The inside tale of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ and ‘Tusk,’ according to producer Ken Caillat at NAMM 2020
Ken Caillat says he didn’t know who Fleetwood Mac were when he was initially hired by the band in the mid-’70s to mix a live recording for a radio show. (ocregister.com)
But by the time he was done working with the band — having engineered and co-produced “Rumours,” “Tusk,” “Mirage,” and “Live” — he had so many stories to tell about Fleetwood Mac’s music and those who made it that he wrote a pair of books about those days.
“It was just a lot of fun,” he continued. “Stevie (Nicks) one day wrote this song down the hall at the Record Plant. Came bursting through the doors of the control room and said, ‘You guys won’t believe what I just wrote: I wrote “Dreams,” it’s amazing.
“We said, let’s hear it. She starts playing her three chords. Lindsey (Buckingham) starts playing his guitar. Mick (Fleetwood) starts playing whatever he can beat on. John (McVie) starts playing his bass. This song is just 10 minutes old.
“If Stevie and Lindsey were fighting, I would say to them, ‘OK, why don’t you guys go outside and we’ll work with Christine who’s not currently fighting with John,’” Caillat said.
“The first time I found out about the band breaking up we were doing this song, and Stevie and Lindsey were sitting on stools singing backups,” he said. “All of a sudden, I hear her saying, ‘You bastard, you cheated on me.’
“I say, ‘Play,’ and they come right on: “You… you make lovin’ fun,’” Caillat said, playing just that part of the track. “In the middle of that, they broke into a fight.”
Caillat won the Grammy for best engineering of a non-classical album for “Rumours,” and he anticipated he might have a shot at another for the sessions that he and most of the band considered as “Rumours II” until Buckingham exerted his control over the album that ended up “Tusk.” To read the full article click here