#4: Fleetwood Mac – Tusk (1979)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning.

I think it may benefit some over-stuffed double albums from a little tightening up. It’s certainly the case for UnDoubled #4: Fleetwood Mac’s expansive Tusk, now receiving the UnDoubled mistreatment.

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Tusk UnDoubled

Side One:

  1.  Tusk (3:37)
  2.  Think About Me (2:44)
  3.   Sara (6:30)
  4.   I Know I’m Not Wrong (3:00)
  5. Brown Eyes (4:27)

Side Two:

  1.   That’s Enough for Me (1:50)
  2.   Angel (4:53)
  3.   Save Me a Place (2:42)
  4.   Over and Over (4:34)
  5.   That’s All for Everyone (3:03)
  6.   Beautiful Child (5:21)

Tusk. While not as concise as the magical Fleetwood Mac (1975) and Rumours (1977) albums, nor as commercially successful, there are treasures buried deep within. At a time the band was splintering under big egos, internal relationship struggles and exhaustion (check out the footage of artistic linchpin Lindsey Buckingham creating bathroom home recordings), Fleetwood Mac admirably did not follow a formula to create a Rumours 2 at the behest of their record company Warner Bros. If they had, the album may have ended up something like this UnDoubled creation. Punchy Buckingham opener, even spread of Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks songs, rockers, ballads of equal proportion. Instead we were given a 20 track kitchen sink double album  possibly a case of too much is more than enough. Particularly Buckingham, he is all over this, in a good way. Writing half of the album and arranging most of it, a lot of his coked up Buddy Holly (That’s Enough for Me) via Brian Wilson (That’s All for Everyone) compositions would’ve slotted in nicely on eccentric solo album Law and Order (1981).

Interesting fact: former Mac guitarist Peter Green plays on the superb Brown Eyes, uncredited.

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