Rumours

~ Release group by Fleetwood Mac

Wikipedia

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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Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
RumoursFleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11
  • US1977-02-04
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)BSK 3010[none]
RumoursFleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WB 56344
RumoursFleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)P10233W, P-10233W, P-10233 W[none]
RumoursFleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)BSK 3010[none]
Rumours (textured sleeve)Fleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)K 56 344[none]
RumoursFleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)K 56344
Rumours (reel‐to‐reel, 7½ IPS, Dolby B)Fleetwood MacReel-to-reel11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WST 3010-C[none]
RumoursFleetwood MacCassette11
RCA Music Service (RCA's Music Club), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)C 124025, M5-3010[none]
Rumours (Textured cover)Fleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)BSK 3010[none]
RumoursFleetwood MacCassette11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases)M5 3010[none]
RumoursFleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11
AMIGA8 55 677[none]
RumoursFleetwood MacCD11
  • GB1984-04-24
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)256 344, 3010-2075990301024
RumoursFleetwood MacCD11
  • GB1984-04-24
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)03010-2, 256 344075992731324
RumoursFleetwood MacCD11
  • JP1985-10-25
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)32XD-350[none]
Rumours (made in West Germany)Fleetwood MacCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)03010-2, 256 344075990301024
Rumours (01 matrix)Fleetwood MacCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)03010-2, 256 344075990301024
Rumours (made in Japan)Fleetwood MacCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)3010-2[none]
RumoursFleetwood MacCD11
  • US1987-07-07
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)3010-2075992731324
RumoursFleetwood MacCD11
  • CA1990-10-25
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)CD 3010075992731324
RumoursFleetwood MacCD11
  • XE1990-10-25
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)7599-27313-2075992731324
Rumours (Columbia House Club Release)Fleetwood MacCD11
Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)W2-3010[none]
RumoursFleetwood MacDVD-Audio24
  • US2001-04-24
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9 48083-9093624808398
RumoursFleetwood Mac2×CD12 + 18
  • XE2004-03-22
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)8122-73882-2081227388225
RumoursFleetwood Mac2×CD12 + 18
  • US2004-03-23
Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)R2 73882081227388225
RumoursFleetwood MacDigital Media11
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)603497925797
RumoursFleetwood MacSHM-CD11
  • JP2008-10-12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-132494943674085842
RumoursFleetwood Mac2×12" Vinyl6 + 5
  • US2011-04-16
Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)517787-1093624979340
RumoursFleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11
  • US2011-04-16
Reprise Records517786-1093624979357
RumoursFleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11
Reprise Records9362-49793-5093624979357
RumoursFleetwood MacDigital Media11
HDtracks (high-res digital music store — this is NOT a record label!)[none]
Rumours (96kHz/24bit)Fleetwood MacDigital Media11
Rhino (reissue label)603497941032
Rumours (Remastered)Fleetwood MacHybrid SACD (CD layer) + Hybrid SACD (SACD layer)12 + 24
  • JP2012-09-14
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-141714943674108947
Rumours (super deluxe)Fleetwood Mac4×CD12 + 12 + 16 + 18
  • US2013-01-25
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)533806081227968298
Rumours (deluxe)Fleetwood Mac3×Digital Media12 + 12 + 16
  • US2013-01-25
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)603497925759
RumoursFleetwood MacDigital Media11
  • US2013-01-25
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)603497925797
Rumours (35th anniversary edition)Fleetwood MacCD11
  • XE2013-01-28
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)8122796778081227967789
Rumours (super deluxe)Fleetwood Mac5×Digital Media12 + 12 + 16 + 10 + 1
  • US2013-01-28
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)603497922963
Rumours (super deluxe)Fleetwood Mac4×Digital Media12 + 12 + 16 + 18
Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)603497922987
Rumours (35th anniversary edition)Fleetwood Mac4×CD + DVD-Video + 12" Vinyl12 + 12 + 16 + 18 + 6 + 11
  • XE2013-01-29
  • US2013-01-29
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)8122-79682-9, R2-533806081227968298
Rumours (expanded edition)Fleetwood Mac3×CD12 + 12 + 16
  • US2013-01-29
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)8122797094081227970949
RumoursFleetwood Mac3×CD12 + 12 + 16
  • US2013-01-29
R2-532752081227970949
RumoursFleetwood MacCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)81227967789340650015032
Rumours (expanded edition)Fleetwood Mac3×CD12 + 12 + 16
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)81227970949340650015049
Rumours (96kHz/24bit)Fleetwood Mac4×Digital Media12 + 12 + 18 + 16
Rhino (reissue label)603497920204
RumoursFleetwood Mac4×CD12 + 12 + 16 + 18
  • XE2019-10-25
Warner Music (global imprint of Warner Music Group, 'W' logo either with "Warner Music" or no text)603497850563, R2-599763603497850563
RumoursFleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11
Warner Records (2019–present; circle imprint with “Warner Records” next to it)9362-49793-5093624979357
RumoursFleetwood MacCD11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)7599-27313-2075992731324
RumoursFleetwood MacCD11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)03010-2075992731324
Rumours (with bilingual legal notice)Fleetwood MacCD11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)CD 3010075992731324
Rumours (Warner Records imprint with 1977 copyright)Fleetwood MacCD11Warner Records (2019–present; circle imprint with “Warner Records” next to it)8122796778081227967789
RumoursFleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)BS 3010, K 56 344, WB 56 344[none]
Rumours (clear disc, manufactured in Germany)Fleetwood MacCD11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)03010-2, 256 344075990301024
RumoursFleetwood Mac12" Vinyl11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)BS 3010, WB 56 344[none]
Rumours (256 344 only on disc)Fleetwood MacCD11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)256 344, 7599-27313-2075992731324
RumoursFleetwood MacCD11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)RRCD 16001491149722
RumoursFleetwood MacCD11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), RCA Direct Marketing, Inc.3010-2, D 124025[none]
Rumours (No UPC; Matrix 1 3010-2 RE-2 SRC=04 M1 S17)Fleetwood MacCD11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)3010-2[none]
Rumours (BMG Direct club release)Fleetwood MacCD11Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)3010-2, D 124025[none]
(unknown)
RumoursFleetwood MacSACD12
  • JP2011-09-14
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-141714943674108947

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Don't Stop
Dreams
Go Your Own Way / Silver Springs
covers:Rumours by Dougal Reed
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 7) (order: 7)
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)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/38722 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Fleetwood-mac/Rumours [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/c6b6 [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/qjvr [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/r563 [info]
other databases:http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/44863 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/fleetwood_mac/rumours/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000193833 [info]
Wikidata:Q695405 [info]

CritiqueBrainz Reviews

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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.