Fleetwood Mac release Extended Play EP

Fleetwood Mac 2013 Neal Preston
Fleetwood Mac have released four songs on Extended Play, their first new music in 10 years. (Neal Preston)

Four-song set marks the band’s first new music in 10 years

By RJ Cubarrubia
Rolling Stone
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fleetwood Mac have returned with their first batch of new music in 10 years. Extended Play, available now exclusively on iTunes, contains the new tracks “Sad Angel,” “It Takes Time” and “Miss Fantasy,” penned by Lindsey Buckingham. It also includes “Without You,” a rediscovered and revamped track originally written by Stevie Nicks from the pair’s Buckingham Nicks project.

Extended Play is Fleetwood Mac’s first studio release since the 2003 LP Say You Will. Buckingham promised the EP was on the way earlier this month during a concert in Philadelphia. In January, he talked to Rolling Stone about how his relationship with Stevie Nicks has developed over the years.

“It’s still evolving, and that’s the beauty of it too. I’ve known Stevie since high school. We were a couple for many, many years, and we’ve been a musical couple forever,” Buckingham said. “After all this time you would think there was nothing left to discover, nothing left to work out, no new chapters to be written. But that is not the case – there are new chapters to be written.”

Fleetwood Mac are currently on a North American tour. Their next show is tonight at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. For full tour dates, visit the band’s website.

Fleetwood Mac releases new EP today, plays Tulsa’s BOK Center Wednesday

Fleetwood Mac Extended Play 2013By Brandy McDonnell
News OK
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fleetwood Mac debuted its first new music in a decade today, dropping an EP appropriately titled Extended Play on iTunes. Click here to download and listen.

The EP includes four songs: the poppy tracks “Sad Angel” and “Miss Fantasy,” the wistful piano ballad “It Takes Time” and “Without You” and a previously unreleased track that singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks penned about singer/songwriter/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham back in their pre-Fleetwood Mac Buckingham Nicks duo days.

The majority of Fleetwood Mac’s most famous lineup — drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie, Buckingham and Nicks — is touring North American to mark the 35th anniversary reissue of their most iconic album, Rumours, as well as celebrating the release of new music.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are bringing their “Fleetwood Mac Live 2013” trek to the BOK Center on Wednesday night. The legendary band previously played the Tulsa venue the last time it hit the road together, on 2009′s sold-out “Unleashed Tour.”

Fleetwood spoke enthusiastically about the planned EP in a phone interview prior to the tour’s April 4 launch in Ohio. Hopefully, the EP will herald the coming of a full-length follow-up to 2003′s “Say You Will,” he said.

“You know, we work when we feel good. And now we work when everyone has been able to — especially Stevie. She has a hugely successful solo career and she loves that world that is her world. And Lindsey also does great stuff, as do I. You know, I have my fun, not on such a profound level,” said Fleetwood, who plays with The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Featuring Rick Vito.

“But we’re musicians at work, and now we have the grace just to say ‘When this is right, we’ll do it.’ And Stevie’s ready to do it and wants to do it, and off we go. And we’ll be wrapped around each other for the better part of probably 18 months, you know, working all over the world.”

The drummer said he, John McVie and Buckingham assembled several months ago in Los Angeles and recorded about nine “really fresh and vibrant” songs they hoped would be the starting point for a new album from the group. Nicks was busy with her own tour and then her mother’s death, but before the quartet hit the road, she added her vocals to a few tracks and recorded “Without You.”

“(The EP) will be, I hope, the beginning of maybe something that could transform in some of the free time we have in between sections of this now very long tour. I would love to think that we could do three or four things with Stevie, and in truth, you would then have a Fleetwood Mac album. Yes. I hope,” Fleetwood said.

He added, “We’re just taking it step by step and not doing things that don’t feel naturally comfortable. But if you’re asking me, I would love to see it happen, and Lindsey would be ahead of the game — and I know that he’d be incredibly excited to think that we could do that.

Despite the band’s stormy history, which was well-documented on the wildly popular and critically acclaimed Rumours album, Fleetwood said it was all very familiar and comfortable when he and his cohorts assembled in L.A. for tour rehearsals.

“If you wrote a script as to what happened to this bunch, you’d say ‘It’s fascinating but it’s completely untrue ‘cause you can’t have that happen.’ But it did. And I think now we look back on it with a sense of kindness. You know, I really do. I see Stevie and Lindsey in an extraordinarily good place and in good humor; they just know what not to do,” he said.

“You know, it’s like in rehearsals, it’s fascinating, I sit there back on my drums, and they get on that microphone and they’re talking about how we’re reaching out into maybe some of the things that they did in Buckingham Nicks when they were just Stevie and Lindsey. And that’s the two people I asked to join Fleetwood Mac. That’s the music that I heard. Stevie’s recorded (‘Without You,’) a really beautiful song that she wrote about Lindsey 40 years ago in Buckingham Nicks that never came out, and I think we’re pretty much gathering that we’re gonna do it onstage. And it’s mind-blowing and it’s just so sweet. And it’s a love song, and you know, she’s saying, ‘Yep, I guess I was really in love with you.’ (laughs) It’s a trip. It is a trip, not all of which has been pretty. But we’re here, and we’re real people, and as Lindsey would say, we’re still working at it. … But looking back, I don’t think any of us have any regrets ‘cause you go like, ‘You know, it’s how we felt.”

