Friday, July 18, 1975

Bob Marley & the Wailers recorded Live! At the Lyceum

Live! At the Lyceum

Bob Marley & the Wailers


Recorded: July 18, 1975


Released: December 19, 1975


Peak: 90 US, 47 RB, 38 UK, 51 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 1.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: reggae


Tracks:

Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Trench Town Rock (11/71, --)
  2. Burnin’ and Lootin’
  3. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
  4. Lively Up Yourself (1971, --)
  5. No Woman, No Cry (8/75, 8 UK)
  6. I Shot the Sheriff (2/74, --)
  7. Get Up, Stand Up (9/73, --)

Single releases and chart data for original studio versions.


Total Running Time: 45:15


The Players:

  • Bob Marley (vocals, rhythm guitar)
  • Aston “Family Man” Barrett (bass)
  • Carlton “Carlie” Barrett (drums, percussion)
  • Tyrone Downie (keyboards)
  • Al Anderson (guitar)
  • Alvin “Seeco” Patterson (percussion)
  • Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Griffiths (backing vocals)

Rating:

4.412 out of 5.00 (average of 20 ratings)


Quotable: “One of the most memorable concert recordings of the pop music era” – Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

This captured Marley & Company’s appearance at the Lyceum Ballroom in London “during the final U.K. leg of the Natty Dread tour. Passionate and symbiotic energies constantly cycle between the band and audience, the net result of which is one of the most memorable concert recordings of the pop music era.” AMG

“With the addition of lead guitarist Al Anderson during the recording sessions for their previous long-player, Natty Dread, the Wailers took increasing strides toward a seamless transition into the consciousness of the rock music audience. Anderson's bluesy guitar runs liberate Burnin’ and Lootin’ as well as Trench Town Rock…Anderson bobs and weaves his supple-toned fretwork among the somewhat staid rhythms common to reggae.” AMG

“The mutual affinity that binds Marley with his audience is evident in the roars of approval that greet the opening notes of Them Belly Full (But We Hungry), I Shot the Sheriff, and Kinky Reggae. Likewise, No Woman, No Cry elicits a group singalong as the sheer volume of the audience challenges that of the amplified musicians. With this evidence, there is no denying that Bob Marley & the Wailers were becoming the unlikeliest of pop music icons.” AMG

“Additionally, Live! underscores the underrated talents of the Wailers as musicians. Older works, such as ‘Burnin’ and Lootin’’ and ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ benefit greatly from Tyrone Downie’s keyboard punctuation and the soulful backing vocals of the I-Threes.” AMG


Notes: The 2001 Definitive Remasters reissue adds "Kinky Reggae," which was originally released as the B-side to "No Woman, No Cry." The track was taken from the same Lyceum performance.

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First posted 3/26/2008; updated 5/10/2021.

Friday, July 11, 1975

Fleetwood Mac release first album with Buckingham & Nicks

First posted 7/27/2011; last updated 10/17/2020.

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac


Released: July 11, 1975


Peak: 11 US, 23 UK, 2 CN, 3 AU


Sales (in millions): 7.0 US, 0.1 UK, 9.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Monday Morning ( Buckingham) [2:48] (12 CL)
  2. Warm Ways (C. McVie) [3:54]
  3. Blue Letter (Michael Curtis, Richard Curtis) [2:41] (26 CL)
  4. Rhiannon (Nicks) [4:11] (3/6/76, 11 US, 1 CL, 33 AC, 46 UK, 4 CN, 13 AU, airplay: 3 million)
  5. Over My Head (C. McVie) [4:11] (10/25/75, 20 US, 4, CL, 32 AC, 9 CN, airplay: 2 million)
  6. Crystal (Nicks) [5:14]
  7. Say You Love Me (C. McVie) [4:11] (7/4/76, 11 US, 3 CL, 12 AC, 40 UK, 29 CN, 38 AU, airplay: 2 million)
  8. Landslide (Nicks) [3:19] (2/14/98, 48a US, 5 CL, 10 AC)
  9. World Turning (C. McVie/Buckinham) [4:25] (10 CL)
  10. Sugar Daddy (C. McVie) [4:10]
  11. I’m So Afraid (Buckingham) [4:22] (26 CL)


Total Running Time: 42:12


The Players:

  • Lindsey Buckingham (vocals, guitar, et al)
  • Stevie Nicks (vocals, tambourine)
  • Christine McVie (vocals, keyboards)
  • John McVie (bass)
  • Mick Fleetwood (drums, percussion)

Rating:

4.345 out of 5.00 (average of 16 ratings)


Awards:

About the Album:

Although it was the band’s tenth album, Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 self-titled release was a rebirth. “With the ‘classic’ Fleetwood Mac and departed guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer a fading memory, namesakes and rhythm section Mick Fleetwood (drums) and John McVie (bass), along with second generation survivor Christine McVie (vocals, keyboards), let go of their British blues heritage and linked with a failed Californian pop-rock duo, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. That move, born of desperation, yields this 1975 classic: unveiling a taut, well-oiled pop rock band boasting three distinctive singers and songwriters in Buckingham, Nicks, and Christine McVie.” SS

The album took more than a year before hitting #1, a record which held until 1989 when Paul Abdul’s Forever Your Girl took 64 weeks to reach the summit. WK On the strength of three top 20 songs, Fleetwood Mac took the group out of its usually sales bracket of about 300,000 to 500,000 and launched them into the multi-million range. WK

Monday Morning, a sunny slice of folk-rock with Beach Boys harmonies, opens Fleetwood Mac and makes it clear that the band is no longer a blues-rock outfit.” STE “While Buckingham only contributed three songs, he helped the band develop a coherent vision” STE as well as “extraordinary arrangements and versatile acoustic and electric guitars.” SS

McVie showcases “remarkably improved pop-soul” STE and contributes “some of her finest songs, including the sighing Over My Head and the bouncy Say You Love Me.” STE

“Nicks’ songs function as folky counterpoints to McVie’s sweet pop.” STE She serves up “sultry rock ballads” SS and “hippie anthems.” STE “She rarely ever wrote songs as memorably affecting as Rhiannon or Landslide.” STE

“Remarkably, Fleetwood Mac is a blockbuster album that isn’t dominated by its hit singles, and its album tracks (World Turning, Sugar Daddy, Crystal) demonstrate a depth of both songwriting and musicality that would blossom fully on Rumours.” STE Of course, one shouldn’t overlook “the undeniable horsepower of the founding fathers’ rock-solid rhythm work.” SS


Notes: A 2004 expanded edition added alternate versions of “Say You Love Me,” “Rhiannon,” “Over My Head,” “Blue Letter,” and non-album cut “Jam No. 2.”

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