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Fleetwood Mac — Albatross
Album: English Rose
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8.1

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Total ratings: 2108









Released: 1969
Length: 3:05
Plays (last 30 days): 4
(Instrumental)
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 countryrds wrote:
That has to be the worst album cover ever!  But lovely tune....
 
Looks like the lady from "Total Recall" that says "Two weeks......two weeks.....twooooahhhhweeksaaah....".
 countryrds wrote:
That has to be the worst album cover ever!  But lovely tune....
 

Not when you realize that's probably the reaction they were aiming for...

Also, consider these:

53 of the worst album covers of all time
That has to be the worst album cover ever!  But lovely tune....
Great song. John Lennon liked it so much he cribbed it a bit for Sun King :)
Wonderful song by a great group...just find it curious that the pic of the band accompanying this has no resemblance to the ensemble which created this track. They were a whole different band back then, way more bluesy!
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
November 1968... rather different to (and dare I say better than) the 70's CA version

 
 
There they are - what a team ....
Thanks Pete. You are, we are, thanks to you. 😢
RIP Peter.  Thanks for the great music you made.
Man of the world! R.I.P. 
Best make out song evah
"Godlike" really doesn't do this justice.
Peter Green! Simply the best !!
Funny I first heard this song with ottmar liebert in the mid 90s
Where's the Loop button?
Sublime..............
Cruise and mellow. No that's a Mellow Mix classic!
Up there with the best rock instrumentals ever! (
 On_The_Beach wrote:
 
It's bleedin' albatross flavor, innit!
Peter Green. wow.
What a crazy mathafackas
"Stormy Petrel on a stick".....
Eternal loop for work. !!!!
 justin4kick wrote:


Had to check your birthday. Your profile tells me you are from 1960. This song came out when you were nine and must have been played a million times since then. Where have you been the last 47 years? Just curious.
 
One wouldn't have had to be hiding not to have heard this song much since its release.  This song didn't really receive a lot of airplay in The States after the early 1970s, especially if one didn't live near the bigger cities which played album cuts and more obscure singles.
I've been doing research lately, educating myself about Fleetwood Mac. Before then, I didn't know "Albatross" was such a big hit for them.
 healex wrote:
It looks like she`s a guy. With this nose....{#Eek}

 

That's Mick Fleetwood in "drag".
 healex wrote:
It looks like she`s a guy. With this nose....{#Eek}

 

That's Mike Fleetwood in "drag".
 healex wrote:
It looks like she`s a guy. With this nose....{#Eek}
 
Talented guy but I don't think Mick Fleetwood would have cut it as a girl!
It looks like she`s a guy. With this nose....{#Eek}
That LP cover gives me nightmares.
Wow, it's been so long I forgot this tune existed. Sweet. 
 zedstation wrote:
I'm old, and there hasn't been much to sound like this in the instrumental category. Soothing and restrained. I discount any rating below 8 and put the average to 9+. It's a free country.

 
You just don't know where to look. https://www.facebook.com/TheVanduras/ 
One of those songs that seem to have been there since the beginning.
Love Peter Green...... been waiting "Years" for RP to play "Rattle Snake Shake" ? But it looks like we loose  {#Cry}
I'm old, and there hasn't been much to sound like this in the instrumental category. Soothing and restrained. I discount any rating below 8 and put the average to 9+. It's a free country.
ALBATROSS fer CHRIST SAKE!
Very, very nice{#Kiss}
Such dreamy, creamy, buttery blues emanated from this guy and this band back in the day... For mellow, this jams pretty good; tasty!
10 without doubt! How long since I heard this masterpiece the last time... {#Meditate}{#Notworthy}
a 10..... quite a difference from later fleetwood mac
 
 AbileneTexas wrote:
Beautiful piece.  Never heard it till now.  Thanks, RP, you make life much richer. 
 
