Lindsey Buckingham: C o' D?

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So anyway he's always been a semi-guilty pleasure of mine, sealing the deal on the Fleetwood Mac songs I love, always liked his guitar playing, actually making me enjoy Tom Petty's "Walls" when it popped up on the radio a few years ago. Anyhow, I'm in the SuperWalMart and "Tusk" comes on the PA, then I come home and flip through the channels and on VH1 Classics they're showing the video to "Holiday Road" from National Lampoon's Vacation, which unbeknownst to me was performed by Lindsey Buckingham. Plus the way he preens and poses in those awful early eighties videos always amuses me. He looks like a combination of Prince and Don Henley.

James Blount (James Blount), Saturday, 16 November 2002 09:54 (eighteen years ago) link

Classic. I've always felt that he should be lauded more for his guitar playing. He has a knack for playing intricate melody lines that always work well with the songs, as well as being as memorable as the vocal melodies. Plus, I really am impressed with his pseudo-classical guitar finger picking. It's a shame that such talent keeps such a low profile.

bahtology, Saturday, 16 November 2002 12:41 (eighteen years ago) link

"Tusk" the song is pretty absurd, but the other Fleetwood Mac songs I know of his are great and "Law & Order" has some wonderful stuff on it. "Trouble" has made numerous mixtapes I've made for people. One of the few eccentric greats I enjoy from the LA scene. I sense more joy in his works than say, the Eagles or Zevon.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 16 November 2002 18:32 (eighteen years ago) link

He looks like a combination of Prince and Don Henley.

Classic

brg30 (brg30), Saturday, 16 November 2002 18:47 (eighteen years ago) link

At the very least, as a producer and a guitarist, completely classic.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Sunday, 17 November 2002 00:58 (eighteen years ago) link

four months pass...
The producer aspect is so often overlooked, I think...two of my favorite Buckingham production jobs were "Gold" for John Stewart (late '70s vintage) and Matthew Sweet's cover of "Magnet And Steel" (mid '90s vintage), both tracks featuring nice freak-out solos by Buckingham. So so so underrated.

Erick H (Erick H), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 13:53 (eighteen years ago) link

reminds me: a few years back i exchanged my copy of Liz Phair's Exile In Guyville for Buckingham's Out Of The Cradle (that a friend had)
still happy with the swop, me ...not that i think Cradle is exactly the best thing LB has done, but it ain't poorer than FMac's 80s albs
sure, LB a great producer and a very fine guitarist (or at least he has been)

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 14:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Total Classic. He performed on Saturday Night Live way back when .. he did "Trouble" & "Bwana". He did the most amazing guitar solo on Trouble... I think his records sometimes suffer from overproduction (Out of the Cradle especially..) But he is an amazing guitarist, singer, writer.

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 15 April 2003 14:23 (eighteen years ago) link

three years pass...
New album in October!

Lindsey Buckingham finally releases a new album, Under The Skin, on 10/3. He tells USA Today

[It's] kind of a reduction. There are basically no drums, very little bass. On a musical level, I've been trying to distill things. This is the best time in my life, and that's a great thing to be able to say when you're 56, and didn't become a father till you were 48.

He plans another “more rocking” album next year and (finally) a solo U.S. tour. “It's a turnaround, time-frame-wise, for someone who's been sort of the Terrence Malick of rock,” he admits.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Sunday, 13 August 2006 02:47 (fourteen years ago) link

It's pretty incredible that someone would have felt guilt about this four years ago.

Sundar (sundar), Sunday, 13 August 2006 03:02 (fourteen years ago) link

So fucking nervy. An exploding little man. Ben Stiller's MR FURIOUS persona for real. Genius, classic.

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Sunday, 13 August 2006 03:42 (fourteen years ago) link

You are not alone. This is truly great news. I have heard rumours that he has scrapped several albums over the years. I remember reading an interview with R.E.M where the journalist followed Peter Buck around for a few days. One of Buck's 'errands' was going to a studio to give Lindsey Buckingham some feedback on his new recordings. The journalist made a point of commenting on how stressed Buckingham looked and how he was manically scribbling down Buck's comments on a notepad. Seemed a little bit sad...
Posted by: ani at August 11, 2006 12:23 PM

anyone have a copy of this interview?

you're killing me, larry! (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 13 August 2006 04:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Classic--

and i guess quite the water polo player..my friend and i were perusing his mom's high school yearbook (i think a school in Palo Alto?) only to find Lindsey mid ball-toss in the pool...He signed something lame, like "Kristen--Government was classic. Big Love...LB" (not verbatim, but something trivial). And that, friends, is my Lindsey Buckingham story.

