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Spare Me A Little Of Your Love/Sunny Side Of Heaven
Review written by Joe from Sacramento, CA, October 16th, 2008
This has been our song for 31 years. What a beautiful song! And I can only speak for us but the lyrics are exactly how it is in our relationship. I know it. But you can't get my wife to say that, which is why she's so special.
Oh yeah, I've heard about this album... ;)
Review written by Joe from Brisbane, Qld, Australia, August 12th, 2004
Top Three Moments
The scorching solo and outro to Go Your Own Way
What's better than a multi-platinum debut (Fleetwood Mac)? A follow-up that becomes the best-selling album of all time (Rumours).
Magical in songsmanship and production, these eleven tracks set a new worldwide standard in platinum pop. The drumming is tight, and there is a multitude of parts to each arrangement, unlike future sparse arrangements with Lindsey at the helm.
Dreams proved to be not just a great song, but the Mac's greatest ever, if US Billboard Top 100 charts are anything to go by. Never Going Back Again picks up where Landslide left off, showcasing the beautiful, raw intricacies of Lindsey's acoustic guitar work under a pretty song. His dobro work on The Chain is another signature element, along with the last minute acoustic guitar addition to Go Your Own Way.
Rumours is Christine's best Fleetwood Mac work until TITN comes around. Songbird is an intimate "lullaby" that endears the listener to the singer's soothing soul voice, as well as her understated keyboard talents. Don't Stop is the one of only a few Fleetwood Mac songs from the Buckingham era that relies on strings, or string synths. It's somewhat against Lindsey's modus operandi to use strings in arrangements I think. But here they pay dividends, proved again and again by the test of time as radio listeners and US voters alike are taken smitten by Don't Stop's dancy shuffle, honky tonk piano, and androgenous vocal lead mix of Lindsey and Christine.
You Make Lovin Fun is the song that got me interested in Fleetwood Mac - 'miracles', 'magic', and that tinkly bell thing. This song was arranged masterfully, but the vocal arrangment and performance by Christine is the real gold.
The group kisses goodbye the mainstream gloss of Rumours and embraces Tusk's edge of insanity with the two-part enduring classic Gold Dust Woman. The saga at first highlights that magic Rumours vocal chorus sound, then gives way to furious devilry of aggressive acoustic guitar parts, violent percussion, and banshee-like wailing. Sublime!