Over My Head (Fleetwood Mac song)

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"Over My Head"
Over My Head single.jpg
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Fleetwood Mac (The White Album)
B-side"I'm So Afraid"
ReleasedSeptember 1975 (USA) / Feb. 1976 (UK)
FormatVinyl record
RecordedFebruary 1975
GenreSoft rock
Length3:38 (Album version)
3:09 (Single version)
LabelReprise
Songwriter(s)Christine McVie
Producer(s)
Fleetwood Mac singles chronology
"Warm Ways"
(1975)
"Over My Head"
(1975)
"Rhiannon"
(1976)

"Over My Head" is a soft rock song performed by British/American music group Fleetwood Mac. The song was written by group keyboardist/vocalist Christine McVie. After a six-year dry spell on the US charts: it was their first single to reach the Billboard Hot 100 since "Oh Well."

Background[edit]

In September 1975, "Over My Head" was released as the lead single from the LP album entitled Fleetwood Mac; the decision came as a surprise to the band; they thought "Over My Head" was the "least likely track on Fleetwood Mac to be released as a single".[1] Nevertheless, it reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in early 1976, its success helped the group's eponymous 1975 album to sell eight million copies.[2]

McVie has stated that she composed the song using a portable Hohner electric piano in a small apartment in Malibu, California, where she and then-husband John McVie (Fleetwood Mac's bassist) resided after completing a concert tour to promote the previous album Heroes Are Hard to Find;[3] the original rhythm track consisted of just vocals, drums, and a Dobro. Other instruments were later added to embellish the song, including McVie's Vox Continental organ.[1]

The 45 RPM single version of the song—released for radio airplay—was a remixed, edited version that differed from the mix on the Fleetwood Mac album; this version is distinguished by a cold start (versus the fade-in intro on the LP version), louder guitar strums in the choruses, and less ensemble vocal work overall. In addition, whereas the single version fades during its 3-bar instrumental outro,[4] the album version tape-loops it to 6-bars upon fade out. Finally, while the album version has relatively wide stereo soundstage, the single version is mixed very narrowly (essentially mono) with stereo reverberation effects on some bongo passages and select guitar flourishes, it is this remixed/edited version that is included on the compilation album The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac. The single version is also available as a bonus track on the 2004 remastered CD release of the Fleetwood Mac album.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "From the Archive: Christine McVie - KeyboardMag". www.keyboardmag.com. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  2. ^ "News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  3. ^ Martin E. Adelson. "The McVie Story". Fleetwoodmac.net. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  4. ^ Everett, Walter (May 2010). "'If you're gonna have a hit': intratextual mixes and edits of pop recordings". Popular Music. 29 (2): 239. JSTOR 40926920.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1976-02-14. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  6. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, January 10, 1976
  7. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on June 10, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 978-0-89820-142-0.

Bibliography[edit]

The Great Rock Discography. Martin C. Strong. Page 378. ISBN 1-84195-312-1

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