I actually uploaded this because I couldn't believe it wasn't in the playlist. Apparently that's almost 10 years ago now… damn I'm getting old.
Rather puts me in mind of post coital tristesse.
 AbileneTexas wrote:
Beautiful piece.  Never heard it till now.  Thanks, RP, you make life much richer. 
 

Had to check your birthday. Your profile tells me you are from 1960. This song came out when you were nine and must have been played a million times since then. Where have you been the last 47 years? Just curious.
It's a Monty Python album! 

Peter Green, Mick, Mac.. cool.  
Sublime
I was 3 when this came out, loved it then, still love it now!

Dragonfly is also a beautiful little song - maybe worth cueing up on here some time?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEQ07_22YA0
{#Cheers}{#Bananajam}{#Roflol}
Similar riffs exist throughout music - always have been. It's what artists DO with them that counts. Music is one of few sacred Universal balms for humanity. I'll  not be too quick to judge it.
Ah, yes ... the song John Lennon cribbed a bit of for Sun King :)
Beautiful piece.  Never heard it till now.  Thanks, RP, you make life much richer. 
I have never looked,felt.listened @ music ever since listening to it a growing kid growing up. It used to be closing music @ 1 am when the local TV station in Monterey CA. closed for the day.{#Notworthy}{#Chillpill}
Majestic in its instrumental quality. And a wonderful follow up to Elbow's 'Bones Of You'. Platitudes to you Bill.
November 1968... rather different to (and dare I say better than) the 70's CA version

 
A #1 single in the U.K., it inspired a certain track on side two of Abbey Road.
 
hayduke2 wrote:
such a beautiful piece of music, the wiki-info is great too (it can be heard in the film Man on Wire about Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center.), so cool.


Nice article - there is mention of his multi-note bends. Here is a nice acoustic version that shows it well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oSlZMe2WIo


{#Tongue}
such a beautiful piece of music, the wiki-info is great too (it can be heard in the film Man on Wire about Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center.), so cool.
Mick Fleetwood, it would appear, makes a very scary Pink Flamingo's Divine. 
very nice!
bodacious
9  - "Gannet on a Stick"? 
I'd love to hear this in a set with Stevie Ray Vaughn's Riviera Paradise, and Santana's Bella.
Yikes!  That album cover almost scared me away, but I just love this song so much.  It brings me closer to God...
B-tribe did a wonderful cover of this classic tune.
{#Notworthy}
https://www.newyorker.com/talk/2013/11/11/131111ta_talk_smith

glorious music, had just read Patti Smith's reflection on Lou Reed and it (to me) fit in a way 

Peace 
I'd forgotten the title of this classic number until now, but seeing it puts me in mind of the famous Monty Python sketch.

Albatross! Albatross!

(I prefer stormy petrel on a stick, myself. )
Perfect song on a rather gray Sunday morn, with blazing leaves and chill breeze floating around outside the window...good old Old FMac!
Great!
Cynaera wrote:
Poacher, you are one unfathomable chap. And it makes you all the more dear to me, even when you piss me off to the point where I want to slap you with a fish. 


Poacher wrote:

Sigh. As many of you are aware, Cynaera is no longer with us having passed away early this year. 

I think this time is as good as any to take stock and realise we are all here but for a moment in time, and that one should enjoy every drop of life we have. . . while we have it.

Now - back to the music. 

 
Cheers mate! Anniversary of this post is coming up, maybe we can all imagine Cy wacking us with a Halibut to Green's excellant raves!

Gotta love the cover!


 Lazarus wrote:

marvelous...  love this music...  and speaking of a marvelous albatross—

Al Gore: NSA's secret surveillance program 'not really the American way' 

The National Security Agency's blanket collection of US citizens' phone records was "not really the American way", Al Gore said on Friday, declaring that he believed the practice to be unlawful...

"Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that those who would give up essential liberty to try to gain some temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."...



