This is a strange one, because it's made up of two concerts that were performed in different cities in the Netherlands on the exact same night. Fleetwood Mac played at a venue called the Concertgebouw in The Hague around 6 P.M. Then they played another concert in Amsterdam at a venue with the exact same name later that same evening. (It seems they didn't go on stage until around midnight.) I don't know if it was by chance or what, but over the next few months, about half an hour of the Hague concert was played on Dutch radio or TV, from a longer show, then about half an hour of the Amsterdam concert was played on Dutch radio or TV, also from a longer show. The two broadcast portions were bootlegged over the years, while the rest of both concerts seem to have gotten lost.
This album consists of the broadcast portions from those two concerts. However, I've organized it so that most of the second concert comes first. That's because we have the ending of the first concert but not the ending of the second one, so it makes sense to end with an ending.
Generally speaking, the sound quality is excellent, since this was professionally recorded for either radio or TV. That said, some parts sound better than others. Some songs sound fantastic and some sound merely good. That's probably because the bootlegs were cobbled together from different sources. I worked with my musical associate MZ on improving the sound quality. He made some nice improvements, but sometimes one can only do so much. A few of the talking bits between songs come from worse sources, but that doesn't matter much since it's only a little bit of banter.
I cut a few songs for various reasons. There were two versions of "One Sided Love," so I only used one of them. A short snippet of "Teenage Darlin'" was played, but it really was only the bass line while the audience was cheering. That led into "Twist and Shout," but less than a minute of that was recorded. So I didn't include either of those.
Note that two of the exact performances here, "One Sided Love" and "Greeny Alone," were used on the stray tracks album I made called "One Sided Love."
The entire album is 59 minutes long. The Amsterdam portion is 35 minutes long and the Hague portion is 24 minutes long. The Hague portion includes the very first track (which is only a few seconds of an MC introducing the band in Dutch), then from track 13 to the end.
By the way, for the very delicate types out there, there are some X-rated improvised lyrics to the "Blue Suede Shoes" medley.
01. talk (Fleetwood Mac)
02. talk (Fleetwood Mac)
03. Merry Go Round (Fleetwood Mac)
04. One Sided Love (Fleetwood Mac)
05. Dust My Broom (Fleetwood Mac)
06. Got to Move (Fleetwood Mac)
07. Greeny Alone [Instrumental] (Fleetwood Mac)
08. talk (Fleetwood Mac)
09. Sugar Mama (Fleetwood Mac)
10. talk (Fleetwood Mac)
11. I Can't Hold Out (Fleetwood Mac)
12. talk (Fleetwood Mac)
13. Stop Messin' Round (Fleetwood Mac)
14. San-Ho-Zay [Instrumental] (Fleetwood Mac)
15. talk (Fleetwood Mac)
16. Albatross [Instrumental] (Fleetwood Mac)
17. talk (Fleetwood Mac)
18. Tallahassee Lassie (Fleetwood Mac)
19. Blue Suede Shoes - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Blue Suede Shoes (Fleetwood Mac)
What a nice lucky break! I've had a hard time finding any good photos of the band on stage in 1969. But I happened to find the concert poster for the exact Amsterdam concert featured here. I didn't change a thing, so I hope your Dutch is good if you want to read all of it. :) But concert posters are rectangular. To make it fit, I cut out the portion of it below the band name. That portion mainly mentioned the name of the supporting bands, which were Cuby + Buzzards, and Livin' Blues.