Jason Merritt, Getty Toward the end of "In Your Dreams," Stevie Nicks and Dave…
- Posted on Jan 31st 2013 4:45PM by Chris Epting
They also have just released an expanded version of their magnum opus, 1977's Rumours. The sprawling edition goes way beyond the basic album, which since its release has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
There is also a disc that includes 12 unreleased live recordings from the Rumours tour and perhaps most interesting is the collection of 16 unreleased recordings from deep within the album sessions.
This treasure trove includes early takes of "Go Your Own Way," "I Don't Want to Know," "Dreams," "Silver Springs" and much more. In particular, the demos and outtakes provide a fascinating peek into the Fleetwood Mac creative process. And of course, the process of this album became almost as famous as the album itself. The fractured personal relationships, the booze and the drugs all combined to create a highly intense pressure cooker of an environment that as we know produced one of the most compelling albums in modern history.
To hear many of the band's hits deconstructed like this gives the listener a blueprint as to how they worked and how they thought. This was a band that was experimenting, exploring and incorporating much of their own personal pain into the art they were creating, and to have sonic evidence of it such as this is quite thrilling.
Recently, Spinner at the unique opportunity to sit down with Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood to talk about the album, the tour, the relationships and the possibility of a 50th anniversary concert bringing back all the surviving members of the group. (Interestingly, the interview took place in the same building with the band recorded the follow-up to Rumours, 1979's Tusk.) Check it out above.
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