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‘A compelling insider’s account that should ensure you never again listen to Rumours in quite the same way.’  (Q Magazine, February 2013)

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Rumours generated four top-ten singles, topped the Billboard album charts for thirty-one weeks, and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1977. It went on to become the fifth bestselling album to date—forty million copies and counting—and Rolling Stone's twenty-fifth greatest album of all time. And it turned a band that had struggled to make a name for itself for nearly two decades into a household name. In Making Rumours, the album's coproducer Ken Caillat tells the wild, poignant, and exhilarating story behind the album's creation. Its potent combination of rock-star melodrama, technical insights, and compelling portraits of five brilliant but troubled young artists at their creative peak will forever change the way you hear the album.

Trouble was brewing well before sessions began at the Record Plant in Sausalito in January 1976. John and Christine McVie were getting divorced. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had joined the band as a couple more than a year earlier, but now they were in a constant state of war. And, unknown to anyone but Caillat's coproducer, Richard Dashut, drummer Mick Fleetwood had just learned that his wife was divorcing him and taking up with his best friend.

From the first session, which featured the rudiments of "The Chain" and John McVie improvising the critical bass part that ties it all together, to the final sessions that tempered and polished the songs' vocals, Caillat reveals how these conflicts, fueled by drugs, alcohol, and the pressure of making the album, tore the band apart. But making the music pulled them back together.

Stevie and Lindsey had screaming matches between takes of "You Make Loving Fun," and John and Christine bickered constantly. During takes, however, everyone collaborated brilliantly and did whatever it took to get the sound they needed. Lindsey played a beat against a leather chair on "Second Hand News"; Mick stood atop a ladder, tossing sheets of glass to the floor for the haunting end of "Gold Dust Woman"; and Christine, at Ken's suggestion, took the stage in an empty theater to record her splendid "Songbird" vocal.

Woven through all of this drama and artistry, Caillat presents a virtual master class in how to produce a great album. He describes everything from microphone placement and how to liven up a "dead" room to how to work with difficult artists and what to do when your master tape begins to degrade nine months into the process.

Packed with scores of never-before-published photos from Caillat's personal collection, Making Rumours is a must-read for Fleetwood Mac fans, rock history buffs, and anyone who loves a behind-the-scenes account of great musicians at work and play.


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Hit and Miss, but a really good read 7. Mai 2012
Von Brian Kehew - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a mixed review. I'm a huge fan of FMac (all eras) especially Ken's work with them. I know a TON about this record, and still learned much I did not know. It's a great story of HOW things get done, a true behind-the-scenes of something quite important. It seems fair and doesn't slam or flatter anyone too much - some people are shown as moody AND talented, but without malice. You'll be surprised at things revealed here, and sometimes long for the way things used to be in those days! Sounds fun... and a very creative time. I'd say it's a "good read" for anyone who loves the record - I couldn't put it down! With this book in hand, you'll finally appreciate their very subtle arrangement ideas that add such powerful boost to the songs.

But as in almost all such books, it's was written by a professional writer, not the famous person whose name sells the cover. So they elaborate the truth, making up conversations and things no one could remember - tiny details to make you feel you are there, but are just fabricated. "Stevie sat down and picked up a half-smoked joint" - these momentary kinds of things no one would remember from 30 years before. It's sad, because you can usually spot these things if you're aware... I know they do it so it feels more like you're there, but it's still Creative Writing sitting next to actual History.

So - the book is full of revelations, and some great insights into the records creation. I love to see that things aren't always successful, and sometimes there are mistakes. Great songs, get left off for minor reasons, personal issues cloud how things got done. I'm an engineer/producer too, so I appreciate the technical details - tho it's hard to write for both a technical audience and a listener audience. The book gets caught a little in the middle - some of us wish for more detail, yet most probably don't want any. There are odd things no one caught to correct, like putting the guitar through a Hammond "B3 speaker" which is called a Leslie elsewhere in the book. B3 speaker is not correct terminology for any engineer to say, nor did Hammond make them. And a "fat box" is mentioned several times as a cool trick used, but without ANY mention of what it is or does... confusing.

