My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-11, track 12 “Silver Springs” was intended for the original album, but was cut due time constrants. It was eventually added back for the CD reissue.
Brief Background: Rumors was recorded during 1976, mostly at the Record Plant in Sausalito, CA. It was released in February of 1977. It would go on to win the Grammy for Record of the year in 1978 and be one of the best selling albums of all time with over 45 millions copies issued world wide.
What I think: To start with the obvious, this is a hell of a record. It is a pop-rock masterpiece. The sound of the whole thing from recording, mixing, instrumentation, vocals… everything is so spot on and perfect. It’s like being pummeled with punch after punch, but it builds you up instead of breaking you down. And it’s not shallow and trite pop music. There’s the darkness behind that bright surface sheen of relationships and lifestyles that are breaking or are already broken, which adds a depth very rarely seen in top 40 music. Almost every song on this album could have been a hit single, in fact you probably know most of them even if you’ve never listened to it before. Which can make songs like “Dreams” or “Don’t Stop” seem a little tired sometimes, but that is a testament to the songs and not a fault of the music. There is one miss in “Oh Daddy” that keeps Rumors from literally perfect, which is unfortunate as that could have been left off for “Silver Springs”. A song which send shivers up my spine every time Nicks sings “I’ll follow you down til the sound of my voice will haunt you”, a song that sounds so sweet until you actually listen to the lyrics.
My favorite songs on the album are the ones where the vocalists work together, where Mick Fleetwood’s drum rolls sound like he is playing with hammers, where Lindsay Buckingham’s guitar solos are short and he plays only a few notes repeatedly throughout. Listening to the album, I was trying to pick which song highlighted that the best… and it’s hard they all come so close. In the end though I think “The Chain” is the best representative song of what I like about the album. I love Buckingham’s guitar style throughout the whole album, I feel he doesn’t try to overdo things. Every solo adds to the song. “The Chain” is gets a little flashy, still I just love the way he strikes repeated single notes, it creates such an amazing tension and builds the songs to a final climax. The solo at the end “You Make Loving Fun” is the perfect example of this.
And every song has something like that you can pick which makes it special all adding up to a masterpiece of an album that can be forever hyped, but never over rated.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Another no doubter and one for the ages.
Rating (Out of 5) 5 (Really like a 4.8)
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (91 /394)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%