Lindsey Buckingham acknowledges "Gift of Screws" (Warner Bros.) is "a little more accessible and familiar" than some of his other solo releases, including 2005's acoustic-oriented "Under the Skin."

Lindsey Buckingham acknowledges "Gift of Screws" (Warner Bros.) is "a little more accessible and familiar" than some of his other solo releases, including 2005's acoustic-oriented "Under the Skin." In fact, the album has an interesting history that dates back to the beginning of the decade.

Buckingham was making a solo album with that title -- including sessions with the Mac rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie -- in 2001 when Fleetwood Mac decided to reconvene for sessions that became 2003's "Say You Will" album and the world tour that followed. Buckingham allowed the group to pilfer several of the songs intended for that album-with, he hastens to explain, no regrets on his part.

"It's happened maybe five other times in the past that the machinery or the politics of Fleetwood Mac moved in, intervened and something was put on the shelf," says Buckingham, who joined the group with then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks in 1974, left in 1987 and rejoined for "The Dance" in 1997.

"So that's been a pattern. It's always seemed to me that's the right thing to do. 'Gift of Screws' as an album wasn't really finished, so I was trying to do the right thing for the good of the whole." Buckingham is on tour in North America now.