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The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
Greatest hits album by
Released12 October 2002
Recorded1968–1997
Genre Rock
Length76:59 (UK)
140:52 (US)
Label Reprise/ Warner Strategic Marketing
Producer Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Keith Olsen, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat, Greg Ladanyi, Elliot Scheiner
Fleetwood Mac chronology
The Dance
(1997)
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
(2002)
Say You Will
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic [1]

The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac is an enhanced compilation album released by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac in 2002 to promote their then-upcoming album Say You Will (2003). It was released as a double album in the US on 12 October 2002 and as a single disc in the UK. It debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart at number 12 on 2 November 2002 and spent 42 weeks on the chart. It was certified gold on 12 November 2002, platinum on 10 January 2003, and later 4× Platinum on 11 September 2018, by the RIAA. [2]

The US version contained the highly successful Californian era of Fleetwood Mac's work (1975 onwards). It also featured the B-side " Silver Springs", the previously unreleased The Dance performance of " Go Insane", and several rare single remixes of key tracks, such as " Rhiannon" and " Sisters of the Moon". The enhanced section contained rare live performances, interviews, music videos and footage of the band making their next album.

The UK version of 2002 was not enhanced, and contained three songs from the Peter Green-led blues era of Fleetwood Mac.

2009 re-release

In October 2009, the two-disc US version was released in the UK and many other territories in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, to coincide with the European and Australasian legs of the group's 'Unleashed' world tour. The re-released version features a different picture on the outer slipcase to previous releases, but does not contain the enhanced material of the 2002 US release.

The re-release has proven to be as successful in the UK as the previous 2002 release, and it re-entered the UK album chart at No. 6 (the 2002 edition had peaked at No. 7). Sales of both the 2002 edition and the 2009 edition combined have achieved 6× Platinum status (shipping of 1,800,000) by December 2018. [3] The album has spent more than two years within the top 40, and 360 weeks in the UK Top 100 by December 2018. [4] The album sold over 89,000 copies in the UK in 2013 having reached as high as #34 on the album chart earlier in the year.

The Very Best reached No. 1 on the Australian ARIA Catalogue Chart in December 2009, and achieved platinum status in New Zealand within only five weeks of release. [5]

Track listing

UK 2002 release

No.TitleWriter(s)Place of originLength
1." Go Your Own Way" Lindsey Buckingham Rumours, 19773:39
2." Don't Stop" Christine McVieRumours3:11
3." Dreams" Stevie NicksRumours4:16
4." Little Lies"C. McVie, Eddy Quintela Tango in the Night, 19873:38
5." Everywhere"C. McVieTango in the Night3:42
6." Albatross" Peter GreenNon-album single, 1968; later appeared on The Pious Bird of Good Omen (UK) and English Rose (US), 19693:08
7." You Make Loving Fun"C. McVieRumours3:33
8." Rhiannon" (single mix, 1976)Nicks Fleetwood Mac, 19753:47
9." Black Magic Woman"GreenNon-album single; later appeared on The Pious Bird of Good Omen and English Rose2:51
10." Tusk"Buckingham Tusk, 19793:34
11." Say You Love Me" (single mix, 1976)C. McVieFleetwood Mac4:01
12." Man of the World"GreenNon-album single, 1969; later appeared on Greatest Hits, 19712:50
13." Seven Wonders" Sandy Stewart, NicksTango in the Night3:36
14." Family Man"Buckingham, Richard DashutTango in the Night4:02
15." Sara"NicksTusk6:27
16." Monday Morning"BuckinghamFleetwood Mac2:45
17." Gypsy"Nicks Mirage, 19824:22
18." Over My Head" (single mix, 1975)C. McVieFleetwood Mac3:07
19." Landslide"NicksFleetwood Mac3:15
20." The Chain"Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, C. McVie, John McVie, NicksRumours4:29
21." Big Love" (live, 1997)Buckingham The Dance, 1997; originally from Tango in the Night2:47

US 2002 release and UK 2009 re-release

Disc 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Place of originLength
1."Monday Morning"BuckinghamFleetwood Mac2:45
2."Dreams"NicksRumours4:15
3."You Make Loving Fun"C. McVieRumours3:33
4."Go Your Own Way"BuckinghamRumours3:40
5."Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)" (single mix, 1976)Nicks"Rhiannon" single; original version found on Fleetwood Mac3:46
6."Say You Love Me" (single mix, 1976)C. McVie"Say You Love Me" single; original version found on Fleetwood Mac4:03
7." I'm So Afraid" (live, 1997; edited version)Buckinghamunreleased in this edit; full version found on The Dance6:01
8." Silver Springs" ( remix, 1976)Nickspreviously unreleased; original mix found on the "Go Your Own Way" single4:30
9."Over My Head" (single mix)C. McVie"Over My Head" single; original version found on Fleetwood Mac3:08
10." Never Going Back Again"BuckinghamRumours2:14
11."Sara"NicksTusk6:26
12." Love in Store"C. McVie, Jim RecorMirage3:10
13."Tusk"BuckinghamTusk3:34
14."Landslide"NicksFleetwood Mac3:17
15." Songbird"C. McVieRumours3:20
16."Big Love" (live, 1997)BuckinghamThe Dance2:48
17." Storms"NicksTusk5:30
Total length:66:00
Disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Place of originLength
1."The Chain"Buckingham, Fleetwood, C. McVie, J. McVie, NicksRumours4:29
2."Don't Stop"C. McVieRumours3:12
3." What Makes You Think You're the One"BuckinghamTusk3:30
4."Gypsy"NicksMirage4:22
5." Second Hand News"BuckinghamRumours2:52
6."Little Lies"C. McVie, QuintelaTango in the Night3:39
7." Think About Me" (single mix, 1980)C. McVie"Think About Me" single; original version found on Tusk2:42
8." Go Insane" (live, 1997)Buckingham"Silver Springs" single4:20
9." Gold Dust Woman" (fade-in version)NicksRumours4:59
10." Hold Me"C. McVie, Robbie PattonMirage3:44
11."Seven Wonders"Stewart, NicksTango in the Night3:38
12." World Turning"Buckingham, C. McVieFleetwood Mac4:24
13." Everywhere"C. McVieTango in the Night3:41
14." Sisters of the Moon" (single mix, 1980)NicksTusk4:41
15."Family Man"Buckingham, DashutTango in the Night4:01
16." As Long as You Follow"C. McVie, Quintela Greatest Hits4:18
17." No Questions Asked"NicksGreatest Hits4:42
18." Skies the Limit"C. McVie, Quintela Behind the Mask3:46
19." Paper Doll"Nicks, Rick Vito, John Heron 25 Years – The Chain3:58
Total length:74:58

Charts

Certifications

Certifications and sales for The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina ( CAPIF) [46] Gold 20,000^
Australia ( ARIA) [47] 8× Platinum 560,000^
Belgium ( BEA) [48] Platinum 50,000*
Canada ( Music Canada) [49] Platinum 100,000^
Ireland ( IRMA) [50] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Netherlands ( NVPI) [51] Gold 40,000^
New Zealand ( RMNZ) [5] 7× Platinum 105,000^
United Kingdom ( BPI) [52] 7× Platinum 2,100,000
United States ( RIAA) [2] 4× Platinum 2,000,000
Summaries
Europe ( IFPI) [53] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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