Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Fleetwood Mac: Rumors

I grew up in an age of iconic albums and have covered a bunch already from that time frame, but there are certain records that were simply inescapable during my teen years…such an album is Rumours (1977) by Fleetwood Mac.

This was the second group effort in the Buckingham-Nicks era, and the Mac connected with the pulse of the times and literally everyone in the world appeared to be on the bandwagon.

With the triple lead vocal threat of Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and Lyndsey Buckingham, and the glorious harmonies of all three combined in various configurations, Rumours was a treasure chest of vocal bliss.

Each of the 3 primary singers had a distinctive flavor in the Fleetwood Mac stew, making for an irresistible blend.

Added to the obvious musical magic going on, the relationships within the band were tabloid news, with plenty of drama to fuel the public’s fascination with this band. It all coalesced in the summer of 1977 with radios everywhere playing the list of hits from this huge hit record…Go Your Own Way, Don’t Stop, Dreams, Gold Dust Woman, The Chain, You Make Loving Fun…just on and on it went.

The deep cuts are every bit as essential; the gorgeous Songbird, I Don’t Want To Know, Second Hand News…you get the picture, might as well just listen to it straight through and not miss a note of this historic album that defined its time.

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