Fleetwood Mac's Rumours: A Guide to Its Rarer Releases

Like any card-carrying member of Generation X, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was omnipresent during my childhood. My parents had the 1977 release on LP, which was on constant rotation in our house—but they also had the 8-track version, which got permanently lodged in the player of our red Ford Ranchero. Because of this inescapable exposure, the album became the soundtrack to my formative years. Even today, the opening bars of “Second Hand News” immediately bring me back to my native Santa Cruz, California.

It was not just my parents who fell for this classic upon its release. During its first year, the album spent 44 (non-consecutive) weeks in the Top 10 and did not go lower than the 15th spot in the charts for almost a year. With vinyl coming back into fashion over the last decade, an entirely new generation of fans has discovered the seminal record, propelling Rumours into the elite club of albums that have sold more than 40 million copies. It now joins other timeless best sellers like the Eagles’ Greatest Hits and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. (Michael Jackson’s Thriller still tops the list with more than 66 million claimed sales.) Rumours remains extremely popular with record buyers too, and is, in fact, the current best-selling album on Reverb LP.

Because of Rumours’ evergreen popularity, there have been many reissues and re-releases since 1977. As one of the most pressed albums of all time, there are more than 300 different versions from around the world to be snapped up. If you're just looking for a vinyl edition to enjoy on your stereo, really any version on Reverb LP will serve you well. If, however, you're interested in something a little different, you may want to keep an eye out for one of the rarer and unique editions outlined below.

And remember—if you're one of the lucky owners of one of the below releases, getting your copy listed on Reverb LP is only a couple of clicks away.

1977 Dual-Stamped, US Release

I am a bit disappointed to learn that the version my parents played so often was not one of the original pressings of Rumours. A first pressing differed from later editions in that it had a textured cover. One of the rarer editions has two different stamps: one from the Capitol Records Pressing Plant in Los Angeles and the other from the Capitol Records Pressing Plant in Jacksonville, Illinois. Jacksonville pressings can be identified by the 1.5" diameter pressing ring in the label area. The runout grooves are also slightly different from following versions with these distinctive marks:

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Etched / MASTERED BY CAPITOL, ✲ stamped): BSK-1-3010 JW10 FS7• #2 MASTERED BY CAPITOL ✲ KP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Etched / MASTERED BY CAPITOL, 0 stamped): BSK-2-3010 JW6 F38 #6 MASTERED BY CAPITOL KP 0

This dual-stamped issue included an 11" x 22" fold-out liner note, with lyrics and photo credits.

Cost: This edition can set you back anywhere from just over $12 or £9 all the way to $60 or £45, depending on the condition of the album, sleeve, and liner notes.

1978 White Vinyl, Netherlands Release

I naively thought that coloured vinyl was a relatively new thing. This 1978 white vinyl of Rumours from the Netherlands was a nice surprise, and suddenly I knew what I was going to be adding to my next Christmas list. Back when it was originally printed, these coloured editions were exported to the U.S., where they would usually fetch double the price of the domestic LP.

With original shrink wrap and a hype sticker proclaiming, “Attention – Limited Edition on Coloured Vinyl,” a mint version of this is one of the rarer Mac pieces.

Cost: If you are lucky enough to find a copy of this chupacabra of records, be ready to hand over at least $80 or around £60.

1977 Uruguay Release

This version is notable because the song titles are in Spanish. How cool does rocking out to “Nunca Volvere Otra Vez” sound? Well, if you are keen to add this muy caliente (sorry, couldn’t resist) record to your collection, get ready to throw down your dinero.

Cost: Prices range from about $220 (£160) all the way past $275 (£200).

1977 South Korea Release

If you are looking for something a bit more unusual than the English version of Rumours, why not pick up this South Korean issue of the classic? It includes a paper one-sheet featuring Korean lyrics on one side and English lyrics on the reverse.

Cost: Just under $42 (£30) to get your paws on this.

2009 UK Reissue with Misprint

This edition is just the original album, but remastered. However, it does not include “Silver Springs,” which went on to be included on later reissues of the album. The idiosyncrasy here is that the track credit on B1 is printed with a capital "S" in "Nicks" in a different font or size: "S. NickS"

Cost: You can revel in this tiny yet fun error for anywhere from approximately $17 (£12) to $38 (£28).

2013 35th Anniversary 2LP Deluxe Edition

The first LP is the original album as it first appeared in 1977. The second LP is where things get interesting, featuring 12 previously unreleased live tracks, recorded at gigs in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and South Carolina during 1977. The familiar Rumours hits are standouts, but the live performances serve as a great time capsule of the moment when this album first came out, with the audience’s presence audible but not overbearing. (There are no nails-on-chalkboard sing-along moments.) The eight-minute-long “Rhiannon” showcases Stevie Nicks at her witching best. “Silver Springs,” the original B-side from “Go Your Own Way,” is added here to Rumours’ track list, as it was on earlier reissues of the album. There are also three of Fleetwood Mac’s lesser-known tracks from their self-titled 1975 release, giving listeners the chance to hear the band beyond their most famous album.Cost: Just over $65 or £40 at most outlets.

While many of the reissues and releases over the years have been on CD, there is certainly now an opportunity for further versions to be pressed on vinyl once again. It will be interesting to see if Rumours continues to be rereleased in various vinyl formats, with different tracks, live footage, and limited edition pictures. The appetite is certainly there.