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  • Compilation producer: Mick Fleetwood.
  • All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
  • Personnel: Emerson Hart, Johnny Rzeznik (vocals, guitar); Andrea Corr (vocals, tin whistle); Elton John (vocals, piano, organ); Jewel (vocals, background vocals); Rob Thomas , Tallulah, Ken Block, Andrew Copeland, Shawn Colvin (vocals); Oliver Leiber (guitar, programming); Adam Gaynor, Davey Johnstone , Jeff Russo, Kyle Cook (guitar, background vocals); Chuck Prophet (guitar); Chris Von Sneidern (acoustic guitar); Sharon Corr (violin, background vocals); Matthew Brubeck (cello); Rick DePofi (horns); Matt Serletic (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Brian Mitchell (organ); Paul Ebersold (Wurlitzer organ); Guy Babylon (keyboards, sampler); David Revelli (drums, percussion); Kevin Shepard, Mark Trojanowski, Paul Doucette, Shawn Pelton, Mike Malinin (drums); John Mahon (percussion, background vocals); Lenny Castro, Charlie Morgan , Tom Hurst (percussion); Peter Rafelson, Rob Mounsey (programming); Dan, Norm, Mark V. (loops); Billy Trudell, Alfreda Gerald, Penny Ray, Robby Takac, Dan Lavery, Caroline Corr (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; Daniel Presley; Greg Archilla; Bill Wittman; Jack Joseph Puig; Joe Ferla; Mike Plotnikoff; Norman Kerner; Paul Ebersold; Phil Ramone; Rob Chiarelli; Ryan Hewitt.
  • Audio Remixer: Guy Babylon .
  • Photographers: Simon Obarzanek; Herbert Worthington III.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Goo Goo Dolls; Tony Adams ; Michael Mangini ; The Cranberries; Tonic.
  • Arrangers: Paul Ebersold; Rob Mounsey; Sister Hazel.
  • "Gold Dust Woman" as a Southern rock song? "Dreams" with a dance beat? "Don't Stop" as a rah-rah cheerleading chant sung by Elton John? Um, wait a minute, that one makes perfect sense. At first, the mishmash of bands gathered here to cover Fleetwood Mac's 1977 landmark RUMOURS in its entirety is a bit baffling. There's the post-grunge rock band Matchbox 20; singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Jewel, pop-punkers, Celtic rock bands, and a single British superstar (John) who's one of the few artists significantly older than RUMOURS itself.
  • But the fact is, RUMOURS, a brutally honest pop album about infidelities and other romantic indiscretions, really does resonate for all these artists, and if the variety of their performances doesn't quite make for a seamless album, it is a testament to the resilience of the amazing collection of 11 songs penned way back when by Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie. Of course, it can't be easy going up against classic pop singles like "Dreams" and "Don't Stop," and as such it's the less-familiar songs that shine brightest here. Tonic may well have discovered a new pop standard in "Second Hand News." And love 'em or hate 'em, give Matchbox 20 credit for trying to turn "Never Going Back" into a minor-key dirge.
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