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.
I picked this 7” single called Big Love to be the cover of the day. The wild artwork has always appealed to me as it looks like a pre-historic vista with all the outlandish plants but it does come together beautifully complete with a crane, a family of elephants, an alligator and a weird looking duck. As per Wikipedia ‘the distinctive cover art for the album was a painting by Australian artist Brett-Livingstone Strong which was hanging in Lindsey Buckingham's home. It is a homage to the 19th Century French painter Henri Rousseau, emulating his colorful jungle theme works such as ‘The Snake Charmer’ and ‘The Repast of the Lion’.
Big Love by Fleetwood Mac
7” Single, 45 rpm
1987, Warner bros.
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