This here is my biggest prize from last Saturday's Record Store Day. Behind the Mask (1990) is one of those unexpected gems that I like to call "time capsule albums". This was a disc that I never actually purchased, but I listened to it a lot when I worked at the record store, and probably had a tape copy at some point. Then for whatever reason I moved on and never revisited the album until this past weekend when I found this gorgeous vinyl copy. The thing about time capsule albums is that the music, and any memories associated with it, is locked into a very specific period and gets unlocked when you hear the music again, no matter how many years later. I had probably not heard this album in 17 years, but as soon as I put the needle down I was back in the cassette room at the record store, and the apartment where I lived in the spring of 1990, and the Chevette I was driving at the time - anywhere I listened to this album, basically. It's a cool experience.
Behind the Mask was the first Fleetwood Mac album following the initial departure of Lindsey Buckingham, and the result is a very collaborative record by a band that sounds hungry to prove itself. 1987's Tango In The Night had some excellent singles, but also some lousy filler, mostly from Lindsey. In contrast, Behind the Mask is beautifully produced, and more organic sounding than its predecessor. Standout tracks: McVie's "Skies The Limit", "Save Me", and "Behind the Mask" (featuring Buckingham on guitar), Nicks' beautiful "The Second Time", and the album's standout (in my opinion), "Hard Feelings" by new songwriter/guitarist Billy Burnette.
"Skies the Limit"
"In the Back of My Mind"