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Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, formed in London in 1967. The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands. In 1998, select members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2018, the band was declared MusiCares Person of the Year.

The band was founded by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Jeremy Spencer. They lacked a permanent bass player for the first few months before Green convinced John McVie to join, establishing the first official line-up in time to record their self-titled debut album. Danny Kirwan joined as a third guitarist in 1968. Keyboardist Christine Perfect, who contributed as a session musician starting with the second album, married John McVie and joined the band in 1970. At this time the band was primarily a British blues outfit, scoring a UK number one with "Albatross", and had lesser hits with the singles "Oh Well" and "Black Magic Woman". Personal problems led to original guitarists Green and Spencer leaving, to be replaced by Bob Welch and Bob Weston. By 1974 Welch and Weston had both departed, leaving the band without a primary male vocalist or lead guitarist.

In late 1974, while Fleetwood was scouting studios in Los Angeles, he was introduced to folk-rock duo Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood Mac soon asked Buckingham to be their new lead guitarist, and Buckingham agreed on condition that Nicks would also join the band. The addition of Buckingham and Nicks gave the band a more pop rock/folk rock sound and their 1975 self-titled album, Fleetwood Mac, reached No. 1 in the US. Rumours (1977), Fleetwood Mac's second album after the arrival of Buckingham and Nicks, produced four US Top 10 singles and remained at No. 1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks. It also reached the top spot in various countries around the world. Rumours has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the eighth-highest-selling album to date. The band went through personal turmoil while recording the album as both the romantic partnerships in the band (John & Christine McVie and Buckingham & Nicks) separated, although the band continued making music together.

