On this day in music history: June 23, 1982 - “Mirage”, the thirteenth studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released. Produced by Lindsey Buckingham, Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut and Fleetwood Mac, it is recorded at the Château d'Hérouville in Hérouville, France, Larrabee Studios and The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA circa 1981 - 1982. After the lukewarm reception received by the experimental and eccentric “Tusk” album in 1979, Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks both record solo projects before returning to the fold in late 1981. Their first album of new studio material in nearly three years, it marks the bands return to their more accessible and radio-friendly pop/rock sound. The albums release is led by the Christine McVie penned “Hold Me” (#4 Pop, holding for seven weeks in that position), which is supported by a visually striking and innovative music video shot in the Mojave Desert directed by Steve Barron (“Billie Jean”, “(Keep Feeling) Fascination”, “Take On Me”), it is inspired by the work of Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte. The intense heat out in the desert combined with strained relations between the band members make the video shoot difficult and tense. It spins off three hit singles including “Gypsy” (#12 Pop, #4 Mainstream Rock) and “Love In Store” (#22 Pop). The album is reissued as a remastered three CD + DVD and vinyl LP deluxe edition on September 23, 2016. The first disc feature the original twelve song album, with disc two includes nineteen bonus tracks including outtakes, alternate versions and early versions of several songs. Disc three includes thirteen live tracks recorded during the Mirage Tour. The DVD features the original album newly remixed into 5.1 surround. The original album is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP on May 26, 2017. Prior to its release and further commemorate the thirty fifth anniversary of “Mirage”, a limited edition 180 gram vinyl LP titled “Alternate Mirage”, featuring alternate versions and outtakes from the deluxe box set, is issued for Record Store Day on April 22, 2017. “Mirage” spends five weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Even though they had broken up, Lindsey still felt an obligation to improve Stevie’s songs. It was strange to watch them fighting and realize how much coldness there was between them. Sometimes when they were together, I would see one of them get excited, briefly, when talking to the other. It was almost as if their excitement about the music made them forget that their relationship had ended.
Ken Caillat, Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album