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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 (28 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WarnerBros record
  • ASIN: B00AI3UW2K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (636 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Second Hand News
2. Dreams
3. Never Going Back Again
4. Don't Stop
5. Go Your Own Way
6. Songbird
7. The Chain
8. You Make Loving Fun
9. I Don't Want To Know
10. Oh Daddy
11. Gold Dust Woman

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On February 4th 1977, after a year of recording through hedonism, scandal and relationship break-ups the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac released their eleventh studio album, Rumours. Although troubled with tension and setbacks the second time round combination of Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John and Christine McVie, together with the production talents of Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut had created the band’s ultimate masterpiece. This 35th Anniversary Edition reissue of 2004.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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183 of 190 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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134 of 143 people found the following review helpful By gnagfloW on 28 Mar. 2006
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Little Cat Voom 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Sept. 2010
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I have a confession to make. For many years I have been a blues purist, and in love with the early Fleetwood Mac albums which featured Pete Green, a musical hero of mine. As such I have always dismissed Fleetwood Mac's later albums, to the point of refusing to listen to them. Having softened my stance recently (after hearing the Corrs cover Dreams, and wanting to hear the original), and listening to this album with a less prejudiced ear I find that I have been wrong all these years, and this is an excellent album full of great music that I have really missed out on until now.

If rumour is to be believed, the album was recorded in an atmosphere full of animosity, as the band were undergoing various relationship problems and internecine arguments. This seems to have had a very positive effect on the music produced, and a collection of tracks essential to every music lover's collection has resulted.

Moving away from the straight blues of their earlier work, they embraced a more poppy approach, with some interesting jazz elements. The tone is moody, but never dreary, with some well crafted lyrics to mull over and excellent musicianship to keep you tapping your foot and humming along. And there is the world famous formula 1 bass rhythm from The Chain which almost everyone will recognise.

An excellent album, one that I can recommend to almost anyone.
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