The Dance (Fleetwood Mac album)

The Dance is a live album by Anglo/American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1997. It hailed the return of the band's most successful line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks, who had not released an album together since 1987's Tango in the Night a decade earlier. It was the first Fleetwood Mac release to top the U.S. album charts since 1982's Mirage.

The Dance
Fleetwood Mac - The Dance
Live album by
Released19 August 1997
Recorded23 May 1997
VenueWarner Brothers Studios, Burbank, California
GenreRock
Length79:11
LabelReprise
ProducerLindsey Buckingham, Elliot Scheiner
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Time
(1995)
The Dance
(1997)
Say You Will
(2003)

History

This was the last Fleetwood Mac album to date that featured Christine McVie, who left the group a year after the album's release; although she returned to the band in 2014, it has not released an album since her return. Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 199,000, The Dance became the fifth best-selling live album of all time in the United States, selling a million copies within eight weeks, spending more than seven months within the top 40, and eventually selling over 6,000,000 copies worldwide. The DVD version has been certified 9x platinum in Australia for selling 135,000 copies. The 44 date tour grossed $36 million.

The concert was recorded for Fleetwood Mac's MTV The Dance special at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California on 23 May 1997, and features the University of Southern California Marching Band who perform on the tracks "Tusk" (having played on the original studio recording) and "Don't Stop".

Although predominantly a live greatest hits package, The Dance also features new material written by each of the primary songwriting members of the band (two from Buckingham) as well as popular album tracks. For example, "Bleed to Love Her" was a previously unreleased track when this album was released, although a studio recording of the song was later included on the Say You Will album. No tracks from the Mirage album were included on the CD, although "Gypsy" is included in the video and DVD versions.

The album cover, taken by David LaChapelle, has Mick Fleetwood recreating his pose from the cover of Rumours, the band's most successful album, and Lindsey Buckingham holding the cane used on the cover of the Fleetwood Mac album, Rumours' predecessor.

This album spawned three singles in the USA: "Landslide", "The Chain" and "Silver Springs", and earned the band three Grammy nominations in 1998, in the categories "Best Pop Album", "Best Rock Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocal" for "The Chain" and "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" for "Silver Springs". A fourth single, "Temporary One," was released in some European markets.

The band later embarked upon a 44 date tour across the United States with one stop in Canada in support of The Dance. The setlist was similar to that of the album, but with "Over My Head" and "My Little Demon" being replaced by "Oh Daddy", "Second Hand News", "Stand Back", "Farmer's Daughter" (the Beach Boys song from Surfin' USA), and "Not That Funny". "Eyes of the World" was played instead of "Second Hand News" on opening night in Hartford, Connecticut.

CD track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Chain"Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie5:11
2."Dreams"Nicks4:39
3."Everywhere"C. McVie3:28
4."Rhiannon"Nicks6:48
5."I'm So Afraid"Buckingham7:45
6."Temporary One"C. McVie, Eddy Quintela4:00
7."Bleed to Love Her"Buckingham3:27
8."Big Love"Buckingham3:06
9."Landslide"Nicks4:27
10."Say You Love Me"C. McVie4:59
11."My Little Demon"Buckingham3:33
12."Silver Springs"Nicks5:41
13."You Make Loving Fun"C. McVie3:49
14."Sweet Girl"Nicks3:19
15."Go Your Own Way"Buckingham5:00
16."Tusk"Buckingham4:22
17."Don't Stop"C. McVie5:28

DVD/Video track listing

The DVD video is in 1.33:1 aspect ratio, while audio is in Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM stereo.

