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- Lindsey Buckingham -- vocals, guitar, bass
- Stevi (Stevie) Nicks -- vocals
- Jorge Calderon -- percussion
Buckingham (solo efforts)
Rating: **** (4 stars)
Title: Buckingham - Nicks
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Comments: gatefold sleeve; minor ring wear
Catalog ID: 5618
Following the 1971
breakup of the San Francisco based band Fritz, vocalist/guitarist Lindsey
Buckingham and Stevie Nicks (the liner notes spelled it "Stevi")
elected to continue their collaboration as a duo. After two years of
low-keyed touring, in 1972 the duo was signed by Polydor.
"Buckingham-Nicks" track listing:
1.) Don't Let Me Down Again (Lindsey Buckingham) - 3:52 rating: **** stars
If you grew up in the mid-1970s, Fleetwood Mac were a big part of your musical life and from the opening guitar riff, 'Don't Let Me Down Again' sounded like a prototype Fleetwood Mac single. All the ingredients that were to propel Fleetwood Mac to the commercial stratosphere were on display here - a great melody, the pair's intertwined vocals, and that instantly recognizable guitar ...
-2.) Django (instrumental) (Lindsey Buckingham) - 1:02 rating: ** stars
A pretty instrumental meant to showcase Buckingham's acoustic guitar prowess, the only complaint about 'Django' were the ill-fitting backing strings and the short running time.
3.) Races Are Run (Stevi Nicks) - 4:14 rating: **** stars
In later years critics would slam Nicks for not having much of a voice. While I can't argue with them, on the mid-tempo ballad 'Races Are Run' she sounded fantastic. Her dark, slightly muddy delivery seldom sounded as sexy as on this dark and haunting number.
4.) Lola (My Love) (Lindsey Buckingham) - 3:44 rating: **** stars
To my ears Buckingham's quirkiness has always been simultaneously charming and disconcerting. On this set the characteristic was clearly on the charming side with 'Lola (My Love)' standing as a weird stab at crafting a blues-rocker. The funny thing is that it worked and worked well with the song quickly generating quite a bit of steam.
5.) Frozen Love (Lindsey Buckingham - Stevi Nicks) - 7:15 rating: **** stars
'Frozen Love' was another prototype 'Fleetwood Mac' ballad that served to underscore how much the pair would influence the latter. The only writing collaboration between the pair, the result was one of their prettiest compositions, again showcasing their wonderful harmonies and Buckingham's instantly recognizable guitar (this one ended with a blazing electric guitar solo). Ironically this was apparently the song that convinced Mick Fleetwood to recruit the pair for Fleetwood Mac. If you believe the story, Fleetwood happened to be in Sound City Studios when the song was being mixed by Keith Olsen. With Danny Kirwan having recently left Fleetwood Mac, the band was looking for a new guitarist and Fleetwood decided Buckingham would be a good fit. He quickly learned that Buckingham wouldn't consider the offer unless Nicks came along. I guess you know the rest of the story ...
1.) Crying In the Night (Stevi Nicks) - 2:58 rating: *** stars
Spotlighting Nicks' throaty delivery, 'Crying In the Night' was one of the album's most commercial tracks, which is why Polydor tapped it as the album's second and instantly dead on arrival single.
2.) Stephanie (instrumental) (Lindsey Buckingham) - 2:12 rating: **** stars
Buckingham's talents as a guitarist have always been overlooked. Yeah, his picking style is weirder than weird, but the man can make those strings sing and anyone who doubts his talents needs only check out the stunning instrumental 'Stephanie'.
3.) Without a Leg To Stand On (Lindsey Buckingham) - 2:09 rating: **** stars
It's easy to see why a song like 'Without a Leg To Stand On' attracted the ear of Mick Fleetwood. Kicked along by Buckingham's instantly recognizable guitar, the song was a great country-rock vehicle that aptly displayed the pair's wonderful harmony vocals.
4.) Crystal (Stevi Nicks) - 3:41 rating: **** stars
To my ears 'Crystal' was one of the album's highlight. A stunning ballad, it's still one of the prettiest songs Nicks has ever written (Buckingham handled the lead vocals) and goes a long way to explaining why Fleetwood Mac decided to re-record the track for 1975's "Fleetwood Mac". For what it's worth, the Fleetwood Mac version didn't improve on the original. Anyone who has ever wondered whether Fleetwood Mac influenced Buckingham and Nick, or Buckingham and Nicks influenced Fleetwood Mac need only listen to this one.
5.) Long Distance Winner (Stevi Nicks) - 4:50 rating: **** stars
The album ended with another Fleetwood Mac-ish performance in the form of 'Long Distance Winner'. Nice slice of FM rock which would have sounded good on top-40 radio.
Polydor tapped the album for a pair of singles in the form of:
- 1973's 'Don't
Let Me Down Again' b/w 'Don't Without a Leg To Stand On' (Polydor catalog
In the wake of the album's commercial failure, Buckingham returned to sessions work, playing with Don Everly's touring band while Nicks took a day job as a waitress. Under Olsen's patronage the pair also began recording material for a planned sophomore album. The setback proved momentary as within a year the two were members of Fleetwood Mac. Funny, but after hearing the album you're left to wonder whether Fleetwood Mac had the bigger impact on these guys, or vice versa ... my money's clearly on Buckingham and Nicks having influenced the former.
With the revamped Fleetwood Mac tearing up the charts, in 1975 Polydor re-issued the album. Same album art and songs; the only difference was the re-issue wasn't a gatefold sleeve. Not a big deal, but just remember the difference if you're looking for a copy of the album.
A couple of
additional comments on the album ... it's one of those rarities in
that it's never been officially reissued on CD. The demand is
certainly there and every couple of years you'll here talk that it may be
reissued. Hasn't happened. Depending on who you listen to, part
of the reason for the set being missing in action may have to do with
Buckingham and Nicks having reportedly re-acquiring rights to the master
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