This Peter Green-led edition of the Mac isn't just an important transition between their initial blues-based incarnation and the mega-pop band they became, it's also their most vital, exciting version. The addition of Danny Kirwan as second guitarist and songwriter foreshadows not only the soft-rock terrain of "Bare Trees" and "Kiln House" with Christine Perfect-McVie, but also predicts Rumours. That only pertains to roughly half of the also excellent material here, though; the rest is quintessential Green. The immortal "Oh Well," with its hard-edged, thickly layered guitars and chamber-like sections, is perhaps the band's most enduring progressive composition. "Rattlesnake Shake" is another familiar number, a down-and-dirty, even-paced funk, with clean, wall-of-sound guitars. Choogling drums and Green's fiery improvisations power "Searching for Madge," perhaps Mac's most inspired work save "Green Manalishi," and leads into an unlikely symphonic interlude and the similar, lighter boogie "Fighting for Madge." A hot Afro-Cuban rhythm with beautiful guitars from Kirwan and Green on "Coming Your Way" not only defines the Mac's sound, but the rock aesthetic of the day. Of the songs with Kirwan's stamp on them, "Closing My Eyes" is a mysterious waltz love song; haunting guitars approach surf music on the instrumental "My Dream"; while "Although the Sun Is Shining" is the ultimate pre-Rumours number someone should revisit. Blues roots still crop up on the spatial, loose, Hendrix-tinged "Underway," the folky "Like Crying," and the final outcry of the ever-poignant "Show Biz Blues," with Green moaning "do you really give a damn for me?" Then Play On is a reminder of how pervasive and powerful Green's influence was on Mac's originality and individual stance beyond his involvement. Still highly recommended and a must-buy after all these years, it remains their magnum opus.
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Performance CreditsFleetwood Mac Primary Artist
Big Walter Horton Harmonica
Mick Fleetwood Drums
Danny Kirwan Guitar,Vocals
Jeremy Spencer Guitar,Vocals
John McVie Bass
Peter Green Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsFleetwood Mac Producer
Martin Birch Engineer
Peter Green Composer
Dinky Dawson Sound Consultant
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Then Play On based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
The Yardbirds,Clapton,Santana,Beck,Hendrix all knew of The Fleetwood Mac the Smokin Blues band with the eccentric Genious Peter Green on guitar awesome Blues before the 70's Bubblegum pop.
Fleetwood Mac's Then Play On album is the best they ever made. With original versions of Coming Your Way, Rattlesnake Shake, and the incomparable Oh Well, this is one Fleetwood Mac album that every collector of good music must own. The is the Peter Green, blues band, version of Fleetwood Mac and this album reflects their blues roots while they present many of their own songs. A truly great album.
The whole is equal to more than the sum of its parts. Truely, the Fleetwood Mac sound did not begin with the addition of Buckingham and Nicks. Listen to Then Play On, then Future Games & Bare Trees, Mystery To Me, Fleetwood Mac & Rumours, Time, and then Say You Will. It would be interesting to see Rhino Records put together one of their excellent single cd collections that spans the years.