Rolling Stone - 11/28/02, p.945 stars out of 5
- "...[The album] showcases the results of having three strong songwriters and a willingness to spend months in the studio sweating the smallest details..."
Q (Magazine) - p.1204 stars out of 5
-- "The soundtrack to millions of lives in a way that most bands can only dream of, the proof is here and still makes often ravishing listening."
Disc 1 is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Fleetwood Mac: Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks.
Producers include: Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Keith Olsen, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat.
Compilation producers: Fleetwood Mac, David McLees.
Recorded between 1975 & 1992.
Includes liner notes by David Wild.
Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: David Wild.
Author: Sheryl Crow.
Photographers: Mark Seliger; Norman Seeff; Herbert Worthington III; Sam Emerson; Neil Zlozower; Ron Slenzak.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Christine McVie; Mick Fleetwood; Stevie Nicks; John McVie.
Although the title is a misnomer, considering that material from Fleetwood Mac line-ups featuring earlier members including founder Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, Bob Welch, and Danny Kirwan is noticeably absent, THE VERY BEST OF serves up the cream of the Buckingham/Nicks years. Rounded out by Mick Fleetwood and former paramours John and Christine McVie, this "classic" Mac line-up lasted for seven albums and created timeless material often fueled by romantic turmoil within its ranks. With Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie all serving as singer-songwriters, there were plenty of hits to go around.
Ably displacing 1998's GREATEST HITS package, this two-CD set features plenty of well-known radio hits starting with cuts from the Mac's 1975 self-titled smash ("Monday Morning," "Rhiannon," and "Say You Love Me") on through the live 1997 reunion album THE DANCE ("I'm So Afraid," "Big Love"). In between, the wealth of solid material boggles the mind and includes classics found on 1977's classic RUMOURS ("Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop"), 1979's TUSK (title track, "Sara"), and 1982's MIRAGE ("Gypsy," "Hold Me"). Equally engaging are slightly more obscure cuts like "Paper Doll" and "Silver Springs" (originally found on the out-of-print box set 25 YEARS: THE CHAIN).