March 2

My buddy Brent came home with this album on day:

It’s a studio album that was recorded and released in 1973 by a pre-Fleetwood Mac duo of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

We listened to this thing over and over, breaking down all the Buckingham guitar parts and soaking in the now familiar music from these two then struggling artists… now uber-famous rock stars.

There was chatter that Buckingham Nicks would be re-released for its 40th anniversary, but nothing ever materialized. I’ve been patiently waiting for this album to get the full remaster and extended version treatment it deserves. There are a few “re-issued” versions out there, but the word is they are produced from masters that were made by recording an existing vinyl record and duplicating that to vinyl and CD… no thanks, I’ll pass.

I coveted this album back then and have always been on the lookout for a copy of my own. So, when a used copy turned up in the local independent 4000 Holes, I snatched it up.

Visually, mine has some issues, including some jerk named “Hale” writing his dumb name on the cover and on the side 2 label. The cover is pretty worn, especially on the edges and there are a few scuffs and light scratches on the groove.

More concerning was a fairly deep scratch almost all the way across one side. Ugg. I could even feel this one with a finger, which is not a good sign, and would have been a “pass” on almost any other record.

But this record is one rare bird so I took the chance… and, boy, I’m happy I did! It plays really well and, with the exception of the quietest acoustic passages, the surface noise is minimal.

Here’s a version of the song Crystal from Buckingham Nicks followed by Crystal from the 1975 Fleetwood Mac eponymous record:

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