“You know, I think that’s part of the story when we walk on the stage is people do feel connected to us, and thus, us to them. And that’s an extra texture that’s really very powerful for us. We have a real relationship that’s felt outside of the music. And we’re not Neil Young or Bob Dylan who had a whole connect with the stuff they wrote about, political thoughts and philosophical thoughts and stuff. We’re a bunch of people that wrote some good music that was pop-oriented stuff that had a dark side to it and went out and weren’t thinking about telling anyone anything really,” he added with a laugh. “And suddenly got a huge connect with an audience. Yes, I think we made and continue to make some lovely music that we’re all really proud of. But truly, I think people just connected with us and our story, that ‘they’re actually real people.’”

Read more of my interview with Mick Fleetwood Wednesday! -BAM

Fleetwood Mac release Extended Play EP, first new music in 10 years

Fleetwood Mac Extended Play 2013By Kyle Anderson / Entertainment Weekly
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How did a group of sexagenarians sneak up on us like this?

Though they’ve been promising this release for weeks, Fleetwood Mac finally unleashed their Extended Play EP on iTunes this morning. The band, which is currently on tour (they’ll be rocking the Sprint Center in Kansas City tonight), has been playing new tunes on stage since they kicked off, and frontman Lindsey Buckingham has been promising the release of Extended Play for several weeks.

The four songs on Extended Play represent the first newly recorded Fleetwood Mac tracks since their 2003 album Say You Will, which went gold. The highlight is “Without You,” which features a confidently strummed folk-rock stomp and some top-shelf vocal interplay between Buckingham and Nicks. If it sounds like classic Mac, that’s because it is: “Without You” was originally written by Nicks over 40 years ago and was intended as a contribution to their pre-Fleetwood combo Buckingham Nicks.

Buckingham and Nicks co-produced “Without You,” while the rest of the EP was produced by Mitchell Froom, who has previously worked with Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, and Paul McCartney.

The rest of the EP features the piano ballad “It Takes Time,” the propulsive “Sad Angel,” and the easy-grooving Miss Fantasy.

Fleetwood Mac EP with four new songs available now on iTunes

Fleetwood Mac EP (2013)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Fleetwood Mac has independently released an EP with four new songs. The songs, released late Monday under the moniker LMJS (Lindsey, Mick, John, Stevie) Productions, LLC, are available exclusively through iTunes. A CD with the new songs may be released later in the year.

The new songs are:

Sad Angel
Without You
It Takes Time
Miss Fantasy

Sad Angel

My eyes were consumed
By the silence in the room
Your dreams would not wake
From the words that we break

Hello, hello, sad angel
Have you come to fight the war
The drums, a fire, a calling
My soul marches out the door
We fall to earth together
The crowd calling out for more
Hello, hello, sad angel
Have you come to fight the war

My eyes saw the words
With a prayer and a curse
Your pain had to sleep
With a sword that it keeps

Hello, hello, sad angel
Have you come to fight the war
The drums, a fire, a calling
My soul marches out the door
We fall to earth together
The crowd calling out for more
Hello, hello, sad angel
Have you come to fight the war

Hello, hello, sad angel
Have you come to fight the war
The drums, a fire, a calling
My soul marches out the door
We fall to earth together
The crowd calling out for more
Hello hello, sad angel
Have you come to fight the war
Come to fight the war
Come to fight the war

Hello, hello, hello
Hello, hello, hello
Hello, hello, hello
Hello, hello, hello
Hello, hello, hello
Hello, hello, hello

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ALBUM REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac, Extended Play (EP)

Fleetwood Mac EP April 30, 2013By Michael Gallucci
Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

RATING: 7/10

The last time Fleetwood Mac made an album together, they were minus Christine McVie and enough good songs to fill its 75-minute running length. They’re still without McVie on their new four-song EP, but they fixed Say You Will’s biggest problem by keeping Extended Play at an economical 17 minutes. And if it sounds more like a Lindsey Buckingham record than an actual band one at times, at least Extended Play is the best thing released under the Fleetwood Mac moniker since 1987’s Tango in the Night.

In fact, Extended Play, which is available exclusively on iTunes, sounds a lot like Buckingham’s recent solo albums, but with a punchier rhythm section and Stevie Nicks’ backing vocals. All of which give the music way more life than if Buckingham – whose insular approach to his solo records often make them sound thin and narrow – would have recorded them himself.

