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Fleetwood Mac - Rumours Live (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77) (2023) Hi-Res

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours Live (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77) (2023) Hi-Res

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For all the slings and arrows retrospectively cast at the titans of '70s rock, the notion that these bands were somehow callow opportunists who'd sacrifice their authenticity and musical spirit to climb a few more slots on the chart is one that never applied to Fleetwood Mac. Although the band was one of the dominant rock-adjacent musical forces in the late '70s, Fleetwood Mac was also always one of the quirkiest "big" bands around, due both to their long and varied history and the intensely weird interpersonal dynamics. Today, they only seem like a mainstream band because their unique approach became so popular that it defined the mainstream sound of the era. And while that sound found its purest representation on this lineup's three '70s studio albums, Fleetwood Mac was also a singular and powerful live presence, delivering generous and rewarding sets during their imperial period. While they certainly weren't the Grateful Dead, and they largely stuck to the same set list throughout their tours, there were a few shows in the band's history that have become somewhat legendary, among them their August 1977 three-show run at the Forum in Los Angeles.

Rumours Live documents the first of the sold-out shows, which finds the band returning to their hometown during the height of their powers, in the middle of the tour. To be fair, the material doesn't diverge too much from the set list that the band relied on during the tour but the energy of this performance is electric. Of course, Stevie Nicks is the focal point throughout, and the nonchalant way she introduces "Rhiannon"—"This is a song about a witch"—is absolute peak Stevie, but this recording also demonstrates how strong of a performer she was during this era, whether it's the vocals that waver between clear harmonies and full-throated belting, or more discrete highlights like the gut-punching "oooooh" she delivers halfway through "Dreams." This show also demonstrates the often-ignored strengths of Fleetwood Mac as a band. When they find their groove—which is often on Rumours Live—it's a sight to behold, with a loose, rollicking confidence that can only come from a group of players absolutely locked into one another.

Although many of the songs are delivered in relatively faithful versions, when the band does get playful with arrangements (bouncy, twangy "Over My Head," twitchy, proto-New Wave "Blue Letter," jammy, guitar-forward "I'm So Afraid") or stretch out (extended jams on "Rhiannon," "World Turning" and "Gold Dust Woman"), the deep symbiosis that these players had is abundantly clear. That's further emphasized in the encore, which is introduced with "We don't have any more songs so we're gonna jam around." They proceed to play a-now iconic number ("The Chain"), the song that opened—and thematically defined—Rumours ("Second Hand News"), and one of the best songs ever written by anyone in the band (Christine McVie's "Songbird") to close out the show in a fashion that is loose, loving, warm, and absolutely without peer.

Tracklist
1. Fleetwood Mac - Say You Love Me (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
2. Fleetwood Mac - Monday Morning (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
3. Fleetwood Mac - Dreams (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
4. Fleetwood Mac - Oh Well (Pt. 1) (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
5. Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
6. Fleetwood Mac - Oh Daddy (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
7. Fleetwood Mac - Never Going Back Again (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
8. Fleetwood Mac - Landslide (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
9. Fleetwood Mac - Over My Head (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
10. Fleetwood Mac - Gold Dust Woman (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
11. Fleetwood Mac - You Make Loving Fun (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
12. Fleetwood Mac - I'm so Afraid (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
13. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
14. Fleetwood Mac - World Turning (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
15. Fleetwood Mac - Blue Letter (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
16. Fleetwood Mac - The Chain (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
17. Fleetwood Mac - Second Hand News (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
18. Fleetwood Mac - Songbird (Live at the Fabulous Forum, Inglewood, CA, 08/29/77)
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