Offered for sale is a still sealed limited edition U.S. pressing (250 copies) of Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, issued to commemorate the pressing of the ten millionth U.S. copy of the album and given to Warner Brothers Records employees.
This copy includes a special embossed stamp on the cover and a letter from Stan Cornyn, then the Executive Vice President of Warner Brothers Records.
About this copy: This copy of Rumours is a 1977 pressing on the Warner Brothers label.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed. The LP should have the then-current “Burbank” Warner Brothers label (see photo.)
The wrap is fully intact except for a small 1″ tear at the lower left-hand corner (see photo.) Other than that, there are no other issues with the LP.
A beautiful example of a very rare Fleetwood Mac LP and only the second copy we’ve ever seen or had for sale.
Background: Released in February 1977, Rumours was not only the biggest-selling album Fleetwood Mac ever made, it was also one of the biggest-selling albums in music history.
The album has sold some 45 million copies worldwide, and more than twenty million copies in the U.S. alone, where it spent thirty one weeks at the top of the U.S. album chart.
In late 1977, as Warner Brothers prepared to press the ten millionth U.S. copy of the album, the label decided to press a special edition of 250 copies of the album to give to their employees as a “thank you” for their help in making the album a success.
These LPs are not numbered or marked as promotional issues, but each of the 250 copies has a silver embossed stamp in the lower right-hand corner of the cover that says, “No. 1 for 31 weeks. Warner Brothers Records thanks you.”
Accompanying the LP was a letter from the label’s then-Executive Vice President, Stan Cornyn:
As Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” approaches the 10,000,000 mark in U.S. sales, we wanted each member of Warner Bros. Records to have a special copy of this historic album.
Only 250 of these imprinted albums exist.
Thank you for your contribution to this remarkable achievement within our industry and company history.
These albums were then given to Warner Brothers employees and were not sold in stores or distributed through normal promotional channels.
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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|Record Label:||Warner Brothers|
|Year of Release:||1977|