Get the book, it's cool - and hopefully it will inspire you to find the outtakes (some release on other solo albums, some on Rhino, and a few more still slated for release sometime in a new package from WB...) as there are more great things to be heard from this era of FMac!
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Two Star Book on a Five Star Album 4. August 2013
Von Mark - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
The pros and cons:

Pros:
- If you are a music techie (have recorded before, or genuinely interested in the process), there are a lot of interesting parts on how certain sounds were produced, the types of mic's, amps, instruments used, etc...
- The book is very well organized. Chapters are divided by song, so if you are interested in certain songs and not others, it's easy to jump right in. The reference/source guide at the back of the book is extremely detailed, and it's easy to find where any name/part/song/instrument/etc is used in the book.

Cons:
- Caillat either has the most amazing "Rain Man" like memory in history, or took the most extremely detailed notes on every moment of the day (which would be hard to believe, since his hands were full at the mixing board with five demanding musicians...and admitted he took his share of drugs to boot, which would draw the accuracy of those notes to question). Not humanly possible to recall every last word of every conversation like he recites in the book, and it's quickly obvious that parts were embellished. Even the arguments concerning the crumbling relationships of the band members - which was one of the major issues behind the making the album - don't read as genuine, and seem trite or cooked up. This calls into question the rest of the book, but I'll give Caillat the benefit of the doubt on the recording process and technicalities. He also goes into detail about everything his dog does, which is "cute" (I guess) at first, but quickly gets old. "He licked me on the face as if to say 'everything is going to be fine'". You get the picture.
- Caillat feels the need to pat himself on the back and toot his horn (apparent in the opening intro before the real book even begins), and also inserts all his personal trials and tribulations over the women he was interested in. He makes sure we're aware he slept with the girl at the front desk (deciding not to end a chapter just saying he went over to her place that night, but adding that he fully closed the deal, just in case we're unsure), and also makes us fully aware he slept with another hot girl during the recording. He inserts photos of the girls as proof, including one of him in bed with one of them, and another photo of him leaving another's house "the morning after." Awesome Ken! You are a rock and roll stud, we get it. But most people didn't buy the Making of Rumors to learn about this, or about your major internal conflict over whether you like the brunette or the blonde - whose hair "sparkled in the morning sun" (yep, that's in there) - better.

Because of the cons mentioned above, I found myself skimming many chapters, and focussing on just on certain parts. This book could easily have been 100 pages.
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This is a biased review! 8. April 2012
Von Rich Feldman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Ken Caillat is a friend, mentor, and former boss. Having had the distinct pleasure of working with Fleetwood Mac in my youth, I believe I am qualified to say that in his book Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album, Ken has perfectly conveyed the joy, anxiety, fear, exhaustion, paranoia, delight and agony of what it was like to work with one of the worlds greatest rock & roll bands. I felt as if I were in the studio either cheering them on, or cowering behind the multi-track waiting for the tension to subside. If you want to know what not only went on behind the scenes, but how they got that amazing acoustic guitar sound on NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN... or if you are a fan of Fleetwood Mac, 70's analog recording, sex, drugs, rock & roll, and dysfunction in general, this book is sure to please. Bravo, Ken.
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Interesting read, but not as lively as the music itself 29. Juni 2012
Von Todd Bartholomew - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Reading over this I remember the joke that goes "If you remember what happened at Woodstock, you probably weren't there." Looking back at something that happened 35 years ago it's unlikely you can remember so much detail and reading over "Making Rumours" you can't help but wonder what genuinely happened and what are embellishments. You do certainly get the larger stories of how difficult a gestation Rumours (Deluxe Edition) had and the tensions going on within the band. None of this is a newsflash, but it is the details and the sweep of how the sessions unfold that is so captivating here. I'd forgotten how long it took for the Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe Edition) album to turn into a best-seller and that sessions for Rumours (Deluxe Edition) had already begun at the point "Fleetwood Mac" really started getting legs. Probably the funniest thing was the band taking a break from the "Rumours" sessions to go out and tour to promote Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe Edition), rather dispelling the whole "record-tour-record-tour" tedium for bands of that era. But Caillat is right that something magical was happening here, even if band members didn't fully realize it at the time. All of them were going through profound traumas in their personal lives and yet Rumours (Deluxe Edition) was cathartic, a chance to lay bare all their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and it made for one of the most compelling and listenable albums of all time.

