It was 40 years ago Saturday (February 4th, 1977) that Fleetwood Mac released their masterpiece, Rumours. To date, the album, which spent 31 non-consecutive weeks on top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, has sold over 40 million copies globally. According to the RIAA's December 2015 list, Rumours is now tied for the eighth best selling album in history alongside Shania Twain's 1997 collection, Come On Over.
Rumours spawned four Top 10 singles --
Lindsey Buckingham's "Go Your Own Way," which hit Number 10;
Stevie Nicks' "Dreams" -- which remains to this day the band's sole chart-topping single;
Christine McVie's "Don't Stop," which peaked at Number Three and "You Make Loving Fun" -- which topped out at Number Nine.
Lindsey Buckingham understands that the psychodrama between him and former lover Stevie Nicks -- not to mention the divorce of Christine and John McVie -- was the gasoline that ran the engine of the band, especially during the legendary Rumours album: "One of the real draws of Fleetwood Mac beyond the music in those earlier days was this musical soap opera. And it was a very literal portrayal of what was really going on behind the scenes. Y'know, you could certainly make a case for saying that we made a great deal of success on a career level but we were pretty dismal failures in our personal lives, for any number of years, y'know?"
Recently released are Fleetwood Mac's expanded and deluxe versions of Rumours. The set has been issued in an "Expanded Edition" featuring the original album, the Stevie Nicks-written B-Side "Silver Springs," a live collection of tracks from 1977, and a full disc of session outtakes.
The "Deluxe Edition" tags on a second disc of outtakes, a remastered vinyl version of the album, and the vintage concert doc, titled, The Rosebud Film.
Also out now is the book Making Rumours: The Inside Story Of The Classic Fleetwood Mac Album, by the Mac's legendary co-producer, Ken Calliat. Calliat, who wrote the book with co-author Steve Stiefel, tells the story behind all the 1977 album's classic tracks -- as well as the songs that were bumped from the final lineup.
Making Rumours talks about the creative process, general debauchery, and romantic breakdowns which took place during the 1976 recording sessions between
Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, John and Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood and wife
Jenny Boyd -- the kid sister of
Pattie "Layla" Boyd, wife of both
George Harrison and
In addition to
Rumours, Calliat went on to co-produce Fleetwood Mac's
Fleetwood Mac Live, and
Mirage albums -- along with their career-spanning box set,