Then Play On

Label
Warner Bros / Wea
Release date
25 Oct 1990
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
63:29

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Coming Your Way 7:05 14,780
2 Closing My Eyes 4:54 8,702
3 Show-Biz Blues 4:03 7,304
4 My Dream 2:22 7,515
5 Underway 16:14 10,889
6 Oh Well 2:45 44,066
7 Although the Sun Is Shining 2:25 8,853
8 Rattlesnake Shake 3:29 24,004
9 Searching for Madge 6:59 6,914
10 Fighting for Madge 2:46 7,365
11 When You Say 4:31 6,477
12 Like Crying 2:30 8,933
13 Before the Beginning 3:26 8,096

About this album

This Peter Green-led edition of the Mac isn’t just an important transition between their initial blues-based incarnation and the mega-pop band they became, it’s also their most vital, exciting version. The addition of Danny Kirwan as second guitarist and songwriter foreshadows not only the soft-rock terrain of “Bare Trees” and “Kiln House” with Christine Perfect-McVie, but also predicts Rumours. That only pertains to roughly half of the also excellent material here, though; the rest is quintessential Green. The immortal “Oh Well,” with its hard-edged, thickly layered guitars and chamber-like sections, is perhaps the band’s most enduring progressive composition. “Rattlesnake Shake” is another familiar number, a down-and-dirty, even-paced funk, with clean, wall-of-sound guitars. Choogling drums and Green’s fiery improvisations power “Searching for Madge,” perhaps Mac’s most inspired work save “Green Manalishi,” and leads into an unlikely symphonic interlude and the similar, lighter boogie “Fighting for Madge.” A hot Afro-Cuban rhythm with beautiful guitars from Kirwan and Green on “Coming Your Way” not only defines the Mac’s sound, but the rock aesthetic of the day. Of the songs with Kirwan’s stamp on them, “Closing My Eyes” is a mysterious waltz love song; haunting guitars approach surf music on the instrumental “My Dream”; while “Although the Sun Is Shining” is the ultimate pre-Rumours number someone should revisit.

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  • ChokitoBranco

    Their best album by far. Oh Well and Madge duo are among the best musics of hard/blues rock in the late 60' n early 70'

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Wonaldo

    Play a game about the albums of Fleetwood Mac! http://www.purposegames.com/game/albums-fleetwood-mac-game

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Plook

    The best album of Fleetwood Mac

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Bartleman

    This album is indeed special!

    11 Jun 2012 Reply
  • star_shaped_man

    No other Mac album sounds like this! Imagine what the next record could of been like if they managed to keep it together?

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ocolinerze

    I have the original Viny

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • XSeanybOiX

    I have the original 14 track version feels good man.

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • foxyluva

    Amazing record. My favourite FM album with Peter Green.

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • pteronophobic

    Best Mac album.

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
  • axel196

    Where`s Green`s era..legend of all time! This album from beginning to end are PERFECT

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Shandemanium

    My favorite album of the Peter Green era of FM.

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • cosmicchild70

    "Underway" is one of the best psychedelic songs ever, in my opinion. Its so dreamy and perfect.

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
  • EpicGeeza36

    This and 'Future Games' are their best in my opinion. Both send me to another world.

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • bryan12112

    I like where Fleetwood Mac went after this (especially Bare Trees and Tusk), but it's still a shame the Green/Kirwan combo couldn't have lasted longer. This is an incredible album.

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
  • AmenCorner

    Peter Green is GOD!

    5 Sep 2009 Reply
  • kc_no9

    essential listening....timeless

    14 Aug 2009 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Godlike.

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • dctomlinson

    Ooops, I combined my Savoy Brown posting with the Fleetwood mac posting. Obviously, Street Corner Talking and Jack the Toad are Savoy Brown LPs. :)

    10 Oct 2008 Reply
  • dctomlinson

    I grew up on this album, among others. I rate it as highly influential on my rock and roll life. If I'd grown up listening to the Beatles instead, who knows where I would have ended up. This album is powerful, sublime, soulful, atmospheric, you name it. It's one of, if not the, best album Fleetwood Mac ever made. My favorites also include Peter' Green's Fleetwood Mac, Street Corner Talking and Jack the Toad. The Peter Green - Jeremy Spencer and the Christine Perfect/McVie - Danny Kirwin versions of the band remain my all time favorites.

    10 Oct 2008 Reply
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    6 Aug 2008 Reply
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