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Rock - Released February 5, 2013 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released February 4, 1977 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rumours is the kind of album that transcends its origins and reputation, entering the realm of legend -- it's an album that simply exists outside of criticism and outside of its time, even if it thoroughly captures its era. Prior to this LP, Fleetwood Mac were moderately successful, but here they turned into a full-fledged phenomenon, with Rumours becoming the biggest-selling pop album to date. While its chart success was historic, much of the legend surrounding the record is born from the group's internal turmoil. Unlike most bands, Fleetwood Mac in the mid-'70s were professionally and romantically intertwined, with no less than two couples in the band, but as their professional career took off, the personal side unraveled. Bassist John McVie and his keyboardist/singer wife Christine McVie filed for divorce as guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham and vocalist Stevie Nicks split, with Stevie running to drummer Mick Fleetwood, unbeknown to the rest of the band. These personal tensions fueled nearly every song on Rumours, which makes listening to the album a nearly voyeuristic experience. You're eavesdropping on the bandmates singing painful truths about each other, spreading nasty lies and rumors and wallowing in their grief, all in the presence of the person who caused the heartache. Everybody loves gawking at a good public breakup, but if that was all that it took to sell a record, Richard and Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights would be multi-platinum. No, what made Rumours an unparalleled blockbuster is the quality of the music. Once again masterminded by producer/songwriter/guitarist Buckingham, Rumours is an exceptionally musical piece of work -- he toughens Christine McVie and softens Nicks, adding weird turns to accessibly melodic works, which gives the universal themes of the songs haunting resonance. It also cloaks the raw emotion of the lyrics in deceptively palatable arrangements that made a tune as wrecked and tortured as "Go Your Own Way" an anthemic hit. But that's what makes Rumours such an enduring achievement -- it turns private pain into something universal. Some of these songs may be too familiar, whether through their repeated exposure on FM radio or their use in presidential campaigns, but in the context of the album, each tune, each phrase regains its raw, immediate emotional power -- which is why Rumours touched a nerve upon its 1977 release, and has since transcended its era to be one of the greatest, most compelling pop albums of all time. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Rock - Released February 4, 1977 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released September 23, 2016 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released October 12, 1979 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released April 30, 2013 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released September 23, 2016 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released January 19, 2018 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released October 12, 2002 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released March 31, 2017 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Pop - Released November 21, 1988 | Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released December 4, 2015 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released March 31, 2017 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released July 11, 1975 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released February 5, 2013 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released September 12, 2011 | Columbia

Rock - Released April 13, 1987 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Pop - Released August 19, 1997 | Warner Bros.

Two years after the Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks/Christine McVie-less incarnation of Fleetwood Mac crashed and burned, their classic '70s lineup reunited for an MTV Unplugged session and an accompanying tour. Although it's likely that the reunion was for monetary purposes, it made creative sense as well -- no members were as compelling solo as they were with the group. Despite this, the Unplugged-styled setting wasn't ideal for a reunion, since the group decided to devote nearly a quarter of The Dance to new material, inevitably resulting in unfair comparisons to their warhorses. Since there's so much new material, The Dance can't be a truly nostalgic experience either, because the new songs interrupt the flow. Not that they're bad -- both Buckingham's gentle "Bleed to Love Her" and nervy "My Little Demon" are first-rate -- but they aren't given the full-fledged production they deserve. Similarly, the older songs suffer from the slightly hollow unplugged production. All the hits are performed in nearly identical arrangements to the originals, with the exception of Buckingham's solo "Big Love" (an improvement on the original) and the addition of Tusk's marching band to "Don't Stop," which makes the differences all too apparent. Much is the same -- McVie and Nicks sound terrific, and the band is tight and professional -- but Buckingham has lost some of his range, which undercuts some of his songs. Still, that isn't enough to prevent The Dance from being an entertaining listen; it just isn't a substantial one. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Rock - Released December 4, 2015 | Rhino - Warner Bros.

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Pop/Rock - Released April 11, 2011 | Sony Music UK

In 1998, Columbia released Fleetwood Mac/Mr. Wonderful/Pious Bird of Good Omen, which contained three complete albums -- Fleetwood Mac, Mr. Wonderful (1968, originally released on Blue Horizon), and Pious Bird of Good Omen (1969, also originally released on Blue Horizon ) -- by the Fleetwood Mac on one compact disc. ~ Tim Sendra

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