Fleetwood Mac are a British/American band formed in 1967. Peter Green, who was at that time guitarist of John Mayalls’ band, the Bluesbreakers persuaded two other members, Mick Fleetwood (drummer) and John Mcvie (bassist) to break away as well. And so was born Fleedwood Mac. They also
hired Jeremy Spencer as additional guitarist. The band played psychedelic blues rock similar to the Bluesbreakers’ sound. After the departure of Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer due to illness, and the appearance of Christine Mcvie (pianist), that sound suddenly morphed into mainstream soft pop rock. Next came an assembly line of band members who played with the band at one time or another. Amongst them were Bob Brunning, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Danny Kirwan, Bob Welch, Bob Weston,
Dave Walker, Billy Burnette, Rick Vito, Bekka Bramlett, and Dave Mason. All that aside, the band was a super huge success and produced seventeen studio albums. They still tour today.
The title of the album was taken from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and
Duke Orsino’s opening line: ‘If music be the food of love, play on…’. I picked this cover for Blue Monday and it has a painting on the cover by an English illustrator, Maxwell Armfield. After graduating from the Birmingham School of Art in England, he moved to Paris to study at L'Académie de la Grande Chaumière and then onwards to the U.S. The photograph of the painting was credited to Terence Ibbott, a visual artist who designed and photograped many albums for bands of that era including The Moody Blues, B.B. King, Savoy Brown, Skid Row, etc.
Then Play On by Fleetwood Mac
12”LP, 33 rpm, Gatefold Sleeve
1969, Reprise/Warner Bros
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