The group soon found that success does not necessarily breed content. As 1975 gave way to 1976, rumours (ha ha) began to emerge in the press and media (such as it was in those days) of jealousy, betrayal, infidelity, deception and adultery amongst members of the band.
Mick Fleetwood, technically the only surviving original member, had briefly been honoured in a song recorded by the 1969 line up, which of course still then included Peter Green, called “Rattlesnake Shake”, which is all about male masturbation. This may or may not have had a bearing on the mid-1970s troubles, but in any event he seems to have remained aloof from them.
In a recent interview with Mick Fleetwood on UK BBC Radio 4, he talked about this period. He said they wanted a new album, but the 3 writers and John McVie were not on speaking terms with each other. It seems he locked them in a room together until they had written all the songs needed, reasoning that even if they were not speaking to each other, they could still compose stuff.