Track 10, the penultimate song on the album, is “Born Enchanter” (2.54 minutes). This has a busy intro featuring drums, piano, guitar and bass, following which Christine McVie launches into the vocals. This is a blues based ballad, if that makes sense. It sort of works, but this one is not as easy on the ear as the other tracks on the record.
The album ends with Track 11, “Safe Harbour” (2.32 minutes). It is almost an instrumental, with a soft, wavy intro which very effectively evokes the sounds of the sea. Bob Welch’s guitar gets well into the feel of the thing, and indeed there is some truly exemplary lead guitar work here. Christine McVie says “Safe Harbour” twice right at the end, which are the only vocals.
This is a fitting cadence to this agreeable LP, and a somewhat ironic one in terms of the era which it also happened to end.
One curious thing about these Fleetwood Mac albums 1971 – 1974 is that just as a guitarist was really beginning to flourish, he left the group: Danny Kirwan, Bob Weston, and finally the stalwart Bob Welch, as we are about to see.
Yes indeed, something uniquely dramatic was about to happen…
R.I P. Fleetwood Mac 1968 – 1974