Christine McVie Import
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|1. Love Will Show Us How|
|2. The Challenge|
|3. So Excited|
|4. One In A Million|
|5. Ask Anybody|
|6. Got A Hold On Me|
|7. Who's Dreaming This Dream|
|8. I'm The One|
|9. Keeping Secrets|
|10. The Smile I Live For|
Christine's self-titled 1984 solo album hasn't been available for some time-now that Fleetwood Mac is back, what better time to rediscover this gem? It features the hits Got a Hold on Me and Love Will Show Us How , and guest artists Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and ex-partners Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood. 10 tracks.
When Fleetwood Mac regrouped in 1975, trading its British blues pedigree for a sunnier Californian spin on pop rock, vocalist, songwriter, and keyboard linchpin Christine McVie fit right in, belying her English origins to prove comparatively mellow alongside the edgier Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks' brooding crystal visions and anguished confessions. This 1985 solo outing is predictably solid, paced by midtempo rockers and vulnerable ballads that showcase McVie's cool, velvety alto, tidily crafted songs, and blue chip session help from friends like Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Eric Clapton, and Steve Winwood, who pitch in behind McVie's own crisp quartet. The set's most enduring track remains the single hit, "Got a Hold on Me," featuring Winwood's signature synthesizers, but admirers of McVie's work with the platinum Mac will find other charms. --Sam Sutherland
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Highlights include the sparkling chart hit "Got a Hold on Me" (it stays in your head long after you listen), the soft and haunting "Ask Anybody", country-tinged "So Excited", guitar rocker "The Challenge (with the exceptional Eric Clapton guesting), and the upbeat "Love Will Show us How" (a minor chart hit with a very funny video).
Christine experiments with various formats and tempos--pop, r&b, country, ballads. And she does all of them well. Her voice remains the best thing about anything she touches and sounds great throughout, with her keyboards coming in a close second. In addition to Clapton, she also gets invaluable assistance from Lindsay Buckingham (guitar and background vocals), MIck Fleetwood (drums), Stevie Winwood (keyboards, writing, and vocals--including a duet on "One in a Million") and Eddie Quintala. Her core band sounds great too--Todd Sharp (also a cowriter on several of the tracks), Geroge Hawkins, and Steve Ferrone.
One wishes she would do another record, either solo or with Fleetwood Mac. Her reitirement from the music industry left us with a big hole. But at least we have this very special and underrated gem from the mid 80s to keep us happy. Come back Christine.
Christine made a truly amazing album. My favorite song is The Challenge which Buckingham does background vocals for. Though I agree Christine does deserve a large bulk of the credit for making such a great sounding album, a good portion has to go to the band she put together with Todd Sharp on guitar, George Hawkins on bass and Steve Farrone on drums. These guys not only co-wrote the songs (in Sharp's case), vocalized on the album (in Sharp and Hawkins' case) but they are the ones who made the album sound as sweet as it does. If there had been three other muscians for this album, I'm certain it would not have been as good. Also, it was nice to have some guest members on several tracks in the album. Along with Buckingham were Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood and Steve Winwood.
The first time I listened to this album start to finish, it became my second favorite. I know that a lot of music lovers who have not yet bought this album would love Christine McVie after doing the same.
It's not a bad album. Those songs in which she actively takes the vocal fore are the strongest. Whether she is duetting a hard-core blues with Steve Windwood ("One in a Million") or offering a mysteriously sexy vocal on "Ask Anybody," McVie is well equipped to deliver the goods. Her pop craftsmanship is present on "The Challenge" and "Got a Hold on Me," two equisitely charming songs. Her best songs are as good as anything Bacharach could have written.
Her worst moments are those when she hands the limelight to her sidemen. All bandmates are more than capable performers. But do we need to hear songs penned by weak songwriters. "I'm the One," "Who's Dreaming this Dream," and "Keeping Secrets," are all written by other no-names--and all are hopelessly generic, bland. Was she doing her friends a favor? Did she run out of material? No one will know. If she needed more material, she could have plunged the songbooks of more capable artists.
Thankfully, the recording ends with "The Smile I Live For," a somber, majestic ballad that shows off McVie's vocal, instrumental, and songwriting skills to great effect. It's penned by her, perhaps the clearest testament that McVie shines best when performing her own material.
Most recent customer reviews
Christine McVie is one of my favorites. I was heartbroken to hear that she was not going to be involved with Say You Will, however that CD ended up being the best FM CD since... Read morePublished on March 31 2004 by Steve
I love Christine's input with Fleetwood Mac, but this CD is bor-ing! The chorus of "Got A Hold On Me" is repeated about 4 times too many, and the rest of the CD is only... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004
Christine McVie has long been the glue holding Fleetwood Mac together. She has been the one constant -- and this solo album from 1984 should have been the start of a second solo... Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Michael Ehret
I was not disappointed at all when I bought this when it first came out on tape and have now bought it again on cd. Read morePublished on April 6 2003 by Mike S
Although you can probably find this CD in the bargain bin, don't even waste your $$$ . I was really disappointed in this CD. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2002
This is a very fine album from an under-rated singer, and a good addition to any British blues collection. However, this is not her best or only solo effort. Read morePublished on April 12 2002 by Richard Tuthilll
To be disappointed in anything Christine McVie does musically is a surprise, but this album was disappointing. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2001