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Fleetwood Mac - The Dance (1997)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2004
This is the performance that introduced this legendary rock band to a new generation in the late 1990's. This is Fleetwood Mac's first performance together in over 10 years, since Lindsey left the band in 1987, filmed live on a LA soundstage before many of Hollywood's elite. The entire band rocks out on every single song - there is not one bad performance on this DVD. The sound of the band and the quality of the DVD sound is EXCELLENT. Above all, the interaction between band members, particularly Lindsey & Stevie, is PRICELESS. As Stevie Nicks said of this performance "As magic as it gets, it was." Stevie Nicks proves her standing as The Queen of Rock on every song, turning on all of her trademark moves, not to mention looking and sounding incredibly beautiful. Christine McVie, equally as graceful and beautiful, treats the audience to a few of her Fleetwood Mac hits, and Lindsey proves that Fleetwood Mac just isn't the same without him. The audience is treated to a few surprises, including an emotional "Landslide" (the version you hear on the radio was taken from this performance) which shows clear reconsiliation between Lindsey & Stevie, a visit from the USC marching band on "Tusk" (they also played on the "Tusk" album)and an AWESOME performance between Lindsey & Stevie of her Grammy nominated "Silver Springs". The album version of this performance was nominated for a Grammy & went to #1 on the charts - you'll wonder why it didn't win an Oscar for best real-life drama after you see this one! The only set back is that "Stand Back" and "Little Lies" are not included on this performance, yet you couldn't ask for more after you finish watching it! This DVD proves why Fleetwood Mac is one of rock's most legendary bands! You'll watch it over and over again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2003
'The Dance' is an absolute must - have for all Fleetwood Mac fans, as it was this reunion which brought the famous five back together to make some controlled, superb and thoroughly listenable music! They are all on top form in this video, and although not quite as active on stage as before, they still keep the audience wanting more, with neither a note or a foot out of place throughout. A large portion of the setlist is included, though unfortunately Stevie Nicks' solo smash, 'Stand Back' was not put on the video. Four new songs, and a breathtaking version of Nicks' 'Silver Springs' are featured, as well as an entire live USC marching band for 'Don't Stop' and 'Tusk'.
So all in all, a quintessential part to any pop/rock music fan, and a fine performance from all angles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2004
If this isn't the best live recording ever done, I'd like to know what is.
And if you weren't a Fleetwood Mac fan before watching it, you will certainly be a lifetime convert by the second or third performance on this video.
All five band members are on top of their game here, and you don't have to know much about the painful relationship histories played out on Rumours in order to feel the emotional reconciliation and maturity that is evident throughout The Dance.
This, simply put, is a magnificent collection of performances by the most insanely talented group in pop music history.
About as close to perfect as you can get.
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on April 5, 2014
I hate when people review bands 30 years later and say things like "Oh ...they were nothing like they were back in 1977...or they have changed. DUH....yes they have changed...but the one consistant with this line up of Fleetwood Mac is they DID in fact continue to get better.The Dance is a concert that you can enjoy as a fan simply because you feel as if you are watching old friends have a reunion. They stay true to their music all the way through the show...each member accepts their spotlight and they are not trying to steal it from any other member. Not only that but the interactions between the band is incredibly respectful...perhaps an acknowledgement of earlier times when that was not the case.The music is incredible...every song stood out on its own merit...even the ones considered to be "new" at the time in 1997.I would love to see Dance Part 2 become a reality and have it feature some of Macs many hits and other great songs that did not make it to The Dance.Songs like Beautiful Child and Angel ...Over and Over from the Tusk album. Second Hand News and I Don't Wanna Know from Rumours....Monday Morning , Blue Letter and Crystal from Fletwood Mac album....Seven Wonders ..Little Lies...You and I ...Family Man from Tango In The Night...Perhaps Love In Store...Hold Me(revised) Eyes of the World...Can't Go Back...Wish You Were Here and Straight Back from Mirage. Die Hard Mac Fans would love it I am sure. Seeing how we just learned that Christine McVie has agrred to return to the bang along with Stevie and Lindsey John and of course Mick for a new 2014 studio album...perhaps The Dance 2 idea might not be so far off.
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on July 14, 2011
I purchased this DVD late May, 2011 but did not get time to relax and watch it until July 2011.

