McVie is the second solo album by the British Fleetwood Mac vocalist / keyboardist Christine McVie, released in January 1984.
During her years with Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie only recorded one album. It was released in 1984, after Mirage had run its course and the band was taking an extended break. Given its release date, it’s not surprising that Christine McVie sounds like it could have been recorded during the Mirage sessions — it’s a collection of soft rock/pop and ballads that are pleasantly melodic and ingratiating. Only a handful of cuts, such as the wonderfully catchy, lightly bouncy hit single “Got a Hold on Me,” work their way into the memory, but nothing on Christine McVie is anything less than agreeable. The record simply suffers from a rather predictable fate — it’s a little too sweet and laid-back to be consumed in one sitting, and its best songs would have sounded even better if they were balanced by Lindsey Buckingham‘s insular, paranoid pop genius and Stevie Nicks‘ hippie-folk mysticism. Christine
It was McVie’s first solo recording since her 1970 self-titled release (under her maiden name). It features two U.S. top-40 hit singles, “Got a Hold on Me” (US#10) and “Love Will Show Us How” (US#30). The album itself also achieved modest success in the United States, peaking at #26 and spending 23 weeks on the Billboard 200. In the UK, the album entered at #58 on chart.
The band on this album includes Christine McVie (keyboards, percussion and vocals), Todd Sharp (guitar and backing vocals), George Hawkins (bass and backing vocals), and Steve Ferrone (drums and percussion).
Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham sings backing vocals on tracks 2, 7 & 10, plays guitar on tracks 3 and 6, and plays lead guitar on track 10. Mick Fleetwood plays drums on track 5. Eric Clapton plays lead guitar on “The Challenge,” and Steve Winwood shares lead vocals on “One in A Million” and contributes backing vocals and piano to “Ask Anybody,” as well as playing synthesizer on several tracks.
1. “Love Will Show Us How” (Christine McVie, Todd Sharp) – 4:14
2. “The Challenge” (McVie, Sharp) – 4:40
3. “So Excited” (McVie, Sharp, Billy Burnette) – 4:05
4. “One in a Million” (McVie, Sharp) – 5:02
5. “Ask Anybody” (McVie, Steve Winwood) – 5:29
6. “Got a Hold on Me” (McVie, Sharp) – 3:53
7. “Who’s Dreaming This Dream” (Sharp, Daniel Douma) – 3:35
8. “I’m the One” (Sharp) – 4:05
9. “Keeping Secrets” (Sharp, Alan Pasqua) – 3:34
10. “The Smile I Live For” (McVie) – 5:07
- Christine McVie – vocals, keyboards, percussion
- Todd Sharp – guitar, background vocals
- George Hawkins – bass guitar, background vocals
- Steve Ferrone – drums, percussion
- Additional musicians
- Eric Clapton – guitar
- Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, background vocals
- Mick Fleetwood – drums
- Steve Winwood – piano, synthesizers, lead and background vocals
- Ray Cooper – percussion
- Eddy Quintela – additional keyboards
- Produced by Russ Titleman
- Recording Engineer: David Richards
- Mixed by Elliot Scheiner
- Associate Engineer: Larry Franke
- Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC
- Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10 published by Alimony Music/Cement Chicken Music. Track 7 published by Alimony Music/Cement Chicken Music/Doumaditties. Track 3 published by Alimony Music/Cement Chicken Music/Billy Beau Music. Track 5 published by Alimony Music/Cement Chicken Music/Island Music Ltd. Track 9 published by Alimony Music/Cement Chicken Music/Itsall Music.
Released: 27 January 1984
Recorded: 1983, Mountain Recording, (Montreux, Switzerland), Lower Dean Manor (Gloucestershire, UK); additional recording at Olympic Sound (London)
Genre: Soft rock, pop
Label – Warner Bros. Records