Lindsey Buckingham’s producer and engineer toiled day and night for 18 months to make the triple platinum album.
On March 31 Rhino Records released a deluxe edition of Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Tango in the Night’.
First released in 1987 the LP embodies the era’s glossy combinations of flashy rock ‘n’ roll and airy synth-pop.
Layers of gauzy harmonies envelop Christine McVie compositions ‘Little Lies’ and ‘Everywhere’ glittering keyboards add melancholy to the Stevie Nicks-helmed ‘Seven Wonders’ and jagged lightning-bolt guitar riffs cut through ‘Isn’t It Midnight’ and the title track.Despite its effortless sound the record took 18 months to make.Nicks was absent for most of the proceedings – owing to a packed tour schedule for her 1985 solo record ‘Rock a Little’ and then a trip to Betty Ford to get sober from cocaine (the ‘Tango in the Night’ song ‘Welcome to the Room. . . Sara’ in fact is about this rehab visit).Prior to the launch of Fleetwood Mac’s tour in support of the record, Buckingham left the band.The core group of Lindsey Buckingham – Stevie Nicks- Christine McVie – John McVie and Mick Fleetwood wouldn’t reunite and play together until 1997.(cont..)