The line-up remained stable through three more studio albums, but by the late 1980s began to disintegrate. The first to leave was Buckingham, followed by Nicks in 1991, to be replaced by a series of short-term guitarists and vocalists. In 1993 a one-off performance for the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton featured the five central members back together for the first time in six years, and in 1997 a full reunion occurred. In 1998 Christine McVie retired from touring. The band stayed together as a four-piece consisting of John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. In 2014 Christine McVie rejoined full-time. The latest studio album by the band was 2003's Say You Will. A side project known as Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie was released in 2017, containing contributions from the other band members except Nicks. In 2018, Buckingham was fired from the band, and was replaced by Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 12
1968 Mr. Wonderful Fleetwood Mac 5
1969 The Biggest Thing Since Colossus Otis Spann with Fleetwood Mac 2
1969 Then Play On Fleetwood Mac 5 12
1970 Kiln House Fleetwood Mac 4 8
1971 Future Games Fleetwood Mac 3.5 8
1972 Bare Trees Fleetwood Mac 3 8
1973 Mystery to Me Fleetwood Mac 3 8
1973 Penguin Fleetwood Mac 3 7
1974 Heroes Are Hard to Find Fleetwood Mac 3 6
1975 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 4.4 20
1977 Rumours Fleetwood Mac 4.7 43
1979 Tusk Fleetwood Mac 4 16
1982 Mirage Fleetwood Mac 4 13
1987 Tango in the Night Fleetwood Mac 4.8 13
1990 Behind the Mask Fleetwood Mac 3 7
1995 Time Fleetwood Mac 3
2003 Say You Will Fleetwood Mac 6
2018 The Alternate Tango in the Night Fleetwood Mac 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 The Pious Bird of Good Omen Fleetwood Mac 8
1969 English Rose Fleetwood Mac 5 4
1971 Greatest Hits Fleetwood Mac 3
1971 Black Magic Woman Fleetwood Mac 3 3
1971 The Original Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 8
1975 Vintage Years Fleetwood Mac 3
1976 2 Originals of Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 1
1977 Albatross (Split compilation released in 1977) Fleetwood Mac and Christine Perfect 2
1978 Man of the World Fleetwood Mac 1
1979 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 1
1987 The Collection Fleetwood Mac 5 2
1988 Greatest Hits Fleetwood Mac 4.25 8
1988 The Best of the Original Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 2
1988 The Early Years Fleetwood Mac 1
1990 Collection Gold Fleetwood Mac 2
1990 Looking Back On Fleetwood Mac 1
1990 The Hits of Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 1
1991 Like It This Way Fleetwood Mac 1
1991 The Blues Years Fleetwood Mac 1
1992 25 Years: The Chain Fleetwood Mac 4
1992 Selections From 25 Years: The Chain Fleetwood Mac 3
1993 The Blues Years Fleetwood Mac 2
1996 The Best of Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 3
1998 The Vaudeville Years: 1968 to 1970 Fleetwood Mac 1
1998 Albatross (1998 German compilation on Sony) Fleetwood Mac 1
1999 The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions: 1967–1969 Fleetwood Mac 2
2000 Alone With the Blues Peter Green & the original Fleetwood Mac 1
2000 The Best of Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 1
2001 Show‐Biz Blues: 1968 to 1970, Volume 2 Fleetwood Mac 1
2001 Fleetwood Mac & Peter Green Fleetwood Mac & Peter Green 1
2002 Jumping at Shadows: The Blues Years Fleetwood Mac 1
2002 The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 9
2002 The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 4 1
2003 Green Shadows Fleetwood Mac 1
2003 Madison Blues Fleetwood Mac 1
2005 Men of the World: The Early Years Fleetwood Mac 1
2005 Retro Gold Fleetwood Mac & Peter Green 1
2005 Trilogy Fleetwood Mac 1
2007 Vintage Mac Fleetwood Mac 1
2007 The Essential Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 1
2008 The Early Years Fleetwood Mac 1
2009 Black Magic Woman: The Best of Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac 2
2010 Original Album Classics Fleetwood Mac 1
2010 Crazy About the Blues Fleetwood Mac 1
2011 Black Magic: The Best of the Early Years Fleetwood Mac 1
2012 Original Album Series Fleetwood Mac 1
2013 Opus Collection Fleetwood Mac 1
2015 Alone With the Blues Peter Green and the original Fleetwood Mac 1
2017 Alternate Mirage Fleetwood Mac 1
2018 50 Years – Don’t Stop Fleetwood Mac 2
Fleetwood Mac / Rumours Fleetwood Mac 0
Rattlesnake Shake Fleetwood Mac 1
Rumours Outtakes Fleetwood Mac 2
The Very Best Fleetwood Mac 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Greatest Hits Live Fleetwood Mac 1
1995 Live at the BBC Fleetwood Mac 4
2004 Live in Boston Fleetwood Mac 1
2017 Love That Burns: The Blues Years Fleetwood Mac 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 1968-06-07/1968-06-09: Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA Fleetwood Mac 1
1969 Blues Jam at Chess (Fleetwood Mac in Chicago, Blues Jam in Chicago) Fleetwood Mac, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, Shakey Horton, J.T. Brown, Guitar Buddy, Honeyboy Edwards, S.P. Leary 7
1977 Live at Oklahoma City Fleetwood Mac 1
1980 Live Fleetwood Mac 4
1984 Boston Live Fleetwood Mac 2
1988 Oh Well: Greatest Hits Live Fleetwood Mac 2
1989 Live in London 1968 Fleetwood Mac 1
1989 Live USA Fleetwood Mac 1
1989 The Blues Collection Fleetwood Mac 1
1990 They Play On Fleetwood Mac 1
1991 Fleetwood Mac Live Fleetwood Mac 1
1992 Live at The Marquee Fleetwood Mac 1
1992 London Live ’68 Fleetwood Mac 1
1992 The Early Years Fleetwood Mac 1
1994 Madison Blues Live Fleetwood Mac 1
1995 The Magic Collection Fleetwood Mac 1
1997 The Dance Fleetwood Mac 3 4
1998 London Live ’68 Fleetwood Mac 3
1998 Live in Boston: Remastered, Volume One Fleetwood Mac 2
1998 Live in Boston: Remastered, Volume Two Fleetwood Mac 2
1999 Shrine ’69 Fleetwood Mac 2
1999 The Boston Box Fleetwood Mac 2
1999 Live at the Marquee Fleetwood Mac 1

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