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Top ten albums chart this week in 1988: final album from classic Fleetwood Mac line-up


Fleetwood Mac in 1988

Fleetwood Mac in 1988

‘Tango In The Night’ is Fleetwood Mac’s second most successful album

‘Tango In The Night’ is Fleetwood Mac’s second most successful album


Fleetwood Mac in 1988


Ten years after Fleetwood Mac released the seminal 'Rumours', one of the best-selling albums of all time, they scored another worldwide smash with 'Tango In The Night'.

The band's fourteenth studio album was released on April 13, 1987 and reached number one in the UK on three separate occasions through 1987/'88. It spent more than eight months in the top ten and spawned six singles, including the hits 'Big Love', 'Little Lies' and 'Everywhere'.

'Tango In The Night' was also successful in the US, peaking at number 7 for three weeks and spending more than seven months in the top 20 there.

This was the last Fleetwood Mac album to feature the band's classic line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks.

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Buckingham had released two solo albums in the early eighties and 'Tango...' was originally conceived as his third solo effort. He was co-producer on the project and played every instrument on several tracks.

Recording was a long, drawn-out process and 'Tango In The Night' took 18 months to complete. Stevie Nicks was promoting her third solo album and spent little time in the studio. Even when she was there, she was unmotivated and often intoxicated. Creative and personal tensions within the band resurfaced and, shortly after the album's release, Buckingham quit.

'The album was well received,' noted Mick Fleetwood in an interview with Classic Rock magazine. 'Somewhat sadly, the kudos of that was never really fully attributed to Lindsey because he wasn't present... He was coerced and persuaded to do that album-mainly by me. And, to his credit, he put aside everything that he'd dreamt of doing, including making his own album, for Fleetwood Mac; but then realised that he'd made a mistake... Lindsey was not being heard. We just didn't get it.'

Though 'Tango In The Night' is overshadowed in Fleetwood Mac retrospectives by 'Rumours', it remains their second most successful album.

A multi-million seller and worldwide hit, it is one of the top-100 best selling albums of all time in the UK and the seventh biggest selling album of the eighties in that market.

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