The best Fleetwood Mac albums chronicle the epic romantic drama between band members. Called the “Platinum edition” era by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, then couple-in-real-life, joined Mick Fleetwood and then married-to-each-other John and Christine McVie in 1975.
As Nicks often declares, like on her official “Ask Stevie” blog:
“And there changed my life~”
Indeed. This legendary lineup’s break-up and make-up members reunite once again with Christine McVie’s return after 16 years. The Mac is Back in 2014 with its “On with the Show” tour. Take a listen to each album to catch up, or brush up, with their crazy beautiful, rocky road of romance saga in songs.
1. “Rumours” (1977)
In every notable list of top all time albums from Rolling Stone to Billboard or MTV, this Rock and Roll classic is the second album released after Buckingham-Nicks joined the group. The honeymoon was over. Buckingham Nicks the couple broke up. The married McVies split up. Fifth wheeler Fleetwood divorced his (offstage) wife.
With angst-aplenty songs like “Gold Dust Woman” and “Dreams,” Taylor Swift has nothing on Stevie Nicks for songs about bad boy, wayward exes. Her ex Buckingham’s “Go Your Own Way” song conveyed rumors of Nicks’ future solo career made successful in 1981 with “Bella Donna” produced by then boyfriend Jimmy Iovine (of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and “American Idol” fame).
Too ironic on way too many levels, Buckingham’s tune “Never Going Back Again” — said to be about his uplifting rebound romance with a new girlfriend after the Nicks breakup — is the background song in the 2013 Bank of America Flowers commercial which features the tagline — “Life’s Better When We’re Connected.”
Nestled comfortably in a keep the peace role despite her marriage split, Christine McVie’s “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)” song along with her hauntingly beautiful “Songbird” ballad gave the album balance and the band’s future some hope. Infamous in later years as former President Clinton’s campaign theme song, “Don’t Stop” prompted the band’s first reunion at his inaugural to perform it.
As band members continue to make the rounds on TV shows to promote the next tour, “Rumours” is the Fleetwood Mac album of all time for old and new fans to catch up with the bands storied history.
2. “Fleetwood Mac” (1975)
The self-titled debut album with Buckingham-Nicks features classic songs “Rhiannon” and “Landslide” along with upbeat hits “Over My Head” and “Say You Love Me.” With Nicks guest spot on “American Horror Story: Coven” singing her witchy woman extraordinaire hit “Rhiannon,” this happy times first album is a must.
Poignant in retrospect, as Nicks’ invite into the band only came about as a deal breaker demand from Buckingham. Later morphing into the most successful solo artist of the bunch, Nicks rose above the spite while staying loyal to the band by continuing to write, record, and tour alongside her notoriously temperamental ex.
3. “The Dance” (1997)
The first reunion album since Buckingham stormed off the stage in the middle of a concert just after mocking Nick’s twirly girl dance during “Rhiannon,” happy times return in this big-time, makeup miracle of a reunion album.
Even better, watch the VH1 “Behind the Music” episode online that’s a re-master from the 1997 version taped for “The Dance” reunion tour for more scoop. Of course, rumor has it a new and possibly best album ever may be released for the second time reunion tour.
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