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  • My favorite of the Kirwin led Mac
    Bare Trees continues where Future Games started off. A little lighter in feel, Bare Trees showcases Danny Kirwin on his swan song with the band.

    All songs are great - save for the final spoken track "Thoughts For A Grey Day".

    Things kick off nicely with Kirwin's Child of Mine. His standout track on here is Sunny Side of Heaven.

    Welch contibutes with the very nice Sentimental Lady (later a big hit for him when he went solo), and Ghost.

    Christine McVie pens some great tunes here such as Homeward Bound and Spare A Little of Your Love.

    Bottom Line: Great early Fleetwood Mac album. On the same plane with Future Games but this one is a tad stronger IMO. Sort of like Volume 2 of Future Games....more info

  • These Trees Bare Fruit
    By the release of this 1972 record, the mighty Mac had gone through many changes. With their 1971 LP: "Future Games" a new path was taken by these seasoned veterans of music. They had all but abandoned the: 'Heavy' Blues that they were famous for playing, and toned their music down into melodic Folk/Dreamscapes that drifted into new and different places of seashores and wispy breezes. The guitar was as brilliant as ever with Danny Kirwan and American, Bob Welsh's tasty and spooky lead runs.

    "Bare Trees" the 1972 Record by Fleetwood Mac is one of their very best from the: "Middle Period" of FM {After Peter Green and before the arrival of Buckingham/Nicks.} There was a problem here, Danny Kirwan, was now the frontman and center of the Group. He was very wary of the Spotlight, and was near the edge emotionally, not your average Rock Star, by any means.

    With ten selections here, 5 of them are Danny's, Bob Welch has 2, and the ever wonderful Christine McVie penned 2 as well. The final cut is a poem by Mrs. Scarrot called: "Thoughts On A Grey Day" which fits the Album's mood perfectly, as this record is about colors and dark shades.

    It's the songs that make: "Bare Tress" such a great record. "Child Of Mine" is a Rocker from Danny, that takes it's musicial cues from Peter Green, as you can almost feel him in these grooves. "The Ghost" is one of those tunes from Bob, that fill a certain mood, with lot's of echo and a haunting flavor, laid-back and cool. Christine is up to bat with: "Homeward Bound" and it's an uptempo rocker with great piano and organ {Cowbell, included at no extra cost!} "Sunny Side Of Heaven" is an instrumental from Danny, and it is a bit Cinematic in scope {well, I see pictures when I listen to it!}

    The Title Track: "Bare Trees" is one of Danny's finest compositions, the guitar interplay here is fantastic. "Sentimental Lady" is Bob Welch's most famous song. This one would hit the charts more than once, and help him to establish a Solo career, after leaving Fleetwood Mac in 1974. Christine, scores again with: "Spare Me A Little Of Your Love" another great song from a great writer, Christine was the secret weapon of Fleetwood Mac as she always delivered quality material to the Big Mac.

    Danny's, final track is called: "Dust" and it's a mellow Folk/Rocker with more of that 'Spooky' double-tracked guitar, and lot's of echo in his voice, this sound is common to Fleetwood Mac music in 1971-72, and it's a very distinctive sound that suits the Band well. At The end is Mrs. Scarrot's reading of her poem: "Thoughts On A Grey Day", and that's is all, as "Bare Trees" comes to a close. This is one of Fleetwood Mac's better recordings, and the last one to feature Danny. As this is still only 1972, there would be so much more Drama to this story called: "Fleetwood Mac" over the next three and a half decades that were to follow this LP entitled: "Bare Trees."
    Four Stars.
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  • Kirwan carries the day
    Fleetwood Mac recorded Bare Trees in 1972 when Danny Kirwan was only 22. He was filing the large shoes of legend Peter Green which at the time was the consensus guitar god of the era. Folk would write "Clapton is God" on the subway walls in London, only to have others write underneath "Green is better than God". The Mac also had lost guitarist Jeremey Spencer and his rock and roll revival stage antics, thus pushing the shy guitarist Kirwan out into the spotlight. A place he would rather not be. Kirwan steps up, however, and delivers 5 top-notch songs for the Mac which all hold up to the high standards already in place in the band with Christine McVie. Newcomer Bob Welch adds a couple fine songs here most notably "Sentimental Lady". Kirwan's guitar is all over the tracks blending several styles, too boot. It's a nice look into the shy guitarists songbag at a very early age. Especially nice that his talents in songwriting seem to be beyond his young years. Everyone knows about Kirwan's later life problems and everyone knows about the things to come for the Mac, but the real story here is Kirwan's talents on a rather obscure Mac effort....more info
  • Some Nice Instrumental Tones
    This Fleetwood Mac recording is a far cry from the top 40 days of Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. However, there are plenty of good melodies which are supported by some creative instrumental tones.

