Classic Albums - Fleetwood Mac: Rumours - 1997 (Not Rated)


Year of Release: 1997
Rated: Not Rated
Director: David Heffernan
Approx. Running Time: 75 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)

From Back Cover:

Fleetwood Mac's multimillion-selling Rumours was recorded by the band in Sausalito and Los Angeles in 1977, at a time of intense inner turmoil. Rumours eventually went on to sell 15 million copies worldwide, spending a staggering total of 433 weeks on the U.K. charts and 130 weeks on the U.S. Billboard album chart. It was also voted Album of the Year at the 20th annual Grammy Awards in 1978.

Fleetwood Mac had already been in existence for over a decade by the time of Rumours came out. After several personnel changes, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Christine McVie were joined by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. It was 1974, and the stage was set for a new chapeter in the band's career.

The eponymously titled Fleetwood Mac, the first album with the new line-up, went platinum in 1976 and gave birth to hits like "Rhiannon" and "Say You Love Me." However, its success was soon overshadowed by that of Rumours.

Released in February 1977, Rumours reached #1 in the U.S. album chart in April of that year and found equal success in the U.K. In January 1978, its hit singles included "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop," "Dreams" (which reached #1 in the Billboard Hot 100), and "You Make Loving Fun."

Ironically, Rumours was recorded during a period when John and Christine McVie were separating, and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's relationship was also breaking up. It was the album that almost never made it.

This is the definitive story of the making of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, an album that has truly earned its place in the pantheon of rock music history.

Also featured are specially recorded versions of Christine McVie's haunting "Songbird" and Lindsey Buckingham's wonderful new acoustic version of "Never Going Back Again," along with "You Make Loving Fun," "Rhiannon," "Dreams," "Don't Stop," and "Gold Dust Woman."

My Comments:

In depth to the point of being painfully boring to watch, this DVD is only for the most ravenous fans of the ridiculously over-rated album Rumours.

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Not Rated (MPAA)
2 Stars
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