Monday, April 13, 1987

Fleetwood Mac released Tango in the Night

First posted 6/4/2011; last updated 9/17/2020.

Tango in the Night

Fleetwood Mac

Released: April 13, 1987

Peak: 7 US, 15 UK, 2 CN, 5 AU

Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, 2.5 UK, 13.75 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: classic rock


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Big Love (Buckingham) [3:37] (3/28/87, 5 US, 2 AR, 23 AC, 9 UK, 17 CN, 16 AU)
  2. Seven Wonders (Stewart/ Nicks) [3:38] (4/25/87, 19 US, 2 AR, 13 AC, 56 UK, 47 CN, 23 AU)
  3. Everywhere (C. McVie) [3:48] (11/28/87, 14 US, 22 AR, 1 AC, 4 UK, 45 AU, airplay: 1 million)
  4. Caroline (Buckingham) [3:50]
  5. Tango in the Night (Buckingham) [3:56] (5/2/87, 28 AR)
  6. Mystified (McVie/ Buckingham) [3:08]
  7. Little Lies (McVie/ Quintela) [3:40] (8/2/87, 4 US, 14 AR, 1 AC, 5 UK, 3 CN, 16 AU, airplay: 2 million)
  8. Family Man (Buckingham/ Dashut) [4:08] (12/26/87, 90 US, 23 AC, 54 UK, 29 CN, 83 AU)
  9. Welcome to the Room…Sara (Nicks) [3:37]
  10. Isn’t It Midnight (C. McVie/ Quintela/ Buckingham) [4:06] (5/2/87, 14 AR, 60 UK)
  11. When I See You Again (Nicks) [3:49]
  12. You and I, Part II (Buckingham/C. McVie) [2:40]

The Players:

  • Lindsey Buckingham (vocals, guitar, et al)
  • Stevie Nicks (vocals, tambourine)
  • Christine McVie (vocals, keyboards)
  • John McVie (bass)
  • Mick Fleetwood (drums, percussion)


3.817 out of 5.00 (average of 21 ratings)


About the Album:

Tango in the Night is the 14th studio album by the British-American band Fleetwood Mac,” WK but only the fifth from the group’s most commercial roster of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. WK It was the last studio effort for that classic line-up and the group’s second biggest seller, only behind 1977’s Rumours. WK

Although ten years removed from that blockbuster, “this 1987 effort was inevitably regarded as something of a letdown. That’s too bad, since it's an underrated set that contains plenty of inventively catchy tunes, with a quirky sonic edge that gives the songs added sonic and emotional depth.” SS

The album “began life as a Lindsey Buckingham solo project, but by 1985 the production had morphed into Fleetwood Mac’s next album.” WK “Serving as the album’s main producer, Buckingham” AH “consistently brings out the best in his colleagues on this superb album.” AH He “gives an edgy quality to everything from the haunting Isn’t It Midnight to the poetic Seven Wonders to the dreamy Everywhere. Though Buckingham doesn't over-produce, his thoughtful use of synthesizers is a major asset.” AH

Not surprisingly, Buckingham takes the lead vocals for the album’s first single, the “eccentric, vaguely menacing Big Love.” SS That song “is a standout, as is Christine McVie’s brightly bittersweet Little LiesSS and “Stevie Nicks’ typically mystical Welcome to the Room ... Sara.” SS

“With pressure being placed on Buckingham to keep the project focused and moving forward, things came to a head shortly after the release of Tango in the Night when the guitarist announced his departure from the band on the eve of the Tango in the Night Tour in 1987. Following Buckingham’s sudden departure, two musicians were drafted in to replace him: Rick Vito and Billy Burnette, who proceeded to complete the Tango Tour in 1987-1988 with the rest of the band.” WK

“The distinctive cover art for the album was a painting by Australian artist Brett-Livingstone Strong which was hanging in Buckingham’s home. It is an homage to the 19th Century French painter Henri Rousseau, emulating his colorful jungle theme works such as The Snake Charmer and The Repast of the Lion.” WK

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