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.