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A classic album given the in-depth attention it deserves,
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This review is from: Rumours - Classic Albums [DVD]  (DVD)
The Classic album series has given viewers some remarkable insights into the process of the making of some wonderful albums.....and some not so wonderful albums come to that. But that's a purely subjective thing. What is under no cloud of doubt what so ever is Rumours is one of the great soft/rock-pop albums and that the recording of the album was carried out under truly extraordinary circumstances.
Fleetwood were at that time made up of two couples .Christine and John Mcvie were married while Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks weren't but might as well have been. Mick Fleetwood was married but not to someone else in that group ..you'll have noticed the numbers don't add up for that to be a possibility .While the group were recording Rumours both couples were undergoing highly painful split's. Christie Mcvie was having an affair with the groups lighting director which made things even more awkward. Buckingham and Nicks were still on speaking terms though much of the time that involved arguing. Fleetwood meanwhile wasn't exempt from the emotional turmoil as he found out his wife was having an affair with his best mate. Cramped together in a small recording studio in Sausalito San Francisco there was no escape from each other and it's no surprise that the individual takes on their disintegrating relationships informed the material on the album. Christine McVie later remarked that they were all writing about each other, hence the title of the album.
This DVD exhaustively puts all this on record -which of course the band did too literally- and also gives fascinating insights into the recording process and the make up of individual songs , something this series always does really well and is arguably its most absorbing facet. For instance "Songbird " had to be recorded in one take but the acoustics in the studio weren't up to the job so they had to re-locate to a local theatre where the auditory requirements were up to spec.
All the band contribute with Mick Fleetwood providing the dry humourus take on events. Lindsey Buckingham manages the special trick of appearing slightly spaced out yet articulate and lucid at the same time. Listening to them sing some of the songs nowadays (Or rather ten years ago) they have to sing in different keys .Stevie Nicks has lost the gliding honeyed tones and Buckingham can only offer a slightly strained croak . The song dropped from the album due to the then time constraints of vinyl was Stevie Nicks "Silver Spring" and it is given an airing . It's a nice song but not the rapturous affair the producers and engineers make it out to be. It's now included on CD versions of the album. The fact "The Chain" is actually two songs merged together is interesting- and something The Beatles did with "A Day In The Life".
Rumours is not only a tremendous timeless album but the inception and development of the album is one of music history's most compelling . It's often said that truly great art
Comes from suffering and anyone of the totalitarian position that great art only comes from suffering has a convincing exhibit for the defence with Rumours and this DVD.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2010 02:41:25 GMT
Robert Allen says:
What is the quality (picture and sound) of the DVD like ? Is it as good as the remastered CD ? DD5.1 and/or dts surround sound ? Regards, Robert
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