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Lindsey Buckingham: After Fleetwood Mac

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Lindsey Buckingham is best known for his work as a guitarist and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac, but his solo output has also earned him a place in the rock canon. His work has influenced a generation of would-be folk-rockers and endeared him to millions of fans.

Buckingham got his start playing with Stevie Nicks in the folksy and matter-of-factly named duo Buckingham Nicks, releasing one self-titled album in 1973. That project was enough for them to be invited by Mick Fleetwood to join his band — and the rest, it would seem, is history. In 1981, Buckingham released his first solo album, Law and Order. Mixing his innovative guitar work with the pop smarts and studio know-how that helped propel Fleetwood Mac to the top the charts, the album was well-received by fans and critics, charting a Top 10 single with "Trouble." Go Insane was similarly well-received in 1984, as was 1992's Out of the Cradle, which had the distinction of being his first solo record since leaving Fleetwood Mac in 1987.

Under the Skin, Buckingham's first solo release in 14 years, was mostly written while on tour with a reunited Fleetwood Mac in 2003. Despite the simple, mostly acoustic arrangements, the songs possess a depth that reveals itself after several listens. In addition to his fine original compositions, the record also features covers of The Rolling Stones' "I Am Waiting" and Donovan's "To Try for the Sun." This segment originally aired Oct. 26, 2006.

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