Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the U.S. limited edition, 45 RPM 2 LP pressing of Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.
Note: This is the limited edition 2011 U.S. pressing, and not the recent European one, which reportedly doesn’t sound as good.
About this copy: This copy of Rumours is an original 2011 U.S. pressing on the Warner Brothers label of an album that was originally released in 1977.
This highly-regarded audiophile pressing was issued in 2011 and was limited to 5000 copies, pressed on 180 gram vinyl and cut at 45 RPM for better fidelity.
As the album is still sealed, the records are presumably new and unplayed.
The loose bag is fully intact with no rips, tears, or holes. The perforated tear-off strip is fully intact. The words “Made in U.S.A.” appear in the lower right hand corner of the back cover; the more common pressing says “Manufactured in the E.U.”
There is a hype sticker on the cover that lists a few song titles, and says, “2 DISCS 45 RPM Pressed at Pallas.”
A beautiful copy of a rare Fleetwood Mac LP.
Background: This limited edition pressing of Rumours was first pressed as a test pressing in 2006, but for some reason, it wasn’t commercially released until 2011.
The U.S. pressings were pressed at Pallas, a highly-regarded German pressing plant, and were limited to 5000 copies. These were issued in a loose-fitting plastic bag and have covers that say, “Made in U.S.A.” on the back by the UPC.
There is another pressing from Europe that looks very similar. That one was issued on tight-fitting shrink wrap and say, “Made in the EU” on the back cover.
While we cannot confirm this, the EU copies were reportedly not sourced from the same tape and are said to not sound as good as the U.S. issue, which is generally regarded as the best-sounding pressing of Rumours ever issued on vinyl.
More on the two pressings here. (New window)
Released in 1977, Rumours was the album that turned Fleetwood Mac into superstars. The album reached #1 in the U.S. and in the UK and has sold more than twenty million copies in the U.S. alone.
Rumours is the kind of album that transcends its origins and reputation, entering the realm of legend — it’s an album that simply exists outside of criticism and outside of its time, even if it thoroughly captures its era. Prior to this LP, Fleetwood Mac were moderately successful, but here they turned into a full-fledged phenomenon, with Rumours becoming the biggest-selling pop album to date. While its chart success was historic, much of the legend surrounding the record is born from the group’s internal turmoil. Unlike most bands, Fleetwood Mac in the mid-’70s were professionally and romantically intertwined, with no less than two couples in the band, but as their professional career took off, the personal side unraveled.
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