The opening “Sad Angel,” propelled by acoustic guitar and a killer hook, crackles with more energy than anything the band or Buckingham, who wrote and sings lead on all but one of the EP’s four tracks, has done in years. It doesn’t hurt that Nicks and Buckingham still make a great singing team, chiming in on the choruses like it’s 1977 again. The song is the highlight of Extended Play and its only real uptempo track.

But the remaining three songs are almost as good, especially the closing “Miss Fantasy,” a shuffling pop number featuring a whispered vocal by Buckingham, with Nicks pushing along the choruses. The hushed piano ballad “It Takes Time” is mostly Buckingham until the final minute, when strings swell around the spare melody. And Nicks and Buckingham share lead vocals on “Without You,” a leftover cut from the pair’s pre-Fleetwood Mac duo days written by Nicks.

Fleetwood Mac have been performing a couple of the songs on their current tour, so in a way, Extended Play doubles as a show souvenir for fans wanting new material from the band. It’s not essential Mac by any means, but after all these years, and all these years apart, it’s nice to know that they’re still capable of making some sweet music together.

PRESS RELEASE: Fleetwood Mac Releases Extended Play EP of Four New Songs on iTunes April 30th

Fleetwood Mac 2013

(Neal Preston)

April 30, 2013

LOS ANGELES, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Fleetwood Mac, currently on a hugely successful 48 city concert tour of North America, have confirmed that they are releasing an EP of new material today titled “Extended Play” exclusively for purchase on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/FleetwoodMacEP.

“Extended Play” includes three new songs “Sad Angel,” “It Takes Time” and “Miss Fantasy” written by Lindsey Buckingham and produced by Lindsey Buckingham and Mitchell Froom. A fourth cut, “Without You” was written by Stevie Nicks and co-produced by Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. “Without You” was a lost song from the Buckingham/Nicks days which had been missing and happily rediscovered when someone posted an early demo of it on YouTube. The first single, “Sad Angel” is also being released to radio today. “Extended Play” is the first recording of new Mac music since the release of “Say You Will” over a decade ago.

“We all felt that it would be great to go into the studio and record new material before embarking on this tour and the result has been remarkable — our best group of songs in a long time. It’s a work in progress but we’re so enthused by what we’ve done that we thought we’d share some of it with our fans in the form of an EP now… We’re performing two cuts, ‘Sad Angel’ and ‘Without You’ in the show and the response has been terrific,” commented Buckingham.

Fleetwood Mac are multi-Grammy winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Their classic Rumours album released in 1977 is one of the most successful albums in recorded history with sales exceeding 40 million. It planted itself at the top of the pop charts for over 31 weeks and had four top ten singles. A special edition of Rumours celebrating its release 35 years ago was recently released on Warner Bros. Records.

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New Fleetwood Mac songs to drop on iTunes any day now

(Peter Hutchins)
New Fleetwood Mac music still on the way. (Peter Hutchins)

Mick Fleetwood told the Boston Herald that a new EP of songs, previously reported to contain “Miss Fantasy,” “Sad Angel,” and “Without You,” will be available to download on iTunes any day now. Lindsey Buckingham revealed similar news at last Thursday’s tour opener in Columbus, Ohio, but the new songs have yet to surface. Fleetwood Mac has been performing two of the new songs in concert, the uptempo “Sad Angel” and Buckingham Nicks-era “Without You.”

“We just made the decision to put a few of these songs on iTunes. It’s important to us that we’re not just treading water creatively. My dream is to finish these hugely gorgeous songs from Lindsey, get three songs from Stevie, and we’ll have a whole Fleetwood Mac album,” Fleetwood said.

Fleetwood Mac Say They’ll Debut New Songs on Tour, Online

The band will keep working on new tracks, Stevie Nicks says, ‘If the world does want more music from us’

By David Greenwald
Billboard
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fleetwood Mac has some new songs to share — and the band will make more, if fans demand it.

With the classic rockers set to hit the road this spring for their first tour since 2009, the band will play some fresh material, but they’re not ready to bow a new album.

‘Big, long albums don’t see to be what everybody wants these days,’ Stevie Nicks tells Billboard, noting the extensive promotion she did for 2011 solo set ‘In Your Dreams.’ ‘So we thought, well, let’s go the other route, because Lindsey [Buckingham] was adamant that we have some new product.’

The group is looking to fit three new songs into the set list, following successful recording sessions at Buckingham’s home, with a digital release for the tracks also planned.

‘Two of them are ones that we cut with John [McVie] and Mick [Fleetwood], and when Stevie got off the road, she came over to my house and sang on those,’ Buckingham says. ‘We had the best time we’d had in years, doing that.’

‘[Let’s] see if the world does want more music from us,’ Nicks adds. ‘If we get that back, if we get that feeling, that they do want another 10 songs, we can reassess.’

But with the band’s iconic Rumours celebrating its 35th birthday with a reissue earlier this year, fans can expect the group to devote plenty of attention on the road to its many hits.

‘We play a body of songs that people have to hear,’ Fleetwood says.