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Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album

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Inside the making of one of the biggest-selling albums of all time: Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours"Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 "Rumours" album topped the Billboard 200 for thirty-one weeks and won the Album of the Year Grammy. More recently, Rolling Stone named it the twenty-fifth greatest album of all time and the hit TV series Glee devoted an entire episode to songs from ...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by John Wiley & Sons (first published March 2nd 2012)
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Feb 15, 2014 Belinda rated it did not like it
Sigh. That's my first thought. I have gone through several stages of thought while reading this book and I really had to take a breath before writing this review. First just to be honest, the technical aspect of the book is quite interesting--obviously the author has talent as an engineer. Having said that, Mama's got to go off.
What a balloon headed creep. Honestly. He can't decide if he wants to take credit for the success of an album that he had no hand in writing or performing or being fals
Stephen Power
May 08, 2012 Stephen Power rated it it was amazing
I have to state up front that I edited this book, which, of course, totally biases my opinion. Plus when I'm editing I'm not reading for enjoyment so much as reading for construction, just as it's tough to appreciate the aesthetics of a good stone wall when you're building it. So let me say what I love best about the book: the technical details of recording. I was especially interested in why there are various edits of a song and how a song is actually put together. I was of a mind that it was ...more
Aug 06, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it
4 atars for the interesting bits about Fleetwood Mac and one of the greatest albums of all time IMO.

1 star for Ken Caillat's overexposure of himself. I found him quite full of himself in this narrative. Hey Ken, I don't care who you slept with or how beautiful they were. 'kay?
May 05, 2012 Teri rated it liked it
The history of the making of Rumours is interesting and exciting but Ken Caillat seems to be more interested in making himself (and to a lesser extent his daughter Cobie) the star. While I understand how difficult the members of the band most likely were, Caillat writes as though he were the genius and talent behind Rumours. Worth the read, but take it with a grain of salt.
Jun 20, 2013 Eric rated it liked it
Two thoughts:

1. The book is a compelling read. It's also badly written, full of cliches, repetitive, and the dialog--written decades after the fact--rings false. So why is it so good? Because the material is great. Rumours is a fantastic album, I'm not a big Fleetwood Mac fan but many of the songs on Rumours still move me. Reading about its creation was a treat. Maybe Callait's contribution to the album didn't really matter. He's not that great an author, but the book is a page turner because of
Apr 22, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Ken's insider perspective on the making of the greatest rock album of all time is both engrossing and stunning, beautiful and dangerous. Ken's honesty and genius are clear, and Making Rumours provides a fascinating insider's view on the world that was Mick, John, Chris, Lindsey, and of course, Stevie Nicks, during the making of one of the most tumultuous albums of all time.

The love, the lies, the fights, and the heartbreak- Ken lays it all bare for the reader, and even the most well versed Fleet
Starr Jernigan
Dec 27, 2012 Starr Jernigan rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. Being a musician myself I found the details of the musicianship and the recording and mixing details interesting. This however may not be what the average reader would find engaging. The only thing I didn't like so much was the author (Ken Caillat) comes off a bit arrogant at times. A more humble approach would have been nice. But all this in mind, he did help make Rumours the classic it is and all the while dealing with the eclectic and sometimes difficult ...more
May 24, 2013 Georgette rated it it was ok
sadly, I was very underwhelmed by this book.
I did enjoy the observations of the Mac and its very intriguing parts, however, I did not need to know so much about Scooter, Ken's dog. or all of the women that Ken pursued at the time. The book is about the making of one of the most classic albums in our echelon--and instead, at times, it reads like a cross between the National Enquirer and Beagles Weekly.
I was really also a little puzzled by why Colbie Caillat did a foreword until I realized Ken w
Tobin Elliott
Apr 01, 2015 Tobin Elliott rated it really liked it
A lot of the reviews rip this book for the writing. I guess I've read enough true crap that the writing here didn't bother me for the most part. When I can slog through something like Against All Things Ending or Stephen King shot John Lennon books of similar pain, this one comes out smelling like roses.

