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While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their careers, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo in the late '60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock act over the course of a decade. Throughout all of their incarnations, the only consistent members of Fleetwood Mac ... Read more in Amazon's Fleetwood Mac Store

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  • Audio CD (24 April 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000002KGT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (691 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Eleventh studio album by the legendary rock band, and the second featuring the classic line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. The album is regarded by various critics as one of the greatest of all time and includes the hit singles 'Dreams', 'Go Your Own Way', 'Don't Stop' and 'You Make Loving Fun'.

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Rumours by Fleetwood Mac has taken on a life of its own. Selling over 30 million copies world-wide, it has assiduously worked its way into so many households since its release in February 1977, that it's become part of the sonic furniture. It is as much a part of that year's landscape as Never Mind The Bollocks, I Feel Love or Saturday Night Fever and arguably the one least tainted by the passage of time.

It had been a tumultuous 1970s for Fleetwood Mac when they came to record this album on America's West Coast. After being left rudderless in the wake of founder Peter Green's departure, the core of drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie and his keyboard-playing wife, Christine had finally found some form of stability and commercial success by adding the young singer-songwriting team of Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. And then, after tasting triumph, it all fell apart, amidst affairs and acrimony. With every member of the band touched by some degree of relationship hell, they made a trouble-filled, cocaine-fuelled album . . . that sounded like a thousand angels kissing you sweetly on the forehead.

Buckingham emerges as top dog here; his swooping, ramshackle Second Hand News (with its euphoric chorus finally arriving two minutes into the song), Never Going Back Again and Go Your Own Way dominate the album. But it is far from a one-man show - Nicks' Dreams is a beautifully insistent, sweetly nagging understated plea to lost love, while Christine McVie's Don't Stop, Songbird and You Make Loving Fun typify proper, grown-up music.

Sonically, it's near perfect - there is little fuss, no mess and hardly any waste. If the age was about redundant excess, you are hard pushed to hear any of it on tunes like Don't Stop or especially Dreams, which both benefit from incredibly sparing instrumentation - there is so much left out, it makes the tunes somehow seem busier by memory.

It became one of biggest records of all time, providing an antidote to the era while remaining entirely in step with its times. It led the group to make its thoroughly crazy yet quite beautiful follow-up, Tusk in 1979, bereft of the editing and economy that makes Rumours so very special. --Daryl Easlea

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190 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Bungliemutt on 7 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Reviewing a best-selling, immensely popular album over 30 years after it was released is a bit like trying to evaluate Marmite. It's been around for ages, you know that people will always buy it, but everyone either loves it or hates it already, and there's little point trying to change their minds.

For me, Rumours is just about the best album ever made, and 'Go Your Own Way' is my favourite song, my desert island disc, the one that still sends a shiver up my spine and makes me smile and / or cry (or both) every time I hear it. Part of that is down to memories of earlier times evoked by the music (it just sounds like it came from better days, whether it really did or not); part of it is down to a knowledge of the intricate human relationships within the band and the messages these songs were sending from one member to another; but largely it's just down to the sheer quality of the music. The 'classic' Fleetwood Mac line-up really was just that - Mick Fleetwood the 'Daddy'; John McVie the quiet, morose, no-nonsense bass player, together forming a tight, world-class, instantly recognisable rhythm section; Christine McVie the stalwart keyboardist; Lindsey Buckingham the brash, neurotic Californian with a talent for guitar-playing that is sorely underrated, an ego the size of the Hollywood hills and a perfectionist's drive to push the musical envelope; and Stevie Nicks, slim and fair, every 70s schoolboy's fantasy star-child, all black lace, high boots and flounces, with a voice that rasps and soothes in equal measure.
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135 of 144 people found the following review helpful By gnagfloW on 28 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have owned Rumours before, both in the LP format and the original CD format. Obviously this album has been a favourite of mine for a long time, with a slight more understanding of the tension involved in making it as the years have passed by.

What struck me, however, by hearing this new re-mastered version was the immense sound quality. Listening to Dreams the bass becomes so vibrant and alive with Stevie Nick's voice backed up with incredible harmonies with the addition of crisp guitar sounds and thumping drumming. On the next track, Never Going Back Again the guitar is spread in the mix giving the listener a feeling of actually being involved with the playing. Much of the same can be described by most of the other songs on the album, making me for my part re-discovering it again. Never before had I noticed how great the production was, not only in regards of the sound quality but also how it was mixed, both simple but yet innovative.

I took my old CD to compare the two versions, the hypothesis being that maybe this great sound had simply eluded me some years ago. The difference was, however, similar to hearing a worn cassette tape and a regular CD. The separation of instruments was not to be heard, a lack of depth was evident and the mix was muffled as if one were listening to a worn LP.

There is also added material. Silver Springs, a single not included on the original version, has been tacked between what before was side A and B. A fine song and its odd inclusion actually does keep the flow of the album intact (I believe having it at the end would spoil the fine ending of the original). There is also a bonus disk consisting of demos of the songs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slurms McKenzie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2011
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This is probably the culmination of this legendary band`s work - after the blues period, and with enough integrity to still be important, but before the extraordinary excesses and bizarre relationships took a firm grip on the quality of their output. Not for nothing has "Rumours" sold more units on it`s own than most bands do in their career, and not for nothing does it still sell today, so many years later.

This is quite simply pop/rock perfection, and proves the old adage that personal turmoil often produces the best art. The talents of Buckingham, Fleetwood, the McVies and the bewitching Stevie Nicks blend to offer an amazingly varied album, that gives you a little of everything; Opener "Second Hand News" is one of the great album starters, followed by the much copied, but never bettered, "Dreams". "Don`t Stop" and "Go Your Own Way" are two rightly famed songs, known by those who haven`t even heard of Fleetwood Mac. "Songbird" has of course been covered many times too, and everyone knows "The Chain"! This is one of those rare albums that people will still be introduced to and still be enjoying many years from now; it`s timeless. And it`s brilliant.

PS. This review was based on the original release - the 3CD release is an excellent buy, the demo versions are great listening.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DarkAngel 1892 on 16 Feb. 2013
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Worth the money if only for the vastly improved sound quality from the pre-2004 edition I already own. Instruments and vocal mix are crystal-clear.
As for the songs, well of course they're exceptional. Better than most band's Greatest Hits in fact. But of course you already know this if you're a FM fan. If you are checking through these reviews undecided as to whether to purchase, well you really need to buy this album - it's just that good.
Disc 2 contains songs from their 1977 Rumours World Tour. Same great songs and sound quality. Though I do think there are slightly better FM live albums out there.
The final disc consists of early takes, outtakes and alternative versions. Perhaps slightly intriguing for one or two listens in the hope of offering a little insight into the band at that time, but nothing more than this, in my opinion.

Overall a stunning version of one of the classic rock albums of all time. A MUST buy!
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