Mirage (Fleetwood Mac album)
|Studio album by Fleetwood Mac|
|Released||18 June 1982|
Le Château in Hérouville, France,
Larrabee Sound Studios and the Record Plant
(both in Los Angeles, California)
George Massenburg Labs
in West Los Angeles, California
|Genre||Pop rock, soft rock|
|Producer||Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat|
|Fleetwood Mac chronology|
|Singles from Mirage|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Mirage is the 13th studio album by Fleetwood Mac, released on June 18, 1982. Following a hiatus of over a year after the completion of the worldwide Tusk tour, the band temporarily relocated to Château d'Hérouville in France to record a new album. By this time Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had each commenced a solo career, the former to multi-platinum #1 success with 1981's Bella Donna, the latter faring not as well with his first outing Law and Order (US Billboard #32).
Mirage found the band venturing further into radio-friendly soft rock than it had in any of its previous incarnations. It stood in stark contrast to its highly experimental predecessor, 1979's Tusk. Mirage yielded several hit singles: "Hold Me" (which peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Pop Chart, remaining there for seven weeks), "Love in Store" (#22 US Pop Chart), "Oh Diane" (which reached #9 in the UK), and finally, "Can't Go Back" (issued on 7" and 12" in the UK).
The Stevie Nicks composition "Gypsy" (#12 Pop, #4 Rock, and a #16 hit in Canada) was the second single from the album and was accompanied by a lengthy video, the highest-budget music video ever produced at the time, directed by Russell Mulcahy, and was the very first "World Premiere Video" on MTV in 1982. The edited version of "Gypsy" that appears on the album and single releases runs for only 4:24, but a 5½-minute version had been originally recorded The latter version was (initially) used in the video, and was not available on CD until the release of 1992's retrospective box set 25 Years – The Chain.
Of the other two compositions from Nicks on the album, "That's Alright" dated back to the Buckingham/Nicks days of 1974, whilst "Straight Back" was written in the winter of 1981 and referred to her separation from (then) lover, producer Jimmy Iovine, and the huge wrench she experienced having to leave her newly established and highly successful solo career to re-join Fleetwood Mac for the 1982 project (Nicks refers to this on the DVD commentary to her 2008 retrospective Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks). "Straight Back" was also a US rock radio hit in late 1982.
The album returned the group to the top of the US Billboard charts for the first time since their 1977 album Rumours, spending five weeks at #1. It spent a total of 18 weeks in the US Top Ten and was certified double platinum for shipping 2,000,000 copies there. It also reached #5 in the UK where it was certified platinum for shipping 300,000 copies, and #2 in Australia.
A deluxe edition of Mirage will be released this summer. This expanded reissue will feature a remaster of the original album, 13 lives tracks, B-sides, outtakes, plus other songs that didn't make the final cut. Some of these songs include "Goodbye Angel" and Teen Beat", which were both released on 25 Years: The Chain, and "Smile at You", later released on Say You Will.
|1.||"Love in Store"||Christine McVie, Jim Recor||3:14|
|2.||"Can't Go Back"||Lindsey Buckingham||2:42|
|3.||"That's Alright"||Stevie Nicks||3:09|
|4.||"Book of Love"||Buckingham, Richard Dashut||3:21|
|6.||"Only Over You"||C. McVie||4:08|
|1.||"Empire State"||Buckingham, Dashut||2:51|
|3.||"Hold Me"||C. McVie, Robbie Patton||3:44|
|4.||"Oh Diane"||Buckingham, Dashut||2:36|
|5.||"Eyes of the World"||Buckingham||3:44|
|6.||"Wish You Were Here"||C. McVie, Colin Allen||4:45|
The Mirage Tour in Autumn 1982 only lasted for a few months and was confined to US dates in 29 cities.
- "Second Hand News"
- "The Chain"
- "Don't Stop"
- "Oh Well"
- "Brown Eyes"
- "Eyes of the World"
- "Love in Store"
- "Not That Funny"
- "Never Going Back Again"
- "Hold Me"
- "You Make Loving Fun"
- "I'm So Afraid"
- "Go Your Own Way"
- "Blue Letter"
- "Sisters of the Moon"
Mirage Tour video / DVD
Two of the final shows of the Mirage tour were filmed in Los Angeles in 1982. Originally released on VHS and CED videodisc in 1983, many tracks were edited out, with the loss of "Second Hand News", "Don't Stop", "Dreams", "Brown Eyes", "Oh Well", "Never Going Back Again", "Landslide", "Sara", and "Hold Me", reducing the 135 minute show to just 80 minutes on cassette. The running order was also completely rearranged so that Nicks' "Gypsy" followed "The Chain", whilst "You Make Loving Fun" and "Blue Letter" were moved to the first half of the edited show.
The performance also includes what is often referred to as the 'speaking in tongues' version of "Sisters of the Moon", in which Nicks delivers the song's coda in such intense gravelly vibratos that her words are rendered mysteriously indecipherable.
The concert was not released on DVD until 2003, but this was limited to Brazil on the Studio Gaba label, and featured an unmastered soundtrack.
In 2006 a good quality release was issued in Australia, with an added special feature comprising six Stevie Nicks solo promotional videos for some of her singles released between 1981 and 1986. This collection had previously been issued separately on VHS in 1986 under the title Stevie Nicks – I Can't Wait, and exclusively includes a live solo version of her top ten hit "Leather and Lace" (a duet with Don Henley), which was recorded on the final night of Nicks' 1981 Bella Donna tour. The clip was not included in the 9-track edit of Nicks' "White Wing Dove" live concert VHS release in 1982, and neither was it included in the DVD supplement to her 2008 retrospective Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks. To date, this is therefore the only DVD availability of this live performance.
In 2009, another DVD incarnation of the Mirage concert was released under the title Fleetwood Mac – In Performance by the Showline label on a region-free disc.
- Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, vocals, additional keyboards, lap harp on "Empire State"
- Stevie Nicks – vocals
- Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
- John McVie – bass guitar
- Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
- Ray Lindsey – additional guitar on "Straight Back"
- Produced by: Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat, and Fleetwood Mac
- Engineered by: Richard Dashut and Ken Caillat
- Assistant Engineers: David Bianco, Carla Frederick
|Australia (ARIA)||2× Platinum||140,000^|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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