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FLEETWOOD MAC – THEN PLAY ON – September 9, 1969
00individual has a theory that some album releases contain more than just music; some saturate the aural senses and connect with something real. “Then Play On” created a sound that transcended normal Rock recordings, live or studio.
Peter Green’s genius and the otherworldly-class talent in Fleetwood Mac; John McVie, Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan and Mick Fleetwood, were all supernatural. This is the blues album that the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fates brought “The Mac” together for. Drop the needle anywhere on any track on this album and you will experience a super-reality of the Blues, of Rock, of music.
“Then Play On” released forty-four years ago this month, became an “environment” album specifically for the fall/winter of ’69 at my beach pad and generally thereafter. And even though it had a definite impact on my Rock ‘n’ Roll soul at nineteen during the best times of my life; TPO still had/has a distinct quality that I find hard to experience with other equal favorites – almost mystical in its realism.
Additionally TPO is more than a time-stamp of an era; as it sounds different. It is the archived evidence of a band’s peak meld of creativity, exploration, talent and mastery that actually created a “true” moment in time – and therefore should sound “different”.
“Then Play On”, was of so full of excellent songs that it had two U.S. versions released; the original September release and the later November release swapping-out Danny Kirwan’s “When You Say” and “My Dream” to make way for the epic “Oh Well” single parts 1 & 2.
Peter Green left the band he founded after this album leaving the legendary song, “The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Prong Crown)” in limbo – as well as the one and only Real Fleetwood Mac.
“Then Play On” is part of the incredible historic 1969 fall/winter classic album releases of Jethro Tull “Stand Up”, Ten Years After “Ssssh”, the Beatles “Abbey Road, King Crimson “In the Court of the Crimson King”, Zappa “Hot Rats”, Led Zeppelin “II”, “the Allman Brothers Band”, Pink Floyd “Ummagumma”, the Moody Blues “To Our Children’s, Children’s Children”, “the Rod Stewart Album” the Rolling Stones “Let It Bleed” and Jeff Beck “Truth” (an unrelenting fave from fall ’68) that were the sounds that defined one of the major periods of 00individual’s free-form Hippie life style – and the Counter Culture in general.
THEN PLAY ON
as sur-real as it gets!