Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours has sold over 40 million albums to date. To this day, Rumours is inextricable from the story of its creation, a process that took over the band members’ lives at the exact time four of its members were severing romantic ties and a fifth was dealing with a breakup of his own.
This three-disc expanded reissue, featuring the remastered album with sparkling original B-side “Silver Springs,” a disc of early takes, and a concert from 1977, does the original album, and its story, justice. The original work may be difficult to listen to with fresh ears, but the disc of additional studio recordings has to it a nice fly-on-the-wall feel, and previously unreleased cuts such as “Keep Me There” and “Planets of the Universe” nicely augment the album proper. Say what you will about Rumours, but it sure was interesting. (www.fleetwoodmac.com)
Author rating: 9/10
Frank Valish / Under the Radar / Thursday, Feb 14, 2013