Published: 01st February 2013
IT was one of the top-selling albums of the Seventies which turned Fleetwood
Mac into the biggest superstars in the world.
But with all the broken hearts, tempestuous affairs and excessive drink and
drugs, the making of 1977’s Rumours came at a price.
This week, almost 36 years after the seminal record hit shelves, an expanded
and deluxe version of the album is released including original B-side Silver
Springs, unreleased live recordings, outtakes, and documentary The Rosebud
Rumours was huge, selling more than 40million copies, and made the entangled
lives of Brits Mick Fleetwood, husband and wife John and Christine McVie and
US couple Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, one of rock ’n’ roll’s
Songs such as Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way, You Make Loving Fun, The Chain and
Dreams are as popular as ever today. With a world tour opening in the US in
April and a UK tour planned for September, Fleetwood Mac are winning over a
new generation of fans as well as their hardcore devotees. Continue reading
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
The game-changing ’70s AOR blockbuster turns 35 with a super deluxe boxset…
“Times were a lot crazier then – anything was possible. Budgets were not important and doing drugs was the norm. In the mid-’70s there was a sense that you could do no wrong.” So said an eyeliner’d Lindsey Buckingham, reminiscing in the 1997 Classic Albums documentary on the making of the ultimate classic album, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Thirty-six years after its release – and with more than 40 million copies sold (so far) in at least 80 official international editions – you would imagine that every last drop, every demo, druggy anecdote and hazy recollection, has been squeezed out of one of the biggest records of all time, the eighth best-selling LP in history. You’d assume that anything worthwhile that could add to the enjoyment and understanding of Rumours must have surfaced by now. For a start, Mac completists and even fairweather fans will already have the 2004 2CD reissue that came with a full set of rough mixes and outtakes from those fabled album sessions at the Record Plant in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco. Worryingly, that same disc is included in this “super-deluxe” 4CD+DVD+LP boxset – a package designed to celebrate the album’s 35th anniversary but which actually turns up, as if stoned, the following year.
Like Star Wars or Snickers, there’s never really a bad time to reissue Rumours. Sooner or later everyone finds a way in to it – or looks for a way out, if your parents raised you on Rumours and Tusk in the ’80s. It’s the evergreen baby boomer blockbuster that eased Bill Clinton into the White House and now finds itself a post-ironic hipster lifestyle accessory; Florence Welch, for one, is an eternal student of Stevie Nicks’ cosmic witchcraft. Today, 45 years after they formed, Fleetwood Mac’s twilight period – commencing with 2003’s reunion for Say You Will and drifting through two further “reunions” for world tours, including one this year – has lasted far longer than the band’s vital, late-’60s incarnation. Continue reading