On this day in music history: February 4, 1977 - “Rumours”, the eleventh studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released. Produced by Fleetwood Mac, Ken Calliat and Richard Dashut, it is recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA and Los Angeles, CA, Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley, CA, Wally Heider Studios in Los Angeles, CA, Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA, and Davlen Studios in North Hollywood, CA from Early - Late 1976. Following the bands’ marathon tour in support of their breakthrough album “Fleetwood Mac”, all of the members are affected by personal conflicts, including John and Christine McVie getting divorced, drummer Mick Fleetwood splitting from his wife Jenny Boyd, and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham also ending their long term relationship. In spite of the obvious tension, it will also see the band at its creative peak, with Buckingham, Nicks and Christine McVie all writing songs about the breakdown of their relationships. Proceeded by the single “Go Your Own Way” (#10 Pop) in December of 1976, it is an immediate critical and commercial hit upon its release, spinning of four top 10 singles including “Dreams” (#1 Pop), “Don’t Stop” (#3 Pop) and “You Make Loving Fun” (#9 Pop). Later pressings of “Rumours” feature an alternate mix of the track “Gold Dust Woman” which features glass shattering (glass panes broken by Mick Fleetwood) and howling low in the mix (by Lindsey Buckingham) at the songs’ climax. The mix released on the initial pressing is without the shattering glass, and with the howling prominently featured in the mix. Original vinyl copies of “Rumours” feature a textured LP sleeve, with a lyric sheet booklet featuring photos of the band on the outer front and back. Later LP pressings feature a non-textured cover. Originally released on CD in 1985, and then is remixed into 5.1 surround sound by original recording engineer and co-producer Ken Calliat, and released as a DVD-A disc in 2001. A two CD deluxe edition including the original stereo mix is remastered (by Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch in 2004 and 2013) and reissued on CD in 2004. It is also remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in both standard 33 1/3 RPM and 45 RPM double vinyl pressings in 2011. The album is remastered and reissued on CD as a triple disc edition in 2013, with the first disc featuring the original album adding the B-side “Silver Springs” (also on the 2004 reissue). The second disc includes live performance material from the “Rumours Tour” in 1977. The third disc features song demos and outtakes from the sessions. The set is also issued as a Super Deluxe box set expanded to four CD’s, including a DVD featuring a documentary and the vinyl LP. “Rumours” spends thirty one weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200, winning the Grammy Award for Album Of The Year in 1978, and is certified 20x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Double Diamond Certification.
On this day in music history: June 2, 1978 - “Darkness On The Edge Of Town”, the fourth album by Bruce Springsteen is released. Produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau and Steven Van Zandt, it is recorded at The Record Plant in New York City from October 12, 1977 – March 19, 1978. Issued as the long awaited follow up to “Born To Run”, it comes after a three year long forced hiatus from recording while Springsteen extricates himself from his contract with former manager Mike Appel. In spite of not being able to record, Springsteen is extremely prolific during the down time, writing seventy songs and recording at least fifty two in consideration for the final album. Among the songs written for the project but are left unreleased, are given to various other artist to record. Those songs include “Because The Night” (Patti Smith), “Fire” (The Pointer Sisters), “Rendevous” (Greg Kihn Band) and “This Little Girl” (Gary U.S. Bonds). The album is well received upon its release, with Springsteen and the E Street Band touring exhaustively in support of it. It spins off the singles “Badlands” (#42 Pop) and “Prove It All Night” (#33 Pop), spending nearly two years on the charts. Like “Born To Run”, “Darkness” is also remastered and reissued as a deluxe three CD + three DVD (or Blu-ray) box set titled “The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story” in 2010. The box contains twenty one previously unreleased outtakes from the recording sessions, with other outtakes including “Don’t Look Back”, “Hearts of Stone”, “Iceman” and “Give the Girl a Kiss” having been previously released on the “Tracks” box set in 1998. Sixteen other songs recorded during the sessions remain unreleased to the present day. The set also includes an eighty page spiral bound book featuring reproductions of Springsteen’s own notebooks filled with lyrics and other song ideas tied to the conception of the album. It also includes a documentary film detailing the making of “Darkness”, which receives its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2010, two months before the deluxe edition arrives in record stores. The set wins a Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package in 2012. The album is also released as part of “Bruce Springsteen - The Albums Collection Vol. 1” in 2014" on CD and vinyl. The CD and 180 gram vinyl pressings are also issued as a stand alone releases in 2015. “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” peaks at number five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: June 9, 1978 - “Some Girls”, the sixteenth (fourteenth in the UK) studio album by The Rolling Stones is released. Produced by The Glimmer Twins, it is recorded at EMI Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris, France from October 10 - December 21, 1977, January 5 - March 2, 1978. Following the musical and cultural sea change that punk rock brings to popular music, The Rolling Stones will be written off by much of the younger generation and many critics as “dinosaurs”. Not willing to take the criticism lying down, the band responds with what is regarded as one best albums of their career. The sessions are highly prolific, producing nearly thirty new songs with much of the unreleased material surfacing on later albums including “Emotional Rescue” and “Tattoo You”. Keith Richards potential long term incarceration for drug possession in Toronto, Canada the previous year also motivates the band to produce as much material as possible. The albums cover art designed by Peter Corriston features a die cut jacket with photos of Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli, Raquel Welch, and Marilyn Monroe printed on the inner sleeve. It runs into legal trouble when all threaten to sue the band for unauthorized use of their likenesses. The cover is quickly revised and reissued with the photos covered up. A huge critical and commercial favorite upon its release, the album spin off three singles including “Miss You” (#1 Pop), “Beast Of Burden” (#8 Pop), and “Shattered” (#31 Pop). Remastered and reissued numerous times since making its CD debut in 1986, the album is remastered and reissued again in 2011. The reissues include a double CD set with the first disc featuring the original ten song album, with disc two including twelve bonus tracks of outtakes from the original sessions. It is also released as a numbered Super Deluxe edition with the aforementioned contents, plus a DVD including the music videos for “Miss You”, “Respectable”, “Far Away Eyes”, and three live performances from the Stones “Some Girls: Live In Texas ‘78” concert. The box also comes with a 100 page hardback book with extensive annotation and rare photos, a print of the band taken by famed photographer Helmut Newton, six postcards, a reproduction of the original LP promotional poster, and a 7" of “Beast Of Burden” b/w “When The Whip Comes Down”, with a replica of the original withdrawn picture sleeve. “Some Girls” spends two weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
((With every session we do, there has to be an outtakes video, because we’re just so stupid and do so much bullshit. We recorded about 34 minutes, ¾ of which was probably just crap likes this. Please enjoy this third video of us.))