Flipping Over the Best B-Sides: “Silver Springs” by Fleetwood Mac

Beside myself over this one. One of the best songs Stevie Nicks ever wrote.
Fleetwood Mac Silver Springs

As with everything in the Buckingham-Nicks era of Fleetwood Mac, there was a huge amount of drama surrounding the song “Silver Springs”. It was written and produced for inclusion with “Rumours”, yet ended up relegated to the b-side of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Go Your Own Way”. It made sense to pair them, since they were both written about the other, yet a shame that they weren’t both on the album proper.

Stevie was told the song was too long, so they asked her to record the shorter, more uptempo “I Don’t Want to Know”. This devasted her, something she was not to get over, culminating in her quitting the band in 1990 due to a fight over the song. Feeling the song lost, she wanted to include it in her first solo greatest hits record “Timespace”, but Mick Fleetwood refused, wanting to use it in a Fleetwood Mac boxed set.

It wasn’t until the band finally got back together in 1997 to record the live album “The Dance” that the song was given its proper due. It became the centerpiece of the show, released as a single in its own right, and won her a Grammy. Not bad for a b-side.

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