Behind the Mask

Warner Bros / Wea
Release date
29 Mar 1990
Running length
26 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Skies the Limit 3:44 2
2 Love Is Dangerous 3:15 7,446
3 In the Back of My Mind 6:57 9,128
4 Do You Know 4:18 5,241
5 Save Me 4:12 9,008
6 Affairs of the Heart 4:19 7,642
7 When the Sun Goes Down 3:17 4,997
8 Behind the Mask 4:16 5,408
9 Stand on the Rock 4:00 4,951
10 Hard Feelings 4:52 4,637
11 Freedom 4:09 4,911
12 When It Comes to Love 4:05 4,900
13 The Second Time 2:30 4,599
Skies The Limit (Album Version) 3:45 19
When It Comes To Love (Album Version) 4:09 9
Love Is Dangerous (Album Version) 3:18 18
Freedom (Album Version) 4:12 6
In The Back Of My Mind (Album Version) 7:03 12
Do You Know (Album Version) 4:19 11
Save Me (Album Version) 4:15 19
Affairs Of The Heart (Album Version) 4:22 16
When The Sun Goes Down (Album Version) 3:19 10
Behind The Mask (Album Version) 4:18 12
Stand On The Rock (Album Version) 4:00 8
Hard Feelings (Album Version) 4:55 10
The Second Time (Album Version) 2:32 7

About this album

Fleetwood Mac’s only full-length album with a lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Billy Burnette, and Rick Vito proved an artistic and commercial disappointment not so much because Lindsey Buckingham was missing as songwriter/guitarist/singer/ producer as because the group’s other writers, Nicks and Christine McVie, didn’t pick up the slack, relying on Burnette and Vito to come up with material. They tried: Burnette’s “Hard Feelings,” written with Jeff Silbar, was a worthy effort. But Nicks’s four contributions (three of them co-written) weren’t up to her usual standard, and while McVie proved more dependable, turning in the Top 40 pop hit “Save Me” and the Top Ten Adult Contemporary hit “Skies The Limit,” her light, romantic efforts needed sturdier work to play off of. Behind The Mask was never less than pleasant, but never of the calibre of the work of the previous lineup, either. Though it went gold, it was Fleetwood Mac’s least successful new album in 15 years. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

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  • SSBN623

    ditto, they were all gonna pay me back . . . the sound of this , tusk ,tango in the night got sold off it wasn't what in the biz they called stale mac

    24 May 9:35pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    so behind the mask got buried mac & chesse was jimi's backup band

    30 Apr 7:28pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    so i said there ain't no hard feelin' except the mothballs in my wallet

    30 Apr 7:18pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    they were not averse to burying my work

    30 Apr 3:54am Reply
  • SSBN623

    M&C Co. didn't like bein' jim's backup band

    26 Apr 8:39pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    everyone has a bone to pick . . . when the cure is worse than the disease . . . perhaps . . . most of the music i wrote for the M&C Co. got buried

    26 Apr 8:28pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    at the risk of repeatin' myself if this and tusk sound anything like the mac&cheese you'all are accustomed to forgive them and blame me thanx JMS

    4 Apr 10:14pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    how did this get to WB

    23 Mar 6:03am Reply
  • kajo_93

    Not nearly as bad as people say. The Second Time is a classic Stevie song

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • LingLingMac

    I think this album is their best since "Tusk". Is really amazing. All bad critics are for the absence of Buckingham alone

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • LingLingMac

    I only find like, one of the songs unlistenable.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • systolediastole

    I only find like, three of the songs listenable.

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • foxyluva

    It's a bit too adult contemporary in places, but it has it's moments. The title track is especially brilliant.

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
  • tmfox

    Not really sure why this album wasn't as popular as some of their older stuff. Its a different type of sound but its just as good!

    25 Sep 2008 Reply

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