It was worth waiting until I had the proper time to really relax, enjoy and appreciate what was and still is real music, talent and artistry. I am so glad that I grew up in an era where music made sense. In Fleetwood Mac's music, they sing about sharing love and fellings absent of vulgarity like in todays music.

I watched it on my home theatre system and it was awesome! It kind of felt like I was there. Some of the songs, I wish they would have sang like on the album but this was an amazing concert. My following comments don't do them justice; Mick Fleetwood is one of the best drummers I've ever seen and heard, he really is into his art. Lindsay Buckingham, is an incredible guitar player. My wife asked in one of the songs, how is he playing his guitar that way. It was Mesmerizing. I love the whole group including the back up people in the band, especially the guy on the bongos. The USC Marching band was a very nice touch!

This DVD is worth every penny and more.

Thank you Amazon for your prompt responses, efficiency and safe delivery of this product.

I would positively recommend purchasing from Amazon.
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on September 12, 2003
Im a 19 year-old college student and I saw "The Dance" for first time in April on PBS and became an instant fan that night. I went right out and bought "Tango in the Night" and "Rumours". I never enjoyed classic rock until I watched this concert. The DVD's sound quality and the performance are nearly flawless.
My picks of the night included "Everywhere", "Gypsy", "Go Insane" and "You Make Loving Fun". Stevie's vocals on "Gold Dust Woman" and "Silver Springs" are intense and give me chills every time I hear them. Lyndsay's guitar work is spectacular (his solo on "Gypsy" is perfect) and Mick and John's driving pulse equally infectious. Christine is still my favorite and even though her stage presence is somewhat lacking, she is a briliant song-writer and musician whose voice is is in top form, "Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii".
The new material was outstanding, with the exception of "My Little Demon" (I just don't get it!). "Sweet Girl" and "Temporary One" could have been on any of the classic albums.
I only wish that there had been room for a few more songs. Why wasn't "Sara" in the set list. My personal requests would have been to ditch "Demon" and "I'm so Afraid" in favor of "Monday Morning" and "Second Hand News". It would be nice if Christine would have done "Little Lies" and "Hold Me" and Stevie could have added in "Sara" and "Seven Wonders". Even though their "classic" material is mostly associated with the seventies, it would have been nice to see their 80's pop gems get their due.
This DVD showcases the band in top form; expert performers finely tuned in their craft. The piano in "Rhiannon" and the banjo on "Say You Love Me" were perfect touches for the night. Stevie's expressions during "Landslide" timeless, "I'm getting older, too....." makes you realize that they are all in their fifties now. John and Mick prove once again that that they are perhaps the premier bass line of the past quarter-century. I suggest getting "The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac" and giving "Say You Will" a shot. Some of the material is pretty good (listen to "Steal Your Heart Away"). That being said, this DVD is a treasure you need to buy and share.
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on July 5, 2003
I never thought I could ever fall in love with a band quite like I did with Fleetwood Mac. And all upon watching this magical concert. Fleetwood Mac are one of the most legendary, enduring bands ever, and this 1997 concert showcases them in all their reunited glory, after years of bad relationships they decided to come together one last time. I guess it was meant to be and the magic shone through... ever song, every move, everything about this concert is perfect. I had the videotape but I just had to get the DVD. The choice of songs here is outstading, ranging from their biggest hits (Dreams, Don't Stop, Tusk, Gypsy, Big Love, Go Your Own Way, etc) to more obscure songs (Silver Springs!!!!!) and new stuff. Everything is in this package. THE most touching moment for me is, of course, "Silver Springs", a beautiful "left-over" (b-side) from the Rumours era (there's a story behind it!) which proves that FM can make beautiful, touching and compelling music. The closing number, "Songbird", is every bit as heartbreaking as it was in the 70s. Please, do yourself a favor and get this. It will make you cry and rejoice... after years of owning it, it still floors me everytime!
