Fleetwood Mac : Rumours Live : 2LP Vinyl Review

The Legacy of Fleetwood Mac:
Almost every music lover has a version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours.” From the first vinyl album I ever bought to the deluxe edition that came with both vinyl and CDs, the timeless appeal of this album is undeniable. The surprise release of “Rumours Live” in 2023 was a delightful addition to my collection.

Sound Quality and Performance:
Contrary to some online opinions about the sound quality being “tinny,” my experience has been nothing short of stellar. Played on my Technics turntable through my Tannoy speakers and my Denon amp, the album sounds rich, vibrant, and immersive. The crowd’s presence is perfectly balanced, neither overwhelming nor too distant, creating an authentic live concert experience.

Track Insights:
This album is Fleetwood Mac reborn. With almost every track from “Rumours” and their self-titled album “Fleetwood Mac,” it’s a testament to the band’s ability to reinvent themselves while still paying homage to their roots. Standout performances include an 8-minute rendition of “Rhiannon,” a 7-minute “Gold Dust Woman,” and a mesmerizing version of “Songbird” to close out the set.

Packaging and Pressing:
The vinyl comes in polylined sleeves, ensuring protection and longevity. The pressing is impeccable, made in Germany, and weighs in at 180 grams. The silence between tracks is profound, highlighting the album’s dynamic range. The cover art features familiar images from “Rumours,” connecting this live version to its iconic studio counterpart.

Conclusion:

“Rumours Live” is a must-have for any Fleetwood Mac fan. It’s a testament to the band’s enduring talent and the timeless appeal of their music. The fact that such a powerful live recording remained hidden for so long is astonishing, but its release now offers fans a fresh perspective on classic tracks. If you’re contemplating adding this to your collection, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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