 
Here's a link to an excellent op-ed on metadata collection and PRISM: 


https://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/opinion/the-criminal-nsa.html


"The two programs violate both the letter and the spirit of federal law. No statute explicitly authorizes mass surveillance. Through a series of legal contortions, the Obama administration has argued that Congress, since 9/11, intended to implicitly authorize mass surveillance. But this strategy mostly consists of wordplay, fear-mongering and a highly selective reading of the law." 

marvelous...  love this music...  

Now THIS is the way I like my Mac. No twirling scarves...pretentious singing or failed FM pop. Perfect.
Absolutly 9 - near to 10...

In my mind's eye I can see the Albatros majestically sails across the heaven over the ocean, but i can't see it starting or landing....{#Ask}  
I fled from Pearl Jam's "Alive" to this via PSD. 

Best damn button ever.  
very mellow

Everybody in my church loves this music...
 
C'mon Bill.   Follow this with Riviera Paradise - Stevie Ray Vaughn.
 jocelynsart wrote:
that's Not Fleetwood Mac lol! 
Probably it is but not how I grew up knowing them and seeing them in concert
 
 
There are plenty who believe the band you saw was not Fleetwood Mac. 
that's Not Fleetwood Mac lol! 
Probably it is but not how I grew up knowing them and seeing them in concert
 
 joelbb wrote:
Strangely enough, for all his awesome blues chops AND writing "Black Magic Woman", this is Peter Green's best known recording.
 
I wonder why's that...{#Think}
 Poacher wrote:

Sigh. As many of you are aware, Cynaera is no longer with us having passed away early this year. 

I think this time is as good as any to take stock and realise we are all here but for a moment in time, and that one should enjoy every drop of life we have. . . while we have it.

Now - back to the music. 
 
So true.  As they say in Geordieland (NE England) "This ain't no dress rehearsal" and "Your'e a long time dead".  Personally, every day after 35 was a bonus for me after a life of s** d***s and Rock 'n' Roll and I have made sure I lived life to the max.

RIP Cynaera.  I hope others will keep you wonderful posts on the front page too.


 Cynaera wrote:
Poacher, you are one unfathomable chap. And it makes you all the more dear to me, even when you piss me off to the point where I want to slap you with a fish.
 
Sigh. As many of you are aware, Cynaera is no longer with us having passed away early this year. 

I think this time is as good as any to take stock and realise we are all here but for a moment in time, and that one should enjoy every drop of life we have. . . while we have it.

Now - back to the music. 
They don't make em like this any more {#Cry}
Delicious.
8 —> 9


This music is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this last day of summer...

 
Strangely enough, for all his awesome blues chops AND writing "Black Magic Woman", this is Peter Green's best known recording.
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
Early Mac n Blues - the Best Mac!  Anyone listen to The Peter Green Splinter Group? He still has it...
 
{#Yes}
Lovely, easily my favourite instrumental and second only to F.M.'s cover of Need Your Love So Bad. When I was a kid, I'd put Albatross on repeat when I went to bed. My dad would turn it of when he went to bed. I miss those days and I miss my beloved wee dad.
Easily one of my all-time favorite RP derived "finds"
Early Mac n Blues - the Best Mac!  Anyone listen to The Peter Green Splinter Group? He still has it...
Very nice set this morning!
 godspeed wrote:
1969...??  You're frickin' kiddin' me...how sweet it is.;-)
 
There was soooo much fantastic music recorded that year ... this included
Love the album art, an art killed by digital music. Oh what a hypocrite am I! 


This music is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this winter day...

 
 romeotuma wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this music...

 
 



They love it in my bathroom,mmmmm!!!!!
1969...??  You're frickin' kiddin' me...how sweet it is.;-)

do tell...
 allabout wrote:
Huge memories, I was outside the studio when this was recorded. Waiting for my girl friend to finish work.
 


Wow another classic I haven't heard in a long while.
Does this record win the official RomeoT most comments award?
High praise indeed.
That's some Sunday morning, coffee drinking, reading the paper music...great stuff!
 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this music...

 
right on time as usual
Huge memories, I was outside the studio when this was recorded. Waiting for my girl friend to finish work.


beautiful...  love this...

