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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2011
Every critic will tell you that Mcvie, Nicks and Buckingham were at their writing peak during the Rumours album. However, I would definitely disagree. The songs on this album are some of the finest ever written in Mac history.

Although it came under scrutiny in 1979 for being over-preduced and too experimental, it is nothing compared to the wacky and disturbingly wierd albums on the market today. Despite this fact, the experimental tracks are all those of Buckinghams, which I consider to be fantastic, particularly 'The Ledge', 'Walk a thin Line' and 'I Know I'm Not Wrong'. Also, besides 'Sisters of the Moon', Brown Eyes and possibly Angel, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie's efforts on this album could have been cut on the Rumours album... they follow the same west-coast feel.

Each song on this album is a masterpiece; it may take a few listens to get into it, but I'm certain once you do, you will appreciate how multi-layered it is. From Buckingham's Clash inspired 'Not that funny', to Nicks's tear jerkinglly beautiful ballad 'Storms'- there is something for everyone on here- it's a rock classic and a masterpiece: a must have for any music fan
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2005
An absolutely startlingly brilliant record. If you tend to go for 'alternative bands', then I can do nothing but recommend this masterpiece. And if you've pigeon-holed Fleetwood Mac as an OK but MOR rock/pop band then you seriously need to pick this one up. It's so strong, and so avant garde, that I suspect you may need to re-evaluate that assumption. It has a texture and unpredictability like nothing else I have ever heard. And if you're anything like me, you'll find yourself buying the rest of their records in the hope you'll find more of the same (which you never quite will, though its spirit occasionaly rises where you least expect it) !!!!
REM, The Smashing Pumpkins, DJ Shadow, and The Strokes to name a few have listed this record as an influence. Camper Van Beethoven actually covered the whole album. You don't get a better and more varied recommendation than that.
This is Fleetwood Mac with the gloss torn back and their hearts on their sleeves. This is what happens when you can no longer write sunny pop songs. This is what happens when the corporate slave turns against the corporate machine. It's just amazing and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2005
I first came across Fleetwood Mac in the 70's with the release of "Rumours" and fell in love there and then. I expected to be disappointed with "Tusk"; after all you can never quite re-experience the feeling of first love, right? But I was surprised back then and I'm surprised still, because "Tusk" is a fantastic example of why Fleetwood Mac are have the longevity they've had - they can cover so many moods, styles and sounds on just one album. I bought this cd because I've kept the original vinyl double album, long after my hi-fi has given up, and have relied on a home taped version of the album all these years, to hear my favourite songs in the world. Hearing them again, so perfectly reproduced and re-presented in new ways with the out-takes and remixes this album contains, has been an utter joy. The ethereal harmonies provided by Buckingham and McVie on the 2 best songs on the album - Beautiful Child and Storms - offsetting the earthy-yet-ethereal voice of Stevie Nicks, had passed me by on the original album. How sound quality and reproduction have improved! This is a great album - for baby-boomers like me, updating their vinyl music collection into cd format, and for anyone who's only ever heard the million-selling "Rumours" and wondered whether The Mac could do it again...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
After the success of "Rumours" which was one of the best-selling lps of all time, a heavy weight of expectation lay on the band to repeat the magic formula, from record company executives and fans alike. Instead of taking the easy route they holed up at the village recorder in los angeles and created a very different and possibly their finest album. They embraced the new digital recording technology which was still in it`s infancy and applied it to some of the best material they had written to date. Stevie Nicks is at the top of her game here with absolute stand-out tracks like "Storms", "Sisters of the moon" and the lovely "Sara". Christine McVie contributions are equally outstanding with "Over and over", "Never forget" and "Brown eyes" vying for top honours. Curiously, Lindsay Buckingham, who, received wisdom has it was the genious and creator beind the album, doesn`t fly as high as on the previous two albums although he contributes the mighty "Tusk" and "That`s all for everyone". All too often his contributions seem like filler. He was probably trying too hard to be too different and the country-punk of "It`s not that funny" and "that`s enough for me" are just embarrassing. But his guitar work, especially on "sisters of the moon" was rarely bettered. Yes, "Tusk" would probably have made a better single album but there are more treasures here than on any other late `70s / `80s era fleetwood mac album and it bears repeated listening. For me the greatest buried treasure on the album is at the end of Christine`s gorgeous "Brown eyes", where, right on the fade out,Peter Green contributes a trademark solo, as only he can (apparently he was visiting L.A. at the time and stopped by to say hello).If, like me, you are Peter Green fan, this is worth the price of the album alone! Many people consider this album a failure, if you call four million worldwide sales a failure! I personally think is is the best body of work they created ouside of the Peter Green years. Highly recommended!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2004
I urge you to ignore the reviewer who gives this album 3 stars. This problem with this album is because it is so long (20 tracks) it is bound to contain something the listener does not like so much. However, if you take the 'best' 11 tracks from Tusk (starting with all of Nicks's), they compare at least as well as the 11 from Rumours, if not better. Trust me: it is an incredible album with some stunning songs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Tusk was Fleetwood mac's answer to Punk or should I say Lyndsey Buckingham's answer to not doing Rumours part 2. Although not as successful as Rumours, Tusk has some great highlights including the title track. However Be warned of the single disc version with a single edit of Sara. When this was originally issued record companies felt it better to edit tracks or omit tracks so that a double album would fit on one disc. This was all rectified with the re-mastered double set, with the full version of sara restored. The second disc has demos and out takes and is quite interesting as well.So don't fall in the trap I really think this should be deleted as it has now been replaced with the complete version of the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2012