J. Grizzle (trainsmoke), Sunday, 13 August 2006 04:53 (fourteen years ago) link

this is pretty much the best clip on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yllqie08a7U

Stormy Davis (diamond), Sunday, 13 August 2006 06:22 (fourteen years ago) link

dud

Igor Adkins (Grodd), Sunday, 13 August 2006 06:39 (fourteen years ago) link

Mr Wrong O'Wrongson, I presume?

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 16 August 2006 07:18 (fourteen years ago) link

He's just super classic. And "Tusk" is one of the best albums ever.

Marco Damiani (Marco D.), Wednesday, 16 August 2006 12:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Let's not overlook Go Crazy.

Tripmaker (SDWitzm), Wednesday, 16 August 2006 12:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Classic.

Out of the Cradle is a great album and some of his guitar noodling is incredible.

Sean Robison (yaratnam), Wednesday, 16 August 2006 23:20 (fourteen years ago) link

D'you mean "Go Insane"? I got that sealed for $5 once, that was a good day. Pretty gorgeous rec.

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 16 August 2006 23:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Classic for "Never Going Back Again" alone. Incredible guitar player.

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Wednesday, 16 August 2006 23:55 (fourteen years ago) link

"Big Love" still sucks, though.

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Wednesday, 16 August 2006 23:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Mr. Snrub did you ever hear the live version of "Big Love" from The Dance? It is the most amazing thing ever.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Thursday, 17 August 2006 00:22 (fourteen years ago) link

His reinvention of "Go Insane" is even more breathtaking.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 17 August 2006 00:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Classic. Interesting credit I just learned about yesterday: apparently he plays guitar on the Josie Cotton version of "Jimmy Loves Maryann." (orig. spelling "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne")

Ruud Haarvest (Ken L), Thursday, 17 August 2006 00:49 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
anyone listen to the new one yet?

jaxon (jaxon), Thursday, 5 October 2006 21:46 (fourteen years ago) link

The new one is by far his most consistent solo release. Very stripped down - the bulk of the album is guitar and vocals. Great cover of the Stones' "I Am Waiting".

Love it.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Thursday, 5 October 2006 22:43 (fourteen years ago) link

ooh

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Thursday, 5 October 2006 22:44 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't have the album yet, but I really like the clip of "Show You How" on his website. I'm hoping to catch his solo tour in Falls Church, VA on Monday night.

John Fredland (jfredland), Thursday, 5 October 2006 22:50 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

I just bought Out of the Cradle. Seems good so far (his guitar playing is, as always, amazingly clean and crisp (and he can be bluesy, too)). Crazy comparison, but Surrender the Rain sounds a little like a Richard Hawley song, to me (not a bad thing at all!).

Anyone else have this disc? Like it?

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 20 January 2008 15:41 (thirteen years ago) link

beautiful record.
probably his best solo record.

Zeno, Sunday, 20 January 2008 16:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Haven't heard it in years, but I agree it's his best, with consistently beautiful guitar. "Soul Drifter" and "Turn it On" (is that the right title?) are favorites.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 20 January 2008 17:51 (thirteen years ago) link

I know they're solo discs, but now I'm wishing that Buckingham gave his solo songs more of a full-band feel. Down on Rodeo, for instance, from Under the Skin, has a great SoCal-drenched band feel (obv., the presence of Fleetwood Mac and John McVie helps), and it worked beautifully.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 20 January 2008 18:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Buckingham is god.

jim, Sunday, 20 January 2008 20:30 (thirteen years ago) link

UH

I guess that's more true than "Clapton is God," but still...

Classic (but not god).

Rock Hardy, Sunday, 20 January 2008 20:40 (thirteen years ago) link

He's a brilliant guitarist. I'm pleased at the love he's getting on this thread, instead of just hailing him as a mere singing/songwriting/producing genius. My favourite Lindsey look is the besuited, droopy afro'ed one on the inside sleeve of the 1975 album. Someone post an image, please!

