Why Fleetwood Mac's Mirage was one of the best albums of the 1980s
Avalanched by the enormity of Rumours, the smooth ’n’ simple Mirage is ironically invisible in Fleetwood Mac’s catalogue. But for Christine McVie, its creation represents a happier time
Fleetwood Mac's Mirage has been voted number 59 in our countdown of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s – read the full list here.
Christine McVie has a look of sultry invitation as she puts her hand on Lindsey Buckingham’s shoulder. She’s almost touching his tempestuous ex Stevie Nicks’ left hand, as Nicks puts her other hand in Buckingham’s and leans back in his arms to dance. Buckingham for his part looks a figure of glowering romance, the Heathcliff of Hollywood, dressed all in black, with black shadows encroaching on them all, as he gives McVie a reproachful look that stops short of rebuffing her. Mick Fleetwood and John McVie stand forlornly, looking out from the back of this sleeve photo for Mirage, the multimillion-selling Fleetwood Mac album most likely to have slipped your mind. But the message to potential buyers in 1982 was clear: step inside the Mac circus for more Rumours-style entanglements.