Firsly make sure you buy the remastered full version. I for some reason had never got around to listening to this album in full, maybe I discounted it due to the mention of it being too experimental and reports that it sounded nothing like their other excellent work. I had previously only heard what are probably the most well known tracks, Sara and Tusk.
After the first listen I found a few of the tracks decent enough but was not blown away, however after a few more listens (the whole album through headphones) I can say that the album is absolutely stunning. It is full of excellent invention and emotion ( haunting as the cover sticker describes well). The production, ideas and playing by Buckingham (who is the clear driving force)really are all top drawer, Stevie Nicks voice is the best it's ever been and the whole band sound excellent throughout. It is certainly not Rumours (of course also brilliant but in a different way) and is not full of radio friendly instantly likeable chart hits, however in my opinion many of the tracks are superior. Real music fans that seek out the talent thats sadly lacking in todays music world should learn to love this. Just give it a proper chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2012
I first heard Tusk about 30 years ago (can that be true???!!) when after listening once I could find nothing in it. But experience over those many years taught me that what has instant appeal doesn't always last, whereas music that doesn't at first grab the attention can be found to have a depth and quality that needs to be looked for. Good example for me was Hooty and the Blowfish and even extends to classical music. In my 20s I certainly found nothing in Rachmaninov's piano concertos on first listening but - WOWW!!!Thanks to the reviews of Amazon I was prompted to by Tusk and try again, especially as I love all other Fleetwood Mac CDs. Again, at first listening I was disappointed. But I expected that, so I listened again, then a third time. By the fifth playing I was totally hooked and since I received it I've played Tusk at least twice each day. The depth of the music is amazing and the haunting rythms with Nick's great drumming (on a shoe box in some cases!) revolve inside my head, so much so that I really think I like Tusk even more than Rumours or Tango in the Night. No question in my mind - buy it and listen. You'll not regret it.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
#1 HALL OF FAMEon 20 February 2004
I've said it before & I'll say it again:"Rhino do the best reissues." This two-disc take on Fleetwood Mac's Tusk is far superior to the prior-budget price version, which edited the sublime joy that was Sara. The first disc takes in the original Tusk double-album & adds a single-mix of Sisters of the Moon; while the second disc takes in earlier versions/alternate takes/outtakes relating to the recording of Tusk and is worth buying for these stunning curios. This is even better than that deluxe reissue of The Velvet Underground's Loaded & chance to reassess a great, great album...
Tusk was famously the follow-up to the bestselling Rumours (1977) and along with Fleetwood Mac (1975) is the centrepiece of their career (stuff like Mirage & Tango in the Night were distinctly underwhelming). This was the era when Lindsay Buckingham became the mainman, while Christine McVie & Stevie Nicks were more than equal. Tusk is better than Rumours as (i) it's a double-album, the three-songwriters having much to offer (ii) it was recorded in relationship-turmoil, everyone likes a car crash. See: The Visitors, Low, Blemish, Music for a New Society (iii) Camper Van Beethoven recorded the whole album in tribute to it (iv) DJ Shadow sampled Brown Eyes on one of his early recordings (v) the band insisted on a ping-pong table in the studio, the Beastie Boys followed suit on their Tusk: 1989's Paul's Boutique (vi) it's not overplayed/overfamiliar like Rumours (vii) it's quite insane in parts (viii) because it is...
The cocaine-Californian thing has been done wonderfully by others- Warren Zevon, Steely Dan, The Eagles' Hotel California ,Gene Clark, Steve Stills- this does feel like a band living on the edge, in their own world where they can have anything they want. I'm reminded a little of The Band in The Last Waltz or The Stones around Exile on Main Street. Despite the gossip-related problems, this is a wonderful collection of songs- perhaps they were miserable, but in that place, they created something beautiful & enchanting. Perhaps it's a record like Blood on the Tracks, Here My Dear, Station to Station or Third/Sister Lovers that was ultimately more fun to listen to than make?
There is still hints of that perfect FM-country of Rumours- Think About Me, Angel- so I never understood why people didn't take to this set. Many of the tracks could have been put on Rumours & people would have eaten it up! Buckingham & co were getting more adventerous- the production is more experimental and probably has more in common with Lee'Scratch'Perry or PIL than Dire Straits. Tusk is not Metal Machine Music though...
Every track on it is wonderful- from the mad-brass inflected title track (sort of a rap!) to the gorgeous Brown Eyes to Buckingham's modern inversion of Eddie Cochran on The Ledge. I just don't get people who don't get Tusk!- what's not to get? The six-minute plus ethereal joy of Sara?- Nicks bettering herself with Sisters of the Moon and Storms, which are the kind of songs you could lose yourself in (& explains why a few girls I knew in the 80s tended to model themselves on Stevie...). McVie's gorgeous Over and Over is just hypnotic- but the song I could listen to UNTIL THE END OF TIME would be That's All For Everyone, which has a wonderful hook & like many of the great records, doesn't go on long enough...
Tusk is now available in complete, expanded form and is now ripe for rediscovery after the Mac's succesful return last year. It's also one of the great double-albums, easily ranking alongside Warehouse (Songs&Stories), Exile on Main Street, Being There, Sign'O'the Times, Sandinista!, Spirit of 76, Check Your Head & The White Album. A great reissue and Fleetwood Mac's masterpiece, as far as I'm concerned...
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This 'version' of the album is sold as a 'budget edition' and you will certainly be able to get it pretty cheaply(it should be cheap as it is NOT the original album).

