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Fleetwood Mac - 1987 Tango In The Night

ARTIST: Fleetwood Mac
ALBUM: Tango In The Night
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 9 25471-2
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Stevie Nicks - vocals * Lindsey Buckingham - vocals, guitars, percussion and drum overdubs * Christine McVie - vocals, keyboards, synthesizer * John McVie - bass * Mick Fleetwood - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Big Love * 02 Seven Wonders * 03 Everywhere * 04 Caroline * 05 Tango In The Night * 06 Mystified * 07 Little Lies * 08 Family Man * 09 Welcome To The Room.. Sara * 10 Isn't It Midnight * 11 When I See You Again * 12 You And I - Part II


1987 was a sort of comeback album for 70's hit machine Fleetwood Mac. 'Tango In The Night' was a 5 year departure from 1982's 'Mirage', and in between times, it was a busy period for Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in particular, both releasing solo albums. Nicks enjoyed success with 'Belladonna' in 1981 and a pair of hit duets with both Tom Petty and Don Henley ('Stop Dragging My Heart Around' and 'Leather And Lace'), which she followed up with 1983's 'Wild Heart' and 1985's 'Rock A Little'. On the other hand Buckingham released a quirky album in 1984 called 'Go Insane', which might eventually get a review here at some stage. By 1987, it was probably a good time for the band to reconvene, but with ten years having passed since 'Rumours', the music industry had changed significantly, resulting in 'Tango In The Night' sounding far removed from that album, even more so than their blues days from the late 60's/early 70's. The history books will tell us that this project was Buckingham's next solo album beyond 'Go Insane', but it somehow morphed into the next FM record.

The Songs
During this timeframe, I was recuperating from a broken ankle, and with this album being released in April 1987, it was all over the airwaves and video channels. With little to do but read books and listen to LP's, this one stuck with me for a good while. Critics have since panned the album, though I doubt their reasons were worth hearing. The album's two hit singles 'Everywhere' and 'Little Lies' are two of their more familiar songs in the back catalog, interestingly Christine McVie sings lead on both - giving the album a commercial and melodic bent. However, I would say that 'Isn't It Midnight' is the most rockiest song here, Buckingham (an excellent guitarist in his own right) pulls some nifty solos on this one. Lindsey also takes the lead on 'Big Love' and 'Caroline', and one can't help think that Phil Collins success during this era was influential on his songwriting ideas. Other useful songs also include 'Family Man' and 'Welcome To The Room.. Sara' where Stevie Nicks takes the lead. All in all, five singles were lifted from the album, with success among most of them.

In Summary
This album would do pretty well in terms of album sales, hit singles, and concert attendances. The only blot on the landscape was the departure of Buckingham on the eve of the TITN tour. He was replaced by two guitarists in Richie Vito and Billy Burnette, and it would be a few years later that he would return to the fold. 'Tango In The Night' has reputedly sold in excess of 12 million albums, and is ranked as the band's second most successful album (after 'Rumours'). Worth having in your collection, if not just for the beautiful album cover art.

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#1 | Eric on November 27 2010 13:33:48
Agree, a good album and the cover art is gorgeous...
#2 | jefflynnefan on November 27 2010 17:13:37
Christine shines on this album! I think she released a solo album around this time too which I don't have but probably should get.
#3 | retroaddict on November 27 2010 19:23:43
Christine's self-titled 80's solo album came out in '84 and featured two top 40 hits in "Got A Hold On Me" and "Love Will Show Us How."

Besides the two previously mentioned hit singles, TITN had a couple of other notable hits in "Big Love(top 5)" and "Seven Wonders(top 20)." All of the singles had accompanying videos except for "Everywhere."

I'd like to see them do a true farewell tour with Christine returning for it; maybe something like 30 major cities throughout the world would be economically feasible for them. I doubt it will happen though as Christine seems to be pretty happy in retirement.
#4 | Eric on November 27 2010 19:34:02
I have a single from I think 1970 back when she was Christine Perfect. Need to dig that out- helluva voice.
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