Fleetwood Mac have endured more than their share of bumps in the road over the past few decades, surviving imploding relationships and nasty musical splits, to name but a few. On this live collection -- which comprises two DVDs and a single CD culled from the same Boston gig -- the Mac exhibit some of that wear but manage to cut loose with an energy-filled, surprisingly frill-free performance. As per most of the band's recent shows, Live in Boston
doesn't skimp on the group's commercial heyday, kicking off with a powerful version of "The Chain" (one of several tunes to get a boost from Lindsey Buckingham
's cutting guitar work) and hitting the right sentimental notes on "Say You Will" and "Dreams." A smattering of newer material, highlighted by "What's the World Coming To" and a poignant "Peacekeeper," lend credence to the notion that Mick Fleetwood and company aren't merely staging a nostalgia trip. Christine McVie
, who chose to sit out the current reunion, is certainly missed, but Stevie Nicks
, whose voice has taken on a wizened tone of late, steps up nicely on versions of "Rhiannon" and her solo hit "Stand Back." The visuals, while crisply captured, aren't particularly fancy -- the set was initially recorded for PBS, after all -- but the sound, augmented by an additional guitarist, keyboard player, and backing vocalists, says it all. The audio culls ten of the better performances from the DVD set.