Just listened to The Chain by Finnwood Mac and the 1997 The Dance version back to back.
Interesting comparison. The voices are SO much better on The Dance version. You can hear the vocal tone of each of the three distinct singers clearly and the blend and conplrmcom perfectly. What I got from The Ellen Show performance was Neil with a mush of backing. There was no space. Neil was fine, I'm wondering if Stevie and Christine have lost it to that degree. Or was it an atrotious mix?
Or has there been a tendancy to old age bloat and they've over done the arrangement at the expense of the raw energy and urgency? I've always had a beef with the number of backing musicians you see in the wings with FM (see also REM) but there are as many side of stage as front here.
That said, and I love Lindsey's playing, I thing the guitars were better here. More rocking and Neil played his part very tastefully. That song needs to cut loose and it did.