Inside the making of one of the biggest-selling albums of all time: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.
Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 Rumours album topped the Billboard 200 for 31 weeks and won the Album of the Year Grammy. More recently, Rolling Stone named it the 25th greatest album of all time and the hit TV series Glee devoted an entire episode to songs from Rumours, introducing it to a new generation. Now, for the first time, Ken Caillat, the album's co-producer, tells the full story of what really went into making Rumours - from the endless partying and relationship dramas to the creative struggles to write and record "You Make Loving Fun," "Don't Stop," "Go Your Own Way," "The Chain," and other timeless tracks.
©2012 Ken Caillat and Steven Stiefel (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
If you're interested in learning about recording and tech issues from 70s era sound and recording equipment, then this is for you. If not (like me) you'll wish that you skipped this altogether. Yes, Caillat served as co-producer and trusted tech employee on the Rumours album as well as helping out on tech issues during the Rumours tour, but folks...this bears repeating: other than the aforementioned, you won't be learning anything new about Fleetwood Mac that you haven't already seen covered on an episode of VH1's "Behind the Music." I'm not kidding. This was a borefest of the highest degree. And, oh yes- did you know he's the father of singer Colby Caillat? That's good, because if you don't, you'll be reminded (in addition to a completely useless detailed description of how he handled a recording issue on his daughter's (Colby Caillat!) album. I wish someone would please kick me in the forehead with a pen for buying this damn thing.
Would you like to know what Caillat's days were like? (I woke up. I showered. Scooter went through the doggie door to go to the bathroom. Scooter came back in from the doggie door after he went to the bathroom, etc.) Holy crap- it's a monotonous nightmare. If this book was solely about his adventures with his dog Scooter, the best little buddy and tension breaker that made him happy during the recording sessions, that's one thing (I adore dogs)...but that's not how this was marketed. ("I ordered a drink. The waiter arrived. He poured the wine into my glass. I raised my glass. I made a toast." With hours upon hours worth of moment by moment description of every single thing he did every single day he worked on the album and subsequent tour, how in the hell did he have time to effectively do anything? He's too busy writing down every single boring everyday tasks he did, thought, etc. Frankly, if the book was about Scooter, the best pal Caillat ever had, it would have been far more interesting on the road with him and Scooter's adorable personality in the recording studio. That dog was interesting. Caillat wasn't. In spades.
Other than two major confrontations that take place during the Rumours recording sessions,I learned nothing. Just a lot of "the band seemed tense/the band knew exactly how much was at stake in making this album"...really? Ya don't say! Honestly, I felt that Caillat's reflections had about as much importance as a pimple on the ass of the universe.
By the way, is it just me, or does the narrator (although giving his best) sound like a voiceover actor for children's products/that happy voice at the end of the latest medicine commercial that happily warns you that one of the side effects is death? They should have had that warning at the beginning of this audiobook.
I you are educated in the making of an album this is for you. Too much info and tech stuff discussed in this book that left me very bored sometimes. The plus is I got to hear some insight on the band. Of course from only one persons perspective.
For anyone interested in the music industry, especially on the tech end of things, this is a fantastic read. Details of the making of Rumours include information on the mixing and audio engineering techniques used in the making of the album, songwriting processes, recording processes, the arc of development of the album and each song from origin to finalized production, and of course the complicated conflicts and compromises in the relations of the members of Fleetwood Mac. It is an entertaining read that provides insights into understanding the mid/late 1970's music industry in America. The book provides a wealth of information about the album. Listening to this audio book has unlocked new levels of understanding this album. If possible, I have come to appreciate the genius of Rumours even more than I had before.
Good to hear about a production from the engineers pov but a little too fawning about the band. Some of those egos deserved a stomping.
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I'd highly recommend this for....1-anyone in music production or songwriting it's a very enlightening story about one of the greatest albums ever made. 2- any Fleetwood Mac fanatics. I wish Ken had been a little more specific on the model number of the mics, outboard gear and stuff (I know that would have been useless info for most folks, but not me!), but it is a great story.....Plenty of sex, drugs....and some rock and roll!
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