Rumours [35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

Rumours [35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

by Fleetwood Mac
     
 

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Rumours is the kind of album that transcends its origins and reputation, entering the realm of legend -- it's an album that simply exists outside of criticism and outside of its time, even if it thoroughly captures its era. Prior to this LP, Fleetwood Mac were moderately successful, but here they turned into a full-fledgedSee more details below

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Rumours is the kind of album that transcends its origins and reputation, entering the realm of legend -- it's an album that simply exists outside of criticism and outside of its time, even if it thoroughly captures its era. Prior to this LP, Fleetwood Mac were moderately successful, but here they turned into a full-fledged phenomenon, with Rumours becoming the biggest-selling pop album to date. While its chart success was historic, much of the legend surrounding the record is born from the group's internal turmoil. Unlike most bands, Fleetwood Mac in the mid-'70s were professionally and romantically intertwined, with no less than two couples in the band, but as their professional careers took off, the personal side unraveled. Bassist John McVie and his keyboardist/singer wife Christine McVie filed for divorce as guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham and vocalist Stevie Nicks split, with Stevie running to drummer Mick Fleetwood, unbeknown to the rest of the band. These personal tensions fueled nearly every song on Rumours, which makes listening to the album a nearly voyeuristic experience. You're eavesdropping on the bandmates singing painful truths about each other, spreading nasty lies and rumors, and wallowing in their grief, all in the presence of the person who caused the heartache. Everybody loves gawking at a good public breakup, but if that was all that it took to sell a record, Richard & Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights would be multi-platinum. No, what made Rumours an unparalleled blockbuster is the quality of the music. Once again masterminded by producer/songwriter/guitarist Buckingham, Rumours is an exceptionally musical piece of work -- he toughens Christine McVie and softens Nicks, adding weird turns to accessibly melodic works, which gives the universal themes of the songs haunting resonance. It also cloaks the raw emotion of the lyrics in deceptively palatable arrangements that made a tune as wrecked and tortured as "Go Your Own Way" an anthemic hit. But that's what makes Rumours such an enduring achievement -- it turns private pain into something universal. Some of these songs may be too familiar, whether through their repeated exposure on FM radio or their use in presidential campaigns, but in the context of the album, each tune, each phrase regains its raw, immediate emotional power -- which is why Rumours touched a nerve upon its 1977 release, and has since transcended its era to be one of the greatest, most compelling pop albums of all time. [Roughly ten years after Fleetwood Mac's landmark 1977 album received a seemingly definitive double-disc deluxe edition, Rhino returns to the well for the album's 35th Anniversary (although it wound up being released closer to the album's 36th Anniversary, but who cares about nitpicking), presenting not one but two expanded editions. The first is a relatively streamlined triple-disc containing a remastered version of the album proper with the "Go Your Own Way" B-side "Silver Springs" finally added to the end of the album, not shoehorned into the middle, and then two discs of unreleased material: a selection of 11 live performances from the band's 1977 supporting tour for the album and then 15 outtakes, demos, instrumentals, and working versions from the sessions. As the 2004 deluxe edition presented 18 rough versions, demos, outtakes and jams, these aren't necessarily revelatory: not only are there early versions of beloved tunes, but there are working versions of working versions showcased on that 2004 disc. For those that want to dig deep, it's worthwhile stuff, but the less dedicated will likely favor the live set which crackles with energy and contains selections from 1975's Fleetwood Mac. For the truly dedicated, there is the Super Deluxe box set, which contains these three discs, the bonus disc from the 2004 Deluxe Edition, a heavy vinyl re-pressing of the original album, a DVD containing a making-of documentary called "The Rosebud Film," and a book, all housed in a 12x12 box. It's a handsome set, certainly a nice collectors item, but those who don't to invest upwards of a hundred dollars will likely be relieved to know they can purchase the considerably cheaper triple-disc as a supplement to their 2004 deluxe set and be more than satisfied.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227970949
catalogNumber:
532752
Rank:
17846

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Tracks

Disc 1

  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
  12. Silver Springs

Disc 2

  1. Intro
  2. Monday Morning
  3. Dreams
  4. Don't Stop
  5. The Chain
  6. Oh Daddy
  7. Rhiannon
  8. Never Going Back Again
  9. Gold Dust Woman
  10. World Turning
  11. Go Your Own Way
  12. Songbird

Disc 3

  1. Second Hand News
  2. Dreams
  3. Never Going Back Again
  4. Go Your Own Way
  5. Songbird
  6. Songbird
  7. I Don't Want to Know
  8. Keep Me There
  9. The Chain
  10. Keep Me There
  11. Gold Dust Woman
  12. Oh Daddy
  13. Silver Springs
  14. Planets of the Universe
  15. Doesn't Anything Last
  16. Never Going Back Again

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fleetwood Mac   Primary Artist
Lindsey Buckingham   Guitar,Vocals
Stevie Nicks   Vocals
Mick Fleetwood   Percussion,Drums
Christine McVie   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
John McVie   Bass

Technical Credits

Lindsey Buckingham   Composer
Fleetwood Mac   Concept
Stevie Nicks   Composer
Mick Fleetwood   Composer
Christine McVie   Composer
John McVie   Composer
Irving Azoff   Management
Ken Caillat   Engineer
Richard Dashut   Engineer
Bill Inglot   Mastering,Vault Research
David Wild   Liner Notes
Steve Vance   Reissue Design
Tom Consolo   Management
Howard Kaufman   Management
Carl Stubner   Management
Herbert Worthington   Concept
Sheryl Louis   Management
Blain Clausen   Management
Andrea Craig   Creative Supervision
Daniel Hersch   Mastering

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