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Fleetwood Mac / 25 Years: The Chain reissued 4CD box set

Fleeetwood Mac / 25 Years: The Chain 4CD box set reissue

The Fleetwood Mac box set 25 Years: The Chain was originally released in November 1992. Back in those days you’d expect to pay well over £40 for this set, but last week it was reissued by Rhino in new double CD ‘fat box’ packaging and on sale for an incredible £12.

It seems that Rhino have gone for a very aggressive pricing strategy with some of the old Warner Bros. box sets and they have been rewarded with this box entering at number 12 in the UK album charts this week! The Rod Stewart Storyteller collection was reissued last year in exactly the same style and price, so hopefully we can look forward to more of the same for other artists on the label.

Fleeetwood Mac / 25 Years: The Chain 4CD box set reissue

Track listing behind the discs, thick 68 page booklet (click to enlarge)

Even better, this 72-track set isn’t even particularly out of date. Fleetwood Mac have only released two rather inessential albums since it came out – 1995’s Time (the first FM album since 1974 not to feature either Stevie Nicks or Lindsey Buckingham) and 2003’s Say You Will, which lacked the voice and songwriting skills of Christine McVie, who left the band in 1998.

This four disc box set remains an excellent overview of the band since around 1974, but fans of the earlier years featuring Bob Welch and Peter Green are likely to feel a little shortchanged with too much emphasis on the Buckingham/Nicks albums. However, with the commercial and critical success of those albums it hard to criticise Warner/Rhino too much for focusing on them.

Fleeetwood Mac / 25 Years: The Chain 4CD box set reissue

Original artwork elements nicely incorporated (click to enlarge)

One of the attractions of this box was the inclusion of some ‘alternate takes’. They are noted below in the track listing, although many of them are very similar to the originals, and non-fanatics might struggle to tell the difference. It is not the case with Isn’t It Midnight from Tango In The Night which is very obviously different from the master studio version, and begs the question when are Rhino going to reissue that album as an expanded deluxe edition?

25 Years: The Chain is out now. Order here.

Fleeetwood Mac / 25 Years: The Chain 4CD box set reissue

Double CD 'fat box' with slipcase

Fleeetwood Mac / 25 Years: The Chain 4CD box set reissue

This was how the old set was packaged....

Full track listing below:

Disc One :

  • 1. Paper Doll [New Song]
  • 2. Love Shines [New Song]
  • 3. Stand Back [Unreleased][Live][*]
  • 4. Crystal
  • 5. Isn’t It Midnight [Edited Alternative Version]
  • 6. Big Love
  • 7. Everywhere
  • 8. Affairs of the Heart
  • 9. Heart of Stone [New Song]
  • 10. Sara
  • 11. That’s All for Everyone
  • 12. Over My Head
  • 13. Little Lies
  • 14. Eyes of the World
  • 15. Oh Diane
  • 16. In the Back of My Mind
  • 17. Make Me a Mask [New Song]

 

Disc Two :

  • 1. Save Me
  • 2. Goodbye Angel
  • 3. Silver Springs
  • 4. What Makes You Think You’re the One
  • 5. Think About Me
  • 6. Gypsy [Alternative Unedited Version]
  • 7. You Make Loving Fun
  • 8. Second Hand News [Alternative Mix]
  • 9. Love in Store [Alternative Mix]
  • 10. Chain [Alternative Mix]
  • 11. Teen Beat
  • 12. Dreams [Alternative Mix]
  • 13. Only over You
  • 14. I’m So Afraid [Edit]
  • 15. Love Is Dangerous
  • 16. Gold Dust Woman [Alternative Mix]
  • 17. Not That Funny [Unreleased][Live]

 

Disc Three :

  • 1. Warm Ways
  • 2. Say You Love Me
  • 3. Don’t Stop
  • 4. Rhiannon
  • 5. Walk a Thin Line
  • 6. Storms
  • 7. Go Your Own Way
  • 8. Sisters of the Moon
  • 9. Monday Morning
  • 10. Landslide
  • 11. Hypnotized
  • 12. Lay It All Down [Unreleased Alternate Version]
  • 13. Angel [Alternate Mix]
  • 14. Beautiful Child [Alternate Mix]
  • 15. Brown Eyes
  • 16. Save Me a Place
  • 17. Tusk
  • 18. Never Going Back Again
  • 19. Songbird

 

Disc Four :

  • 1. I Believe My Time Ain’t Long
  • 2. Need Your Love So Bad
  • 3. Rattlesnake Shake
  • 4. Oh Well, Pt. 1 [Original Mono Version-Rechannelled for Stereo]
  • 5. Stop Messin’ Around
  • 6. Green Manalishi
  • 7. Albatross
  • 8. Man of the World
  • 9. Love That Burns
  • 10. Black Magic Woman
  • 11. Watch Out
  • 12. String-A-Long [Unreleased]
  • 13. Station Mix
  • 14. Did You Ever Love Me
  • 15. Sentimental Lady
  • 16. Come a Little Bit Closer
  • 17. Heroes Are Hard to Find
  • 18. Trinity [Unreleased Song from 1971]
  • 19. Why

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10 responses to Fleetwood Mac / 25 Years: The Chain reissued 4CD box set

  1. Neil says:

    I’m just glad they never remastered this to today’s horrible standards. Great box set and a great price.

  2. Todd R. says:

    Wow. Nice and condensed, but I’ve been waiting on an expanded edition of THIS box set, since the original went out of print. As for the “non-essential” status of TIME and SAY YOU WILL, I would only argue that in the 16 different line-ups of FM, each has had a shining moment (Dave Mason’s “Blow By Blow” is a great return to FM’s blues roots, Bekka Bramlett does a wonderful turn with Billy Burnette on “Talkin’ To My Heart” – SAY YOU WILL has many great tracks, even if it’s back and forth each song between Stevie & Lindsey). I agree that TANGO IN THE NIGHT is well overdue for a deluxe send-off, all the 12″ dance versions alone would be nice, not to mention the few b-sides that graced the period. Still I would have loved an updated (and even expanded) box for the band’s 45th anniversary (this year) and even an extended (and corrected?) copy of Mick Fleetwood’s MY 25 YEARS IN FLEETWOOD MAC .

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  6. Ray Garcia says:

    This band’s entire catalogue is due for a massive overhaul. I’d start with a singles collection, and make sure every 7″ single and its corresponding b-sides were included. How nice would it be to hear the forgotten “Dragonfly” single? Danny Kirwan may have been the “difficult” one, but damn did he make some fine songs. The late Bob Welch had some splendid contributions to their history as well.
    From there, each album from Mr. Wonderful to Behind The Mask needs to be refreshed. The old WB/Reprise CDs sound flat and lack power. A remix of Fleetwood Mac Live from 1980 would be essential. Mick’s drums are buried in the mix most of the time. Whoever engineered that album and thought it sounded good was on some serious drugs!

    Favorite FM tracks of all-time:
    Gypsy
    Dragonfly
    Sara (Live)
    Hypnotized
    Bad Loser
    Sisters of the Moon
    Future Games
    World Turning (Live)
    Why
    Straight Back
    Bare Trees
    Woman of 1,000 Years
    Gold Dust Woman
    Oh Well
    Danny’s Chant
    Brown Eyes
    Sometimes
    Hold Me
    Trinity
    Safe Harbour
    Save Me
    Gold Dust Woman (Live)

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  8. Justin Campbell says:

    Do you know if the alternate mixes of Rumours tracks on this release are duplicated in either the 2cd or 3cd versions of Rumours?

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  10. ChuckO says:

    How is ‘Hold Me’ a Billboard Top 10 single, not on this set?

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