    Love the opening track Child Of Mine with good singing and steady guitar by long departed band mate, Danny Kirwan. The original version of Sentimental Lady is on this record and it is much more livelier than the version on Bob Welch's solo release, French Kiss. The two Christine McVie Songs, Homeward Bound and Spare Me A Little Of Your Love are excellent. The first one rocks along very nicely with some upbeat piano and searing guitar solos. The later tune is oh so soulful with instrumental support which is good without being overwhelming.

    Heck I can't think of a bad tune on the record. The poem on the end is a little pointless. Its harmless but the band could have thrown us another tune. A solid release nonetheless....more info

  • Barely noticed masterpiece
    First off, Danny Kirwan had the guitar hand. At this point Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer were gone, but the core rhythm section of McVie and Fleetwood, which really shaped Kirwan's sound, stayed together.Then add r&b rocker/west coast sound artist Bob Welch on rhythm guitars and fills, and Christine McVie with her voice from heaven and keyboard skills, and you have a really incredible mix. This album has the title song, with John McVie's gnarly bass, Christine's beautiful "Spare Me A Little Of Your Love" and The more rockin' road song, "Homeward Bound". But Kirwan's "Child of Mine" is a tremendous song, something like a cross between Stephen Stills and McCartney at his most rocking. Christine McVie's and Danny's voice really blend together very well, altho the two personalities seemed to clash. Bob Welch contributes a kind of pre-Gothic/California/soul sound to "Ghost", and his "Sentimental Lady" went on to be a big hit for him when he went solo. Kirwan's guitar work on "Sunny Side Of Heaven" and "Dust" (which was adapted from a Rupert Brooke poem) is at times searing, floating, silvery-steely and very precise. This was a soundtrack for my psyche during much of the early seventies, and I came back to it later on in life because I could still hear the haunting cadences of these melodies, and those of "Future Games", in my mind. It is sad that Kirwan had unresolved problems which led to his leaving the group, because it was the fusion of these styles and personalities that produced an album IMHO for the ages, right up there with albums like "Derek and the Dominoes", and quite a few others, that leads one to believe these folk/blues/soul rockers got lost in the shuffle. But plenty of realy music heads were listening to them at this point, and the later Nicks/Buckingham version seems pale somehow by comparison....more info
  • Danny's Swan Song
    Bare Trees is the final Fleetwood Mac album to feature the highly talented and vastly underrated Danny Kirwan. His contributions to this album are worth the price of owning it. The title cut, Child of Mine and Dust are some of the best songs he wrote for the band(Dragonfly and Sands of Time are still the best). I've always been amazed at how mature his playing was at his age. The others in the band are hit or miss in my opinion. Bob Welch's Sentimental Lady and The Ghost are good but Christine McVie's material is ho-hum. Her contributions have always seemed overrated for this line up of the band. It's a shame that Kirwans behavior in the group became so bad. The band was in the right to fire him but unfortunately, it hurt them badly musically because as much as I like Bob Welch, he just couldn't carry the band the way Green and Kirwan could....more info
  • A great taste of FM before they became immensly famous....
    "Bare Trees" is an excellent choice of music for a rainy day. The first track, "Child of Mine," showcases Danny Kirwan's masterful guitar and vocal work. He is definetly not the most famous member of Fleetwood Mac (bear with me, because I refer to them as "FM"), but he does a damn good job on this song. Next is "The Ghost." Awesome Bob Welch work. He has a really smooth jazzy voice, and this proves it. The chorus is awesome and sounds like it was made way before its time.... The third song is "Homeward Bound." A song that sounds like it was made for the late 1960s. The song (to me) seems like it should be at the end of the album. Then, "Sunny Side of Heaven" comes around. AWESOME GUITAR BY DANNY KIRWAN!!!! It is really relaxing, and picks you up and takes you on a journey far, far away. The fifth track is "Bare Trees." This is another fine Danny Kirwan tune. It makes me want to dance! "Sentimental Lady" is up next. I LOVE THIS SONG!!!! It is soft, and Bob Welch's voice is at its best (very jazzy and smooth....). "Danny's Chant" is hands down the weirdest song I've ever heard. "Spare Me A Little of Your Love" is a great Christine McVie song. Her voice is majestic and beautiful. It's the kind of tune FM should be playing on their current concert tours (yes, it would sound good with Lindsey and Stevie singing it too....). "Dust." This song really stands out. Even though it is about death, (and after hearing "Danny's Chant," I've had it up to here with Danny Kirwan) it is still a cool sounding song. "Thoughts of a Grey Day" is the last track on the CD. I don't understand the poem, but it was written and spoken by a little cute old lady who enjoys writing poetry.

