The creation of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”

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“The Chain,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Dreams,” are only a few of the unforgettable masterpieces on the brilliant Fleetwood Mac album “Rumours.” The songs flow so easily and work so well, but what was the process behind these works of art?

 

The Making Of “Rumours”

“Rumours” is Fleetwood Mac’s eleventh studio album, released on February 4, 1977 via Warner Bros. Records. The album was largely recorded in California in 1976, and became one of the most popular and recognizable albums to date. Impressively, the record reached the top of both the United States’ Billboard Chart and the United Kingdom Album Charts. The album also won the Grammy for Album Of The Year in 1978 and sold 40 million copies worldwide. Additionally, “Rumours” achieved diamond certifications in several countries. Impressed yet?

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Behind The Music

Press invasions into the band members’ lives led to a heap of largely inaccurate stories released to the public. Christine McVie was reportedly in hospital with a serious illness. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were declared the parents of Fleetwood’s daughter Lucy after being in a photo with her. The press also wrote about a supposed return of original Fleetwood Mac members Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, and Jeremy Spencer for an anniversary tour.  Many rumors surrounded the making of “Rumours!”

Fleetwood Mac’s primary writers (Buckingham, Christine McVie and Nicks) worked individually on specific songs. Sometimes, however, they shared lyrics with each other. “The Chain” is the only track that all members, including Fleetwood and John McVie, worked together on. All songs on Rumours concern personal, and often troubled, relationships. Stevie Nicks’ song “Dreams” details a breakup and has a hopeful message. On the other hand, Lindsey Buckingham’s similar effort in “Go Your Own Way” is far more pessimistic. “Don’t Stop,” written by Christine McVie, is a song about optimism.

The songs contrast each other, yet work well together as an album.

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