Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie: 10 of the Fleetwood Mac duo's best songs
In one way or another, the various members of Fleetwood Mac have been discussing the possibility of a new album for around a decade now and, according to the band's drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood, they've even gotten as far as recording “dozens” of songs in the last few years.
But, as anyone who knows anything about the history of Fleetwood Mac also knows, this is a band known as much for the fractious relationship between its members as any of their music.
As it turned out most of the newest recordings are understood not to feature Stevie Nicks, who as recently as last year expressed doubts about the possibility of a new album featuring the classic line-up that saw them release chart-busting albums such as Rumours and Tango in the Night, but that didn’t stop the other members getting busy.
However, when Fleetwood was talking up the new material last year he also stated that Lindsey Buckingham and, in particular, Christine McVie had been “writing up a storm” and “could probably probably have a mighty strong duet album if they want”.
Well, it appears that they do want, because this week sees the arrival of just that. Titled simply Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, the pair unleash their new album today and fans of the band may also be pleased to learn that the album also features Mick Fleetwood and John McVie on drums and bass respectively. That doesn't make it a Fleetwood Mac album, of course, but it's as close as we're likely to get in the foreseeable future and it's worth remembering that since the mid-1970s, when the band really began to peak in terms of creative and commercial success, that McVie and Buckingham, along with Nicks, have been two-thirds of the songwriting troika that saw the band produce a string of huge hits in the 1970s and 80s.
As such, the new album feels very familiar and kicks off with a couple of the pair's strongest songs in years – 'Sleeping Around the Corner' and 'Feel About You'. Other highlights include the McVie-penned closer 'Carnival Begin' and co-write 'In My World', which harks back to some of Fleetwood Mac's best moments.
Buckingham is handling the production himself, with help from Mitchell Froom and Mark Needham, and even if this isn't a Fleetwood Mac album proper, it stands up in its own right and is well worth a listen for any dedicated fans of the band.
The album is available now in stores and here in our online store - you can also listen to 'My World' below:
For anyone in need of a reminder of just how crucial a part of Fleetwood Mac's success Buckingham and McVie have been over the years, below we've laid out 10 of their finest songs...
Fleetwood Mac's eponymous 1975 album marked Lindsey Buckingham's arrival in the band and 'World Turning' represents the co-write between the pair to be released. Propelled by Buckingham's nimble, finger-picking guitar work and McVie's distinctively smoky vocals, it's a joint stand-out along with Nicks' 'Rhiannon' and marks the beginning of a songwriting partnership that would help elevate the band to a whole new level.
'Second Hand News'
The opening salvo from Rumours is the Buckingham-penned 'Second Hand News', a rollicking introduction to the album that helped cement his role as a key songwriter for the band.
One of four contributions that Christine McVie made to Rumours, 'Don't Stop' is also one of the album's biggest hits and its shuffling groove adds another dimension to an album that saw the band transformed into a commercial phenomenon in the late 1970s. It's also a great example of how well McVie and Buckingham's vocals work together and is still a highlight of the band's live sets.
'Go Your Own Way'
In an oft-recounted story about the band's crowning achievement, Rumours, Buckingham penned this song as a riposte to Stevie Nicks' lament on the souring of the relationship between herself and the guitarist, 'Dreams', and was reportedly a late inclusion to the album, but there's no doubt that's it's one of the finest songs on Rumours and it remains one of their most enduring hits.
'You Make Loving Fun'
Another of Christine McVie's songs on Rumours, 'You Make Loving Fun' is one of the album's smoothest moments and although it wasn't as big a hit as some of the album's other tracks, for our money it's still one of the best tracks on Rumours and features some searing guitar work from Buckingham.
In the difficult period that followed Rumours, Buckingham pretty much assumed creative control of the band's musical direction and Tusk is very much his brainchild, even if some of his experimentation on the album drove his bandmates to distraction. In comparison to Rumours, the hit-rate here is decidedly mixed, but the Buckingham-written title track is undoubtedly a standout on the album and Mick Fleetwood's drums give the track a distinctive tribal feel that's unlike anything else the band have done.
One of the more tender moments on 'Tusk', this McVie song is a mellow oasis of calm in the midst of Fleetwood Mac's most chaotic album and of her several contributions to the record, this is probably her best. The layered vocals throughout hint at the sound that would become more prevalent on the band's albums over the next decade and McVie's work on electric piano here is superb.
If Tusk could be considered Buckingham's album, then the same could arguably said of McVie's contribution to the band's 1987 album Tango in the Night. Of the three really big hits on the album, McVie penned two of them and 'Everywhere' helped stretch the band's boundaries into something more radio-friendly and pop-orientated than their earlier work. Shimmering synths, funky guitars and a dreamy blend of vocals between McVie and Nicks help make this one of the album's best moments.
Buckingham's biggest contribution to Tango in the Night is probably its opening salvo 'Big Love', a barnstorming opener featuring some excellent guitar work and a huge chorus that sets the tone for the rest of an album that revived the band's fortunes after mixed reactions to their previous two albums.
Although Fleetwood Mac's biggest hit of the 1980s features a lead vocal from Stevie Nicks, ‘Little Lies' was actually a co-write by McVie and her then-husband Eddy Quintela, with whom she would write several more songs over the following years. If you've made it this far down our list and still have any lingering doubts about her knack for a huge chorus, this should lay those doubts to rest.