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Fleetwood Mac – Tusk (1979)
My second outing to Fleetwood Mac land in this series takes us on a decade to 1979. It’s now post blues years and post the joining of Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks. It is of course to the subliminal world of the mighty Tusk.
It was the band’s 12th album. Released in 1979, it revealed experimental overtones and another departure from typicality, primarily due to Lindsey Buckingham’s sparser songwriting arrangements and the influence of punk rock and new wave on his production techniques. Widely noted in the 1979 press for costing over $1 million to record, it was the most expensive rock album made up to that point. Compared to 1977’s Rumours which sold 10 million copies by March 1978, Tusk sold four million copies. Because of this, the album was regarded as a commercial failure by the label. Which is a shame because I’d rate it (along with many other die-hard followers) on a pretty well equal footing.
The band embarked on a 9-month tour to promote Tusk. They travelled extensively across the world, including the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and UK. In Germany they shared the bill with Bob Marley. It was on this world tour that the band recorded music for the Fleetwood Mac Live album, which was released in 1980.