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:39 (thirteen years ago) link

he turns 60 this year

omar little, Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:45 (thirteen years ago) link

60? Wow. He looks younger. See the photo on the cover of Under the Skin.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 20 January 2008 22:58 (thirteen years ago) link

He is classic for "Tango In The Night" alone. Although that album is usually underrated when compared to their most popular mid 70s work.

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 20 January 2008 23:05 (thirteen years ago) link

He's classic for a lot of the Fleetwood Mac stuff, but his solo discs have a very different sound and feel (not worse, by any means, just v. different).

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 21 January 2008 00:06 (thirteen years ago) link

I may be misreading, but it looks like Under The Skin is available from Amazon for 99 cents.

dlp9001, Monday, 21 January 2008 01:48 (thirteen years ago) link

'Under the Skin' was a tremendously strong album. Man, such a shame that it barely received any attention at all.

Stormy Davis, Monday, 21 January 2008 02:42 (thirteen years ago) link

I may be misreading, but it looks like Under The Skin is available from Amazon for 99 cents.

Sadly, I'm not surprised. It's amazing to me that such a talented -- and successful (with his band) -- artist has had such trouble finding an audience.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 21 January 2008 03:00 (thirteen years ago) link

maybe thats because he became too old for the youngsters and too "arty" and minimalist for the mainstream listeners.
or u can blame it on bad marketing.

Zeno, Monday, 21 January 2008 17:50 (thirteen years ago) link

I still spin "Go Insane" on Dj nights. Such a great single.

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 00:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Under the Skin is very nice, yes. I thought I'd never want to hear another Stones cover until "I Am Waiting" started to play.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 00:27 (thirteen years ago) link

this is pretty much the best clip on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yllqie08a7U

-- Stormy Davis (diamond),

This video has been removed due to terms of use violation.

Damn. What was that clip, Stormy?

Myonga Vön Bontee, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 06:22 (thirteen years ago) link

six months pass...

new album out in a couple of months!!!

Marco Damiani, Thursday, 24 July 2008 15:24 (twelve years ago) link

god his last one was amazing

jamescobo, Thursday, 24 July 2008 16:44 (twelve years ago) link

http://i34.tinypic.com/3450940.jpg
My favourite Lindsey look

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 24 July 2008 17:51 (twelve years ago) link

Is it? It guaranteed his family a bunch of dough forever.

this was likely guaranteed long before this deal

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 10:23 (five months ago) link

Because I’m painfully fair, I must amend my above remarks to note that Aswad apparently reports on non-Hipgnosis publishing deals as well.

Four Jacks and a Jill (morrisp), Friday, 8 January 2021 07:33 (five months ago) link

(This other company, Primary Wave, is that one that Stevie Nicks made a deal with last year.)

Four Jacks and a Jill (morrisp), Friday, 8 January 2021 07:35 (five months ago) link

Is he right about consumers spendling less in point 3? I was under the impression that revenue was actually rising in the streaming era. Official trade body seems to think so https://www.ifpi.org/our-industry/industry-data/ that it’s not necessarily going to the right people is a different story as on the numerous Spotify threads.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 8 January 2021 08:58 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

Fleetwood Mac's complete and total transformation into the The Eagles is totally sad, but it's probably been a balancing act since The Dance. The writing was on the wall when Stevie and Mick tried to replace Christine fucking McVie with Sheryl Crowe. Members are fungible and profits are all that matter. It's a boomer nostalgia clown show. And I don't that Lindsey is the only trouble maker in the band and deserved to be fired. Stevie chucked a steel chair at Christine in 1987 and has done her fair share of rotten shit.

HuskerDoolittle, Thursday, 1 April 2021 19:43 (two months ago) link

glad i got to see them all on stage around 2013

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:01 (two months ago) link

At the least the Eagles still have Joe Walsh. I'm not an Eagles fan, but I'd rather go to their show than a Fleetwood Mac that's been turned into the Stevie Nicks show.

birdistheword, Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:07 (two months ago) link

As I see it The Eagles have always been very openly corporate. Don and Glenn never try to hide it while FM tried to foster an image of a dysfunctional incestual family, but a family nonetheless. Joe Walsh is the only reason to see The Eagles. Don Henley has always been a wet fart. Mick and Stevie also fired keyboardist Brett Tuggle, who had a close working relationship with Christine and then laughably replaced him with her solo touring keyboardist. It's sad to see that Christine is done. She's a ridiculously good writer and never got her due because her ego wasn't huge and Stevie, Lindsey, or Mick's. She's pretty much retired. RIP Fleetwood Mac.

