Turntable Tuesday: Fleetwood Mac

Get ready: Turntable Tuesday is BACK!!

While finding and sharing new music is a passion of mine, it’s important to look  back through the decades from time to time and get #educated on albums that shaped generations and are considered the greatest of all time.

What better place to start than with Fleetwood Mac. Their album Rumours is one of my absolute favorites.

I’m here to give you the background on the album. Released in 1976, Rumours was the band’s 11th album and the follow up to their highly-acclaimed self-titled album. Lots of pressure for a group that was going through a time of emotional disaster and doing a lot of cocaine. Christie and John McVie had just gotten divorced; Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were in the middle of a break-up. Mick Fleetwood had just found out his wife was having an affair with his best friend. The group used this album to air all their dirty laundry and express what they were going through in the only way possible: through emotionally-driven lyrics and chords.

Their honesty and raw emotion is mind blowing to me. I highly suggest you go listen to the whole album here. In the meantime, here’s a little more background on some of my favorites off the album.

Dreams: written by Stevie Nicks

I respect the hell out of Stevie for even having the courage to show this song to the rest of the group. It tells the story of heartbreak over Buckingham, a long-time best friend and boyfriend of hers that she joined the group with as a package-deal. They weren’t on speaking terms at this point, and she wrote about the loneliness that she was feeling.

Go Your Own Way: written by Lindsey Buckingham

The follow-up to Stevie’s song, and not a very nice one. In the lyrics, Lindsey accuses Stevie of cheating on him, something she insists she never did. He refused to take out the line.

The Chain- collaboration from all 5 members (only one of the record)

This song is genius. In the midst of all the betrayal, anger, and sadness, the group was able to come together and make a beautiful song out of it. They basically say to all their listeners, “Yeah we’re fucked up, but we’re never breaking the chain.” It shows that their bond and their music are bigger than any of their personal relationships. And that’s pretty cool.

If you need me, you can find me hugging my record player and listening to this album on repeat.

 

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