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RELEASED IN 1977, FLEETWOOD MAC’S “Go Your Own Way” was the initial single from Rumours, which eventually sold more than 12 million copies. As the first shot by the group since their quadruple-platinum Fleetwood Mac, “Go Your Own Way” should have been an automatic smash, no matter what it sounded like, but it surfaced a few times and then vanished, quickly replaced by “Dreams,” which sailed easily to number one. “Go Your Own Way” was rough, harsh, hard to follow. From its opening notes it was a maelstrom, excitement and nothing else. It was an assault, a hammering, the singer moaning and threatening, pleading and damning; it didn’t let up for a second.

Coming two thirds of the way through the performance, the requisite instrumental break should have provided a rest; somehow it raised the stakes. When Lindsey Buckingham dropped his words for a guitar solo—a shattered, severed solo almost

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