Not much new tonight. I have a couple From The Valley posts just calling out to be written, but not now.
To keep the beast fed, I’ll toss out a token few words about a song I’ve been listening to a lot lately.
The song is “Station Man,” a Fleetwood Mac oldie from the band’s blues-rock days. Released on 1970’s “Kiln House” album, “Station Man” is one of only four Mac songs to credit John McVie as a co-writer.
Another entry in the long tradition of British train songs, from “The One After 909” to “All The Way Home,” “Station Man” is an off-kilter, somewhat funky shuffle with a more stepped-up, straightforward midsection.
There’s not a heck of a lot to it, but I find it easy to get lost in.
Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, who has the voice and stage presence of a middle-school earth-science teacher, does an pretty good version:
Here’s the Mac’s studio original, which is a little too buttoned-down in places but builds up a head of steam in others:
And here’s the Lindsay Buckingham-Stevie Nicks edition of the Mac playing it in Largo, Maryland, in 1975: