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When the five members of Fleetwood Mac reconvened in the studio in 1978 to record the follow-up to their massively successful/decade-defining/inescapable disc Rumours, it would have been painfully easy to simply spit out Rumours II.

Instead, they took 13 months and spent a then-unprecedented $1 million-plus to birth Tusk, a double album of 20 songs spanning 72 minutes. The effort defied expectations, confounded some fans, sold “only” 4 million units, and produced only two singles resembling hits: the tribal-sounding title track (recorded with the 112-piece University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band), and Stevie Nicks’ ethereal “Sara.”

However, a funny thing happened with Tusk in the ensuing 35 years. Its standing among both Fleetwood Mac fans and musicians has skyrocketed, as has respect for the wildly diverse songs and experimentation. Now, Rhino/Warner Brothers has released Tusk: The Deluxe Edition. The 5-CD/2-LP/1-DVD set includes the original album remastered, a bevy of outtakes and alternate takes, and plenty of live material from the ensuing tour.

In the booklet of liner notes and rare photos, Jim Irvin celebrates the potpourri grab bag of music, spearheaded by Lindsey Buckingham’s newfound infatuation with the sounds of punk and New Wave music, and a desire to not repeat the same old formula. He would even adopt an entirely new look for the photos shoots and tour of closely cropped hair, suits, and…uh…heavy makeup. “Listening to Tusk is like walking around a ridiculously eclectic art gallery curated by someone who’s keeping their aesthetic a secret,” Irvin offers. “And old master next to an abstract, a kinetic sculpture next to a watercolour. It makes no sense at first.”

Though, contrary to the established Rock History Narrative of him fighting for the change alone, both Nicks and Mick Fleetwood and not just Buckingham were also eager to shake things up, according to their own comments today.

And what of the effect as a whole? Buckingham certainly brings an un-Mac-like tension, nervous energy, and biting sarcasm to efforts like the deranged square-dance sound of “The Ledge,” the punkish “What Makes You Think You’re the One,” the biting “Not That Funny,” and the “rockabilly on acid” of “That’s Enough For Me.”

Stevie Nicks, always given something of a short shrift in terms of songwriting since she doesn’t play an instrument (not counting the tambourine), offers some of her finest work in the longing “Storms,” an upbeat “Angel,” elegiac “Beautiful Child,” and mysterious “Sisters of the Moon,” which surprisingly resurfaced on the set list for the Mac’s recent reunion tours.

Only Christine McVie’s contributions seem slight and listless — both lyrically and musically — save for some soft-and-gentle work on her usual romantic balladry in “Over and Over” and “Brown Eyes.”

Tusk’s recording period saw Christine’s involvement with both Grant Curry (the band’s lighting director) and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, while Lindsay Buckingham fell into an intense involvement with record-company exec/former model Carol Ann Harris (who later wrote a not-that-flattering book about the relationship, Storms).

Fleetwood Mac at the Crossroads...with one goofy hat: John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.

The shocker, fans later found out, was the news of Nicks and Fleetwood’s brief-but-intense involvement. It led to Fleetwood’s divorce from Jenny Boyd…who had previously had an affair with previous lineup guitarist Bob Weston…and was the sister of Rock’s Greatest Muse, Pattie Boyd, who sent both George Harrison and Eric Clapton into romantic bliss and yearning, poured out on vinyl.

And when Nicks and Fleetwood’s involvement ended, Nicks’ best friend, Sara Recor (partial inspiration for the song), took up with Fleetwood without either bothering to tell Nicks about it, which crushed her .(are you following all of this?). this was usual for the Fleetwood Mac circus

Thus, Nicks admits today that a number of her songs are about Fleetwood, and it’s not hard to interpret many of hers and Buckingham’s lyrics as continued musical snipes and judgments on their relationship.

Of the demos and alternate versions, there’s some very interesting development chronicled in the songs “I Know I’m Not Wrong” and “Tusk” as Buckingham — like he did with much of the material — tinkered with them in his own studio extensively before bringing them to the band. It was a way of songwriting that gave him more control, but which the band agreed to abandon after Tusk.

And on the live discs, listeners will find a band surprisingly willing to take risks with tempos and delivery onstage with material recorded in studio. And that includes tunes from their previous two records, Fleetwood Mac and Rumours.

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So, while the hefty Deluxe Edition of Tusk may be for Fleetwood Mac Addicts only (and those with record players), less expensive options included a 3-CD Expanded Edition and a 1-CD Remastered effort.