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on May 14, 2003
I have always been aware of Fleetwood Mac, but for some reason never got into them..til now! It's primarily because of this DVD and accompanying CD. I stumbled across the CD in my husband's collection and thought it was great. After buying the 2CD greatest hits collection, I figured my DVD assortment needed a bit of Mac, so I went for THE DANCE. I was not disappointed.
This DVD is absolutely fantastic. The sound is great, the picture is excellent, the song selection hits all the classic material, and the band just blows me away. Many of the songs, like "Say You Love Me," "Big Love" and "Landslide," come across even better here than the original studio cuts. Although Stevie Nicks isn't hitting all the high notes in songs like "Dreams," opting to hit lower notes that fit in the song, she still sounds great. Mick Fleetwood and John McVie pack a powerful bottom end punch. Christine McVie, even though looking bored at times throughout the show, sounds crystal clear (and her song "Temporary One" is a major highlight). My favorite is watching Lindsey Buckingham play his unique style of guitar, which I have become enamoured with. A particular favorite moment is his solo rendition of "Big Love." Too quote one Jeff Spicoli, "Awesome. Totally awesome!" One final added bonus, and missing from the CD, is Christine McVie's playing of "Songbird" at the end of the show.
I honestly can't find a bad thing to say about this disc. Whether you're a seasoned Fleetwood Mac fan, just starting your collection, or just looking for a video version of their best material, this DVD should hit the spot!
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on April 3, 2003
WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT FLEETWOOD MAC BUT UNBELIEVABLE. THIS IS TRUELY A 5 STAR DVD THAT COMES CLOSE TO THE EAGLES "HELL FREEZES OVER" AND IS NOT THAT FAR OFF. THE TALENT OF THIS GROUP FOR SO MANY YEARS AND TO HAVE THEM COME BACK AND REPRODUCE LIKE THEY DID IN THIS DVD IS A EXPERIENCE. STEVIE NICKS VOICE CONTINUES TO BE EXCELLANT BUT LINDSEY BUKINGHAM DEFINITLY STEALS THE SHOW WITH SUCH GREAT PASSION AND THOUGHTS ON HIS LIFE AND CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE CONCERT ESPECIALLY IN HIS SOLO OF "BIG LOVE". HE IS A RARE TALENT THAT I COMPARE IN THE DELVERY OF HIS MUSIC OF DON HENLY BUT YET RARELY GETS THE CREDIT FOR HIS UNIQUE STYLE OF GUITER PLAYING THAT FEW IN THE WORLD CAN DO. WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT MICK FLEETWOOD WHO STARTED THE WHOLE THING AND DELIVERS A TERRRIFIC OPEN MOUTH PERFOMANCE ON THE DRUMS. I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED CHRISTIE MCVIE'S VOICE BUT I WOULD HAVE LIKE TO SEE MORE EXCITEMENT OUT OF HER DURING THE CONCERT. THE BEST WAS WHEN LINDSEY AND STEVIE SING TO EACH OTHER AND KISS AT THE END OF THE SONG. THROUGHOUT ALL THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS THIS GROUP HAS GONE THROUGH IT IS GREAT THAT LIFE HAS COME BACK TO THEM AND THEY CAN CELEBRATE AND DELIVER A GREAT PERFORMANCE. THIS IS ONE DVD THAT WILL ALWAYS BE PLAYED AND WILL NEVER GROW OLD.. BUY IT ENJOY IT AND ESPECIALLY WATCH LINDSEY AND HOW MUCH THIS MEANT TO HIM BOTH FROM A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE BUT A LIFE EXPERIENCE.
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on January 5, 2003
Fleetwood Mac: The Dance

Recorded at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank in 1997, this is a reunion concert for Fleetwood Mac (with a golden "Rumours" line-up of 1977) , who had been in hibernation for a while at the time of recording The Dance album. The fact that they had not played live together for a while did not seem to be a problem for these great musicians as they jumped straight into one of the best renditions of "The Chain" I have heard from them. And the concert just went off from there. A collection of some of their best known hits interspersed with new tracks from "The Dance" album plus some solo works from Lindsey Buckingham, this is a very enjoyable concert indeed. 106 minutes and 22 tracks of real good rocking. The finale ("Tusk" and "Don't Stop") with additional eighty piece brass marching band is really something!
This is really great live music from one of the genuine legendary bands of the rock era and it is a fine way to get to know this great band (except for those who remember Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, of course).

Try it anyway, and you won't be disappointed!
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