Mirage (Fleetwood Mac album)
|Studio album by Fleetwood Mac|
|Released||June 18, 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, CA
|Producer||Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat|
|Fleetwood Mac chronology|
|Singles from Mirage|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
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 this 12-track collection. By this time Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had each commenced a solo side-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 U.S. 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 single and album edit of "Gypsy" ran for only 4:24, but a 5½-minute version had been originally recorded and it was this version used for the video. This full-length version was not made available on CD until 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 winter 1982.
The album spent 18 weeks in the US Top Ten and was certified double platinum for shipping 2,000,000 copies in the US and returned the group to the top of the U.S. charts for the first time since their 1977 hit album Rumours, spending five weeks at the top. It also reached #5 in the UK where it was certified platinum for shipping 300,000 copies, and #2 in Australia.
|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 only.
- "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||2,400,000|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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