- Copertina rigida: 384 pagine
- Editore: Turner Pub Co; 1 edizione (18 gennaio 2013)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1118218086
- ISBN-13: 978-1118218082
- Peso di spedizione: 658 g
- Media recensioni: 5.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
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Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 18 gen 2013
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‘A compelling insider’s account that should ensure you never again listen to Rumours in quite the same way.’ (Q Magazine, February 2013)
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Rumours generated four top–ten singles, topped the Billboard album charts for thirty–one weeks, and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1977. It went on to become the fifth bestselling album to dateforty million copies and countingand Rolling Stone′s twenty–fifth greatest album of all time. And it turned a band that had struggled to make a name for itself for nearly two decades into a household name. In Making Rumours, the album′s coproducer Ken Caillat tells the wild, poignant, and exhilarating story behind the album′s creation. Its potent combination of rock–star melodrama, technical insights, and compelling portraits of five brilliant but troubled young artists at their creative peak will forever change the way you hear the album. Trouble was brewing well before sessions began at the Record Plant in Sausalito in January 1976. John and Christine McVie were getting divorced. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had joined the band as a couple more than a year earlier, but now they were in a constant state of war. And, unknown to anyone but Caillat′s coproducer, Richard Dashut, drummer Mick Fleetwood had just learned that his wife was divorcing him and taking up with his best friend. From the first session, which featured the rudiments of "The Chain" and John McVie improvising the critical bass part that ties it all together, to the final sessions that tempered and polished the songs′ vocals, Caillat reveals how these conflicts, fueled by drugs, alcohol, and the pressure of making the album, tore the band apart. But making the music pulled them back together. Stevie and Lindsey had screaming matches between takes of "You Make Loving Fun," and John and Christine bickered constantly. During takes, however, everyone collaborated brilliantly and did whatever it took to get the sound they needed. Lindsey played a beat against a leather chair on "Second Hand News"; Mick stood atop a ladder, tossing sheets of glass to the floor for the haunting end of "Gold Dust Woman"; and Christine, at Ken′s suggestion, took the stage in an empty theater to record her splendid "Songbird" vocal. Woven through all of this drama and artistry, Caillat presents a virtual master class in how to produce a great album. He describes everything from microphone placement and how to liven up a "dead" room to how to work with difficult artists and what to do when your master tape begins to degrade nine months into the process. Packed with scores of never–before–published photos from Caillat′s personal collection, Making Rumours is a must–read for Fleetwood Mac fans, rock history buffs, and anyone who loves a behind–the–scenes account of great musicians at work and play.Visualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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The rest of the book bounces between utterly irrelevant stories about his dog. And random girls. Caillat tries very hard to give the impression that he was a ladykiller. It's a little pathetic. He ends up coming across as a huge nerd.
Calliat also has a tremendous, enormous ego and is more than happy to give the impression that he was a Svengali that created Rumours using the random cast offs from a bunch of drug addled, sociopathic misfits. Reading "Making Rumours" is to know that Ken Caillat was the single most critical component of that album's creation. Caillat was clearly important, but he seems a little delusional here.
Finally, the book reads as a bit of a hit piece on Lindsey Buckingham. The back story is that the author sold his publishing company on the premise that he could provide insider info and interviews with the principle players. Buckingham asked the rest of the band not to participate, which obviously made Caillat's life difficult. This, in addition to the fact that Fleetwood Mac hasn't used Caillat in many years, results in a common thread of bitterness that runs throughout the book - manifesting most acutely against Lindsey Buckingham. Again, a little pathetic.
A great book when it comes to technical info. Some dirt to read, if you are into gossip, but the whole thing leaves a bad taste in the mouth. I regret buying it.
- If you are a music techie (have recorded before, or genuinely interested in the process), there are a lot of interesting parts on how certain sounds were produced, the types of mic's, amps, instruments used, etc...
