''Mirage'' is the 13th studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac
, released on 18 June 1982. This studio effort's soft rock
sound stood in stark contrast to its more experimental predecessor, 1979's ''Tusk
''. ''Mirage'' yielded several hit singles: "Hold Me
" (which peaked at #4 on the US ''Billboard
'' Pop Chart, remaining there for seven weeks), "Gypsy
" (#12 US Pop Chart), "Love in Store
" (#22 US Pop Chart), "Oh Diane
" (which reached #9 in the UK), and "Can't Go Back
" (issued on 7″ and 12″ in the UK).
Following a hiatus of over a year after the completion of the worldwide ''Tusk'' tour, the band temporarily relocated to Château d'Hérouville
in France to record a new album. By this time Stevie Nicks
and Lindsey Buckingham
had each commenced a solo career, the former to multi-platinum #1 success with 1981's ''Bella Donna
'', the latter faring not as well with his first outing ''Law and Order
'' (US ''Billboard
The Stevie Nicks composition "Gypsy
" (#12 Pop, #4 Rock, and a #16 hit in Canada) was the second single from the album and was accompanied by a lengthy video directed by Russell Mulcahy
. The edited version of "Gypsy" that appears on the album and single releases runs for only 4:24, but a 5½-minute version had been originally recorded. The latter version was (initially) used in the video, and was not available on CD until the release of 1992's retrospective box set ''25 Years – The Chain
Of the other two compositions from Nicks on the album, "That's Alright" dated back to the Buckingham/Nicks days of 1974, while "Straight Back" was written in the winter of 1981 and referred to her separation from then-lover, producer Jimmy Iovine
, and the huge wrench she experienced having to leave her newly established and highly successful solo career to rejoin Fleetwood Mac for the 1982 project (Nicks refers to this on the DVD commentary to her 2008 retrospective ''Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks
''). "Straight Back" was also a US rock radio hit in late 1982.
Of Christine McVie
's four compositions, three were written in collaboration with other writers: "Love in Store
" with Jim Recor, ex-husband of Nicks' friend Sara Recor who later married Mick Fleetwood, "Hold Me
" with singer-songwriter Robbie Patton
whose second album she had recently produced and "Wish You Were Here" with lyrics from erstwhile John Mayall
drummer Colin Allen
. The other, "Only Over You", was credited "With thanks to Dennis Wilson
for inspiration." Christine had recently ended her relationship with Wilson, a member of the Beach Boys, who would die by drowning the following year.
Three of Lindsey Buckingham's five contributions were written with co-producer Richard Dashut
including the UK Top 10 hit "Oh Diane
The album returned the group to the top of the US ''Billboard'' charts for the first time since their 1977 album ''Rumours
'', spending five weeks at #1. It spent a total of 18 weeks in the US Top Ten and was certified double platinum for shipping 2,000,000 copies there. It also reached #5 in the UK where it was certified platinum for shipping 300,000 copies, and #2 in Australia.
A deluxe edition of ''Mirage'' was released on 23 September 2016. This expanded reissue features a remaster of the original album, 13 live tracks, B-sides, outtakes, plus other songs that did not make the final cut. Some of these songs include "Goodbye Angel" and "Teen Beat", which were both released on ''25 Years: The Chain
'', and "Smile at You", later released on ''Say You Will
''. and "If You Were My Love" later released on Stevie Nicks' solo album ''24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault
''. The DVD-Audio disc contains both the 5.1 Surround and 24/96 Stereo Audio mixes of the original album. Reviews of the deluxe edition were very favorable, but several noted the absence of a re-release of the "Mirage Live" 1982 concert video release, which to date has not been released on DVD in the United States and United Kingdom.
''Eccojams Vol. 1''
Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1
, released in 2010, and widely regarded as the album responsible for creating the vaporwave
genre and aesthetic, heavily samples ''Mirage.'' Track A2 from this album is entirely created from samples of "Only Over You". Also known as "Angel", The song is often credited as the "first" vaporwave
song, although this is heavily disputed.
Disc Four is an Audio DVD that contains a 5.1 Surround Mix & 24/96 Stereo Audio of the original album
, vocals, additional keyboards, lap harp on "Empire State"
– bass guitar
*Ray Lindsey – additional guitar on "Straight Back"
*Produced by: Richard Dashut
, Ken Caillat
, and Fleetwood Mac
*Engineered by: Richard Dashut
and Ken Caillat
*Assistant Engineers: David Bianco, Carla Frederick
Mirage Tour video / DVD
Two of the final shows of the ''Mirage'' tour were filmed in Los Angeles in 1982. Originally released on VHS and CED videodisc
in 1983, many tracks were edited out, with the loss of "Second Hand News", "Don't Stop", "Dreams", "Brown Eyes", "Oh Well", "Never Going Back Again", "Landslide", "Sara", and "Hold Me", reducing the 135 minute show to just 80 minutes on cassette. Three of these tracks, "Second Hand News," "Brown Eyes," and "Hold Me" would later be officially released on the expanded 1980 Fleetwood Mac Live album
in 2021. The running order was also completely rearranged so that Nicks' "Gypsy" followed "The Chain", whilst "You Make Loving Fun" and "Blue Letter" were moved to the first half of the edited show.
The performance also includes what is often referred to as the 'speaking in tongues' version of "Sisters of the Moon", in which Nicks delivers the song's coda in such intense gravelly vibratos that her words are rendered mysteriously indecipherable.
The concert was not released on DVD until 2003, but this was limited to Brazil on the Studio Gaba label and featured an unmastered soundtrack.
In 2006 a good quality release was issued in Australia, with an added special feature comprising six Stevie Nicks
solo promotional videos for some of her singles released between 1981 and 1986. This collection had previously been issued separately on VHS in 1986 under the title ''Stevie Nicks – I Can't Wait'', and exclusively includes a live solo version of her top ten hit "Leather and Lace
" (a duet with Don Henley
), which was recorded on the final night of Nicks' 1981 ''Bella Donna'' tour. The clip was not included in the 9-track edit of Nicks' "White Wing Dove" live concert VHS release in 1982, and neither was it included in the DVD supplement to her 2008 retrospective ''Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks
''. To date, this is the only DVD availability of this live performance.
In 2009, another DVD incarnation of the ''Mirage'' concert was released under the title ''Fleetwood Mac – In Performance'' by the Showline label on a region-free disc.
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