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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.

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On this day in music history: March 23, 1982 - “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet”, the sixth album by Rick Springfield is released. Produced by Keith Olsen, it is recorded at Goodnight LA Studios in Van Nuys, CA from Mid 1981 - Early 1982. After ten years of struggle and setbacks, Rick Springfield begins to see his fortunes turn around when “Working Class Dog”, his first album for RCA Records takes off during the Spring and Summer of 1981. Deciding to strike while the iron is hot, he returns to the studio with former Sound City Studios engineer and producer Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Pat Benatar), recording at Olsen’s newly opened state of the art facility. Sessions take place during breaks in Springfield’s busy schedule while promoting “Working Class Dog”, and starring on the popular daytime soap opera “General Hospital”. The new album features various studio players including former Rufus member Dennis Belfield (bass), former Hall & Oates band member Michael Baird (drums), Alan Pasqua (keyboards), Chas Sandford (guitar), songwriter Tom Kelly (“Like A Virgin”, “True Colors”, “I Touch Myself”), and future Mr. Mister lead singer and bassist Richard Page (background vocals). “Success” follows its predecessor up the charts, spinning off three singles including “Don’t Talk To Strangers” (#2 Pop), “I Get Excited” (#32 Pop), and “What Kind Of Fool Am I?” (#21 Pop). Like the previous album, the cover art features a humorous photo of Springfield’s bull terrier/great dane mix Lethal Ron, this time posed in the back of a limousine with two female poodles (with Springfield posing as the limo driver). “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet” spends three weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.