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  • Summary: The 1997 Grammy-winning album is reissued as an expanded and deluxe edition box set. The set includes live recordings from the 1977 world tour, outtakes from recording sessions, demos, and a DVD with the documentary, "The Rosebud Film."
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 100
    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.
  2. 100
    What makes Rumours so remarkable and relevant is that it remains fragile and passionate 35 years later.... From a historical, archival standpoint, this package is extremely valuable, as Rhino left in the studio banter and rough cuts from the recording sessions; you get to overhear Fleetwood Mac as they make the record.
  3. Feb 14, 2013
    100
    As one of classic rock's foundational albums, it holds up better than any other commercial smash of that ilk.
  4. Mojo
    Feb 15, 2013
    100
    If you're the kind of listener who has come to associate outtakes from classic albums with meagre, dryly forensic spoils, prepare to be very pleasantly surprised by Disc 3.... Rumours reminds us why we should continue to indulge them. [Mar 2013, p.100]
  5. Feb 14, 2013
    90
    With its extra content engineered to appeal to collectors and casual fans alike, this is a justified addition to the many Rumours already making the rounds.
  6. Feb 14, 2013
    90
    If there’s ever been an album that deserves the lavish, borderline-unnecessary reissue treatment, it’s this pop behemoth.
  7. Feb 14, 2013
    70
    Every song is an open-and-shut case, a tightly-sealed, end-of-story work of pop-rock perfection. Which means items like discs of live material and outtakes are superfluous at best.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 16, 2013
    10
    This is a timeless album with timeless tracks. I cannot skip any song while listening to the album, they contain must-listen to attributes. IThis is a timeless album with timeless tracks. I cannot skip any song while listening to the album, they contain must-listen to attributes. I could listen to this relentlessly. Expand
  2. May 21, 2013
    10
    Rumours is like nostalgia that I never had. My parents never played this record when I was growing up and I wasn't raised in this album'sRumours is like nostalgia that I never had. My parents never played this record when I was growing up and I wasn't raised in this album's generation. I only recently discovered this album in college, but it sounds and feels like something I've been listening to all of my life. Rumours manages to suspend time for just a moment. It is beautiful, moving art that truly will make you a different person. Just close your eyes and listen to Dreams. It is marvelous. Stevie Nicks is a goddess. Expand
  3. Dec 2, 2017
    10
    With such classics as The Chain, Go Your Own Way, Don't Stop and Songbird to name just a few you can make a strong case for Rumours being theWith such classics as The Chain, Go Your Own Way, Don't Stop and Songbird to name just a few you can make a strong case for Rumours being the best album of all time, it's certainly my favourite! Expand
  4. Jun 26, 2017
    10
    One of the Greatest Rock Albums of All Time!

    Even though I didn't grow up in the '70s, this definitely deserved the Grammy for Best Album.
    One of the Greatest Rock Albums of All Time!

    Even though I didn't grow up in the '70s, this definitely deserved the Grammy for Best Album. It is what makes Fleetwood Mac an awesome band. There is not a bad song on here, and each one tells a story. Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Don't Stop, You Make Loving Fun, The Chain, and Gold Dust Woman are the best tracks. In fact, it's most of their biggest hits. Along with other great songs like Songbird, Second Hand News, and Never Going Back Again, this album is just flawless. It is Fleetwood Mac's best and should be passed down from generation to generation. Even though Glee pretty much butchered these classics, it has given others a chance to discover the originals. Thanks for making this great music, guys. You rock!
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  5. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    Rumours is one of the best albums ever written hands down. Every single song on that album is written with a balance of pleasentry and genuineRumours is one of the best albums ever written hands down. Every single song on that album is written with a balance of pleasentry and genuine lyrics that make it forever timeless. Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2016
    9
    makes me wonder why wasn't I born in that era.... this album... Stevie Nicks and the band.... they're perfection personified...
    The album
    makes me wonder why wasn't I born in that era.... this album... Stevie Nicks and the band.... they're perfection personified...
    The album clearly was designed and crafted way ahead of its time... :)
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  7. Mar 27, 2013
    5
    Ah, the mid-70s: my least favorite musical era. Rock lost its edge, and FM radio became an instrument of torture, playing the bland pop tunesAh, the mid-70s: my least favorite musical era. Rock lost its edge, and FM radio became an instrument of torture, playing the bland pop tunes of Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles over and over and over, until listeners' ears wept blood. Now here we are at the 35th anniversary of "Rumours," and it's time for a reassessment. Was the "soundtrack of 1977" truly as lightweight as I remember? The answer is: yes and no. Listening to the old songs, as well as the live versions, demos, and early takes, I realize how heterogeneous the band was most of the time. On songs by Stevie Nicks and (most of the time) Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac sounds like a skilled back-up band, adapting their sound to the singer-songwriter's aesthetic. Only on the one song written by the whole band ("Chains") and on a couple of songs by Lindsey Buckingham do I hear much real collaboration. Compare the Nicks and McVie demos (not that different from final versions) and the Buckingham demos (quite different), and you'll see how much more involved and sophisticated was Buckingham's use of his bandmates' musical strengths during the recording process. In the final analysis, I don't like most of the Nicks and McVie songs, which sound to me as silly and sentimental as they did in the 70s. But, 35 years later, I rather like "Chains" and "Go Your Own Way," which have a ferocity I didn't appreciate when I was hearing them two thousand times a month. Expand

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