The piece was composed by Peter Green. The composition and its arrangement suggest a relaxing sea setting, with cymbals imitating the sound of waves Mick Fleetwood played his drum kit using timpani mallets to give a muted sound and a dreamy solo from Green's guitar. Green had been working on the piece Mountain Song - Janes Addiction - Nothings Shocking some time before the addition to the band of year-old guitarist Yeyo (Dachshund Remix) - Eddie Richards - Yeyo / Aaaiii Kirwan.
Slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer was not generally inclined to work with Green, who had felt unable to realise the overall effect that he wanted. With Kirwan's input, Green completed the piece and it was recorded just two months after Kirwan joined, without Spencer present. Kirwan's instrumental "Jigsaw Puzzle Blues" was chosen for the B-side in most territories. This composition is one of only a few tracks by the original line-up of Fleetwood Mac that is included on their later " greatest hits " and "best of" compilations.
Many of their compilations only focus on hits from the s and s. However, other compositions from that period have gone on to become classic recordings in the hands of other performers — Albatross - Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac Black Magic Woman " as recorded by Santana for example.
Another example, " Oh Well " has gone on to become a rock standard. The song was a success in several countries and remains Fleetwood Mac's only number-one hit in the UK Singles Chartspending one week at the top in January As a result of the re-release, "Albatross" enjoyed a second UK chart run, peaking at number 2. One of the earliest uses of the tune was on the soundtrack for the Rainer Werner Fassbinder sci-fi virtual reality film World on a Wire It was also used by the BBC as the theme music to a long running travel programme in the s and '70s.
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