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Album : Fleetwood Mac – Kiln House

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This was a departure from the Fleetwood Mac I was used to. ‘Live In Chicago’ was CB’s intro to the band.  It was one of my older brother’s records so I had to sneak listen to it.  He had a couple other early Mac records so I spun them also but ‘Chicago’ was the one I played the most.  I only had a minimum amount of time with his lps so I had to make the most of it.  If I was caught I was a pretty fast runner so I usually got away.  But I did take  a few lumps over the years.  All for rock n roll.

Somehow I secured a copy of this record, Kiln House. It turned out to be a different sound than the more traditional blues/rock I had been exposed to on the ‘Chicago’ record.  Despite that I really dug it.  The opening cut ‘This Is the Rock’ is a throw back old time rock song that could have fit in with the Elvis crowd and that was their intention as far as CB could tell.  It sounded good.  Basic rock beat with with some nice guitar licks. Slick little tune.  ‘Station Man’ builds into a real rocker.  Starts quiet and gets louder. Another catchy tune with some nice guitar work.  It rocks pretty good.  Liking the vocals. Really dig this song.  ‘Blood On the Floor’ is Mac doing their country thang. CB is a sucker for this sound. ‘Hi Ho Silver’ was a no brainer, an out and out rocker.  I don’t know who takes the guitar leads on these tunes, Spencer or Kirwan but I was digging them. ‘Jewel Eyed Judy’ closes out a very good side one. Wicked guitar work.

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CB didn’t know much about Buddy Holly other than a few tunes so the first cut on side two was pushing him towards Buddy’s music. Side two is toned down but has some nice work.  A softer gentler sound to settle down CB’s inner rocker.  ‘Tell Me’ gets back on the rock horse. I do dig when these guys play like this. ‘Mission Bell’ rounds out the record with more of the Holly sound. Not a bad thing.

This was more of a traditional rock n roll album.  Maybe Peter Green leaving opened up a different direction. There’s some rockin tunes on this record. CB really dug it.  Like I said it was a departure from the first music I heard from these guys but there was still plenty for CB to like.

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25 comments on “Album : Fleetwood Mac – Kiln House

  1. Vinyl Connection
    April 1, 2018

    “Station Man” is probably my favourite Fleetwood Mac cut, ever. Don’t think they’ve ever done a bad version.
    As for the album, you’re very generous, CB. Perhaps that early ‘ears wide open’ experience helped. When I surveyed the Mac Catalogue a while back, this didn’t fair too well. But there’s always “Station Man”.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 1, 2018

      I remember your take and you’re right about the “ears wide open” thing. CB has a place in his music bag for this one because of that early exposure, I think I hung in for Bare Trees and then moved on. But there’s always ‘Station Man’. I still listen to Peter Green regularly.

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  2. Yeah, Another Blogger
    April 1, 2018

    I’ve heard of this album, but I’ve never known much about it. I just listened to Station Man. A great song.
    FM had a big history before Buckingham and Nicks came aboard.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 1, 2018

      A tale of two (or three) bands. I was and am an early Mac guy. Some good stuff on this album. Different from the Green input. Less blues tinged.

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  3. Jim S.
    April 1, 2018

    I’m a Mac fan going back a ways. I used to see this album in other dude’s collections, never seemed to listen to it. I’ll give it a spin. Not too many bands around this long that shifted and evolved as much as tbey did.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 1, 2018

      You know CB, I don’t bash peoples tastes but the latter stuff just never reached me. Other than Mick and John there wasn’t a lot similar in the music. But hey they made lots of dough and I’m happy for them. I’d be happier if they slipped me a few “Toad Skins”.

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      • Jim S.
        April 2, 2018

        I loved the Peter Green stuff but I dug the Nicks/Buckingham stuff too. They were really just about a totally different band by then so I just took it at face value.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 1, 2018

      You have to be a Peter Green type guy.

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  4. greenpete58
    April 2, 2018

    While I love Peter Green, this was my favorite Mac era, with “Bare Trees” at the top, spearheaded by Danny Kirwan’s great songs. I don’t think I’ve heard “Kiln House,” though, other than “Jewel-Eyed Judy,” which I love. The Buckingham-Nicks era, while it has loads of radio-friendly hits, I thought was a bit insipid, kind of like Phil Collins’ Genesis after Peter Gabriel left.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 2, 2018

      I’m with you on this lineup, The Green era was my intro so it’s ingrained in me. The whole later output just didn’t grab me much the same as Genesis.

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      • greenpete58
        April 2, 2018

        Some put Green above Clapton, but I don’t know. Since you’re a fan, you might like “Shrine ’69.” His guitar and vocals burn. I love him for his guitar-playing AND first name. 🙂

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 2, 2018

        I’m going to listen to ’69’ right now while I have some time. Thanks. Yeah Green is certainly up there for CB. I know he had his troubles but has made some great music in recent years.
        This ‘Shrine’ is sounding real good and the style I remember. Thanks for the tip. What band did you leave Pete (sticking to departing Petes) that went on to become mega sellers?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 2, 2018

        Maybe I was just in the mood for this today but it is sounding soooo good! I was just telling Jim at Music Enthusiast about it and how Green must have been listening to a lot of BB King. You know what CB likes. A great find.

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      • greenpete58
        April 2, 2018

        Glad to be of service! (I enjoyed the “Station Man” link).

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  5. J.
    April 2, 2018

    I’ve never really explored Fleetwood Mac’s catalogue. Rumours was it, for me, but you’ve convinced me to check this one out… that Station Man tune is great.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 2, 2018

      By the time they got to Rumours, I was gone. Not the same music. Lots of people dug it. Good thing about it was CB didn’t have to buy it because it was on the air everywhere

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  6. Thom Hickey
    April 4, 2018

    Thanks CB. Good to reminded. Of course PG was irreplaceable so new tones inevitable. I’ll be spinning this soon and doffing cap to you, Thom.

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  7. christiansmusicmusings
    April 10, 2018

    This is a pretty cool album, which I hadn’t been aware of! Presumably, like most folks, I’m much more familiar with Fleetwood Mac’s more pop-oriented phase. “Rumours” is among my favorite 70s albums.

    BTW, did you see that Lindsey Buckingham is officially out? For their upcoming tour, they are bringing on Mike Campbell (formerly of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (Crowded House). While Campbell is a superb guitarist and Finn is a decent vocalist, it’s hard for me to picture the band without Buckingham, who has such a distinct voice and signature guitar sound.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 10, 2018

      Christian, Kiln House was a departure from the original ‘Mac’ sound I dug. By the time they got to the ‘Rumours’ lineup I was out of the loop. One day I might have to give that line up a good listen.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        April 10, 2018

        I realize there is a huge difference between the hard core blues sound of the early Fleetwood Mac and the much more pop-oriented “Rumours”.

        “Kiln House” appears to be a transitional album. Apparently, Christine McVie sang backup on some of the tracks, although she wasn’t credited. This means with Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie you already had three members of the lineup that would lead the band to megastardom.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 10, 2018

        Christine went on to play a more prominent part on their next album ‘Bare Trees’. Good album but that’s the one i departed on.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        April 10, 2018

        Essentially, my familiarity with the band starts with their 1975 eponymous album. If I see this correctly, this already was their 10th studio record. They really have an impressive catalog!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        April 10, 2018

        “Impressive” no kidding. I was just listening to Santana’s ‘Abraxas’ yesterday and their version of ‘Black Magic Woman’. Peter Green’s tune from 68. Fantastic versions by both Mac and Santana. I’ll get around to ‘Bare Trees’ eventually. I like that record.

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