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'Hypnotized'
Single by Fleetwood Mac
from the album Mystery to Me
A-side'For Your Love'
Released15 October 1973
RecordedMid-1973
StudioRolling Stones Mobile Studio
GenreSoft rock[1]
Length4:48
LabelReprise
Songwriter(s)Bob Welch
Producer(s)Fleetwood Mac & Martin Birch
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'Hypnotized' is a song written by Bob Welch. The song originally featured on Fleetwood Mac's 1973 albumMystery To Me. The track was released on a single as the B-side of 'For Your Love', and has been described as 'gorgeous and lyrically strong', and referred to as the album's best track.[2]

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Background and style[edit]

The song features triple time rhythm on the drums by Mick Fleetwood and combines with acoustic guitar and electric keyboards.[3] Welch draws upon the use of jazz fourth chords in the song playing in a minor key and also features a guitar solo by Bob Weston[3] covering many octaves.

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Hypnosis and dreaming are specifically referred to in the lyrics, and Welch also draws upon references to places such as Mexico and North Carolina. According to Welch, the atmosphere of the song was heavily influenced by his residence at the Benifold Mansion in Hampshire, England, a place he described as 'rather spooky and strange even in summertime'.[3]

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In 1978 the song was covered by the Pointer Sisters on their album Energy.[4]

Reception[edit]

Donald Brackett, in his 2007 book Fleetwood Mac, 40 Years of Creative Chaos, discussed the album Mystery To Me and the song 'Hypnotized' which he described as 'a gentle yet compelling hit for Welch on this record'.[5] In discussing Fleetwood Mac's change in direction in 1972 and 1973, he describes their stylistic changes as being better received at concerts in the United States, as at the time Americans were more open to them than the British who were still in heavy demand for blues-oriented rock.[5] Hal Horowitz describes the song as 'the highlight of the Mystery to Me album, and undoubtedly one of Bob Welch's most fully realized songs for the band'.[6]

In 1999 Welch received an award from ASCAP recognizing 25 consecutive years of airplay for 'Hypnotized' and 'Sentimental Lady'.[7]

Personnel[edit]

  • Bob Welch – lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
  • Bob Weston – electric guitar solo and rhythm, backing vocals
  • Christine McVie – Hohner Pianet N II, keyboards, backing vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums

References[edit]

  1. ^Gleason, Holly (May 29, 2014). 'The 20 Best Fleetwood Mac Songs of All Time'. Paste. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  2. ^All music guide to rock: the definitive guide to rock, pop, and soul, p. 413
  3. ^ abcRooksby, Rikky (2004-12-01). Fleetwood Mac: The Complete Guide to Their Music. Omnibus Press. pp. 47–48. ISBN978-1-84449-427-9.
  4. ^Second Hand Songs
  5. ^ abBrackett, Donald (September 2007). Fleetwood Mac: 40 Years of Creative Chaos. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 82. ISBN978-0-275-99338-2.
  6. ^'Hypnotized'. Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-26.
  7. ^Ex-Fleetwood Mac Man Bob Welch Returns From 30 Year Vacation, Top40-Charts.com, August 11, 2008
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External links[edit]

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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