Sunday, January 27, 2013

Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours' There’s never been a better time to celebrate the band and their gorgeous 11th album,

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours: Why the under-30s still love it
Ahead of the release of a special boxset edition of the Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, James Lachno argues that the 1977 album has survived better than its punk rivals.
by James Lachno
Available Monday in the UK: iTunes | Amazon

This Monday, a three-disc, 35th anniversary boxset of Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 masterpiece Rumours will be released. There’s never been a better time to celebrate the band and their gorgeous 11th album, both of which are more popular and fashionable than ever.

For many music fans in their mid twenties, Rumours has been the soundtrack to large portions of our lives. During my childhood, it used to initiate a brief ceasefire between me and my sister as we squabbled during long car journeys, and in my teens, Songbird often featured on the giddily romantic mix CDs I made for girlfriends. Recently, Go Your Own Way and The Chain – better known as the BBC's Formula One theme tune – have become 2am favourites for bleary-eyed twentysomethings desperate to keep a house party going. By contrast, pioneering punk hits released in the same year such as God Save the Queen and White Riot never seem to get a look in.

But why is Rumours so beloved among my generation? Its resilient popularity is, of course, in part due to the timeless quality of the music, which is warm and sweetly melodic, with coruscating harmonies, breezy rhythms, and virtuoso guitar flourishes. By 1977, Fleetwood Mac had had almost a decade to hone their songcraft, via several line-up changes and subtle changes in style, and Rumours shows a band at the pinnacle of their pop powers. It’s an album that’s chock-full of potential singles, all lushly produced to create an almost faultless, glossy soft-rock sound. It’s sold 40 million copies worldwide, making it one of the bestselling albums of all time, and everyone from family pop quartet The Corrs to Californian hardcore band NOFX have covered its songs. All of this is testament to its broad appeal.

But there’s more to it than that: right now the hippest bands around all want to sound like Fleetwood Mac. What started in the late-2000s with US folk-rock revivalists such as Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver has built up a head of steam. Last year saw the release of fine albums from trendy US acts such as Best Coast and Sharon Von Etten that bore the unmistakable influence of Fleetwood Mac’s classic Seventies period, as did work from blockbuster pop artists Mumford and Sons and Taylor Swift. Barely a cigarette paper, meanwhile, can separate the sound of Stevie Nicks’s songs from Rumours and those of the BBC's feted Sound Of 2013 poll winners, Haim.

Back with Second Hand News: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours
By Oliver Hancock

"Whether milking a cash-cow or hoping to disseminate their work to a new, younger audience, there is a sense that such an album is coming at the right time. The musicianship of the songs forms an interesting juxtaposition to the works of many of today’s new breed of guitar bands (From The Vaccines to Palma Violets), and, despite the recordings having inevitably aged, the songs themselves remain just as potent as they did in the 1970s."

Mythique Fleetwood Mac
Le Parisien (France)

Fleetwood Mac est toujours vivant. Après quarante-cinq ans d’existence, le groupe repart en tournée cette année et en profite pour ressortir l’un de ses chefs-d’oeuvre. Sorti en 1977, « Rumours » fut un triomphe artistique et commercial. Vendu à près de 40 millions d’exemplaires, le disque est traversé par une pop californienne où le soleil se teintait souvent de clair-obscur, à travers les classiques inusables « Go Your Own Way » ou « Dreams ». Sa nouvelle édition luxueuse en 3 CD est complétée par un disque live, enregistré en 1977, et une série de versions inédites. Fleetwood Mac « Rumours, édition Deluxe », Warner, 19,99 €. Sortie demain.

Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours' genudgivet i luksusudgave: Tidløs klasse

Året var 1977, og helvede var løs!

Udi rendestenspoeters og zeitgeist-profeters egen indbildning var det nu oplagt tiden til at ritualafbrænde fortidens rockmusik for at give plads til mere punkrock og new wave.

Som så ofte før gjorde de ovennævnte dog regning uden livet udenfor elfenbenstårnets mure. Og således blev én af det års største rocksællerter en godt swingende, velspillet, pop-inspireret og sonisk detaljeret rockplade. Et album med omtrent så meget tilfælles med punk som en bagstiv gårdsanger har med Det Kongelige Kapel.

Det album var ’Rumours’ med britisk/amerikanske Fleetwood Mac.

35 år og mere end 40 millioner solgte eksemplarer senere har det album status som én af rockhistoriens helt store klassikere, og et genhør med ’Rumours’ på dette ’expanded edition’ sæt maler en bred streg under årsagen: ’Rumours’ er nemlig såvel lydmæssigt som stilistisk helt unik den dag i dag – ikke mindst takket være Stevie Nicks’ alfevokal og Lindsey Buckingshams fremragende guitarspil.

Sange som ’Dreams’, ’Second Hand News’, ’Go Your Own Way’ og ’The Chain’ vidner om en kompositorisk intelligens i arbejde, som ellers er stort set fraværende i popmusik, ligesom mikset af akustiske og elektriske instrumenter i en helt speciel luftig produktion stadig gør ’Rumours’ til det oplagte soundtrack til lune sommernætter og romantiske udskejelser.

Med på ’Expanded Edition’ får man en fremragende liveoptagelse fra ’Rumours’ turnéen samt og en disc med diverse alternative versioner af sangene. Albummet fås også i en deluxe udgave hvor du får vinyludgaven af det originale ’Rumours’ og yderligere en cd med alternative optagelser med.

 FLEETWOOD MAC, ’Rumours – Expanded Edition’, (Warner Bros.) Fem ud af seks stjerner

Fleetwood Mac:"Rumours" zwei opulent ausgestattete Ausgaben zum 35. Album-Jubiläum
by Willischewski

Für Musikfreunde, die zum ersten oder wiederholten Mal FLEETWOOD MAC entdecken (wollen), kann ich dieses Album nur empfehlen!

Insbesondere die Bonus CD3 hat es in sich. Hier wurden alte Titel des Albums herausgekramt, die sich, jetzt in der überarbeiteten Version, wie neu anhören. Es gilt FLEETWOOD MAC völlig neu zu entdecken. Und versprechen kann ich nur eins: ein einmaliges Hör- und Klangereignis. Große Klasse. Für mich ist und bleibt dieses eine der allerbesten Platten der Musikgeschichte!


SourMilk said...

I'd say the last 10 times this record was shamelessly re-released was just as good a time to support it as this time. It's time to stop milking it now. It's getting sour.

Anonymous said...

I really could not agree more. I am sorry but I cannot see getting excited about paying almost 90 dollars for material that I basically already have. What would make me excited would be for Bella Donna or The Wild Heart to be given this sort of treatment. It would really make sense to do that for Bella Donna since that was the beginning of her solo career. Not to mention the fact that NO, I repeat NO concert footage is currently available from the Bella Donna tour.

Anonymous said...

Guys, its a celebration of 35 years. Lighten up. Most of the big bands do this. If you dont want to buy it then don't buy it. In terms of Bella Donna, Im sure that eventually the same will happen but that is ultimately down to Stevie, her management and the label. This is merely a celebration of Rumours. Which most consider one of the most important albums ever. Bear in my mind, if it wasn't for the success from this album, neither Lindsey or Stevie would have had such successful solo careers. And both have stated this on numerous occassions

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