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"Man of the World"
Man of the world single sleeve.JPG
1969 Germany issue
Single by Fleetwood Mac
B-side"Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonite"
Released3 April 1969 (1969-04-03)
RecordedJanuary 1969
Genre Rock
Label Immediate
Songwriter(s) Peter Green
Producer(s) Mike Vernon
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
" Albatross"
"Man of the World"
" Oh Well"

"Man of the World" is a song recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1969, and composed by vocalist and lead guitarist Peter Green. [1] After the group signed to Immediate Records that year, the label collapsed shortly after the single's release. As such, "Man of the World" is the only Fleetwood Mac single under the Immediate Records label. [2]

"Man of the World" first appeared as a Fleetwood Mac single in various countries in 1969, subsequently appearing on the band's Greatest Hits album in 1971. The song was later featured on the 1992 boxed set 25 Years – The Chain, and on the 2002 compilation albums The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac and The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. A slightly different version of the song was included on the 1998 compilation The Vaudeville Years. In 2019, the band played the song live for the first time in 50 years during the Australian leg of their An Evening with Fleetwood Mac tour. [3]

Composition and chart performance

The single peaked on the UK Singles Chart at No. 2 on 7 June 1969, spending a total of 14 weeks on the listing. [4] It also entered the Dutch Top 40 on 26 April 1969 and peaked at No. 12. The song also reached the top five in Norway and Ireland.

The song was not released in the US until 1976, when DJM Records released it as a single with "Best Girl in the World" as its B-side. Record World said of the release that "an exquisite pattern of guitars re-establishes the early trademark." [5] "Best Girl in the World" was pulled from the non-US version of Kirwan's album Second Chapter, released in 1976. [6] The 1976 UK re-release of "Man of the World" had the title track of Second Chapter as the B-side. [7] The song has also been re-released in many countries as a 'Golden Oldies' single.[ citation needed] The song was also issued in Australia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain on Immediate Records; Lebanon and Malaysia on Stateside Records and Yugoslavia on Jugoton.

Decades later, Mick Fleetwood commented about Green's then mental health state, "It's a very prophetic song. When he made those songs, we had no idea that he was suffering internally as much as he was. But if you listen to the words, it's crucifyingly obvious what was going on. But a beautiful song. A poignant song." [8]

Original B-side ("Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonight")

The B-side of the original "Man of the World" single was "Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonite", credited to Earl Vince and the Valiants – in reality Fleetwood Mac performing under a different name. [1] The song was composed and sung by Jeremy Spencer, [1] the only member of the band who did not appear on the A-side. The song was later covered by the UK punk band The Rezillos on their debut album, Can't Stand the Rezillos [9] and later featured on Jackass: The Music, Vol. 1. [10]

Sampling and other uses

"Man of the World" was used by Ian Broudie as the basis – melody and the final lyric line – for an album track, "I Wish I Was in Love", on The Lightning Seeds' album Tilt (1999). [11] The track is credited accordingly as co-written by Peter Green. [12]

Green also re-recorded the song as an instrumental with the Peter Green Splinter Group, as a hidden track for their 1999 release, Destiny Road. [13]

A cover of the song was used in an anti-drunk-driving advertisement for a Northern Ireland DOE campaign in 2000 and 2002. [14]

Midge Ure recorded a version for his album 10 in 2008. [15]

Eric Clapton recorded a cover version for his live album released in 2021.


Chart positions

Chart (1969) Peak
Ireland ( IRMA) [16] 5
Netherlands ( Single Top 100) [17] 12
Norway ( VG-lista) [18] 2
South Africa ( EMA) [19] 11
Sweden ( Sverigetopplistan) [20] 12
UK Singles ( OCC) [21] 2
West Germany ( Official German Charts) [22] 23


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  2. ^ Liner notes for the CD The Vaudeville Years of Fleetwood Mac, 1968–1970, "Jet" Martin Celmins, Trojan Records, 2002.
  3. ^ Greene, Andy (2019-08-12). "Watch Fleetwood Mac Play 'Man of the World' for First Time in 50 Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 205. ISBN  1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "Single Picks" (PDF). Record World. February 7, 1976. p. 14. Retrieved 2023-03-08.
  6. ^ "Danny Kirwan 7" Singles". December 15, 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-12-15.
  7. ^ "Fleetwood Mac 7" Singles L - R". April 5, 2005. Archived from the original on 2005-04-05.
  8. ^ Greene, Andy (25 July 2020). "Flashback: Fleetwood Mac Play a Gut-Wrenching 'Man of the World' in 1969". Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Can't Stand the Rezillos - The Rezillos | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Jackass The Movie • The Official Soundtrack (2002, CD)". Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Tilt - The Lightning Seeds | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  12. ^ "I Wish I Was in Love - The Lightning Seeds | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  13. ^ "Peter Green Splinter Group - Destiny Road". Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  14. ^ "DOE - Shame (2000, Northern Ireland)". YouTube. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  15. ^ Jon O'Brien (2008-09-29). ""10" - Midge Ure | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  16. ^ " The Irish Charts – Search Results – Man of the World". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ " Fleetwood Mac – Man of the World" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ " Fleetwood Mac – Man of the World". VG-lista.
  19. ^ " EMA Top 10 Airplay: Week Ending {{{date}}}". Entertainment Monitoring Africa.
  20. ^ " Fleetwood Mac – Man of the World". Singles Top 100.
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ " – Fleetwood Mac – Man of the World". GfK Entertainment charts. To see peak chart position, click "TITEL VON Fleetwood Mac"

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