 


very special music...

 fredriley wrote:
Funny you should say that, this takes me back to the same place and the same situation. Trouble is, when the slow dance came on, all the boys (including myself) who'd been lurking on the walls suddenly came forward in an unseemly rush to grab any girl who looked vaguely available, which led to a mass exodus to the girl's toilets (by the girls, that is). The boys who 'got lucky' were those who'd put the work in by dancing all night, and plainly weren't there just for the pull but genuinely liked dancing and/or were good at it. I later learnt that girls considered slow numbers like this to be Mars Bar songs, because when they were captured/clinched/molested it felt like the boy had a Mars Bar in his trouser pocket...

I don't know about your discos, Jools, but you'd have had no bother getting a clinch and a snog at the ones I used to go to. The rush for girls when a slowie went on reminds me, now, of the way that female frogs get mobbed by horny male frogs as soon the females put out the slightest sign of interest...
 
It's good to know that adolescence and the early 20's are the same on the far side of the pond as they were in BFE Ohio where I grew up.  Of course, we didn't have disco's back home, and it wasn't that long ago (10 to 15 years for me), but close enough.

However, no one called it "getting a clinch and a snog"... 

I believe it was George Bernard Shaw that said "England and America are two countries separated by a common language."



magnificent mellow music...  love it...

 



This music is a wonderful treasure...  what a classic...  love it...

 
 Poacher wrote:
Cynaera wrote:
I'd never buy this CD based on the cover! {#Lol}  Thank goodness, I was able to hear some of the music, so could close my eyes, pick up the CD and purchase it with confidence.  (Had I been in Montréal, there wouldn't have been a second glance.)

What an awesome, beautiful song! Sometimes, I long for the "old" Fleetwood Mac...
 
That's strange. I'd buy this cd based on the cover, but as I really don't like Albatross I'd not get it. 
 
Poacher, you are one unfathomable chap. And it makes you all the more dear to me, even when you piss me off to the point where I want to slap you with a fish.

{#Eek} Mick is one scary chick! {#Eek}
 jools wrote:
Being of a "certain age" and British, this takes me back to school discos and waiting to be asked to slow-dance and hopefully get a snog....sigh!
 
Funny you should say that, this takes me back to the same place and the same situation. Trouble is, when the slow dance came on, all the boys (including myself) who'd been lurking on the walls suddenly came forward in an unseemly rush to grab any girl who looked vaguely available, which led to a mass exodus to the girl's toilets (by the girls, that is). The boys who 'got lucky' were those who'd put the work in by dancing all night, and plainly weren't there just for the pull but genuinely liked dancing and/or were good at it. I later learnt that girls considered slow numbers like this to be Mars Bar songs, because when they were captured/clinched/molested it felt like the boy had a Mars Bar in his trouser pocket...

I don't know about your discos, Jools, but you'd have had no bother getting a clinch and a snog at the ones I used to go to. The rush for girls when a slowie went on reminds me, now, of the way that female frogs get mobbed by horny male frogs as soon the females put out the slightest sign of interest...

Perhaps because I never pulled at these discos, these songs (Procol Harum's cliché is another) have negative associations for me, regardless of their intrinsic merit, and I have to mute out of embarrassment :o(


Being of a "certain age" and British, this takes me back to school discos and waiting to be asked to slow-dance and hopefully get a snog....sigh!


Incredible...  still sounds as fresh as when it was released as a single in 1969...

most people assume that Peter Green used his traditional Les Paul on this song, but actually he used a Fender Stratocaster, for the vibrato bar...

love it...

 

 jagdriver wrote:
Released as a single in 1969, Albatross has been re-released many times as a single in various countries, with many different B-sides. It has the distinction of having inspired the Beatles' Sun King from 1969's Abbey Road.
 

Cool, I never realized that but I can totally hear it now that you mention it.