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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 (551 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224 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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181 of 188 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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133 of 142 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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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Speller on 8 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have to say, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" is my all-time favourite album, and the reason why I like it is purely irrational. In a nutshell, it is just the style of music I have grown up with and come to love, and it is also one of my mother's favourite albums so I always used to hear it in the house. People might criticise me and say this is formulaic pop/rock, that it is not exactly groundbreaking music. To be honest, I will admit "Rumours" was not a revolutionary album the way "Sgt Peppers" by the Beatles was, if anything it was probably atypical to 1977, given that punk and disco were the dominant styles. However, in terms of it being a pop/rock album, this is a wonderful collection of 11 songs, more remarkable when you consider that 2 relationships- John and Christine McVie, and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham- came apart during the making of this album.
I think the main reason why I like it artistically is that it has a wide range of styles for a rock album, showing the differences in the three main songwriters. Lindsey Buckingham's style is very simple, poppy, seemingly effortless, yet at the same time driving and tense("Second Hand News","Never Going Back Again", "Go Your Own Way"); Christine McVie is formulaic("Don't Stop", "You Make Loving Fun"), yet also capable of beautiful, smooth melodies("Songbird", "Oh Daddy"); and Stevie Nicks is raw and complex("Dreams", "Gold Dust Woman"). As for "The Chain", that has probably one of the greatest bassline riffs ever composed, as those who used to watch BBC Formula I coverage will know only too well! Though saying that, it has a very tense build-up before, which just makes the riff much more climactic...and thereby appealing...
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