Also called “The White Album” by fans, Fleetwood Mac (produced by Olsen and the band) was lightning in a bottle due to its infusion of fresh talent — Buckingham and Nicks — with Fleetwood as a stabilizing force. A number of its tracks — "Rhiannon,” "I'm So Afraid” and "Monday Morning" — had been slated to appear on a sophomore Buckingham Nicks album but found their home with the newly reformed Fleetwood Mac. Meanwhile, the mid-tempo jangler “Crystal,” which had originally appeared on Buckingham Nicks’ debut, was given a new arrangement and repurposed. Though they technically have no songwriting credits on the album, Fleetwood and John McVie made their mark on the now-famous album art, famously photographed by Herbert W. Worthington III, with the former standing and the latter kneeling.
While Fleetwood Mac was undoubtedly the band’s major pop-radio breakthrough, it took some effort to get anyone to really notice, and adding two new members sparked a note of tension around the band’s power dynamics.