In either case, for what attention and sometimes derision it received on release, Tusk is the one effort in the band’s discography whose standing has improved with time. Oh, and the meaning the title? It was Mick Fleetwood’s slang term for a penis. You’re welcome for that.

As performed by Stevie Nicks on the Tonight Show with host Jimmy Fallon,Stevie Nicks is a Grammy Award-winning solo artist and frontwoman for Fleetwood Mac. The band’s 1977 album, “Rumours”, is considered one of music’s biggest selling albums and won the Grammy for Album of the Year. Nicks kicked off her solo career in 1981 with the album Bella Donna and has released seven more albums, including her most recent, 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, Stevie performed two songs on the show “Rhiannon” and “Lady” but the unexpected was the solo performance Stevie at the piano on her own most likely as she did when the song was originally written.

Stevie Nicks took advantage of a break in Fleetwood Mac‘s current tour to stop by ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night and perform a pair of songs, including one from her new solo LP “ Lady “, ‘24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault.’

You can watch that song, ‘Lady,’ above, She also performed an exclusive rendition of Nicks’ Fleetwood Mac classic ‘Rhiannon,’ which she performed at the piano. Released October 7th, ’24 Karat Gold’ Nicks contiuned the streak of Top 10 solo records Nicks started with in 2001′s ‘Trouble in Shangri-La.’. ‘Lady,’ along with ‘The Dealer’ and ‘Starshine,’ was released as a single prior to ’24 Karat’ arriving in stores.

As previously reported, Fleetwood Mac are back on the road with Christine McVie for the first time in years, and the band’s run of well-received reunion gigs will continue for quite awhile — they recently added another leg of dates, extending the tour into 2015. The band is also at work on a new album, its first since 2003′s ‘Say You Will‘ — and the first studio LP to employ the group’s classic ‘Rumours’-era lineup since 1987′s ‘Tango in the Night.’ check out Stevie’s tour story as well

STEVIE NICKS singer songwriter and vocalist with Fleetwood Mac currently touring the States, has a new solo album due out titled “24 Karat Gold” featuring old and new songs throughout her career.

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A further glimpse of the new album to be released from Stevie Nicks “24 Karat Gold”  a collection of songs mostly originally demos recorded by Stevie for her solo albums and for the collective of Fleetwood Mac.

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Stevie Nicks has a new album of outtakes and demos recorded over the years for her solo albums and with Fleetwood Mac titled “24 Karat Gold”

this stunning new video from the new album from Stevie Nicks taken from the “24 Karat Gold” songs from the vaults album due in early october

Stevie Nicks with an instantly recognisable vocal, I find her voice so sensuous, timeless and haunting, either on her own or within the band frame of Fleetwood Mac this song “Lady” could be a demo from her time as the other member of  Buckingham Nicks Released at last on her new solo album “24 Carat Gold Songs from The Vault” containing the Lyrics, Lookout for the deluxe version contains an 80 page booklet of unseen photos from Stevie. the songs are all a story of what was happening at the time some have not even been heard by her fleetwood mac bandmates

 

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Stevie Nicks performs at Hard Rock Calling 2011 - 26/06/11

 

Stevie Nicks has a new album coming out titled “24Karat Gold” mostly songs from the Vaults written between 1969 and 1987 and two tunes from the mid 1990’s, due out in early October, featuring a collection of unreleased track. The songs are about broken hearts, secrets and the survivors and most of them have appeared on bootlegs and part song found by the singer on You Tube. 18 tracks were laid down with Dave Stewart and Waddy Watchel producing. there is a double album and a deluxe book with lots of photos from Stevie’s own scrapbooks.

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Stevie Nicks born on 26th May 1948, Known for her time with the rock band Fleetwood Mac for the songs and vocals she bought to the band possibly their greatest track “RHIANNON”. Stevie is a singer songwriter, musician with amazing ability, Inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac. She joined the Mac in 1974 along with her then partner Lindsay Buckingham the album they produced “RUMOURS” released in 1974 has become the eighth best selling album of all time with Stevie’s Song “Dreams” being the only Number one hit single in the USA, previously in the band Buckingham Nicks they released one album. She also started a solo career in 1981 with her first of seven solo albums released to date the first titled “BELLA DONNA”. Stevie has always had a mythical image with her stage wear of black billowing skirts, floating scarves layers of lace and with her long blonde hair she would also decorate her microphone stand with ribbons, crystals, beads and scarves and Roses.Stevie also has her own charity “Band of Soldiers” for wounded military personal.