John McVie

Founding Fleetwood Mac member John McVie (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The world has revolved more than 10,000 times since [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Fleetwood Mac[/lastfm] first recorded “World Turning.” Is that song still as fresh today as it was back then? You be the judge.

“World Turning” appeared on Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled album of 1975 which, unlike many albums bearing just a band’s name, was hardly their first. In fact, it wasn’t even their first eponymous album. That had been released in 1968.

It says a lot for the album’s staying power that “World Turning” is still considered one of rock’s great songs, even though it wasn’t one of the three Top 20 singles launched by the LP (those would be “Rhiannon”, “Say You Love Me”, and “Over My Head”).

Fleetwood Mac album cover

Of course, it says even more about the album’s staying power that it managed to hang around on the charts for nearly a year before finally making it to the #1 spot, a record that would stand for 14 years until broken by Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl.”

It was also the album that catapulted Fleetwood Mac from music stardom to true music superstardom. More than a little of that fact is of course attributable to the appearance of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lindsey Buckingham[/lastfm] as the group’s guitarist and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stevie Nicks [/lastfm]as its new vocalist.

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