Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (1977)
Maybe I should treat myself to a new version of this but the old second-hand copy I have – picked up for a buck or two some years back (with a chewed corner on the sleeve) – seems to play okay when I want to play it. Also, this music is just ingrained. I don’t need to hear Rumours all that often to hear it. Fleetwood Mac has long been one of my favourite bands – and I mean all three versions of Fleetwood Mac: the blues band, the soft-rock superstars and the in-between years where half-a-dozen albums drift in a form of purgatory (well worth discovering). Rumours was a tape in dad’s car. That’s how I first knew it. Then my brother bought it on CD, convinced it was a better listen than any greatest hits compilation. I agreed then, and still do now. But I always preferred Tusk. True. Rumours though, worth it for the soap-opera that it soundtracks, that it symbolises. And worth it for the music if you can hear it on its own, away from the back-story that shaped it. So, maybe I should treat myself to a nice, new copy of this album – but I doubt I’d play it any more (these days) than I do already. Also – this is one album where, in most cases, I’m happier with my iPod version because it includes Silver Springs; the best song that should have been on the album.
Sample Track: The Chain
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