HuskerDoolittle, Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:16 (two months ago) link

After Peter Green left, Danny Kirwan and Christine were by far the best things about Fleetwood Mac, and with Kirwan soon gone, she carried the band IMHO. Bob Welch was okay, he had a few songs I really liked, but she was a far better and more consistent songwriter as well as a far more appealing vocalist. You can compile a truly great Christine McVie solo album from the best songs she wrote for FM before Buckingham and Nicks came on board, and afterwards she and Buckingham edged out Nicks as the best songwriters for the group. I can't imagine going to a show if Christine and Buckingham are truly gone, not unless someone else is paying.

birdistheword, Thursday, 1 April 2021 21:33 (two months ago) link

I once burned a 2 CD comp of Christine's songs in FM and it's just ridiculous how consistently great her songwriting is. The problem is that money is in touring and Stevie puts butts in the seats, therefore she gets to make all the executive decisions. Fleetwood Mac only tours and records an official Fleetwood Mac album when Stevie says so. It's a crime that Christine's last appearance on an official FM release was 31 years ago. Now Mick Fleetwood is trying to put together a ramshackle Fleetwood Mac tour involving all remaining Fleetwood Mac members. Nuts.

HuskerDoolittle, Thursday, 1 April 2021 21:56 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

He's such a consistently great writer/arranger/producer/player.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 17:38 (one week ago) link

Beautiful, he don't miss. Seeds We Sow was his best album yet imo

J. Sam, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 17:48 (one week ago) link

As a Tusk lover who was ambivalent towards Law and Order, which Buckingham album might I like best?

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 17:54 (one week ago) link

Hmm, probably Out of the Cradle. But all the albums after that are great, too, or at least less uneven.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 17:57 (one week ago) link

(Less uneven than the first couple, that is. After those two it's pretty smooth sailing in Buckyland.)

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 18:05 (one week ago) link

Out of the Cradle's a solid intro if you know him as a band member; even though he plays or programs 98% of it himself, it's not as minimalist as the others.

Go Insane is a fascinating boomer-goes-new-wave moment though the songwriting's more wan.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 18:07 (one week ago) link

Yeah, was going to recommend Go Insane if you haven't heard it. It's about as ambitious as Tusk but completely different sonically--very 80s neo-psych, closer to Tango In the Night

J. Sam, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 18:11 (one week ago) link

Iirc, very "hmm, what does *this* button do?"

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 18:16 (one week ago) link

I agree, Out of the Cradle is excellent.

BUT, the Solo Anthology is a great compilation, and I'll add that I never thought *that* highly of solo Buckingham until I got that three-disc set and listened to it from start-to-finish. I was skeptical of the whole thing - THREE discs? c'mon - but seeing it on clearance convinced me to give it a chance, and man was I wrong. (To be clear, it's more like a two-disc set with a great live disc as a bonus.)

birdistheword, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 18:31 (one week ago) link

(And to be fair, a lot of Out of the Cradle is on Solo Anthology - it really is an excellent album)

birdistheword, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 18:31 (one week ago) link

yeah it’s great.

brimstead, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 19:12 (one week ago) link

“street of dreams” haunting af

brimstead, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 19:12 (one week ago) link

I almost nailed the acoustic intro to “don’t look down” years ago

brimstead, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 19:13 (one week ago) link

My new self-titled album is one I’ve been intending to get out for a couple of years now, but on more than one occasion, unforeseen circumstances necessitated a postponement of plans. Now that we’re back in gear, I’m thrilled to finally be sharing this new music with my listeners!

