Rumours is the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 4 February 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. Largely recorded in California in 1976, it was produced by the band with Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut. The band wanted to expand on the commercial success of their self-titled 1975 album. The group recorded the album in the aftermath of relationship breakups among its members and heavy drug use, both of which shaped the album's lyrics.
Recorded with the intention of making "a pop album", the album's music included considerable pop rock sounds, characterized by accented rhythms and electric keyboards such as the Fender Rhodes and Hammond B3 organ. The album was released at the end of 1976, postponed by delays in the mixing process. Following the album's release, Fleetwood Mac undertook worldwide promotional tours. Rumours became the band's first number-one album on the UK Albums Chart and also topped the US Billboard 200. The songs "Go Your Own Way", "Dreams", "Don't Stop", and "You Make Loving Fun" were released as singles, all of which reached the US top 10, with "Dreams" reaching number one.
Rumours was an instant commercial success, selling over 10 million copies worldwide within just a month of its release. It garnered widespread acclaim from critics, with praise centred on its production quality and harmonies, which frequently relied on the interplay among three vocalists and has inspired the work of musical acts in different genres. It won Album of the Year at the 1977 Grammy Awards. It has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Domestically, it has received Diamond certifications in several countries, including the UK, Canada, and Australia, and has been certified 20× platinum in the US.
Often considered Fleetwood Mac's magnum opus, Rumours has frequently been cited as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2004, Rumours was remastered and reissued with the addition of "Silver Springs", which had been excluded from the original, and a bonus CD of outtakes from the recording sessions. In 2003, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2018, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or artistically significant" by the Library of Congress. In 2020, Rumours was rated the seventh-greatest album of all time in Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
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Go Your Own Way / Silver Springs
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Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 16) (order: 16)
Grammy Award: Album of the Year nominees (number: 1978 winner) (order: 20)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 25) (order: 25)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 26) (order: 26)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 78) (order: 78)
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Rumours will never die. Many years from now, when physical formats are forgotten and music is delivered directly into the brain via some sort of digital syringe, it'll be there: re-released for the umpteenth time, complete with a full holographic performance, drummer Mick Fleetwood's eyes bulging like ping-pong balls.
They're hypnotising here. Staring from the back cover of this triple-disc repackaging marking the album's 35th anniversary (and released a year too late for it), the founding father figure dominates their line-up, even beside Lindsey Buckingham's impressive 'fro. Arguably it was the drummer who guided the band through Rumours' troubled gestation, as relationships frayed and failed around him.
But the background of Rumours is well documented, and its songs have been heard the world over. Forty million copies sold - a figure that few present-day acts can dream of matching (although Adele's 21, with 25 million sales and counting, could be a contender). So what does this release have to offer over past, high-profile reissues?
Disc 2 is filled with12 previously unreleased live tracks, recorded at shows in Oklahoma, Tennessee and South Carolina during 1977. It's a well-sequenced affair that gels into a most enjoyable "as live" set. The crowd is never too intrusive but always present; interaction between band members is crisply captured; and Rumours' standouts are present and correct.
Amongst these tracks are three stowaways from Fleetwood Mac's pre-Rumours commercial high, 1975's eponymous album. Rhiannon is Stevie Nicks' most notable moment in the spotlight, a song that will forever sparkle. It's as effective over almost eight minutes here as it is on its sub-four single edit.
Go Your Own Way's B side, Silver Springs, is, as on earlier reissues, added to the original Rumours tracklist.
Disc 3 contains "More from the Recording Sessions", selections that didn't feature on 2004's double-disc remaster. Included are several early takes, with vocal annotations included - "Keep it going to the B-flat," instructs Buckingham, between lines, on Oh Daddy.
Nicks sings beautifully on the lyrically bitter Planets of the Universe, which she released solo in 2001. And a slow, skeletal demo of The Chain is far removed indeed from the Formula-One-famous album version, its tremendous outro yet to take shape.
With its extra content engineered to appeal to collectors and casual fans alike, this is a justified addition to the many Rumours already making the rounds.