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Rumours [CD]

Fleetwood Mac Audio CD
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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 (517 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,834 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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179 of 186 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album Ever Made 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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132 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album with superior sound quality 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 35th or 36th Anniversary? 5 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD
This 35th Anniversary edition of Fleetwood Mac's most famous album is released not 35 but 36 years after it was originally issued in 1977 on vinyl, and 9 years after the superb 2004 remaster which also included a bonus disc of studio out-takes. Either someone cannot count or else this release has been delayed! It arrives on the back of a lot of publicity designed to promote the band's forthcoming world tour (minus the wonderful Christine McVie, alas). The first thing to observe is that this new issue features a straight re-issue of the 2004 remastered album complete with the 'Silver Springs' B-side, lacking some of the 2004's bottom-end punch but compensating for that with improved top-end definition. The accompanying sleeve notes indicate that Rumours 2013 has not been remixed, for which we ought to be grateful. Disc 2 offers 12 previously unissued live cuts from 1977 which are well worth investigating. 6 of these songs also featured on the 1980 Live album but these earlier live versions make their 1980 counterparts sound rather weary by comparison. The band here is much more on the ball, fresh & vibrant & demonstrating the confidence of players still excited by their newly secured smash hit status. Then there is the 3rd disc of studio out-takes. Now, if you happen to own the 2004 remastered edition & are thinking you might replace it with this new issue then you are advised to think again because what you get here is a completely different batch of out-takes which offer fascinating variations from those already available on the 2004 bonus disc.

There is no doubt that Rumours deserves this attention. It is a great record from start to finish & carries a subtext of personal issues which have sometimes threatened to overwhelm the quality of the music on offer.
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