|Studio album by Fleetwood Mac|
|Released||October 12, 1979|
|Recorded||1978–79 at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, California|
|Genre||Experimental rock, pop|
|Fleetwood Mac chronology|
|Singles from Tusk|
|Rolling Stone||(Favorable) |
|Robert Christgau||(B+) |
Tusk is the 12th album by the British/American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Released in 1979, it is considered experimental, primarily due to Lindsey Buckingham's sparser songwriting arrangements and the influence of punk rock and new wave on his production techniques. Bassist John McVie has commented that the album sounds like "the work of three solo artists" (Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie), whilst Mick Fleetwood later proclaimed that it is his favourite and the best Fleetwood Mac studio album created by the group. Costing over one million dollars to record (a fact widely noted in the 1979 press), it was the most expensive rock album made up to that point.
Tusk peaked at #4 in the US, spent over five months within the top 40, and was certified double platinum for shipping two million copies. It peaked at #1 in the UK and achieved a Platinum award for shipments in excess of 300,000 copies. The album gave the group two US top-ten hit singles, with the Buckingham-penned title track (US #8/UK #6), and the Stevie Nicks composition "Sara" (US #7/UK #37). Further releases from the album, "Not That Funny" (UK only single release), "Think About Me" and "Sisters of the Moon" were less successful; however, the latter two appear in their 'single versions' on the 2002 compilation The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac. "Sara" was cut to 4½ minutes for both the single and the first CD release of the album, but the unedited version has since been restored on the 1988 Greatest Hits compilation and the 2004 reissue of Tusk as well as Fleetwood Mac's 2002 release of The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac. Original guitarist Peter Green also took part in the sessions for Tusk, but his playing on the Christine McVie track "Brown Eyes" is not credited on the album. However, on the alternate version (which is about 30 seconds longer) that was released on 25 Years – The Chain, Green's distinctive guitar playing can be recognized, especially at the very end of the song.
Though the album sold four million copies worldwide, in comparison to the huge sales of Rumours and the unprecedented recording expense, the band's record label deemed the project a failure, laying the blame squarely with Buckingham himself. Fleetwood, however, blames the album's relative failure on the RKO radio chain playing the album in its entirety prior to release, thus allowing mass home taping. In addition, Tusk was a double album, with a high list price of $15.98 ($52.44 in 2014 dollars).
The band embarked on a huge 18-month tour to promote Tusk. They travelled extensively across the world, including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. In Germany they shared the bill with reggae superstar Bob Marley. It was on this world tour that the band recorded music for the Fleetwood Mac Live album, which was released at the end of 1980.
|1.||"Over & Over"||Christine McVie||4:35|
|2.||"The Ledge"||Lindsey Buckingham||2:08|
|3.||"Think About Me"||C. McVie||2:44|
|4.||"Save Me a Place"||Buckingham||2:40|
|5.||"Sara" (Edited to 4:39 on earlier CD pressings.)||Stevie Nicks||6:22|
|1.||"What Makes You Think You're the One"||Buckingham||3:32|
|3.||"That's All for Everyone"||Buckingham||3:04|
|4.||"Not That Funny"||Buckingham||3:13|
|5.||"Sisters of the Moon"||Nicks||4:42|
|2.||"That's Enough for Me"||Buckingham||1:50|
|3.||"Brown Eyes"||C. McVie||4:27|
|4.||"Never Make Me Cry"||C. McVie||2:12|
|5.||"I Know I'm Not Wrong" (Another mix than the original LP version)||Buckingham||3:02|
|1.||"Honey Hi"||C. McVie||2:43|
|3.||"Walk a Thin Line"||Buckingham||3:48|
|5.||"Never Forget"||C. McVie||3:44|
Remastered Compact Disc
In 1990, Ken Caillat originally remastered the album to compact disc, with the original album in the same track order as the vinyl LP. Warner Bros. released the CD in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Germany, under various catalog numbers. 
Remastered 2-Disc Deluxe Edition
A 2-disc remastered version of the album was released in 2004, featuring the entire, unedited version of the original album on the first disc and various demos, outtakes and alternate versions on the second disc:
- "One More Time (Over & Over)" (C. McVie)
- "Can't Walk Out of Here (The Ledge)" (Buckingham)
- "Think About Me" (C. McVie)
- "Sara" (Nicks)
- "Lindsey's Song #1 (I Know I'm Not Wrong)" (Buckingham)
- "Storms" (Nicks)
- "Lindsey's Song #2 (That's All for Everyone)" (Buckingham)
- "Sisters of the Moon" (Nicks)
- "Out on the Road (That's Enough for Me)" (Buckingham)
- "Brown Eyes" (C. McVie)
- "Never Make Me Cry" (C. McVie)
- "Song #1 (I Know I'm Not Wrong)" (Buckingham)
- "Honey Hi" (C. McVie)
- "Beautiful Child" (Nicks)
- "Song #3 (Walk a Thin Line)" (Buckingham)
- "Come on Baby (Never Forget)" (C. McVie)
- "Song #1 (I Know I'm Not Wrong)" [alternate] (Buckingham)
- "Kiss and Run" (Jorge Calderón)
- "Farmer's Daughter" (Brian Wilson, Mike Love)
- "Think About Me" [Single version] (C. McVie)
- "Sisters of the Moon" [Single version] (Nicks)
- Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums, percussion, harmonica, vocals
- Stevie Nicks – vocals, keyboards
- Christine McVie – keyboards, piano, accordion, vocals
- John McVie – bass guitar
- Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
- USC Trojan Marching Band – percussion, horns – appears on "Tusk"
- Peter Green – guitar – appears uncredited on "Brown Eyes"
- Producers: Fleetwood Mac. Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut
- Engineers: Lindsey Buckingham, Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut, Hernan Rojas
- Assistant Engineer: Rich Feldman
- Mastering: Ken Perry
- Remastering: Ken Caillat
- Photography: Peter Beard, Jayne Odgers, Norman Seeff
- Art Direction: Vigon Nahas Vigon
- Design: Vigon Nahas Vigon
|Australia (ARIA)||2× Platinum||140,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||1,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- In 1991, R.E.M. covered Tusk introducing it by noting that, earlier in their career, they were able to take advantage of Fleetwood Mac's unused recording studio time.
- In 2002, Camper Van Beethoven released a full cover of the original Tusk. The cover art and track listings are almost identical.
- In 2004, The Twilight Singers covered What Makes You Think You're The One on their covers album She Loves You.
- In 2007, Mossyrock covered I Know I'm Not Wrong for their debut EP which was also called I Know I'm Not Wrong. It was later rereleased on the compilation album The Three EPs.
- In 2012, The Flowers of Hell included a cover of Over & Over featuring Neil Wilkinson and Abi Fry of British Sea Power on their Odes album
- In 2012, Tame Impala covered "That's All For Everyone" for the Fleetwood Mac tribute compilation Just Tell Me That You Want Me.
- In 2012, Craig Wedren and St. Vincent covered "Sisters of the Moon" for the Fleetwood Mac tribute compilation Just Tell Me That You Want Me.
- In 2012, Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney covered "Storms" for the Fleetwood Mac tribute compilation Just Tell Me That You Want Me.
- In 2012, Marianne Faithfull covered "Angel" for the Fleetwood Mac tribute compilation Just Tell Me That You Want Me.
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