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Editors’ Notes

After taking more than a year off for some much-needed rest following the world tour in support of 1979’s Tusk, Fleetwood Mac recorded 1982’s Mirage in the decadence of Château d'Hérouville near Paris. Whereas Tusk was a deliberate departure from the preceding masterpiece Rumors, the slickly produced Mirage was an attempt to bring Fleetwood Mac's fans more hits on par with the likes of “Go Your Own Way,” “Don’t Stop,” “Dreams,” and “You Make Loving Fun.” Mirage definitely delivered some stellar singles, starting with the seductive sway of “Hold Me.” Penned by Christine McVie (along with the opening “Love in Store”), it hinted at how her songwriting prowess would blossom and save 1987’s Tango in the Night amid the band’s dissolve. After digging through her song stash, Stevie Nicks offered the catchy “Gypsy.” (She'd written it in 1979 for her debut solo album, Bella Donna, but left it off when the song’s muse died of leukemia.) Lindsey Buckingham borrowed melodies from Nicks’ “Wild Heart” for “Can’t Go Back.”

Customer Reviews

Fleetwood Mac - Mirage

Any album as emotionally potent, experimental and draining as "Tusk" is bound to be a hard act to follow, but "Mirage" stands as a testament to Fleetwood Mac's pop prowess. I've always felt that it's Stevie Nicks' and Christine McVie's songs that stand up the best on this album. "Gypsy" is a haunting tribute to Nicks' deceased best friend; "That's Alright" is a fantastic piece of country-pop; and I'll never get tired of hearing McVie's smoky voice serenade me ("Wish You Were Here" is especially gorgeous). It's Lindsey that really falls behind on this album; while his songs, mostly pop confections inspired by the '50s and '60s, are well-crafted, they just don't stand out the way his previous work has. Perhaps he was exhausted after "Tusk," perhaps the band's in-fighting was finally wearing down on him. Whatever the case, "Mirage" is a pleasant enough addition to FM's catalogue; even those who aren't die-hard fans will find songs to love.


With the two big hits "Gypsy" and "Hold Me" this album was already considered good but there are many hidden gems on here like "Straight Back" and "Only Over You".


This album is created and graceful and at the same time rocks hard!! I will always love fleedwoodmac!!!!!


Formed: 1967 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their careers, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo in the late '60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock act over the course of a decade. Throughout all of their incarnations, the only consistent members of Fleetwood Mac were drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie — the rhythm section that provided the band with its...
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