Two years after the Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks/Christine McVie-less incarnation of Fleetwood Mac crashed and burned, their classic '70s lineup reunited for an MTV Unplugged session and an accompanying tour. Although it's likely that the reunion was for monetary purposes, it made creative sense as well -- no members were as compelling solo as they were with the group. Despite this, the Unplugged-styled setting wasn't ideal for a reunion, since the group decided to devote nearly a quarter of The Dance to new material, inevitably resulting in unfair comparisons to their warhorses. Since there's so much new material, The Dance can't be a truly nostalgic experience either, because the new songs interrupt the flow. Not that they're bad -- both Buckingham's gentle "Bleed to Love Her" and nervy "My Little Demon" are first-rate -- but they aren't given the full-fledged production they deserve. Similarly, the older songs suffer from the slightly hollow unplugged production. All the hits are performed in nearly identical arrangements to the originals, with the exception of Buckingham's solo "Big Love" (an improvement on the original) and the addition of Tusk's marching band to "Don't Stop," which makes the differences all too apparent. Much is the same -- McVie and Nicks sound terrific, and the band is tight and professional -- but Buckingham has lost some of his range, which undercuts some of his songs. Still, that isn't enough to prevent The Dance from being an entertaining listen; it just isn't a substantial one.
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Performance CreditsFleetwood Mac Primary Artist
Lenny Castro Percussion
Sharon Celani Background Vocals
Neale Heywood Guitar,Background Vocals
Mindy Stein Background Vocals
Brett Tuggle Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsLindsey Buckingham Composer,Producer
Stevie Nicks Composer
Mick Fleetwood Composer
Christine McVie Composer
John McVie Composer
Guy Charbonneau Engineer
Elliot Scheiner Producer,Engineer
Barry Goldberg Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Dance based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
All their Live Versions of their songs sound great. When I listen to them I feel so good and dance to them everytime.
The Dance has had its bad reviews and good reviews. I am leaning towards the good reviews. Fleetwood Mac still sounds great, and they play their instruments better than ever.Stevie Nicks is still as enchanting and still carries her voice as beautifully as she has always done. Christine McVie sounds great too.Their new songs fit in well. Two songs I thoroughly enjoyed besides the unreplacable ''Dreams'' was ''Sweet Girl'' and ''Silver Springs''. Get the album, it's great. By the way, the album's live (since its as there 1997 reunion after many years apart) and they sound just as good as they did on any other CD.
According to the All Music Review, Fleetwood Mac's ''The Dance'' is an unplugged recording. Nothing could further from the truth. ''The Dance'' was a fully plugged-in performance recorded live in Burbank, CA. Some of the songs such as ''Silver Spring'' are performed acoustically, but songs such as ''The Chain,'' ''Go Your Own Way,'' ''Tusk'' and others are played completely plugged-in. This is a great live album with tremendous energy and emotion. I highly recommend ''The Dance.''
A total of five songs were left off from the audio cd compared to the dvd. Gold Dust Woman, Go Insane, Gypsy, Over My Head and Songbird. Although I thought it was a very good concert, I was disappointed to see songs missing from the cd.