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Fleetwood Mac – The Chain (1977 – - All about the Song…

The history of the cult composition of the 70s...

Song History: Fleetwood Mac - "The Chain" ("Chain") - 1977

Considering the phenomenon of some of the coolest pillars in music, today we are visiting the band Fleetwood Mac. One of their most popular compositions - "The Chain" (translated into Russian - "Chain") was written in 1977. The authorship of the song belongs to all five members of the group. They took the finished composition of Christine McVie “Butter Cookie (Keep Me There)” as a basis, came up with a new theme and new lyrics for it, then, like a mosaic, assembled the structure: each successively brought his piece to the foundation already laid before him. It was a kind of improvisation by all members of the group: Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks.

Christine McVie
Christine McVie

Fans of Fleetwood Mac's creativity can find the original original version in the extended edition of the Rumors album.

Fleetwood Meek talked about the creation of the song in an interview:

In fact, "The Chain" is an example of a superbly recorded jam. No one specifically sat down and wrote it, as is usually done. Everyone improvised their part: John came up with the riff, his input was the main one, Stevie wrote the lyrics, Lindsey put all the pieces in order and created a finished composition from them ...

By the way, John's bass line is still played on television when the British Grand Prix is broadcast.

Fleetwood Mac, 1970s
Fleetwood Mac, 1970s

There is a version that the song "The Chain" is, in fact, about the difficult relationship between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Another version says that the composition is about friendships in difficult times: about the “chain” that keeps the group from breaking up in difficult times, because constant quarrels in the team are a matter of life.

Mixing and editing took place at the Record Plant studio. The sound engineers at times needed to work “with their hands” in the truest sense of the word: cutting and gluing the tape required them to use a sharp razor blade.

The Rumors album delighted fans on February 4, 1977. Four singles were released to support the record: "Follow Your Own Way", "Dreams", "Don't Stop" and "You Make Love Fun".

"The Chain" was not released as a single, but its success surpassed many songs from "Rumours", and almost all Fleetwood Mac songs. She became the "calling card" of the group!

Such a success of the composition can be explained by seemingly banal things: a friendly atmosphere in the group, a pinch of difficult relationships between a couple in love within the group itself, and of course, the ability of everyone to bring their own, no matter what!

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