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This 1975 multi-platimum album, Rumours became Fleetwood Mac's most celebrated album and one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Certified at 18 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)
With the pop sense of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks now leading the band, Fleetwood Mac moved completely away from blues and created this homage to love, Southern California-style. Each songwriter makes his or her presence known: Nicks for her dreamy, mystical reveries ("Dreams," "Gold Dust Woman:); Christine McVie for her ultra-catchy slogans ("Don't Stop"); and Buckingham for his deceptively simple pop songs ("Second Hand News," "Go Your Own Way"). "The Chain," written collectively, is the Mac at their most dramatic. But it's the ensemble playing, the elastic rhythms, and lush harmonies that transform the material into classic FM fare. --Rob O'Connor
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4.09 average song rating.
Second Hand News - ***¾
Dreams - *****
Never Going Back Again - ****
Don't Stop - ***¾
Go Your Own Way - ****
Songbird - ***½
The Chain - *****
You Make Loving Fun - ***½
I Don't Want To Know - *****
Oh Daddy - ****
Gold Dust Woman - ***½
Interesting to hear how The Chain came together because you can hear pieces of it in at least two songs: The Chain (demo) by Stevie Nicks has the famous chorus "If you don't love me now..." although the rest of the song is completely different. The other Chain part is in Keep Me There by Christine McVie which includes the riff that plays behind the "If you don't love me now..." lines. Remember, this is the song that all five share credit on. If there are other outtakes that contain the rest of the song, would be great to hear.
LOVE Stevie Nicks's version of The Chain. Instead of the anger you can hear on Rumours -- which I also love -- hers is haunting & heartbroken. You can hear more of a country influence in her voice back then. Her grandfather was a country singer & I'm sure that's where it came from.
Beautiful harmonizing between Buckingham & Nicks on Never Going Back Again. You can hear the creative process going on with him in Second Hand News & Go Your Own Way when he sounds out vocally the guitar pieces that he lays down in the final polished piece.
I like these versions of the songs partly because I've heard the original Rumours literally thousands of times, so it's great to hear a fresh take. But partly I like these versions because they're more raw, unpolished -- the vocals aren't so smooth & I like that sort of music now.
I only give this four stars because it's pricey for just the one disc I wanted. I already have the other two: Rumours & Fleetwood Mac Live but since it was going to be more expensive to download Disc #3, I opted to buy the whole thing. Bottom line: if you love Fleetwood Mac, you MUST have Disc #3!
Now if only Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks would go ahead & release Buckingham-Nicks on CD already! Used to have that on vinyl.
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Whilst older fans of the band still like to complain about the disturbing change in style for the band. They surely cannot deny the excellence that is present in these songs. From the brilliant guitar work on "The Chain" to the emotional tale of "Songbird".
Personally speaking the opening song "Second Hand News" does a marvellous job of reminding me of simpler times as a child. Listening to the album on vinyl and cassette with my parents. To put this record on and just forget about the troubles of life is the kind of moments a truly brilliant record like "Rumours" can create. You always remember the first time you heard "Rumours".
Of course to create such an album the production has to be spot on and there is not one complaint about the sound at all. The record has always sounded warm and graceful as it ever did. The original vinyl is a classic that should be treasured however the recent 3 CD remaster is an absolute belter. Not only does it house demo's and rarities but it also comes with an hour long live album. It captures the band on tour in 1977 and is a must have for fans of this period of the bands career.
What else can you say about this album? "Rumours" should be in the collection of every house hold and deservingly so. It is a masterpiece of the 1970's rock scene that has never been bested.
To conclude, it is a truth universally acknowledged that great albums are borne out of pain, suffering and heartache and, if we were blind to it at the time, it has since become clear that all was far from well in Camp Mac when this beautiful album was being made. So thanks be to them for getting on with it and giving us something to treasure.
I am not always a fan of repackaging albums, playing with the mastering etc, but they have done their work on this with skill. It is cleaner, a bit sharper, but the songs remain the stars. I love the live second cd, proof that there was no recording studio trickery. Steve Nicks has a stunning voice, Christine McVie has a raw emotional quality, Lindsey is an underrated guitarist, and Mick and John provide such a solid foundation for the others to paint their songs on.
Well worth the money. There is a lot of material here.
This is certainly better than buying the standard single disc edition, as the live versions of the songs are well worth a few ponds more.
The vocals shine and the instrumental backing is magnificent. I don't think Mac have ever surpassed this effort (but lets face it, it would be very difficult to do any better).
The demos and out takes are interesting but not really essentia, the live disc shows just how good these gals and guys were on the concert stage.
Well worth your hard earned!!!!!!!!!!
It is best on vinyl and I have many issues, the USA 45RPM version being the best closely followed by the original Warners Bros Burbank label.
Given that I was in two minds whether another copy was really necessary but I am pleased to report that this 35th anniversary edition is a very nice addition.
The alternative/ raw versions are in the main superb and quite fascinating.
My main reason for liking Fleetwood Mac is the spell binding voice of Stevie Nicks.
There is a superb part of The Chain where she delivers a sublime vocal accompanied by an acoustic guitar, I'd buy this for that alone.
The live set is also very good, highly recommended then.