Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ lives on

Evelyn Trampe
Contributing Writer

A sample of a Stoughton Printing Co., vinyl album jacket, this is an "old style" gatefold, with an embossed front cover (raised lettering), and spot UV coating (high gloss coating), for the re-issue of Fleetwood Mac's, "Rumours," photographed at their company headquarters in City of Industry, May 20, 2014. Stoughton is a family-run business celebrating 50 years, as is known as one of the largest printers of jackets for vinyl LP record. Photo by Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/MCT

A sample of a Stoughton Printing Co., vinyl album jacket, this is an “old style” gatefold, with an embossed front cover (raised lettering), and spot UV coating (high gloss coating), for the re-issue of Fleetwood Mac’s, “Rumours,” photographed at their company headquarters in City of Industry, May 20, 2014. Stoughton is a family-run business celebrating 50 years, as is known as one of the largest printers of jackets for vinyl LP record. Photo by Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/MCT

In 1977 Fleetwood Mac released its 11th studio album, Rumours. Thirty-nine years later, out of Fleetwood Mac’s 17 studio albums, Rumours is still its best album released and arguably one of the best albums ever recorded.

In spite of all of the personal conflicts and flaws of the talented musicians of Fleetwood Mac, they were still able to come together and record possibly the most legendary albums ever.

When the 11 songs on the soundtrack were being composed, band members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were breaking up, Christine and John McVie were getting a divorce, and Mick Fleetwood was experiencing a divorce outside of the band.

Like most great albums, Rumours easily conveys the raw emotions the musicians were feeling at that point in their lives. With brilliant tracks like the fun and upbeat tunes, “You Make Loving Fun,” “I Don’t Want to Know” and “Don’t Stop,” or the haunting song about loneliness,“Dreams,” composed by member Nicks about her feelings toward band member Buckingham,  it’s clear that Rumours deserved the Grammy it won in 1978 for album of the year.

According to CNN, to date more than 40 million copies of Rumours have been sold worldwide, a number which is sure to go up after Fleetwood Mac’s upcoming world tour in October of 2017.

Gigwise.com said, “More than one in every six households owns a copy of Rumours.”

This album shows that, like Van Gogh’s paintings which were created through the sorrow he felt, great works of art are created through pain and deep emotions that the artists were feeling at that point in their lives.


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