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Christine McVie Import

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 25 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0000062UB
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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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

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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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Format: Audio CD
Christine McVie's second and final solo album--originally released in 1984 (the first was in the late 60s under her maiden name Christine Perfect). A terrific set of pop songs with her characteristic catchy choruses, sublime melodies, and themes on love.
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.
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While I am primarily an enormous fan of the talents of Lindsey Buckingham and his solo work, Christine McVie's self titled solo album without a doubt is my second favorite Fleetwood Mac member solo album ever (Out Of The Cradle by Lindsey Buckingham is my favorite.)
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.
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It's very puzzling(and dissapointing) to look at the rather lightweight work of Fleetwood Mac during the eighties and then look at how strong their solo material turned out to be...call it inflated egos, whatever you will, it's pretty unfornuate. When comparing her work from Mirage, the work on this solo album proved just how capable Christine Mcvie was as a songwriter. With help from some of the biggest names in the industry, Chris shines on such tracks as "Love Will Show Us Show", "The Challenge", "The Smile I Live For", "One In A Million", and her top-ten hit "Got A Hold On Me" which would have fit perfectly on Mirage. She also brings back alot of those wonderful blues sensibilties that had been missing from the group for some times. There are few duds,however, like "So Excited", which comes of as being a bit too sachirine. Still, nothing is less than pleasent, although admittedly these songs would sound even better being flanked by Lindsey Buckingham's off-kilter pop paranoia and Stevie Nicks's folkie mysticsm. Those clamoring for a new Christine Mcvie project will be happy to know that she is in the process of releasing a new album in the near future(although I'd personally prefer to see her back with Fleetwood Mac...). If you're really looking for something to do, take the best tracks from Lindsey Buckingham's "Law and Order" and "Go Insane", Stevie Nicks's "Bella Donna" and "Wild Heart", and this album, mix 'em around a bit...and voila! You have the long-lost (and rightful) Fleetwood Mac albums of the 1980's.Read more ›
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Christine McVie sounds like no one else in rock-n-roll. Her soft, low alto always emits genuine emotional textures, whether they be joyously upbeat or darkly moody. Moreover, her expert songwriting skills usually invigorate every Mac outing with at least four great songs. All this, and yet she still insists upon handing much of the limelight to her fellow bandmates. Indeed, McVie's greatest weakness is her retiring, almost apologetic presence on the pop-rock scene. She has all the charisma and talent to forge a great solo career. But, as of yet, this record stands as one of only two releases in the last thirty years to spotlight her unique musical gifts.
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.
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