This is one of the best known of all unknown record albums! This is the album Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks made right before they joined Fleetwood Mac. This album is responsible for them becoming members of “the Mighty Mac”. That story will be part of this blog too. One other side note on the record: In the credits they misspelled Stevie’s name. It’s spelled Stevi…
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham made this record after breaking up their current band Fritz. It was a tough decision for them because they had become so close to their fellow band members. Tension had built up in the band because Stevie Nicks was getting more and more of the attention at their live shows. By the way, Fritz must have been a pretty good band. They opened shows for Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Credence Clearwater Revival, and even Santana. But Polydor records was calling and they had to grab the brass ring while they could. They had no idea how the course of their lives had just changed. They thought they’d make this record, do a tour (possibly using some of the members of Fritz) and then pick up where they had left off. And that is what very likely should have happened.
Stevie and Lindsey were romantically involved at this time. They were also dirt poor. The two of them were waiting tables and getting any side gig they could during the recording of this record. Money got so tight that at one point the producer, Keith Olsen, had to let them move in with him. Then something amazing happened.
Fleetwood Mac was in the midst of another major personnel change. Bob Welch and another band member had left the band leaving Mic and John and Christine McVie. Mic Fleetwood flew to California in search of a studio to record their next album and one or two new band members. He walked into Sound City Studio where Stevie and Lindsey were recording their new album. The first song he heard was Frozen Love. This song features the great guitar work of Lindsey Buckingham. The song is over seven minutes long and a tour de force rock song. Mic immediately asked Lindsey to join the band. Fleetwood was very disappointed to learn that it was a package deal. Lindsey said it was both of them or none of them. The negotiations went on for some time but in the end Lindsey won out and the rest is history.
Then there is the album cover. Stevie and Lindsey both topless. Stevie hates this album cover. When the photo shoot was coming up she took her last $100 and went out and bought a very cool blouse that she thought the photographer would love. He took several photos of them and then suggested the topless picture. After a tremendous amount of persuading she agreed to do it. She still thought they would end up using a photo of her in her blouse. So another reason to find and buy this record is you get a topless picture of Stevie Nicks. She never did anything close to this ever again…
And now here in all it’s naked glory is Buckingham Nicks…
Crying In The Night
Without A Leg To Stand On
Long Distance Winner
Don’t Let me Down Again
Races Are Run
So this year is the 40th anniversary of Buckingham Nicks. Fleetwood Mac is out on tour again (minus Christie McVie this time…) and it seems that every time they put out a new record or go on tour the subject of this record comes up. Stevie and Lindsey both said in interviews in December of 2012 that they would like to see a 40th anniversary edition of the album released. They have both said they would write new songs for it. They both said there are outtakes that could be included. We have heard it all before. The time has come. The time is now. And Lindsey and Stevie… If you do reissue this LP on CD please be sure to also put it out on vinyl…