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Fleetwood MacMystery To Me

Label:Reprise Records – K 44248, Reprise Records – K44248
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress, Stereo, Gatefold
Country:UK
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Genre:Rock
Style:Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Prog Rock

Tracklist

A1Emerald Eyes3:37
A2Believe Me4:06
A3Just Crazy Love3:22
A4Hypnotized4:48
A5Forever4:04
A6Keep On Going
Acoustic GuitarMartin Birch
4:04
B1The City3:35
B2Miles Away3:47
B3Somebody5:00
B4The Way I Feel2:46
B5For Your Love3:44
B6Why4:56
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First cat# on label, second on cover and spine
"w" on label rim

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Labels): MS 2158
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A stamp): K44248 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B stamp): K44248 B1
  • Matrix / Runout ((Version 2) Runout side A etched): K+44248 +A2
  • Matrix / Runout ((Version 2) Runout side B stamp): K44248 B1

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Mystery To Me (LP, Album, Gatefold)Reprise Records, Reprise RecordsREP 44 248, MS 2158Germany1973
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Mystery To Me (Cassette, Album)Reprise Records, Warner Bros. RecordsM5 2158US1973
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Mystery To Me (LP, Album, Gatefold)Reprise RecordsMS 2158US1973
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Mystery To Me (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Reprise Records, Reprise Records44 248, MS 2158France1973
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Mystery To Me (LP, Album, Promo, Stereo, Gatefold)Reprise RecordsMS 2158US1973

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  • Bill_Newman's avatar
    Bill_Newman
    Mystery to me is one of my favourite Albums ever. I was 13 when it came out and had started to really get into music. I was aware of the early Fleetwood Mac, dominated by the now late, great Peter Green (he remains my favourite blues guitarist). Quite a few years after the release of this album it was interesting to follow the career of the band as they soared into stadium-filling status when "Rumours"really took off.
    I think that this is a largely overlooked record (despite having one of the most distinctive album covers ever) and it is filled with melodic, intelligent songs. I have seen some appreciative reviews on various music blogs and a couple have highlighted something I think is little-known. If you listen carefully you realise that a lot of the attraction of the songs is the guitar playing of Bob Weston (Bob Welch is highlighted in your review and he was the main male singer and a good guitarist but Weston put in much of the subtle and more technical stuff). Bob Weston was a great player who was fired, apparently for a bit of indiscretion with Mick Fleetwood's wife. On this album he plugs away, often in the background, but making those contributions that give a great record a quality that makes you want to listen to it over and again. The album as a slow-grower but, if you give it a couple of listens, it will start to work its magic on you.
    • progfan97402's avatar
      progfan97402
      Edited 8 years ago
      Not being a fan of the Buckingham/Nicks-era, I have found Mystery to Me a rather enjoyable album. You can already tell where they'll be heading in the future, usually from Christine McVie's songs. A song like "Believe Me" is a great example what I'm talking about. It could almost fit on Rumours had it not been for the almost-prog rock like-guitar solo Bob Welch gives here towards the end. But here the songs don't suffer from radio overplay the way the stuff off Rumours does. Bob Welch gives some of his best songs here, especially the rocking "Miles Away", and "Hypnotized" which is the most recognized song as it's been played on FM radio. In fact if I ever mention anyone of the Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac, I refer them to this song (I could also refer them to "Sentimental Lady", but they're more likely familiar with the 1977 solo rerecording than the 1972 original off Bare Trees). "Keep On Going" was written by Bob Welch, but the vocals are done by Christine McVie. Even with her voice, you can still tell it's a Welch song, as it has a bit of a bluesy feel (although the blues pretty much disappeared from Fleetwood Mac after the departure of Peter Green, the blues influence does sometimes show up in Welch's songs). Welch also gives us "The City", which was his criticism of New York City. He apparently didn't like the bad vibes or the traffic (apparently he preferred the sunnier environment of Los Angeles, which is where he hailed from, and it was his idea to relocate the band to Los Angeles after this album). Some copies mention a song called "Good Things Come (To Those Who Wait)" (like the copy I own), but it seemed like a last-minute decision not to include the song, so instead a cover of the Yardbirds' "For Your Love", which is a great version. It seemed on this album they only had two songwriters in Bob Welch and Christine McVie.

      To me the real "mystery to me" is how underrated this album is. Many rock publications seemed a bit dismissive of it, but I found the album is full of great songs. To me, it's an overlooked album of pop/rock and really worth having.
      • daddysvinyl's avatar
        daddysvinyl
        Edited 9 years ago
        My copy states MS2158. However, For Your Love is not listed on the jacket nor on the lyrics sheet. A song called Good Things (Come to Those Who Wait) is listed. For Your Love is the actual song on the album. Does anybody know if there is a copy with Good Things on the album?

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