The Fleetwood Mac Challenge

Fleetwood Mac PromoLast week I went to see Fleetwood Mac.

I’ve always liked them, but if I am honest I have only ever had the Greatest Hits album. I have heard Rumours and think I’ve heard all of Tango In The Night; though that was on cassette borrowed from my local library when I was about 14 (not that impressed). I hadn’t even heard of Mirage, Time or Say You Will!

After seeing them live I really wanted to dip my toe in to the albums proper. According to Wikipedia there are 17 studio albums between 1968 and 2003. Whilst I am intrigued to hear the more British Blues oriented Peter Green era, what I am talking about here is current era of Fleetwood Mac, the Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks version; 1975 to 2003.

  1. Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  2. Rumours (1977)
  3. Tusk (1979)
  4. Mirage (1982)
  5. Tango In The Night (1987)
  6. Behind The Mask (1990)
  7. Time (1995)
  8. Say You Will (2003)

That is eight albums on CD which, if buying new, could cost upward of £80; though I didn’t know. I didn’t want to pay £80 and expect it would more likely be £6 or £7 an album. An average £6.50 would mean £6.50 x 8 = £52. Naturally I wanted to pay as little as possible and if I am honest I hoped it would be no more than £50 for new. If I could buy second-hand then I would hope at least £10 less than that.

Sitting chatting to “Mrs Scramble” about the cost I wondered if I could win a challenge to buy all the albums on CD within a total cost limit. The albums are old, sure, but the band are also touring at the moment possibly making the demand (read cost) higher, so it is hard to guesstimate what that total cost may be.

My preference is for them each to be new, though if I am able to buy second-hand cheaply they must be in at least ‘as new’ condition. To make it more interesting a time limit has also been set, therefore two weeks from now (Sunday the 27th of October) I aim to own all 8 albums on CD for 20%* less than the £40 total I was willing to pay. That’s £32, or an average of £4 an album.

Do you think I’ll be able to do it?

* Originally this was 10%, then I got “challenge fever”!

Gareth Fraser
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5 thoughts on “The Fleetwood Mac Challenge

  1. Funnily enough I d/l’d a Peter Green era compilation a few months back, & it contains several absolute moments of genius. Oh well is magical as is black magic woman, but there is tons more. Kind of gritty blues rock, but, it’s as great as the rock history books say it is.

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