Mirage is the thirteenth studio album by Fleetwood Mac, released in June 1982.
Following a hiatus of over a year after the completion of the worldwide Tusk tour, the band temporarily relocated to Le Chateau in France to record this 12-track album. By this time Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had each commenced a solo side-career, the former to multi-platinum #1 success with 1981's Bella Donna, whilst the band's guitarist had not fared quite so well with his first outing Law and Order (US Billboard #32).
Mirage was a return to the radio-friendly West coast pop sound that had made the group so successful with 1977's Rumours, and was a retreat from the highly experimental nature of 1979's Tusk. It spawned several hit singles; "Hold Me" (which peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Chart, remaining there for seven weeks),"Love in Store" (#22 US Pop Chart), "Oh Diane" (which reached #9 in the UK and the Top 10 in Germany), and finally, "Can't Go Back" (issued on 7" and 12" in the UK).
The Stevie Nicks composition "Gypsy" (#12 Pop, #4 Rock, and a #1 hit in Canada) was the second single from the album and was accompanied by a lengthy video, the highest-budget music video ever produced at the time, directed by Russell Mulcahy, and was the very first "World Premiere Video" on MTV in 1982. The single and album edit of "Gypsy" ran for only 4:24, but a 5½-minute version had been originally recorded and it was this version used for the video. This full-length version was not made available on CD until 1992's retrospective box set 25 Years - The Chain.
Of the other two compositions from Nicks on the album, "That's Alright" dated back to the Buckingham/Nicks days of 1974, whilst "Straight Back" was written in the winter of 1981 and referred to her separation from (then) lover, producer Jimmy Iovine, and the huge wrench she experienced having to leave her newly established and highly successful solo career to re-join Fleetwood Mac for the 1982 project (Nicks refers to this on the DVD commentary to her 2008 retrospective Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks). "Straight Back" was also a US radio hit in winter 1982.
The album sold over 2 million copies in the US and returned the group to the top of the U.S. charts for the first time since their 1977 hit album Rumours, spending five weeks at the top. It also reached #5 in the UK, and #2 in Australia.
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