ARTIST: Fleetwood Mac
TITLE: Kiln House
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #69 US, #39 UK
SINGLES: Tell Me All the Things You Do, Jewel-Eyed Judy
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Mission Bell, Hi Ho Silver (which is Honey Hush, really)
LINEUP: Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie (she was undcredited, though)
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Transitional album, post Peter Green, pre Bob Welch, and the band makes a great accounting of itself thanks to Kirwan and the rhythm section.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: With Peter Green having flown the coop, this album shows a band in the middle of a transition. Spencer is on hand, and so there’s some blues elements to the program (though like most of Spencer’s blues excursions, they’re a matter of taste and style), but Kirwan adds straight rock-and-roll to the mix. His wah-wah guitar is impressive throughout.
“Tell Me All the Things You Do”, “Station Man” and “Jewel-Eyed Judy” are great examples of the rock this version of Mac was able to blast. Kirwan also had a tender side, covering a movie tribute to his idol in “Buddy’s Song” and Spencer adds a cover of “Mission Bell”, an old Donnie Brooks croon-job, as well.
While blues fans were disappointed that Green left, this record was better than many expected and sold reasonably well despite the departure of the former leader.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Buddy’s Song” was credited to Buddy Holly’s mother.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: Kirwan’s performance and songs move this to an A-, as he takes control and leaves Spencer behind a bit.