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Down the years, Fleetwood Mac have produced more than their fair share of great music.

Inevitably media attention focuses on the early ‘Peter Green’ years, and the ‘Rumours’ era when Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined.

But the death of guitarist Bob Weston, who played with the band in 1972/73, reminded me that, even when commercially at a low ebb, the music of Fleetwood Mac had integrity and merit.

As the obits note, Weston did his bit for the band’s real-life soap opera by having an affair with Mick Fleetwood’s wife – and was promptly fired.

Musically, he brought a lot to the party – his bluesy lead guitar work on this 1973 tv special is excellent.

The eponymous rhythm section, Christine McVie on keyboards and a large handful of maracas, plus Bob Welch on rhythm guitar/vocals aren’t bad either.

Fleetwood Mac – Miles Away/Believe Me

The Guardian – Bob Weston obituary

The Independent – Bob Weston obituary

Bob Weston – official website

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