Album of the Day: Fleetwood Mac (10/19/79)

4159ESEEGJL._SL160_Fleetwood Mac scored two chart-topping albums in the late 70s, their self-titled “debut” in 1975 and the massively popular Rumours in 1977. Despite riding a huge wave of rock popularity, any chance of three-in-a-row was largely squelched by the semi-incestuous turmoil tearing at the band in the wake of Rumours, plus the decision to issue a double album with Lindsey Buckingham providing most of the creative direction. The result, Tusk (released on October 19, 1979) was too long, overly ambitious and musically uneven. While it sold handsomely and reached #4 in the US, it could have and should have been released as a single disc. The three hits from the album, Christine McVie’s “Think About Me” (#37), Buckingham’s “Tusk” (#8) and Stevie Nicks’ “Sara” (#7) might have fit nicely with “Angel,” “The Ledge”, “That’s Enough For Me” and another two or three McVie floating ballads to create a neat single disc package. The rest is weird and unnecessary Buckingham experimentation.

A Fleetwood Mac “Best Of…” playlist is in my Playlist Vault at DrRock.com. In addition, Tusk is available as download tracks from iTunes (click here) and as a CD from Amazon (click here).

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  1. #1 by illumeateight on December 9, 2009 - 11:25 am

    While I certainly agree that a single disc with the strongest songs would have been far more viable commercially and radio-friendly and also agree that at times, Tusk can be a very uneven and inconsistent record, I disagree that the content is unnecessary. I think Tusk is Fleetwood Mac’s most inventive album:
    http://illumeateight.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/overproducing-to-underproduce/

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