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(NPR)   35 years ago to the day, Fleetwood Mac's quintessential late 70s album 'Rumours' was released. To this day, some guy still hates it. BURN HIM AT THE STAKE   ( npr.org) divider line
    More: Obvious, Fleetwood Mac, rumors, musical group, attitude change, Electric Light Orchestra, the Ramones, home recording, Richard Hell  
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2013-01-31 08:53:06 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: Crewmannumber6: saturn badger: Count_0: The Best Fleetwood Mac song.

Nah. This is.


I'll go with this one


Yep. Gotta agree with Rattlesnake Shake.

I don't really like any other version of Fleetwood Mac, but I won't be a dick about it if you do.

Like the song and the band lineup. But as a Junior High Band Nerd (at that time), Tusk was one of the "Holy Grail" songs. Played coronet and TUBA!!!
2013-01-31 09:55:58 PM  

Crewmannumber6: saturn badger: Count_0: The Best Fleetwood Mac song.

Nah. This is.


I'll go with this one



Here is one from Journey before they got corrupted.

2013-02-01 01:06:26 PM  
It's not just the music, it's the story behind it.  Bunch of musicians, all having been screwing each other (some changing lovers mid-session) or married/divorced, tons of drugs, egos out the wazoo, and producers trying to keep them together in the sessions, going so far as to almost stick them in hostel rooms to cloister them.  You had band members writing and singing lyrics about their breakups with other band members, or about the lovers they'd had since they broke up with someone in the band.  I remember hearing a live version of "Never Going Back Again," a song Buckingham wrote about a fling with a woman while he was with Stevie Nicks, and Nicks came out to do guest vocals with him; it felt horribly awkward.  The entire album had heart-wrenching, agonizing, twist the knife negative karma, but it worked.  When you combine all the talent, angst and yes, chemical substances, it does make for amazing music.

It's like the Abbey Road sessions; a bunch of guys who didn't want to be playing music together anymore, roped into it by the producer, teasing their best creations out of them in a month-long session, ultimately creating one of the best Beatles albums ever made (if not one of the best albums of all time).

Music, like any art has to be one of those things that arises from pain, regret, longing.  We are often the best when things are at their worst, and that brings out the best lyrics, harmonies and compositions.

Rumours is one of the few albums I can listen to beginning to end and never feel like it's been overplayed.  Then again I can do the same with Tenacious D's first album, so it's not as if I'm trying to be a snob about it.
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