    In conclusion, this CD is a must own for any FM fan. It doesn't matter if you can't get enough of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, everyone should hear this CD at least once. Come on - give it a chance. YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT!...more info

  • Early Fleetwood Mac
    Having been introduced to Fleetwood Mac via 'Rumors' in the 80's (yes, very late), this 'almost original' crew presents very new and delightful music. At first my reaction was, what have I wasted money on now? But by the second listen, it was great. Highly recommed it....more info
  • very nice!!
    this is not buckingham-nicks f mac material. This is this is the document that tells the transition of a band from a blues based rock to pop rock.
    Unfortunately this is the last album danny kirwan will record with the band, hell be fired soon after. Unfortunately because the highlights of bare trees are courtesy of him: child of mine (a nice rocker with a fiery guitar work), danny's chant, dust (a beautiful song to listen in a sunny afternoon coming back home) and bare trees. Bob welch was the new guitar player (previously featured in future games) and added the mellow "sentimental lady" (a minor hit for the band), and christine mc vie displays some of her very much recognized songwriting with homeward bound and "spare me a little of your love". The rhythm section is strong and tight as ever (check john mcvie in "child of mine").
    So, this is neither the FMAC late seventies, nor the late sixties blues band, this is a transition, overall very nice material, an album that is very much worth your money, take my advice and you will not regret it....more info
  • FLEETWOOD MAC - BARE TREES
    I HAD FORGOTTEN HOW GOOD THIS ALBUM WAS (HAD IT ON VINYL)

    THIS AND MYSTERY TO ME ARE THE GROUPS VERY BEST ALBUMS!

    BEFORE THEY TURNED INTO A "POP" BAND WITH STEVIE NICKS AND LYNDSEY BUCKINGHAM...more info
  • The Best of Fleetwood Mac's "'Tween" Years
    "Bare Trees," while certainly not a masterpiece, is the best album to come out of Fleetwood Mac's artistic lull between Peter Green era blues greatness and Lindsay Buckingham era pop genius. The primary reason is that the album is dominated by the subtle, Green-and-Buckingham-ish guitar techique of Danny Kirwan, rather than the generic California sound of Bob Welch. In addition, like a diamond in the rough, the soulful "Spare Me a Little of Your Love" stands as Christine McVie's best pre-Buckingham recording - and perhaps the most underappreciated Fleetwood Mac song.

    In short, "Bare Trees" is not an essential Fleetwood Mac recording, but it is an excellent album to bridge the gap between their early and later classics....more info

  • Great guitar and good singing
    This is Danny Kirwan's Fleetwood Mac featuring Bob Welch. Kirwan's guitar and singing truly shine here. It's a shame that the relationships didn't work because the next few albums without Kirwan were weak. My favorite songs are Bare Trees, Child of Mine and Sentimental Lady. If you like Kiln House you will really like this one....more info
  • An OK album
    The most memorable track from this album is SENTIMENTAL LADY which Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch would re-record solo for his 1977 album FRENCH KISS. The latter recording would be a Top 10 hit. On this album,the track was recorded in a slightly faster tempo and a different key. FM wouldn't become superstars until 1975 when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined the band. They are Americans like Welch. When Nicks and Buckingham came in,out went Welch. The other songs are good. On the cover,we see a typical winter or late autumn(early to mid-December) scene. BARE TREES are like people with hairless scalps....more info
  • A different sound for Fleetwood Mac
    When I first listened to, not the CD, but my well-loved LP of "Bare Trees", I was expecting mid 70's pop a la "Rumours". I found a completely different sound. "Bare Trees", in my opinion, is one of the best albums FM has recorded, and yes, that's without Buckingham & Nicks. "Sentimental Lady" and "Homeward Bound" stand out as two fo the best tracks on the album, with "Homeward Bound"s strong instrumentals and honest lyrics, and the shallower, but enjoyable "Lady" holding the album together. The strange "Danny's Chant" was where the album really missed, though. It brings to mind some of the more psychedelic 60's rock filler tracks of the one-hit wonders that made the era famous. Strangely enough, "Bare Trees" struck me as being somewhat more of a concept album than many the band has recorded. Even ending with a Moody Blues-esque track of spoken poetry ("Thoughts on a Grey Day") tied the album together and, surprisingly, only strengthened it. I would definitely not recommend this for the people out there who are just beginning to listen to Fleetwood Mac, because this album is excellent, but not in keeping with what the band is known for. If you've already listened a bit, or are a die-hard fan, the sound of this album is a great respite from the same old FM tracks we always hear associated with the band ("Gypsy", "Don't Stop")....more info
  • A Musical Treasure
    This line-up of Fleetwood Mac, before Buckingham and Nicks hijacked and eventually wrecked the group, created some of the best rock and roll of its time. "Bare Trees" features shorter compositions than its predecessor, "Future Games," and these songs as a whole are tighter, more straight-ahead rock than the longer tracks on Future Games.

