October 20, 2009
Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock

Album Review

There's a certain relief that this 2016 Rhino reissue of 2002's double-disc set The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac doesn't even attempt to dabble in the early blues work of the Peter Green band, and treats the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as ground zero. The two eras of the band don't sit well together, and it's best to isolate them, since those who want the hits don't need to hear the blues. Here, it's the prime of the platinum years, with almost all of the big songs in their original hit versions (the one real exception is a live version of "Big Love" from 1997, but most listeners aren't going to be too upset with the substitution). The biggest complaint is that chronological order would have been welcome, but the sequencing here is still nice, and all the big hits and radio staples are here, along with enough great album tracks ("Think About Me," "World Turning," "What Makes You Think You're the One") to whet the appetite for full albums for novices, who will surely find this to be a good introduction. It's not dynamic or sharply sequenced to be a truly classic collection, but it gets the job done, and it will certainly satisfy those who just need the hits, plus a little bit more for the illusion of depth.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Monday Morning
  2. Dreams
  3. You Make Loving Fun
  4. Go Your Own Way
  5. Rhiannon [Single Version] [Version]
  6. Say You Love Me
  7. I'm So Afraid [Edit][Live]
  8. Silver Springs
  9. Over My Head [Single Version] [Version]
  10. Never Going Back Again
  11. Sara
  12. Love In Store
  13. Tusk
  14. Landslide
  15. Songbird
  16. Big Love
  17. Storms
  18. The Chain
  19. Don't Stop
  20. What Makes You Think You're The One
  21. Gypsy
  22. Second Hand News
  23. Little Lies
  24. Think About Me [Single Version] [Version]
  25. Go Insane [Live]
  26. Gold Dust Woman
  27. Hold Me
  28. Seven Wonders
  29. World Turning
  30. Everywhere
  31. Sisters of The Moon [Single Version] [Version]
  32. Family Man
  33. As Long As You Follow
  34. No Questions Asked
  35. Skies The Limit
  36. Paper Doll
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