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New York Post (03/30/1998), Legacy: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

New York Post, March 30, 1998



Record companies are always looking for great new "concepts" to peddle music. There was the initial advent of CDs, when the music-industry suits convinced us to buy classic albums we already owned. Since then, the music hucksters have sold us on movie soundtracks as an art, the various-artists compilation discs, the all-star tribute albums, unlikely duets and the unplugged craze.

Today's release of "Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours" is the mother of all CD marketing ploys. It is a song-for-song re-creation of the Mac's 1977 "Rumours," featuring an all-star, various-artist ensemble (many performing unplugged), and it's a tribute disc to boot.

The good news is that it's so good you can actually forget about the corporate manipulation at work.

The renderings aren't consistently as good as Fleetwood Mac's originals, but the 11 songs - featuring the likes of Jewel, Tonic, Elton John, Shawn Colvin and the Cranberries - have a number of high points.

First, and most remarkably, is Elton John sounding like a born-again rock star on his version of "Don't Stop." For everyone who thought that all E.J. was capable of was mopey, mushy love ballads, the gap-toothed Brit grabs back his reputation with the kind of enthusiasm he had when he was young and at the top of his form. It's like being back when he created master works such as "Tumbleweed Connection" and "Honky Chateau."

Buffalo's Goo Goo Dolls earn kudos as the "Rumour II" top stylists. The G. Dolls take "I Don't Want to Know" and give the piece a hard, near-metal edge. At first listen, it's the disc's only song where your initial thought isn't "That's a Fleetwood Mac song." The Dolls spice the tune with guitar crunch that eventually leads into a clean six-string solo that would make even Mac's guitar god, Lindsey Buckingham, proud.

The Cranberries, on the other hand, do such a close copy of Mac's attack on "Go Your Own Way," that the arrangement might fool some at first. But Dolores O'Riordan's lilting Celtic intonation eventually distinguishes her and the song as she builds a passionate head of vocal steam in this "Rumours" favorite. The band Sister Hazel is also outstanding on "Gold Dust Woman," where the band gives the piece an Eastern twang with sitar and a Dobro slide.

Duncan Sheik doing "Songbird" and recent Grammy queen Shawn Colvin singing "The Chain" are the only two weak links in an otherwise stellar chain of music.

Thanks to Karen for posting this to the Ledge (who credited the Nicksfix) and to Anusha for sending it to us.

Date: 1998-03-30         Number of views: 1395

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