“By a complete coincidence the engineer happened to play the Buckingham-Nicks album made in the same studio. I’ve always kept my ears opened for a good guitar player, and his finger style was interesting and the songs I liked. They were actually in the studio, and I remember looking at Stevie through the window and thinking, she’s pretty little thing. But I thought no more about it. Then we went back out on the road with the Heroes Are Hard to Find album and tour, and Bob flipped out — he was having troubles at home. It was our big comeback tour after the Clifford Davis episode which damaged us a lot. All the promoters said, Ooooh, I don’t know. Nobody’ll know if you’re the real band or not. Our money went down appreciably. It was a blow and we had to work really hard to re-establish ourselves. We so nearly had a hit record, and Bob became disheartened. He blew up after our last gig.

“So for our next album, I made a phone call to that studio and said. Remember that album you were playing me? I was after the guitar player, Lindsey, but then I realised they came as a package. I found out later that she wrote a lot of the songs, which was important. I said to John and Chris, These are the people we should get. Chris said, All I ask is if I can’t stand this woman, Stevie, then I don’t want to do it. It turned out to be no problem at all; they used to hang out a lot in the early days, though they don’t now because they have such different lifestyles. I phoned them up and said, What about it? The only Fleetwood Mac album they knew was Then Play On.”

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