- The book is very well organized. Chapters are divided by song, so if you are interested in certain songs and not others, it's easy to jump right in. The reference/source guide at the back of the book is extremely detailed, and it's easy to find where any name/part/song/instrument/etc is used in the book.
- Caillat either has the most amazing "Rain Man" like memory in history, or took the most extremely detailed notes on every moment of the day (which would be hard to believe, since his hands were full at the mixing board with five demanding musicians...and admitted he took his share of drugs to boot, which would draw the accuracy of those notes to question). Not humanly possible to recall every last word of every conversation like he recites in the book, and it's quickly obvious that parts were embellished. Even the arguments concerning the crumbling relationships of the band members - which was one of the major issues behind the making the album - don't read as genuine, and seem trite or cooked up. This calls into question the rest of the book, but I'll give Caillat the benefit of the doubt on the recording process and technicalities. He also goes into detail about everything his dog does, which is "cute" (I guess) at first, but quickly gets old. "He licked me on the face as if to say 'everything is going to be fine'". You get the picture.
- Caillat feels the need to pat himself on the back and toot his horn (apparent in the opening intro before the real book even begins), and also inserts all his personal trials and tribulations over the women he was interested in. He makes sure we're aware he slept with the girl at the front desk (deciding not to end a chapter just saying he went over to her place that night, but adding that he fully closed the deal, just in case we're unsure), and also makes us fully aware he slept with another hot girl during the recording. He inserts photos of the girls as proof, including one of him in bed with one of them, and another photo of him leaving another's house "the morning after." Awesome Ken! You are a rock and roll stud, we get it. But most people didn't buy the Making of Rumors to learn about this, or about your major internal conflict over whether you like the brunette or the blonde - whose hair "sparkled in the morning sun" (yep, that's in there) - better.
Because of the cons mentioned above, I found myself skimming many chapters, and focussing on just on certain parts. This book could easily have been 100 pages.
Ken's writing is very clear and easy to read. He's not much of a joke teller, but his writing is genuine and succinct. Ken was all about the music and the finished product proved it. The music industry put big $ into their rock record products in those days when record sales for big name rock bands were 10X what they are today. One might ask, how does one get a book out of describing the step-by-step, often excruciatingly tedious process of recording an album in the late '70's, that took a full year to finish?
Ken puts in a lot of the details of the recording experience from his side of the glass in the control room, and while he is enthused to tell you exactly how he did it, manages to water down some of the complexities for the non-techie readers. If you are a technical type (as I am), you're going to like discovering the way things were done back in the day before computers, pro-tools software, processing and an infinite number of recorded tracks within a song, technology that is taken for granted today. Back then it was all linear: You played, you sang, and because it wasn't perfect, you sang and you played again and again. It was real compared to the cut and paste recording of today. Does any of this automation available to all today make today's modern records any better? Perhaps the opposite.
Perhaps the most interesting part of this memoir is the accuracy of the events and the people. It was written more like a historical novel, with long dialog passages in sync with the narrative. I was constantly amused by how he wrote all the scenes as if they were taking place in real time. Along with off-page testimony from many of the people back then, Ken must have had his producer's logs and track charts at hand with all the precise details of what precisely happened each and every day. Dates were specific in all cases, which also included the things going on outside the studio like lunches, concerts, parties, girlfriends, etc. Not your everyday bio to be sure. A more accurate title might be `Romours: The Historical Novel`! Ken also does a good job of recreating the look and feel of the late '70s when the business of Rock really soared.
The only negative I would bring up is that there's only so many ways you can describe recording the 11 songs on Rumours. Once you get through basic tracks, then fixing the basic tracks, then changing the songs around, then overdubs and accent tracks, vocal tracks, mixing, even the mastering to vinyl, you're pretty much burned out on those 11 songs. To perk up the goings on, there's a little in between about Ken's love life -- after all it was the '70s -- though none of it led to anything permanent in his life. In the end though, amazed at this guy's luck, you're rooting for him, and you realize his touches in the production of Rumours very much contributed to its mega-success.
All in all, a great story told by a great guy.