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Old 03-26-2004, 07:36 PM
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These are some pretty good reviews of the remasters and their bonus tracks. They didn't have one for the WA unfortunately.

"Rumours"

In the spring of 2004, Warner Strategic Marketing reissued as remastered expanded editions Fleetwood Mac's first three albums with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Rumours is not only given an 18-track bonus disc, but the B-side "Silver Springs" is added to the original album, between "Songbird" and "The Chain" -- which may be a controversial move for some since it upsets the original running order (even though it was added to the previously released DVD Audio version of the record, albeit in a different place on the album, but that whole release scrambles the track listing on the second side, anyway). Nevertheless, it's very nice to have the original "Silver Springs" on CD, and the bonus disc is quite impressive, even though it isn't necessarily the kind of disc that will get played all that frequently. The biggest discovery are the previously unreleased songs -- two by Stevie Nicks, the very good official outtake "Think About It" (co-written with Roy Bittan) and the demo of "Planets of the Universe," and sketches by Christine McVie ("Butter Cookie (Keep Me There)") and Lindsey Buckingham ("Doesn't Anything Last"); while only "Think About It" was in any shape to make the final record, they're all interesting listens. Apart from the two jams that conclude the album (one a snippet, the other kind of lengthy and appropriately given "The Blues" as its subtitle), the rest of the album consists of alternate takes and demos of nearly every song on the album, with "Gold Dust Woman" and "Never Going Back Again" appearing twice (the latter is once given its original title, "Brushes"). These are dubbed as "roughs" on the back cover and that's what they are -- the songs are essentially in place, just not polished. Hence, it's easier to listen to than really rough demos, but there aren't any real revelations either -- just enough differences to make this a fascinating bonus disc for fans, particularly since the clearing-house nature of this bonus disc suggests there's nothing Rumours-related left in the vaults. While it may not be a disc that's played regularly, it's an excellent bonus disc that makes this overall package a superb reissue.

"Tusk"

In the spring of 2004, Warner Strategic Marketing reissued as remastered expanded editions Fleetwood Mac's first three albums with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Tusk restores "Sara" to its original running length (on the previous CD edition, it was offered in a truncated single edit in order to fit the whole album on one disc), and is given a bonus disc with 21 tracks, which is longer than the original double album. Of these, two are previously released single versions of "Think About Me" and "Sisters of the Moon," and of the remaining 19 tracks, only two are previously unheard songs -- and both of those are covers, of Jorge Calderon's "Kiss and Run" and the Beach Boys' "Farmer's Daughter" (the former is a rough studio jam, the latter is polished and very good). The rest of the bonus disc contains demos, alternate takes, and working versions of songs from Tusk. Unlike the Rumours bonus disc, where the alternate takes often sounded like unpolished versions of the final takes, these are often really rough takes, which makes them more interesting listens. What's particularly fascinating is to hear several of Buckingham's songs develop from these demo and alternates to the finished versions on the album. "I Know I'm Not Wrong" is singled out with no less than three versions, and it's compelling listening to hear it grow and mutate from each take. Given that it consists of almost nothing but demos and alternates, the bonus disc is more for the historical record than for listening for enjoyment, but it does offer considerably valuable insight into the creation of the great, unwieldy album that is Tusk, which is what makes this one of the finest expanded reissues of a classic record yet released.
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the clearing-house nature of this bonus disc suggests there's nothing Rumours-related left in the vaults.
HAHAHAAAAA!!

Snow job in the ice palace, that!

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and the Beach Boys' "Farmer's Daughter" (the former is a rough studio jam, the latter is polished and very good)
I still say that got mistakenly stuck inside the outtake vaults for "Tusk." It seems to have drifted over from the "Fleetwood Mac Live" outtake vaults. Maybe it got up & walked?
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