Tango in the Night
|Tango in the Night|
|Studio album by Fleetwood Mac|
|Released||13 April 1987|
|Recorded||November 1985 – March 1987|
|Fleetwood Mac chronology|
|Singles from Tango in the Night|
Tango in the Night is the 14th studio album by the British-American band Fleetwood Mac. Released in April 1987, it is the fifth (and, to date, final) studio album from the band's most successful line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
Produced by Buckingham with Richard Dashut, Tango in the Night began life as one of Buckingham's solo projects, but by 1985 the production had morphed into Fleetwood Mac's next album. It contains several hit singles, including "Big Love", "Seven Wonders", "Everywhere", and "Little Lies".
Tango in the Night is the band's second biggest selling studio album after the phenomenally successful Rumours which was released 10 years earlier. The intervening albums, Tusk (1979) and Mirage (1982), although big sellers in key territories, had not matched their predecessors' huge success. Tango in the Night was a worldwide hit with several singles from the album becoming popular all over the world. "Little Lies" and "Everywhere" in particular are now considered classic hits of the late 1980s and they continue to appear on retrospective albums of that decade.
The album was a success in the United States, even though it only peaked at #7 for three weeks, it spent more than seven months within the top 20 and more than ten months within the top 40, and was certified triple platinum for selling 3,000,000 copies. Four singles from the album reached the Billboard Top 20: "Big Love" (#5), "Little Lies" (#4), "Everywhere" (#14) and "Seven Wonders" (#19). The album was particularly successful in the United Kingdom where it reached #1 three times during 1987-88 for a total of five weeks, and spent more than eight months within the Top 10 of the UK albums chart. It is the seventh biggest selling album of the 1980s, being certified 8x Platinum (2.4 million copies), and it is still currently one of the UK's Top 100 best selling albums of all time. Three singles were Top 10 hits in the UK: "Big Love" (#9), "Little Lies" (#5) and "Everywhere" (#4). A total of six singles were eventually taken from the album over a period of 15 months. The album has spent 115 weeks in the Top 75 of the UK Album Chart.
Tango in the Night is, to date, the final studio album released by the 'classic' line-up of Fleetwood Mac consisting of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood, before Buckingham's departure from the band in the summer of 1987. This line-up did reconvene, however, in 1993 for a special one-off performance of "Don't Stop" for the newly elected US President Bill Clinton, and again for the 1997 live album and tour The Dance. In 2003, the band minus Christine McVie, recorded and released the album, Say You Will.
With pressure being placed on Buckingham to keep the project focused and moving forward, things came to a head shortly after the release of Tango in the Night when he announced his departure from the band shortly before their scheduled tour in 1987. Following Buckingham's sudden departure, two musicians were drafted in to replace him: Rick Vito and Billy Burnette, who proceeded to complete the tour in 1987-1988 with the rest of the band. Aspects of this troubled era of Fleetwood Mac's history are frankly documented in interviews with all members of the band, old and new, in two BBC documentaries: Fleetwood Mac at 21, first aired in the UK in 1988, and in Rock Family Trees, which was produced in 1995.
The distinctive cover art for the album was a painting by Australian artist Brett-Livingstone Strong which was hanging in Buckingham's home. It is a homage to the 19th Century French painter Henri Rousseau, emulating his colorful jungle theme works such as The Snake Charmer and The Repast of the Lion. It was also used as the cover of "Big Love", the album's first single.
|1.||"Big Love"||Lindsey Buckingham||3:37|
|2.||"Seven Wonders"||Sandy Stewart, Stevie Nicks||3:38|
|5.||"Tango in the Night"||Buckingham||3:56|
|6.||"Mystified"||C. McVie, Buckingham||4:08|
|1.||"Little Lies"||C. McVie, Eddy Quintela||3:38|
|2.||"Family Man"||Buckingham, Richard Dashut||4:01|
|3.||"Welcome to the Room... Sara"||Nicks||3:37|
|4.||"Isn't It Midnight"||C. McVie, Quintela, Buckingham||4:06|
|5.||"When I See You Again"||Nicks||3:47|
|6.||"You and I, Part II"||Buckingham, C. McVie||2:40|
- "You and I (Part 2)" is the closing track on the album. "You and I (Part 1)" was the B-side to the single release of "Big Love".
- "Big Love", "Seven Wonders", "Little Lies", "Family Man" and "Everywhere" were all released as extended 12" remixes in most territories. An unreleased 'alternate mix' of "Isn't It Midnight" was issued on the 1992 4-disc boxset, 25 Years – The Chain and is substantially different from the version included on the album. It has different backing vocals and a noticeable lack of guitar effects which were eventually added by Buckingham in the final mix of the song.
- Two songs from the Tango in the Night sessions that did not make the final album cut subsequently became the B-side to two singles: Christine McVie's "Ricky" was the B-side to "Little Lies" and Lindsey Buckingham's "Down Endless Street" was issued as the B-side to "Family Man".
- "Seven Wonders" was released with the Stevie Nicks-penned instrumental track "Book of Miracles". This eventually became the song "Juliet" on Nicks' 1989 solo album, The Other Side of the Mirror.
- Although the album took almost 18 months to complete, Stevie Nicks only spent a total of two weeks in the studio with the band as she was busy promoting her third solo album Rock A Little throughout most of this period. She sent demos of her songs to the band, recorded while she was on her world tour, for them to work on in her absence. The track "Welcome To The Room...Sara" was inspired by her 30-day stay at the Betty Ford Center to overcome her cocaine addiction in October 1986 (Nicks used the pseudonym "Sara Anderson" when she checked into the facility).
- Lindsey Buckingham – guitars, vocals, synthesizers, percussion and drum programming
- Stevie Nicks – vocals
- Christine McVie – keyboards, synthesizers, vocals
- John McVie – bass guitar
- Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
- Producers: Lindsey Buckingham, Richard Dashut
- Arranged: Lindsey Buckingham
- Engineer: Greg Droman
- Additional engineering: Lindsey Buckingham
- Cover concept: Lindsey Buckingham, Richard Dashut
- Cover painting: Brett-Livingstone Strong
- Cover photo: Greg Gorman
- Art direction: Jeri Heiden
|Australia (ARIA)||4× Platinum||280,000^|
|Canada (Music Canada)||5× Platinum||500,000^|
|Germany (BVMI)||2× Platinum||1,000,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Platinum||50,000x|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||8× Platinum||2,400,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||3× Platinum||3,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
|1988||Fleetwood Mac||Best International Group ||Nominated|
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