Fleetwood Mac, Mirage Expanded Edition (Warners)

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Fleetwood Mac, Mirage Expanded Edition (Warners)

After the mega-success of their self-titled album in '75 and its follow-up Rumours ('77) which sold even more multi-millions, the Big Mac took a left turn with Tusk ('79, well worth rediscovering) and toured relentlessly.

By the time they got to Mirage ('82) they were bickering and burning out.

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had released solo albums.

Ironically, Mirage erred further into comfortable, radio-friendly soft rock.

But the lyrical undercurrent were often (still) autobiographical.

Now it come sin the customary multi-verison packages: The double disc offers the original album remastered plus 19 early and alternative versions of many songs. Including the five minute-plus version of Nicks' Gypsy.

But the Hungry-for-a-Mac fans can also go for the three CD/vinyl and DVD edition and probably other iterations.

Musicwise though. the fire wasn't there  . . . but the embers glowed warmly.

For much more on Fleetwood Mac including archived interviews, considerations of the previous reissues and so on go here.

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