    Welch and Kirwan both had distinctive guitar styles, yet each compliments the other without one trying to trump the other (much like the interplay of Whitney and Tench of the band Streetwalkers). Christine McVie's keyboards are round out the sound, and the three of them share the songwriting and singing spotlight pretty evenly. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood really showcase why they merit consideration as one of the top rhythm sections of their time, sounding lively throughout. Sadly, this recording was the last for Danny Kirwan as a member of Fleetwood Mac, so their is something bittersweet about listening to his songs now. (He is essentially a derelict wondering the streets of London these days.)

    The rocking numbers like Child of Mine, Homeward Bound, or Danny's Chant anchor the recording, but the shimmering quality of selections such as Sentimental Lady, Spare Me a Little of Your Love, and Sunny Side of Heaven make these the most likely songs to continue zipping around your brain through the day.

    I'm not sure what the band was thinking about with Thoughts on a Grey Day, but you may as well program your CD player to skip it after you have heard it once. Otherwise, you will be keeping this CD in your rotation for some time....more info

  • often pleasant, but feels rushed through
    With Peter Green long gone, and the Buckingham-Nicks years still a few years down the road, Fleetwood Mac were clearly floundering with 1972's "Bare Trees". I'm suspecting that the band, especially Christine McVie, was really frustrated with the previous album, "Future Games", not having been more commercially successful at the time. "Bare Trees" is a respectable effort, generally very mellow as is "Future Games", and it's often pleasant, but it sounds as though the recording of the album was painfully rushed, as if they just wanted to get the experience over with, and it results in a frustratingly passionless listening experience. A perfect example of this is Christine McVie's toothless lead vocal on her "Spare Me A Little Of Your Love" which is additionally marred by the pompous, operatic background vocals (Johnny Rivers later recorded this tune in a far superior, more soulful version). 5 of the album's 10 tracks were written by Danny Kirwan, and his tracks hold up pretty well for the most part--"Sunny Side Of Heaven" is a nicely crafted, breezy instrumental; "Dust" has nice chord changes, although it feels quite insubstantial, despite the craftiness; the uptempo rocker "Child Of Mine" has an undeniably catchy chorus; and the rolling, riffy title track has some effective hooks, but feels rather half-hearted like so much of the rest. Kirwan does offer up a major dud with "Danny's Chant", a filler track if there ever was one--the mercilessly distorted, wah-wahed guitar intro is grating and amateurish, and the 'chant' is pompous and lame-brained. Bob Welch offers 2 nice tracks including the moody, flute-laden "The Ghost", but unfortunately the version of "Sentimental Lady" here is marred by his corny vocal inflections which sound like a dumbfounded Joe Walsh. It seems totally obvious that Christine McVie was fed up with the band at this point--in addition to her forced, passionless vocal on "Spare Me A Little...", just look at the lyrics on "Homeward Bound" where she confesses she'd prefer to "sit at home in my rockin' chair"--indeed--and musically, the tune is rather tossed-off. Adding insult to injury is "Thoughts On A Grey Day", an incredibly silly, rambling spoken word piece credited to "Mrs. Scarrot"--it's an utter embarrassment. In the end, there's some really nice stuff to listen to on here if you're in the mood to just chill out, but the album feels like a major missed opportunity. ...more info
  • Gorgeous album...
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