In other words, "my new album is once again stuff I'd been sitting on for potential use on a new Fleetwood Mac album, but now that they've gone their own way, I'm keeping them for myself."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 00:34 (one week ago) link

how many buckingham solo albums that could have been parts of a respectable enough late career FM album if he'd been able to get the others on board are we up to now lol? & of course he managed to get everyone except stevie on board for buckingham mcvie

will also rep for out of the cradle & go insane, both very enjoyable stuff. love "don't look down"

ufo, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 00:58 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcOZfU4PVCg

looked up the out of the cradle tour and why does he have 5 guitarists lmao. great performances though

ufo, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 01:13 (one week ago) link

that's how many it takes to duplicate his one guitar and mullet

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 01:14 (one week ago) link

xpost His fabled guitar army! Iirc, he infamously didn't play "Countdown," the single, on the tour. But here it is (with house band) doing it on Letterman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzVtMdpxYWM

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 01:36 (one week ago) link

That Center Stage thing, btw, I know people who were at that show, and apparently no one was allowed to leave, with some songs getting multiple perfectionist takes.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 01:41 (one week ago) link

Letterman With The Longbox!

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 02:00 (one week ago) link

Whatever bubbles bubbles up

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 02:14 (one week ago) link

Lol

AP Chemirocha (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 02:22 (one week ago) link

Tix on sale tomorrow for a rescheduled show that we were supposed to see in May 2020 but will now be September 2021. Seen him solo twice before (along with once with FM), he's one of those guys I'll pretty much go see every time he comes around.

Does he ever do his crazy picked version of "Big Love"?

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 02:35 (one week ago) link

He does. He also often does "Holiday Road" replete with dog barks.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 02:37 (one week ago) link

i've seen him do the fingerpicked "big love" literally every time i've seen the mac and him solo, to the point where i'm like idk man maybe retire it and translate "murrow turning over in his grave" to solo guitar instead

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 02:39 (one week ago) link

jk the fingerpicked "big love" is amazing, hits every time

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 02:39 (one week ago) link

I remember pulling up the tab when I was 16, not having heard that version yet, and thinking I had it.

Then pulled my mom's copy of The Dance out and realized he was playing at 4 times the speed I had learned it at.

Love that piece but yea I guess it'd get old after a while!

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 02:50 (one week ago) link

I was bored with acoustic "Big Love" by late '97 when I saw him live -- so much so that the programmed Mac version is underrated.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 02:50 (one week ago) link

Not big on synth version. I need fingers

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 02:51 (one week ago) link

Nah. Just one finger to program.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 02:54 (one week ago) link

Yeah seeing him multiple times some of the shtickier stuff gets old, but he's still a blast to just watch and listen to.

Meanwhile, I started clicking on headlines about his divorce to see how many used some version of "going his/her own way," and the answer is all of them.

Quick reminder LB’s girlfriend during the Rumors/Tusk period wrote about his abuse in her autobiography.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 05:58 (one week ago) link

My new self-titled album is one I’ve been intending to get out for a couple of years now, but on more than one occasion, unforeseen circumstances necessitated a postponement of plans. Now that we’re back in gear, I’m thrilled to finally be sharing this new music with my listeners!

In other words, "my new album is once again stuff I'd been sitting on for potential use on a new Fleetwood Mac album, but now that they've gone their own way, I'm keeping them for myself."

― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, June 8, 2021 8:34 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

sorta assumed he was referring to his recent health issues here

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 09:15 (one week ago) link

I think, as a decades long master of passive aggression, that he means both health *and* getting fired by Fleetwood Mac. Hence the addition of "on more than one occasion." Ie, lest you think this was just about health, here's a bonus fuck you to FM. But certainly from "Tusk" on, every FM album has been filled out with more or less solo Lindsey tracks. Maybe not "Mirage," that one seemed to be a conscious attempt to return to a "band" album, but after saving their bacon so many times I think he had had enough after that and went into full time FM mercenary mode. Which was probably healthiest for everyone concerned, until it wasn't.

I've seen him live solo a few times, with FM once, and on that McVie tour. The differences between him solo and with the others was nominal, he just does his thing and does it well and everyone else falls in line. There's a reason both times they've had to replace him with *two* ringers. Speaking of which, that new song sounds like something Neil Finn would write ...

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 12:04 (one week ago) link

Yikes, divorced again? It's not like I know them, but given all the photos and upbeat messages both of them posted since his emergency heart operation, it didn't seem like a split was coming anytime soon.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 16:06 (one week ago) link

And after 22 years or something right? Also sounds like she filed for divorce from him. Maybe that's why he sold his gajillion dollar Bel Air mansion. Going to get a bachelor pad.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 June 2021 19:30 (one week ago) link


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