By: Gary Graff
Fleetwood Mac is celebrating its 45th anniversary with archival reissues of some of its earliest music.
On August 20, the group will release an expanded and remastered edition of its 1969 debut album, "Then Play On," with the original U.K. song sequence that brings the tracks "One Sunny Day" and "Without You" to CD for the first time.
The new version of the album adds four bonus tracks, including both parts of "Oh Well" and "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Prong Crown)." Also out the same day will be a vinyl box set of four Mac albums -- "Then Play On" and 1970's "Kiln House," along with 1971's "Future Games" and 1972's "Bare Trees" and a bonus single featuring the two "Oh Well" tracks.
Drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie formed Fleetwood Mac after leaving John Mayall's Bluesbreakers; the two remain with the group to this day, which has gone on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide and is currently on tour.
But Lindsey Buckingham, who's been with the group since 1975, tells us the 45th anniversary hasn't really been a focus of this year's trek:
"I haven't even thought about it...I'm sure Mick has given it some thought, but I don't go there. It's amazing how time has kind of slipped by. You start talking about 45 years, even though I wasn't part of all that, and it's just a number, it doesn't really resonate with anything to me. When I think about the age that I am (63) it doesn't really match the age I feel. It's funny."
Fleetwood Mac wraps up its North American tour on July 6 in Sacramento, then begins an European swing on September 20 in Dublin, Ireland.
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