Album of the Day: Fleetwood Mac (2/4/77) 33 Years!

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was released today in 1977 (click here for my FM playlist). Coming 18 months after 1975’s eponymous Fleetwood Mac, the album completed the transformation of the band from a late-60s, moderately successful British blues-rock outfit to a juggernaut, pop-rock phenomenon. Within months of its release, the LP shot to the top of the charts and spawned four U.S. Top 10 singles (“Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way” and “You Make Loving Fun”). It’s full of classic 70s vocals and jingle-jangle guitar licks, not to mention thinly-disguised references to the romantic inner turmoil that was beginning to pull the band apart. Original (and the lone remaining) founder Mick Fleetwood was enduring a messy divorce, caused in part by his affair with new singer Stevie Nicks, whose relationship with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was unraveling, and bandmembers John and Christine McVie were separating and headed for divorce as well.

The rock star version of Peyton Place didn’t stop Rumours from quickly becoming the one of the best-selling albums of all-time. To be a part of the amorous sub-plot, you’ll find Rumours available as a CD or individual mp3 downloads on Amazon (click here) and as $.99 download tracks for iPods and mp3 players on iTunes (click here).

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  1. #1 by darylbecker on February 18, 2010 - 8:11 pm

    Yeah, the soap opera aspect added to the allure, but this is really an amazing rock album. The playing is amazing and the songwriting is top notch.

    • #2 by Dr. Rock on February 19, 2010 - 5:48 pm

      Daryl: Thanks for your comment. I agree, it’s a one-of-a-kind pop-rock LP. The sideshow just adds icing. — Dr. Rock

      p.s. If you haven’t done so already, please check in and register at DrRock.com. Our newsletter starts soon, there are enhancements coming to the site, and you can comment on my playlists and album lists, listen to great radio streams, take the quiz, etc. Rock on!

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