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Songbird (A Solo Collection)

Christine Mcvie

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It's great cosmic justice that the least flamboyant member of the Nicks/Buckingham version of Fleetwood Mac is also the one who contributed many of the band's best songs, including "Say You Love Me," "Over My Head," "Don't Stop" and the divine, "Songbird." Only that last tune, in greatly altered form, appears on this compilation that focuses on Christine McVie's two solo albums, Christine McVie (1984) and especially, In The Meantime (2004).  The decision not to include anything from her first band Chicken Shack's two albums, her self-titled solo debut, or any of her Fleetwood Mac material outside of the title track keeps this from being a more complete picture of her singing, piano playing and often breathtaking songwriting.  Licensing challenges are likely culprits for the lack of Fleetwood Mac material, but the omission of her biggest solo hit, the very Mac-esque "Got a Hold on Me" from her debut (which featured the talents of Lindsey Buckingham, Steve Winwood and Steve Ferrone) is mystifying.  What's here though has been fully remixed by producer Glyn Johns (The Rolling Stones, The Beatles) who tinkered with levels and moved instruments around in the mix without changing the originals in hugely obvious ways. This collection also contains two unreleased tracks—the bouncy guitar-led "Slow Down," which was originally written and recorded for the 1985 film American Flyers but went unused, and the heartbreak ballad "All You Gotta Do," a duet McVie wrote and recorded  with the late George Hawkins (whose bass is heard on all but one of the album's songs). Originally left unfinished, "All You Gotta Do" was completed by adding Ricky Peterson on organ and Glyn Johns' son, Ethan on drums and guitar. Most interesting is the orchestral version of "Songbird" where the brilliantly talented arranger and composer Vince Mendoza builds a lush string setting around McVie's original vocals from the Rumours session to give the song an even more ethereal, slightly less lonely feel than the original. The results are utterly spectacular.  © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Friend (Remix)
00:04:29

George Hawkins, Writer, Bass - Robbie Patton, Writer - Christine Mcvie, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Original Producer, MainArtist - Luis Conte, Percussion - Steve Ferrone, Drums - GLYN JOHNS, Producer, Remixer - Ken Caillat, Producer - David Isaacs, Backing Vocals - Dan Perfect, Guitar, Writer, Original Producer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2022 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

2
Sweet Revenge (Remix)
00:03:49

George Hawkins, Bass - Lenny Castro, Percussion - Christine Mcvie, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Original Producer, MainArtist - Ethan Johns, Drums - Steve Ferrone, Drums - GLYN JOHNS, Producer, Remixer - Ken Caillat, Producer - Dan Perfect, Guitar, Writer - Dan Parent, Original Producer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2022 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

3
The Challenge (Remix)
00:04:15

Eric Clapton, Guitar - Lindsey Buckingham, Backing Vocals - George Hawkins, Bass - Todd Sharp, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Writer - Russ Titelman, Original Producer - Christine Mcvie, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ethan Johns, Drums, Electric Guitar, Percussion - Steve Ferrone, Drums - Ray Cooper, Percussion - GLYN JOHNS, Producer, Remixer - Guy Fletcher, Hammond Organ

© 2022 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2022 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

4
Northern Star (Remix)
00:04:27

George Hawkins, Bass - Christine Mcvie, Keyboards, Vocals, Original Producer, MainArtist - Luis Conte, Percussion - Ethan Johns, Guitar, Percussion - Steve Ferrone, Drums - GLYN JOHNS, Producer, Remixer - Guy Fletcher, Hammond Organ, String Synthesizer - Ken Caillat, Producer - David Isaacs, Backing Vocals - Dan Perfect, Guitar, Writer, Original Producer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2022 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

