I realize it's not very cutting edge of me to talk about a record like Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," and probably even more ridiculous to hype an umpteenth reissue on compact disc, so I will make this brief and get the hell outta here.
The new 35th Anniversary expanded edition of this legendary release is fantastic, if only for Disc Three. Even if you're not an obsessive collector, you do love music, right? And you do think this record is a classic, right? The rarities from the vaults that comprise Disc Three are stunning.
There is an early duet take of "Never Going Back Again" that I fell in love with immediately.
There is a Christine McVie demo that never made the record called "Keep Me There," and it features what became the coda of "The Chain" as its coda, as well as a truly soulful vocal from Miss McVie. Great find, although it's altogether possible that everyone involved knew it was there all along.
There is a simple yet powerful take of "Dreams" that is a killer.
And speaking of killer, the early take of "Silver Springs" left me frozen in my seat. If Stevie Nicks' raw vocal doesn't tear you to shreds....
And speaking of tearing you to shreds....
I just love this performance. Really one for the books. But I digress.
There is over an hour of new material on the new edition of "Rumours," and it's all worth listening to...more than once. Trust me.
I know I am an obsessive when it comes to this stuff, but it's hard to just dismiss it all.
And speaking of obsessive, maybe you have a minute or two to share your own personal story...if you have one... about being a collector. This week on Burning Love? is all about that holy grail of music and what you are willing to do or not do to get it.