Anybody remember what Fleetwood Mac sounded like before Stevie Nicks joined the group? That would also be the period before Lindsey Buckingham joined, since both became part of the band at the same time.

If you go back to their beginnings, they were a blues band, with the legendary Peter Green on guitar and vocals.  But there's a middle period of time when Fleetwood Mac sounded more like a 'progressive rock' band.

You may have seen some press in the past week or so about the death of Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston at the age of 64.  And you probably thought, WHO?  Weston is the inventive guitarist who replaced Peter Green.  His licks are definitely spacey and progressive in sound.

During that period, a guy named Bob Welch was also in the band.  Welch had a couple of big hits in the late 70s with the songs 'Ebony Eyes' and 'Sentimental Lady' (which also appeared previously on another Fleetwood Mac album, 'Bare Trees').   His songwriting and vocal, coupled with the guitar of Bob Weston and the vocals and instrumental work of Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood made for some really good chemistry and a sound that not many of us remember most probably.  Check out the song 'Hypnotized' below.  It got quite a bit of airplay on album rock radio stations, and I'll bet you've heard it at some point.  It was on the album 'Mystery To Me'.  A great forgotten sound from the 'middle' period of Fleetwood Mac:

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