Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 album Rumours topped the Billboard chart for an incredible thirty-one weeks, won a Grammy for album of the year and recently Rolling Stone named it the twenty-fifth greatest album of all time. I remember buying Rumours on the day of release and it has remained my all-time favourite album ever since, despite the thousands of other albums I have in my collection! Now, thirty-five years later, the album's co-producer Ken Caillat gives us an insight into the making of this classic release. The reader is taken on a year-long journey and Caillat has a way of writing that makes you feel like you were there through all the trials and tribulations behind the recording of each song on the album. You can also read about all the pranks and dramas that went on inside the studio and the details about the technical side of the recording, microphones used, various techniques to obtain a particular sound on a track, and the story of how they rescued the tapes following a serious problem, make fascinating reading and it is a book you will not want to put down. What is obvious when reading the book is how much of a perfectionist guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was and how, sometimes, his temper got the better of him. There are loads of great stories, too many to mention here, and all I can say is if you like the album you will love the book. Also included are over seventy black & white images mostly taken inside the studio during the recording. I enjoyed this book and it ranks as one of the best music books I have ever read, and I have read many over the years. After finishing the book I just had to spin the CD yet again to hear all those classic tracks - Go Your Own Way, The Chain, Songbird, Dreams, Never Going Back Again and Don't Stop which all sound as good today as they did back in 1977 when I brought my vinyl copy home. If I have one question for Ken it is when are you going to tell us the story behind the making of Tusk and Mirage?
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Often dismissed by rock historians as a product of the antiseptic Californian country-music scene, an artist who relied on watered-down covers of classic rock n’ roll and pop standards, this description of Linda Ronstadt couldn’t be further from the truth. Throughout a recording career that has covered more than forty years she has recorded in a remarkable variety of styles from pure country to pop, light opera to big band standards and new wave to mariachi, often taking risks beyond the reach of many critically acclaimed artists. It would be hard, if not impossible, to find another vocalist who has had a more diversified career. In their press release for the album Winterlight her record company managed to convey exactly what it was that made Linda Ronstadt such a special artist. — “Versatile doesn’t begin to describe Linda Ronstadt’s astounding career – a wildly eclectic, devoutly adventurous journey through a myriad of styles and genres. Who else has worked with Philip Glass and Dolly Parton? Aaron Neville and Nelson Riddle? Ronstadt’s unforgettably gorgeous voice, at once technically dazzling and resonating with deep emotion, has woven a magical path from rock to mariachi, from country to opera, gathering critical and commercial success at every stop along the way.”
Linda Ronstadt A Life In Music … is an unauthorised biography that traces Linda Ronstadt's career from her days as a member of The Stone Poneys, her early solo albums, the critically acclaimed albums from the seventies, her work with Nelson Riddle , the foreign language recordings and her collaborations with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. The book gives an in-depth analysis of every studio album and is supported by a background to her life and the influences, musical and social, that shaped her career.
Appendices in the book include a comprehensive discography, chart statistics, details of Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI) awards along with a list of Grammy Award nominations and wins.
During the research and writing of the book the author was fortunate to interview many of those who worked with her including Kenny Edwards, Mike Botts, Andrew Gold and Earl Poole Ball.
The book includes a foreword written by Andrew Gold.
"…it’s usually best to stick to the facts of someone’s music career, unless you really know the truth about the personal details, and Linda’s music is covered quite succinctly and accurately here." — (Quote from Andrew Gold's foreword)
I am a British-born author with several books to my credit, including the prize-nominated Johnny Cash Chronicle-I’ve Been Everywhere.