among the crowd I hung out with in high school when it came out (although I was way more interested in harder stuff like Zeppelin and the fledging punk scene). Today, whenever I hear the numerous singles from that album, I think of those days.

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