It quickly becomes obvious early on how dysfunctional the band was, yet they still wanted to soldier on. Desirous of capitalizing on the success of Fleetwood Mac (Deluxe Edition) it becomes clear fairly early on that Rumours (Deluxe Edition) was also a bit like three solo artists trying to exist within the context of a band. Caillat provides great thumbnail sketches of all the band members and numerous other principles involved in the recording, not to mention the tensions ongoing during the sessions. Not everything is flattering and "Making Rumours" is pretty much a warts-and-all portrayal. Some of the more interesting insights for me was learning about Lindsey Buckingham's guitar playing techniques as his playing technique always struck me as somewhat akin to that of Earl Scruggs. Reading over "Making Rumours" now I wonder if that's who indeed inspired Buckingham. The genesis and inspiration for songs also pops up, sometimes directly and sometimes obliquely, and yet it makes me wonder if Caillat genuinely has firsthand knowledge or if this is being relayed in a second hand manner. Equally fascinating was hearing about the equipment and various techniques employed to capture the right feel for the music. That may make it a bit wonky and geeky for some readers, but certainly not all. In the end "Making Rumours" is an interesting read from someone present at the creation, but I can't help but wanting to hear more from the actual creators, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie. And to another extent I tend to wonder about the relevancy of an undertaking like this. Much like the upcoming The Rolling Stones 1972 there is a certain tendency to revel in the music of the past which smacks of pandering to people of a certain age. Is it wistful nostalgia, remembering a simpler time, or simply cashing in on a fan base that's still willing to shill out for yesterday's news? Certainly "Making Rumours" capitalizes on a momentous anniversary, but does Mr. Caillat mean this as a summary to his life's work? Will he do one about Tusk in a few years? Why not tell the whole story of his work with the band? Granted, I love Rumours (Deluxe Edition) but I feel I know more from listening to "The Chain", "Gold Dust Woman", or "Go Your Own Way" than reading this. The blistering intensity, lust, longing, regret, remorse, and forgiveness of Rumours (Deluxe Edition) is far more satisfying than this.
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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride - BRAVO! 11. April 2012
Von Desert Angel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
The Making of Rumours takes you on a year-long journey in the life of Ken Caillat, co-producer of the multi-platinum award winning album by Fleetwood Mac. Mr. Caillat does a fabulous job of making you feel like you were there, reliving it all and saddened to reach the end of his journey as he drives off into the California sunset with his dog in his convertible Mercedes, which he bought with his first paycheck from The Record Plant in Sausalito. From the intimate accounts of pranks and drama in and around the various recording studios, from Sausalito to Miami and back to Hollywood, to the detailed intracacies and techniques used to achieve the monumental sounds of the songs on the album (and the songs that didn't make it), this book was definitely a page turner. You'll read stories about everything from the local restaurants and citizens to Nyquil, crabs, the first answering machine and the hex Stevie put on Ken's dog Scooter (who appeared on the cover of Tusk,) in addition to wild outbursts, women, cocaine, pot and booze. There's quite a few really cool, rarely-if-ever-seen, photos, too. Time to give the album another spin and listen for that naughayde chair and the clav with the Jet Phaser. (Open letter to Mr. Caillat if you ever read this; Please seriously consider a follow up book, "The Making of Tusk," if at all possible. Thank you for this wonderful read, I hope it does really well!)
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