It was on this day in 1977 that Fleetwood Mac established themselves as one of the biggest bands in popular music with the release of Rumours, which received widespread acclaim and worldwide commercial success. The album’s combination of the accessibility & quality of the music, acclaim and background ranks it as one of the greatest albums ever made.
As Carter Alan explains in the above video clip for Carter’s Catalog, the band dealt with plenty of internal turmoil while making Rumours. Keyboardist Christine McVie and bassist John McVie divorced after eight years of marriage, Mick Fleetwood had marital troubles of his own when his wife had an affair with his best friend, and even Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had an on/off relationship of their own.
The fact that they were able to pull it all together during this tumultuous time and put out an album of such high quality is remarkable. There is obviously a complex mix of emotions at work when people with deep personal relationships are in such a tough time, but are forced to work together. The end result, Rumours, is the stuff of magic.
Between the spot-on rhythm section of Fleetwood and John McVie, beautiful and heartfelt vocal harmonies of Buckingham, Nicks and Christine McVie, and the timeless hooks of classics like “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop,” Rumours is in the highest possible class of album, in any genre of music.
The fact that the album was created with such internal struggle going on with the band only makes the music more poignant and the end result more legendary. Fleetwood Mac may have created their best work back in 1977, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
– Matt Dolloff, WZLX.com