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October 22, 2016

Fleetwood Mac – Tusk (1979) – 2Lp

by Record Facts

Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The two most successful periods for the band were during the late 1960s British blues boom, when they were led by guitarist Peter Green and from 1975 to 1987, as a more pop-oriented act, featuring Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.













Artist:  Fleetwood Mac
Title:  Tusk
Year:  1979
Format:  2LP
Label:  Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#  WB 66088

Tusk is the twelfth album by the British/American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Released in 1979, it is considered experimental, primarily due to Lindsey Buckingham‘s sparser songwriting arrangements and the influence of punk rock and new wave on his production techniques.

At the time of its release, it was a flop, never reaching the top of the charts and never spawning a true hit single, despite two well-received Top Ten hits. Coming after the monumental Rumours, this was a huge disappointment, but the truth of the matter is that Fleetwood Mac couldn’t top that success no matter how hard they tried, so it was better for them to indulge themselves and come up with something as unique as Tusk. Lindsey Buckingham directed both Fleetwood Mac and Rumours, but he dominates here, composing nearly half the album, and giving Christine McVie‘s and Stevie Nicks‘ songs an ethereal, floating quality that turns them into welcome respites from the seriously twisted immersions into Buckingham‘s id. This is the ultimate cocaine album — it’s mellow for long stretches, and then bursts wide open in manic, frantic explosions, such as the mounting tension on “The Ledge” or the rampaging “That’s Enough for Me,” or the marching band-driven paranoia of the title track, all of which are relieved by smooth, reflective work from all three songwriters. While McVie and Nicks contribute some excellent songs, Buckingham owns this record with his nervous energy and obsessive production, winding up with a fussily detailed yet wildly messy record unlike any other. This is mainstream madness, crazier than Buckingham‘s idol Brian Wilson and weirder than any number of cult classics. Of course, that’s why it bombed upon its original release, but Tusk is a bracing, weirdly affecting work that may not be as universal or immediate as Rumours, but is every bit as classic. As a piece of pop art, it’s peerless.  The album polarized critics and the public alike upon its initial release, although the album has since been reevaluated over time and praised for its experimentation. In 2013, NME ranked Tusk at number 445 in their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


Side one
1.  Over & Over  (4:36)
2.  The Ledge  (2:02)
3.  Think About Me  (2:44)
4.  Save Me a Place  (2:40)
5.  Sara  (6:27)

Side two
1.  What Makes You Think You’re the One  (3:32)
2.  Storms  (5:29)
3.  That’s All for Everyone  (3:04)
4.  Not That Funny  (3:13)
5.  Sisters of the Moon  (4:40)

Side three
1.  Angel  (4:53)
2.  That’s Enough for Me  (1:48)
3.  Brown Eyes  (4:30)
4.  Never Make Me Cry  (2:14)
5.  I Know I’m Not Wrong  (3:02)

Side four
1.  Honey Hi  (2:43)
2.  Beautiful Child  (5:23)
3.  Walk a Thin Line  (3:48)
4.  Tusk  (3:36)
5.  Never Forget  (3:44)

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