I used to be less than keen on this album because, I feel, it suffers when compared to "Rumours", for a lack of the former's consistency. Actually I have been playing it again recently and find it is growing on me. One thing it has always had going for it though, was the presence of 'Sara', a song that is not just one of the best Fleetwood Mac songs, but one of my all-time favourite songs.

This 'version' of the album, however, features the shorter 'single edit' of 'Sara' for no fathomable reason... Oh hang on a minute, could it be that the 'suits' at the record company saw a way of persuading even casual fans of the band to buy the 'Deluxe 2 disc edition' of the album for more money, when a straight forward remastering of the album on a single disc would be enough for all but a few die-hards.

It has been suggested that CD sales are falling. With this sort of cynical manipulation(they chopped up the highlight of the album!)the record companies do not win themselves any friends.

I have seen it suggested that the reason that an 'edited down' version was offered was because of 'technical constraints of CDs at the time of its release' well the full album on the 2 disc reissue(with a full length 'Sara') is 74mins 20 secs long and fits neatly onto 1 disc, so I don't see how that argument can be used, even if that was the case, there was a simple solution, they could have released the album on 2 discs at the time(it's not that difficult is it?).

4 and a bit stars for the Proper album, 3 for this.

***UPDATE*** Since writing the above Amazon have amalgamated this review into the reviews for the 2 disc edition (very annoying since they are clearly different products)which has the complete album/full version of Sara. The price of the 2 disc version is very close to that of the single disc edition so purchasing that is the best option (although that may change). However an even better idea would be for the record company to replace the single disc (2000) edition with an unedited single disc. Maybe they will and, no doubt, this review will be attached to that one too.
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