- Audio CD (28 Jan. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: WarnerBros record
- ASIN: B00AI3UW2K
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (966 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Admittedly, apart from knowing that they penned 'THAT Formula 1 racing tune' ('The Chain's' outro) I had very little knowledge about Fleetwood Mac and their music, listening to this album for the first time in its entirety gave me many 'oh, so it's them that wrote this song!?' moments. The story of the band during this tumultuous period is well documented, but for anyone who doesn't know - they were all basically in relationships with other band members and all those romances were turning very sour...so they wrote songs about it and each other - often turning nasty (read the lyrics!), which ended up with this fantastic album!
'Second Hand News,' 'Dreams,' 'Go Your Own Way,' and so on basically reads like a Greatest Hits set list and you've no doubt heard many times on the radio. Musically, melody reigns supreme here, that being said the use of guitars is excellent, whilst never really drawing attention away from the vocals, your ears will tell they really know what they're doing.
If I had to put 'Rumours' in any genre it would basically be folk rock with many pop and country influences.
One thing that amazed me about this album is how quickly it seems to end! Despite clocking in at a fairly standard and reasonable 40 minutes - it flies by, I must be having fun! It's a great chill out album whilst also being a great album on the road as well.
No complaints at all, the production is great without being too artificial, the cover art is very unique and the lyric books contain all the lyrics, all bases covered.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the greatest albums ever conceived. A must for all lovers of music.Published 1 day ago by Harry Radford
Listening once more to Rumours 40 years later ! This is a treat beyond compare .
Sound quality we missed back then just makes the music even more deliriously beautiful than... Read more
A great album from a great band, bought this on viynl and the sound is incredible.Published 26 days ago by Michael Abbott