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Tusk appreciation thread... nary a clunker!

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Colo Springs E, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Another one that I'd forgotten how solid it was. Mostly pretty mellow, but some really nice songwriting going on with this album.

    My faves:

    Storms (Nicks singing)
    Over and Over (McVie)
    Save Me a Place (Buckingham)
    Beautiful Child (Nicks)
    Sara (Nicks)
    Tusk (Buckingham)

    This is an album I can listen to over and over--and have been the past few days.



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    Read the Making of Rumours. Very good book. Didn't realize they spent a year recording that album. They played the reel to reel tapes so much they wore them out!!
     
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    A guy I used to work with was a huge Fleetwood Mac. I like them too and was asking about "Tusk". He said it was good but you had to be a true fan to like it. Most Mac albums tend to be pretty good at least.
     
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    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    After listening more, there are a few I might call clunkers. But its a solid double album nonetheless!
     
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    Ken Caillat, the author of Making Rumors, and a co-producer on the album, has a sequel he published last year called Get Tusked! Lindsey Buckingham was in a very strange headspace recording Tusk, and tried to make the band sound like some sort of punk-psycho-rockabilly sound on his tracks because punk and new wave was such big trends in LA in the late '70s, and he was worried that Fleetwood Mac would sound like a dinosaur by comparison. Caillat's new book is also interesting by comparison with his first one. On Rumours, Fleetwood Mac were a band on their way up -- and by Tusk they were at the pinnacle of LA-based superstardom, and even built a new wing of the studio they recorded in just to cut Tusk.
     
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    I'm a huge Mac fan, and Tusk is my favorite record of theirs. So good!
     
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    "... and he was worried that Fleetwood Mac would sound like a dinosaur by comparison."

    Yeah... he really dodged a bullet with that one.
     
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    I kinda think of the 'white' album with rhiannon as their revolver, rumours as their sgt pepper and tusk as the white album.

    Tusk is a challenge for me, a million great textures, and a bunch of songs that sound 'almost there' but it feels like they didn't choose to finish them.

    I have had phases where I listened to it and each time, I kept thinking 'I wish they'd polished it.'

    I'd note, my favorite beatle albums are rubber soul and revolver and yesterday and today. I didn't like SGT. Pepper as much and I was not a huge fan of the white album... some great moments, but not the polished perfection of the ones I loved.
     
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    Oops, I thought this thread was about "TUSQ" appreciation and was all-fired-up to go on about my nuts. :)
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    I Know I'm Not Wrong is one of my favorites. The deluxe version is interesting; a lot of autoharp on Tusk (I think)
     
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    Yes, some things I learned about the recording of Rumours:

    It took a year to record
    They recorded breaking glass, sheets of breaking glass, having Mick break them in time, and spent a day recording it.
    They would change strings on acoustic guitars, make one recording, and then change the strings again.
    Songbird was recorded and then played back in the auditorium to get the right reverb levels. IT was recorded with about 20 mics (I dont remember exactly)

    Anyway, it is a great book if you want to be a recording engineer.
     
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    The great thing about "Tusk" is it's not "Rumours II". I was in San Diego from 77-80 when FM radio was King and got burnt on "Rumours"(doesn't make it any less a classic). Although, "Silver Springs" can still make me misty-eyed. From "Tusk", "Over & Over" is the standout.
     
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    I thought silver springs was on the white album... but i am wrong!

    I think I like that record better...
     
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    Yeah that's my favorite one.
     
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    Technically, "Silver Springs" was not included on the original release of the "Rumours" album. Although intended for the album, it was only used as the B-side to the single "Go Your Own Way". These days, "Silver Springs" is part of the "Deluxe" releases of "Rumours"...now my head hurts--I'm off to bed.
     
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    My favorite too. And "Storms" is my favorite track from it. I have minor quibbles with the sequence of the songs...for instance, I would have started side one with "Think About Me", giving the album a more upbeat track to kick things off.

    The later remastered disc sets with lots of demos, alternates takes, etc. are worth checking out if you haven't heard them.
     
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