quarta-feira, 4 de janeiro de 2017

STEVIE NICKS: The First 2 Albums

Famed for her mystical chanteuse image, singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks enjoyed phenomenal success not only as a solo artist but also as a key member of Fleetwood Mac. Stephanie Lynn Nicks was born May 26, 1948, in Phoenix, Arizona; the granddaughter of a frustrated country singer, she began performing at the age of four, and occasionally sang at the tavern owned by her parents. Nicks started writing songs in her midteens, and joined her first group, the Changing Times, while attending high school in California. During her senior year, Nicks met fellow student Lindsey Buckingham, with whom she formed the band Fritz along with friends Javier Pacheco and Calvin Roper. Between 1968 and 1971, the group became a popular attraction on the West Coast music scene, opening for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Ultimately, tensions arose over the amount of attention paid by fans to Nicks' pouty allure, and after three years Fritz disbanded; Buckingham remained her partner, however, and soon became her lover as well. After moving to Los Angeles, the duo recorded its 1973 debut LP, "Buckingham Nicks". Despite a cover that featured the couple nude, the album flopped; however, it caught the attention of the members of Fleetwood Mac, who invited Buckingham and Nicks to join their ranks in 1974. In quick time, the revitalized group achieved unparalleled success: after the LP "Fleetwood Mac" topped the charts in 1975, the band recorded 1977's "Rumours", which sold over 17 million copies and stood for several years as the best-selling album of all time. (Jason Akeny in AllMusic)

(Original released on LP Modern 38139-1)
(US 1981, July 27)

Stevie Nicks' solo career was off to an impressive, if overdue, start with "Bella Donna", which left no doubt that she could function quite well without the input of her colleagues in Fleetwood Mac. The album yielded a number of hits that seemed omnipresent in the '80s, including the moving "Leather and Lace" (which unites Nicks with Don Henley), the poetic "Edge of Seventeen," and her rootsy duet with Tom Petty, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." But equally engaging are less exposed tracks like the haunting "After the Glitter Fades." Hit producer Jimmy Iovine wisely avoids over-producing, and keeps things sounding organic on this striking debut. (Alex Henderson in AllMusic)

(Original released on LP Modern 90084-1)
(US 1983, June 10)

Stevie Nicks was following both her debut solo album, "Bella Donna" (1981), which had topped the charts, sold over a million copies (now over four million), and spawned four Top 40 hits, and Fleetwood Mac's "Mirage" (1982), which had topped the charts, sold over a million copies (now over two million), and spawned three Top 40 hits (including her "Gypsy"), when she released her second solo album, "The Wild Heart". She was the most successful American female pop singer of the time. Not surprisingly, she played it safe: "The Wild Heart" contained nothing that would disturb fans of her previous work and much that echoed it. As on "Bella Donna", producer Jimmy Iovine took a simpler, more conventional pop/rock approach to the arrangements than Fleetwood Mac's inventive Lindsey Buckingham did on Nicks's songs, which meant the music was more straightforward than her typically elliptical lyrics.

Iovine did get a Mac-like sound on "Nightbird," in which Nicks repeated her invocation to "the white winged dove" from "Bella Donna"'s "Edge of Seventeen," and on "Sable on Blond," a "Gypsy" soundalike. His most daring effort was the album's leadoff single, "Stand Back," which boasted a disco tempo. Elsewhere, the songs were largely interchangeable with those on "Bella Donna", even down to the obligatory duet with Tom Petty. Nicks seemed to know what she was up to - one song was called "Nothing Ever Changes." As a result, "The Wild Heart" sold to the faithful - it made the Top Ten, sold over a million copies, and spawned three Top 40 hits ("Stand Back," "Nightbird," and "If Anyone Falls"). And that was appropriate: if you loved "Bella Donna", you would like "The Wild Heart" very much. (William Ruhlmann in AllMusic)

1 comentário:

Mike disse...

Thanks for Stevie...
Happy New Year and hope that you are well!


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