Is it stunning in its word and language choice? Hell no. It's a recording engineer writing about making an album. So, consider the source, then enjoy the ride.

And it's one hell of a fun ride.

Mar 21, 2014 snowplum rated it liked it
If you are both a musician and a FM fan, you should read this book, without a doubt. If you are only one of the two, it's harder to say. If you're really interested in the music itself and the recording because you know about songcraft, you might be annoyed by the more gossipy bits of the book -- especially the parts that are just about Ken, not about the band members you really care about. If you're looking for really intense details from inside the soap opera, you might also be disappointed ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Jon rated it liked it
This book really is only worth the read if you're an insane fan of the band like I am and really want to delve into the various recording aspects of the album. What I wish is that there was MORE time spent on those technical aspects, like what mic was used, techniques and the like. He describes getting a perfect balance so that a vocalist gets enough low end on their vocal but doesn't get muddy and a process for that -- but doesn't actually tell us the metrics of where the sweet spot is.

A bit t
Jun 15, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it
The subject is inherently fascinating for music geeks, but Caillat's voice keeps getting in the way -- he isn't good with dialogue, but he insists on trying to recreate a lot of 40-year-old conversations, and as a result, everyone in Fleetwood Mac talks like a character in a Dan Brown novel. He also inserts a lot of his own personal biography in the story, which is fair, given that it's supposed to be his side of the process behind the album, but it's also a lot less interesting than what ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Justin rated it it was amazing
I can't give a serious book review because I'm jaded by my love for Fleetwood Mac, so I'm automatically giving it five stars simply because I loved finding out all of the insights Ken had about the band behind the scenes. Even though some of the technical aspects of the music-making process were lengthy, Ken tried to break them down to simple terms and was descriptive enough that I understood the basis of what he was trying to convey. It was a fairly quick and easy read that delighted me if not ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
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Love!! The author, Ken Caillet was the engineer, and later, co-producer of the album Rumours, and he goes into detail about the making of the hit record. It does go into very high depth of the technicalities of what engineers do, and some of it was a bit beyond me. But it did get me intrigued, more often than not, to go back, listen to each song and find the bits and parts that he described with more detail. And after reading this book, I have a slightly different perspective on the album and ...more
Janine Flood
Oct 21, 2012 Janine Flood rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
5 Stars for Content and for awakening an even greater appreciation for one of my favorite albums of all time. 1 Star for the amateurish writing style, passive aggressive digs at Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, and for his revolting account of catching crabs in his beard. Still, if Mr. Caillat decides to write a follow-up on the Tusk and Mirage albums, I will take the time to read it.
Jeff Shattuck
Jul 06, 2012 Jeff Shattuck rated it did not like it
Ken Caillat might be able to make great sounds but his words fall flat. The whole book reads as chronological notes with very little insight or color added. Sad. I love Rumours and I love recording and I was hoping to get a glimpse behind the curtain. Instead I got a view of the broom closet.
Stevland Mcdowell
Aug 10, 2012 Stevland Mcdowell rated it it was ok
The technical details make this an interesting read for people who work in music production. The insider view is great for passionate fans of the record. Ken seems like a brilliant recording engineer with a great story to share. It's just too bad this feels like it was written by a 5th grader.
Aug 22, 2015 Paul rated it liked it
Caillat is a great recording producer and engineer, and he excels at these jobs by paying close attention to detail. There's an avalanche of detail in "Making Rumours," and if you're interested in the pre-digital recording process, it's fascinating, since Caillat apparently remembers where he situated every mic and how high he raised every single level on the 24-track mixer. It's a tad dry, but certainly of educational and historical value. When he writes about anything else, though, his ...more
May 12, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
This book took me right back to the 70's, California and Fleetwood Mac. I loved the making of Rumours and enjoyed all the insider information about what went on behind the scenes. Some of it was a little technical, but it was so interesting to learn what goes into making an album (I miss actual albums)versus making a cd in this day and age. Deciding which songs go on the album and in what order....I just loved hearing all the little details that go into making a great hit album. You could not ...more
Jul 28, 2012 Analese rated it liked it
As a big fan of Fleetwood Mac, this was a good read from another perspective during a tumultuous time. The unfortunate part is that it seems like Ken never really felt comfortable with exactly whom his audience was. Sometimes he was explicit in the age of casual drugs, sex and booze, and other times he was vague with a sense of not wanting to tell the full story. This is also true about his encounters with others, there never seems to be a real set of emotions when going over his relationships ...more
Jim Zubricky
Jul 19, 2012 Jim Zubricky rated it it was amazing
Rumours is one of my favorite albums of all time, so when I randomly saw this on the shelves at Barnes and Noble, I HAD to read this. If you're a fan of the album and/or group, this will not disappoint you at all. While he does get pretty technical about recording (and some of it was over my head), it was cool that he was able to talk about how all of these sounds come together to form the album that we know. I would recommend - strongly - to listen to the album once you finish the book; it ...more
Book  Guardian
Feb 28, 2013 Book Guardian rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, bio
I liked the pictures in the book, as well as the light characterization of each of the bandmates. I like that he doesn't try to spill all their secrets or anything...just that he wanted to explain his feelings while he was making it. It's Ken's Version of Rumours...not the whole background. Since I'm of an age where digital is everything, the whole splicing of tapes to get everything just right seemed like such a fascinating process. Rumours is a great album and I liked the book-- especially ...more
Jun 29, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It was a lot different than ( I was just 7.) But I remember the album on the turntable a lot. I loved "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" still do. Ken did a fantastic job of telling how creating music then was an art form from lyrics and music to the mixing and creating of the vinyl itself.
In the past 36 years we have lost the true feeling of music. This book helped to remember.

