The basis of this work is not the original album cover art design, but the altered version, shown below. The alteration was done by extending the sides to form a rectangle out of a square and transferring the calligraphy from top right to where it is now. The altered album cover art design was further extended by adding the margins of darker yellow; wider at the sides to fit an 18 x 10 resolution screen,
No. 10, Billboard, The 300 Best-Selling Albums of All Time; No. 26, Rolling Stone, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time; No. 29, Entertainment Weekly, 100 Greatest Albums Ever;
No. 31, The Virgin All-Time Album Top 1000; No. 44, Rate Your Music, The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time.
No. 27, Music Radar, The 50 Greatest Album Covers of All Time; No. 87, Rolling Stone, The 100 Greatest Album Covers.
Art design by Desmond Strobel, photo by Herbert Worthington, calligraphy by Larry Vigon. Album produced by Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut. Warner Bros. 1977.
Rumours is a tangled web of neuroses as it is, but the cover, which features Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks (who were not yet lovers) engaging in something resembling old-fashioned courtship, seems designed to stretch relationships to breaking point. This cover is very simplistic, featuring only two characters on a plain, off-white background. The composition of the image reinforces the title of the album as it’s as if the characters are conveying rumours to each other and then by having one of the characters facing the viewer, as if they’re then conveying the rumour to us.
The use of black highlights the mournful meaning behind the creation of the album, yet also makes the characters stand out against the background.
Yet despite the fact that this album is about the falling apart of Fleetwood Mac, by having the female member having her leg
over the male member also indicates some sort of together-ness which the listeners of Fleetwood Mac would crave for
(or was it just about legovers in general and the impending one between Fleetwood and Nicks in particular!). More
(A) Second Hand News - Dreams - Never Going Back Again - Don't Stop - Go Your Own Way - Songbird
(B) The Chain - You Make Loving Fun - I Don't Want to Know - Oh Daddy - Gold Dust Woman
"Dreams" with lyrics from Peruven on YouTube.
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