Fourth studio album by Fleetwood Mac and the second album to celebrate 50 years today. Kiln House was recorded from June to July 1970 at De Lane Lea Studios in London and released only two months later in the UK. If you look at Discogs and sort Fleetwood Mac releases after year, you will find 9 or 10 releases before this one, but most of them are with different constellations of musicians or live performances. So officially Kiln House is the fourth studio album with the early Fleetwood Mac personnel.
After the exit of Peter Green, the vocals are performed by Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan. It is said that this constellation moved the band in the direction of Rock music, but for my personal taste this first years of Fleetwood Mac aren’t very interesting. Too much blues and folk, which can be tasty as well, but this album I find a bit boring. A lot actually. Sorry..
The small amount of female vocal is performed by Christine McVie. It took 5 years and 6 studio albums more, before the more interesting and stable personnel constellation was formed, in my opinion. With Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie and the release of the self-titled studio album Fleetwood Mac.
As always I am listening the album while writing, and just now started Tell Me All the Things You Do, which I actually find pretty good. But it does not save the whole album, so it will not be a member of my collection in the future. My favorite album with the band have to be found between the later albums – Fleetwood Mac, Rumours or Tusk.
Jeremy Spencer – guitar, vocals, piano
Danny Kirwan – guitar, vocals
John McVie – bass guitar
Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
Christine McVie – backing vocals