Their finest album, 1977’s Rumours, addresses with heart and sharp insight the romantic disengagements and re-entanglements of the members in the free-spirited, free-love 1970s.
1) The original album is a pop masterpiece, from Lindsey Buckingham's breezy opening guitar strumming at the start of "Second Hand News," to the haunting vocals of Steve Nicks' "Gold Dust Woman." In between are songs that still get radio airplay every day because of their timeless appeal: "Go Your Own Way," "You Make Loving Fun," "Dreams" (the band's only No.
1 single) and "Don't Stop." Deeper cuts like Christine Mc Vie's "Songbird" and Buckingham's "Never Going Back Again" would be signature songs for most acts.
But Buckingham's sentiments -- no doubt inspired by his ex-lover -- are best expressed alone here.
An instrumental version is also included, and once again you appreciate Buckingham's touch: The listener can be grateful that he recognized how the melody only needed seven lines of lyrics; the tune sounds naked without them.
In addition, "early takes" of tracks such as "Songbird" and "Gold Dust Woman" show that Mc Vie and Nicks, respectively, had it right all along.