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Classic Albums: Fleetwood Mac Ė Rumours


Picture: B-†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Main Program: B+



It can be mocked, bent, mutilated, stamped, and spoofed by many comedians, but the fact of the matter is, Fleetwood Macís 1977 album Rumours is a masterwork of despair and the questioning of what it takes to have an enduring relationship.Coming at the end of the countercultureís classic run in Rock, the chemistry that made the Lindsay Buckingham/Stevie Nicks era of the band peak caused record sales and became a landmark commercial success to match the critical accolades.Eagle Vision has reissued the Classic Albums installment on the making of the album, originally issued by Rhino at the dawn of the DVD format.


It is also one of the earliest programs produced and broadcast form the series, so old that it was in the initial batch of broadcasts that hit the VH-1 network, and was produced in 1997.The show is tremendous, packing a ton of information in its 75 minutes running time, including all the tracks on the album, how the members came together to make it, and even how the legendary Silver Spring was left off of the album.Since then, of course, it was a big hit off of the bandís live album The Dance and was finally re-included on the stunning multi-channel DVD-Audio edition of the Rumours that Warner Bros. issued in 2001.


What is especially impressive about this particular show is that it showed how savvy the seriesí producers were and how well done such shows could be.As a matter of fact, it was an idea that was way overdue, covering the stories behind some of the most important albums ever made, one that lived on after VH-1 dropped out.The show begins with how Peter Green was about to leave the band as Buckingham was told about the opening.He and Stevie (at the time listed as Stevi) had issued their famous Buckingham/Nicks album, which had received a bit of attention.Needless to say they accepted and history was made.


The songs covered in order of how they are discussed in this special:


1)     Rhiannon

2)     You Make Loving Fun

3)     Dreams

4)     Second Hand News

5)     Go Your Own Way

6)     Gold Dust Woman

7)     Never Going Back Again

8)     Donít Stop

9)     Songbird

10) Oh, Daddy

11) Silver Springs

12) I Donít Want To Know

13) The Chain



The album set a record for most Top Ten hits at the time and all the cuts became highly played on radio worldwide.Though it is not often said, many of these songs are modern standards, and the album just delivers still to this day in its honesty about life and the way people have to deal with each other.It helped build the record industry and is a classic perfect for the focus of such a show.If you have never seen the program or heard the whole album, get this ASAP!


The 1.33 X 1 full frame NTSC video is a little sharper and clearer than the Rhino DVD, which is just so old, there is no way it could compete.The new interview footage is mixed with stills and some older footage of the band performing at times.This remains one of the best DVDs on the band ever issued.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds, which was the case on the Rhino release, but that featured slightly more articulate PCM 16Bit/48kHz 2.0 Stereo.However, neither DVD can compete with the stunning audio remastering from the original masters on the DVD-Audio of the album (MLP sound: A-).That disc also has a new and totally different set of extras on the making of the album.Like Elton John Ė Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Eagle and Warner ought to offer a set of both discs.The only extra on this Eagle reissue is a discography, which is more than the Rhino cardboard-snapper version, which only had a promo for the company.Classic Albums: Fleetwood Mac Ė Rumours is exceptional and strongly recommended.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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