Before joining Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks recorded an album as a duo. Buckingham Nicks didn’t achieve success, and it’s never been reissued since its initial 1973 release, making it an interesting historical curiosity. Nicks has her distinctive voice, and Buckingham is a polished guitarist, but overall it’s a strangely anonymous album. It highlights the contributions that Fleetwood and McVie make to Fleetwood Mac as a rhythm section, and the duo’s writing is also still developing.
Nicks is the better writer at this point – ‘Crying In The Night’ is a strong opener, while ‘Crystal’ was reworked on 1975’s eponymous Fleetwood Mac album, and it’s the most noteworthy song here. ‘Don’t Let Me Down Again’ is the strongest of Buckingham’s songs, and was played live by Fleetwood Mac. ‘Lola’ is also interesting, as elements of it appeared later in ‘The Chain’, while it’s also notable for its succinctly sexist lyrics.
Buckingham Nicks has its moments, but it feels like the work of an anonymous AM radio band rather than two future superstars.