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Tusk - Fleetwood Mac

Released: 12 October 1979

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Recorded: 1978–79 at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, California, Lindsey Buckingham’s home

Genre: Rock, Pop, Art rock

Length: 74:25

Label: Warner Bros.

Producers: Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut, and Ken Caillat

Tusk is the twelfth album by the British/American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Released in 1979, it is considered experimental, primarily due to Lindsey Buckingham’s sparser songwriting arrangements and the influence of punk rock and new wave on his production techniques. Costing over $1 million to record (a fact widely noted in the 1979 press), it was the most expensive rock album made up to that point. Compared to 1977’s Rumours which sold 10 million copies by March 1978, Tusk sold four million copies. Because of this, the album was regarded as a commercial failure by the label and it holds the record for a major-label band having the biggest drop in sales from one album to the next.

The band embarked on a 9-month tour to promote Tusk. They travelled extensively across the world, including the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and UK. In Germany they shared the bill with reggae superstar Bob Marley. It was on this world tour that the band recorded music for the Fleetwood Mac Live album, which was released in 1980.[not verified in body]

The album polarized critics and the public alike upon its initial release, although the album has since been reevaluated over time and praised for its experimentation. In 2013, NME ranked Tusk at number 445 in their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


Singles released from the Album:

Tusk” Released in September 1979

Sara” Released in December 1979

Not That Funny” Released in February 1980 (UK)

Think About Me” Released in March 1980

Sisters of the Moon” Released in June 1980 (USA)

Angel” Released in July 1980 (NL)8

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