  1. "The Chain" (Buckingham, Fleetwood, C. McVie, J. McVie, Nicks)
  2. "Dreams" (Nicks)
  3. "Everywhere" (C. McVie)
  4. "Gold Dust Woman" (Nicks) * ***
  5. "I'm So Afraid" (Buckingham)**
  6. "Temporary One" (C. McVie, Quintela)
  7. "Bleed to Love Her" (Buckingham)
  8. "Gypsy" (Nicks) * ***
  9. "Big Love" (Buckingham) **
  10. "Go Insane" (Buckingham) * ** ***
  11. "Landslide" (Nicks)
  12. "Say You Love Me" (C. McVie)
  13. "You Make Loving Fun" (C. McVie)
  14. "My Little Demon" (Buckingham)
  15. "Silver Springs" (Nicks) ***
  16. "Over My Head" (C. McVie) * ***
  17. "Rhiannon" (Nicks)
  18. "Sweet Girl" (Nicks)
  19. "Go Your Own Way" (Buckingham) ***
  20. "Tusk" (Buckingham)
  21. "Don't Stop" (C. McVie)
  22. "Songbird" (C. McVie) * ***

* Exclusive to the VHS/DVD/Laserdisc versions

** Later released on the 2-CD US version of The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac

*** Live version released as a B-side of a single

Personnel

Fleetwood Mac
Additional musicians
  • Brett Tuggle – keyboards, guitar, background vocals
  • Neale Heywood – guitar, background vocals
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Sharon Celani – background vocals
  • Mindy Stein – background vocals
  • Dr. Arthur C. Bartner – director of the USC Trojan Marching Band
Fleetwood Mac Crew
  • Marty Hom - Tour manager
  • Paul Chavarria - Production manager
  • Ray Lindsey - Guitar tech
  • Todd Bowie - Guitar tech
  • Scott Pinkerton - Synthesizer programming
  • Steve Dikun - Bass tech
  • Walter Earl - Drum tech
  • Mike Fasano - Drum tech
  • Edd Kolakowski - Piano tech
  • Bruce Jackson - FOH sound
  • Chris Lantz - Monitors
  • Chris Fulton - Clair Bros.
  • Mark Dowdle - Clair Bros.
  • Kim Brakeley - Wardrobe stylist
  • Jill Focke - Assistant wardrobe
  • Margi Kent - Clothing designer for Nicks
  • Barbara Buck - Makeup
  • Elaine Offers - Makeup
  • Karen Johnston - Assistant to Nicks
  • Steve Real - Vocal coach
  • Sara Sierra - Hair
  • Robert Ramos - Hair
  • Richard Perea - Assistant/Runner
  • Mark Candelario, Jen Dreisen - Runners
  • Edward O'Hickey III - WB Stage
  • Fred Hammond, Jim Callahan - WB Security
CD production
  • Producers: Lindsey Buckingham, Elliot Scheiner
  • Engineers: Guy Charbonneau, Barry Goldberg, Elliot Scheiner
  • Assistant engineers: Charlie Bouis, John Nelson
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen
  • Mixing: Elliot Scheiner
  • Technical assistance: Ted Barela, David Gallo, Eric Johnston
  • Digital editing: Paul DeCarli, Scott Humphrey
  • Photography: David LaChapelle, Neal Preston
Video production
  • Producers: Lindsey Buckingham, Elliot Scheiner
  • Director: Bruce Gower
  • Photography: David LaChapelle, Neal Preston
  • Recording: Barry Goldberg, Elliot Scheiner
  • Mixing: Elliot Scheiner
  • Director of the USC Marching Band: Dr. Arthur C. Bartner

Charts

Album
Chart (1997) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 1
UK Albums Chart 15
Canadian Albums Chart 19
Australian Music Sales Chart 4
German Albums Chart 20
Dutch Album Charts 4
New Zealand Albums Chart 12
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1997 "The Chain" Mainstream Rock Tracks 30
1998 "Landslide" Adult Contemporary 10
1998 "Landslide" Adult Top 40 26
1998 "Landslide" Billboard Hot 100 51

Certifications

Album release
Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[1] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[2] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[3] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Video release
Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[6]
DVD edition
9× Platinum 135,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Platinum 50,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  2. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – The Dance". Music Canada.
  3. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – The Dance". Recorded Music NZ.
  4. ^ "British album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – The Dance". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type The Dance in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – The Dance". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 DVDs". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  7. ^ "American video certifications – Fleetwood Mac – The Dance". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH. 
  8. ^ "British video certifications – Fleetwood Mac – The Dance". British Phonographic Industry. Select videos in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type The Dance in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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