Saturday 8 December 2018

Stuff On My Phone (21)

Tomorrow sees the latest Classic Album Sunday being held in the Sound Archive in Kirkwall. This month it's Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, so anticipation is rising, adrenalin levels are high and excitement is off the scale.

Released in 1977, the album has been around all my adult life and ever-present in my music collection in various formats. The tales of its recording are legendary, with much conflict within the personal relationships of the band. It is quite incredible to think of two couples breaking up within the pressure cooker environment of a recording studio. But the emotion and creativity this strife unleashed, fed directly into the blossoming of the tracks on the album.

Arguably, the most well known and popular track on the album is The Chain, which may be rather familiar to readers in the UK, as the instrumental section was used for years as the theme tune to Formula One coverage on the BBC and Channel 4.

Meanwhile, on Planet Tense, contrary as ever, the stand out song is Gold Dust Woman, Stevie Nicks' dark exploration of cocaine addiction. Here's a video of Fleetwood Mac performing the song live in 1997, twenty years after the album was released (and twenty one years ago!!).

Have I mentioned I'm looking forward to listening to this tomorrow?


Mark said...

Candice Night of 'Blackmores Night' is so clearly influenced by Stevie Nicks.

Imperfect and Tense said...

I must admit that Ritchie dropped off my radar after his Rainbow days, so I'll need to spend a bit of time exploring the back catalogue of Blackmore's Night.

Spadger said...

OMG! that is so spooky! In an effort to lift the low morale on good ship lollipop, there's been a decorate the room challenge. When the DIY paper chains were assembled and put up (not by me - I'm too busy for stuff like that), yours couldn't but help find it on his phone to play it and the accompanying tracks! Played the album a few more times since over the past week.

Imperfect and Tense said...

Yep, JD, that is definitely something you would do! Brilliant!