Jan 30, 2016 Hadessephy rated it really liked it
It was kinda cool to learn that this is Colbie Caillat ' s father. No wonder her albums are so good! I enjoyed this memoir, I just love reading about these people hehe. I think Ken definitely has (and understandabley) some issues with Lindsey. Actually it's seems like a lot of them do. Buckingham needs to write his own memoir to defend himself hehe. It was cool to see how Ken added to the album and he told of song tidbits to listen to at certain times.
Apr 09, 2013 Nina rated it liked it
LOTS of technical recording stuff and talking about his girlfriend and his dog. Not a whole lot of band gossip. Still, i kinda like the technical stuff. If you're into recording, definitely read it. Otherwise, you may not be so interested.
Mar 25, 2013 Ct added it
I wish I liked it more. It was too technical for my liking. I would have preferred reading more about the members of the band. I guess I'll have to wait for Stevie to write her autobiography, can't wait...
Maxwell McDonald
Aug 02, 2013 Maxwell McDonald rated it did not like it
I thought I'd devour anything written about this album, particular when written by one of its creators. This book has proved me wrong. Just awful.
Michael Ladd
Jan 05, 2013 Michael Ladd rated it it was ok
The recording studio details were interesting, the autobiographical notes read like a high school journal.
Larry Martin
Aug 22, 2012 Larry Martin rated it it was amazing
Possibly greatest book ever about possibly greatest rock album ever by grammy winning sound engineer/producer. Cool inside insight.
Patrick Justo
Jul 04, 2015 Patrick Justo rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Ken Caillat starts the book in January 1976 as a recording engineer for a small recording studio in Hollywood. He ends the book in January 1977 having spent the last year producing Rumours, which would become Fleetwood Mac's 40x platinum blockbuster album and still, nearly 40 years later, the 6th best selling album in history.

What made Rumours such a phenomenal album? As Caillat tells it, it's the immense care and dedication they were able to put into the album; a combination of Lindsey Buckingh
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