From the time Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac, in early 1975, until the group finished its tour in support of its album "Tusk," in October 1980, there hadn't been a real vacation.

So they decided to take eight months off, Buckingham says, "for a long period of rest and to redefine our individuality."  From that time came solo projects:  Mick Fleetwood's "The Visitor," recorded in Ghana, and Stevie Nicks' "Bella Donna."  Christine McVie started a project.  Guitarist Buckingham made his first solo album, "Law And Order," for Asylum.

He wrote eight of the 11 songs, sings all the leads and most of the backup vocals and plays all the instruments except drums and bass on "Trouble." The album went to No. 34 on the best-selling charts on Jan. 9 and 16. "Trouble," the first single, went to No. 8 on Jan. 23 and 30.  The next single will be "It Was I."

Mick Fleetwood drummed on "Trouble" and Buckingham used four seconds of his work and made a tape loop, which repeats.  Buckingham did drum fills and cymbal crashes.  George Hawkins played bass.

Buckingham, who enjoys working in the studio more than being on the road, says making an album is something like painting a picture. "You get as close as you can to what's in your head.  You have to let the work lead you sometimes.  A painter will paint something he didn't expect to do.  It'll change the whole painting.  He'll have to go with it.  If you're exerting your ego totally over the work, the work is probably going to suffer."

Fleetwood Mac works that way, too, Buckingham says, which is why the group is notorious for taking a long time in the studio --- "though we're not as bad as the Eagles." 

"We don't have a specific formula for doing things.  We leave ourselves open to try things.  If one person brings up an idea, we will usually try it.  Sometimes we'll work on it a couple of days.  You never know whether it is going to work until you hear it. Sometimes the things you're the surest will work, don't."

When his father died in 1973, Buckingham's mother kept his collection of 78 rpm records. At Christmas, 1980, Buckingham felt it was time to listen to them, possibly to receive some influences for the solo album he was about to start. 

"I didn't want to do a swing album.  I didn't want to be that literal.  I wanted to put some of the freshness, lightness and romantic feel swing has into a rock 'n' roll or pop aspect."

Buckingham wrote "Love From Here, Love From There" with the idea of making it a sort of Mexican Dixieland number, taking the roles cornet, clarinet and trombone once played and recreating them on guitars, with a raucous drum sound.

He learned "September Song" from a Frank Sinatra-Tommy Dorsey record.  "The idea was to do it something like Elvis Presley might have done it, very rocked up."

Thanks to Kayde for posting this to the Ledge and to Anusha for sending it to us.