Christine McVie First Ever Solo Compilation Announced
Christine McVie is to release her first ever compilation of solo recordings. Songbird (A Solo Collection) will be available on 24 June on 180-gram black vinyl , CD, and digitally. In addition, a limited edition, sea-foam green vinyl version will also be available from HMV, with pre-orders available now.
The collection features songs that were remastered by legendary producer Glyn Johns, who worked closely with McVie on the project. Songbird includes a selection of songs from two of her solo albums – 1984’s Christine McVie and 2004’s In The Meantime – plus two previously unreleased studio recordings including Slowdown, which was originally written for the 1985 film American Flyers. The track is available today on all digital and streaming services.
McVie says of Slowdown: “I was asked to write a song for a film about a cycling competition. So, I thought we’d give it a go. So that’s why the lyrics are sort of muddled up with a little bit of a love song, a little bit of cycling. And it turned out really well, but they didn’t end up using it. We thought it was a pity to waste it, so it’s on here.”
Another song that has never been released is All You Gotta Do, a duet that Christine recorded with George Hawkins while making In The Meantime. The track was never finished and Johns added Ricky Peterson on Hammond and Ethan Johns on drums and guitar.
Another unreleased song is a new orchestral version of Songbird from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, which has become one of McVie’s signature tracks. The new version pairs McVie’s iconic vocals from the original recording with a gorgeous new string arrangement by six-time Grammy® Award winning composer and arranger Vince Mendoza.
SONGBIRD (A SOLO COLLECTION) TRACKLISTING
Easy Come, Easy Go
Giving It Back
All You Gotta Do *
Songbird – Orchestral Version *
* previously unreleased