5
Ask Anybody (Remix)
00:04:58

George Hawkins, Bass - Todd Sharp, Guitar - Russ Titelman, Producer - Christine Mcvie, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - MICK FLEETWOOD, Drums - Steve Winwood, Backing Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer - Ethan Johns, Drums, Slide Guitar, Percussion - Ray Cooper, Percussion - GLYN JOHNS, Producer, Remixer - Guy Fletcher, Hammond Organ

© 2022 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2022 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

6
Slow Down
00:03:22

George Hawkins, Bass - Robbie Patton, Backing Vocals - Todd Sharp, Guitar - Christine Mcvie, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Ethan Johns, Slide Guitar - GLYN JOHNS, Producer, Remixer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2022 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

7
Easy Come, Easy Go (Remix)
00:04:34

George Hawkins, Backing Vocals, Bass - Christine Mcvie, Keyboards, Remixer, Vocals, Writer, Original Producer, MainArtist - Luis Conte, Percussion - Steve Ferrone, Drums - EDDY QUINTELA, Writer - Guy Fletcher, Hammond Organ - Ken Caillat, Producer - David Isaacs, Backing Vocals - Dan Perfect, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Original Producer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2022 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

8
Givin' It Back (Remix)
00:04:20

George Hawkins, Writer, Bass - Billy Burnette, Backing Vocals, Writer - Christine Mcvie, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Original Producer, MainArtist - Luis Conte, Percussion - Ethan Johns, Guitar, Ukulele - Steve Ferrone, Drums - GLYN JOHNS, Producer, Remixer - Ken Caillat, Producer - Dan Perfect, Guitar, Original Producer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2022 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

9
All You Gotta Do
00:04:54

George Hawkins, Vocals, Writer, Bass - Christine Mcvie, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Original Producer, MainArtist - Ethan Johns, Drums, Guitar - GLYN JOHNS, Producer, Remixer - RICKY PETERSON, Hammond Organ - Dan Perfect, Guitar, Original Producer

© 2022 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2022 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

10
Songbird (Orchestral Version)
00:03:38

Christine Mcvie, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Vince Mendoza, Arranger - Geoff Foster, Engineer - GLYN JOHNS, Producer - John Ashton Thomas, Conductor

© 2022 Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., ℗ 2022 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved.

Album review

It's great cosmic justice that the least flamboyant member of the Nicks/Buckingham version of Fleetwood Mac is also the one who contributed many of the band's best songs, including "Say You Love Me," "Over My Head," "Don't Stop" and the divine, "Songbird." Only that last tune, in greatly altered form, appears on this compilation that focuses on Christine McVie's two solo albums, Christine McVie (1984) and especially, In The Meantime (2004).  The decision not to include anything from her first band Chicken Shack's two albums, her self-titled solo debut, or any of her Fleetwood Mac material outside of the title track keeps this from being a more complete picture of her singing, piano playing and often breathtaking songwriting.  Licensing challenges are likely culprits for the lack of Fleetwood Mac material, but the omission of her biggest solo hit, the very Mac-esque "Got a Hold on Me" from her debut (which featured the talents of Lindsey Buckingham, Steve Winwood and Steve Ferrone) is mystifying.  What's here though has been fully remixed by producer Glyn Johns (The Rolling Stones, The Beatles) who tinkered with levels and moved instruments around in the mix without changing the originals in hugely obvious ways. This collection also contains two unreleased tracks—the bouncy guitar-led "Slow Down," which was originally written and recorded for the 1985 film American Flyers but went unused, and the heartbreak ballad "All You Gotta Do," a duet McVie wrote and recorded  with the late George Hawkins (whose bass is heard on all but one of the album's songs). Originally left unfinished, "All You Gotta Do" was completed by adding Ricky Peterson on organ and Glyn Johns' son, Ethan on drums and guitar. Most interesting is the orchestral version of "Songbird" where the brilliantly talented arranger and composer Vince Mendoza builds a lush string setting around McVie's original vocals from the Rumours session to give the song an even more ethereal, slightly less lonely feel than the original. The results are utterly spectacular.  © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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