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Entertainment Weekly's 25 Biggest Albums (Rumours) 1996

May 3, 1996, Entertainment Weekly, 25 Best Selling Albums of All Time


Lindsey Buckingham recalls coming into the studio with a drum part in mind for the verse to "Go Your Own Way": "I had been listening to the Rolling Stones' 'Street Fighting Man' and it had this drumbeat that was like boom-ta-pop-boom, and I wanted something like that. But Mick [Fleetwood] is all instinct...he couldn't play what I wanted. He ended up paraphrasing, playing it the way he felt it, and man, we got something even more interesting."

And so it went. For one tortured and brilliant year, in one of the most revered stories in pop mythology, the embattled members of Fleetwood Mac sank themselves into what producer Richard Dashut calls "a collaborative emotional cauldron" and emerged with Rumours--an enduring testament to the grace of romantic pain.

The L.A.-based band began recording 400 miles to the north, in Sausalito. After a brief tour, they resumed recording in L.A. and Florida. Along the way, Stevie Nicks dumped boyfriend Buckingham, John and Christine McVie were in the midst of a divorce, and Fleetwood's marriage was in turmoil. Meanwhile, the band's previous album, Fleetwood Mac, was climbing the charts. "There was this sense something bigger than any of us was looming on the horizon," Buckingham says. "We chose to keep our eye on the ball."

"We were with each other 24 hours a day in a room with no windows," recalls Dashut. "Everyone knew everyone else's business. Time just exploded."

Rumours overtook Barbra Streisand's A Star Is Born and sat at No. 1 for 31 weeks. Says Buckingham: "Our pain translated so heavily into the grooves that people related to it. They could hear the breakups on the record and observe them in the press. It was a publicist's dream."

Date: 1996-05-03         Number of views: 1047

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