The Public Records 9/21/18
Well hello there. Welcome to another week and another album from the shelves of The Public Records in An Sibin, Tellus360. As summer draws to an end and the days get shorter and the nights chillier, we scoured our selection to bring you an as always appropriate album. For this, the week of September 16th, 2018, An Sibin and The Public Records is happy to send ‘Bare Trees’ by Fleetwood Mac (Reprise Records, 1972).
This is the sixth studio album of the ever changing and notoriously raucous band. ‘Bare Trees’ was before the Buckingham/Nicks era while Bob Welch and Danny Kirwan (who did most of the writing for this album and was fired right after it due to a fight with Welch) were still in the group.
Although the album lacks that Buckingham/Nicks glamour, it is none-the-less a romp in a different sense. It has a much harder and heavier feel of the Kirwan/Welch touch. However, the Christine McVie tunes, especially ‘Spare Me a Little of Your Love’ foreshadow that mid 70s mystique of both ‘Fleetwood Mac’ (1975) and ‘Rumours’ (1977) with the smokey witchiness of her vocals.
Despite the in-house troubles of the band during this phase of its life, Bare Trees was able to chart at 70 a few years after its release (no doubt thanks to a renewed interest caused by the Buckingham/Nicks bump) and by 1988 the album had comfortably reached the platinum status by selling over a million copies.
As we slip into colder weather and darker days, get your last summer yas-yas out with us down here in the basement; a crisp, cold Sage Advice and a little ‘Sunny Side of Heaven’ will make you glad you did. Cheers!