Stevie Nicks – “The Wild Heart”

The Sleeve:
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The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
 Don’t blame it on me…
 “Just like the white white winged dove”.
 This music is dedicated to Robin – 
 for her brave, wild heart
 And to the gypsies – 
 that remain…

Personal Review:
 Everyone knows Stevie Nicks for her contribution to Fleetwood Mac and music in general, this is one of solo albums – which has a ridiculous amount of album credits.

 The album starts off with “The Wild Heart” and we get the piano playing, and that slight country sound before Stevie actually starts to sing, and well she puts on a good build-up. Then comes the release, the chorus! I really have no idea what is happening in this song anymore, it honestly sounds like Stevie is singing gibberish. Then comes “If Anyone Falls” and you know, continuing onto this song, I’m still very confused. The chorus comes around, and you know it sounds like Stevie is really trying to that early 90’s – Wilson Phillips type of thing. I’m not getting this at all. “Gate and Garden” comes next, and I still feel these songs sound cheap and dull, it’s really not impressing me. We go onto the song “Enchanted” and I’m like, still confused, but at least we can all say that the musicianship is good right. “Nightbird” closes the A-Side, and you know, I’m just not digging Stevie as much as I did with Fleetwood Mac. I’m kind of liking the backing vocalists vocals better.

 Stand Back” opens the B-Side and once more, we’re back to that weird 90’s sounding pop, not sure if it’s just Stevie who sounds off, or if I’m going crazy, but hey. I don’t even know. Then Stevie is joined by the great Tom Petty on “I Will Run to You” and needless to say Tom’s vocals are great, and Stevie’s aren’t bad, but honestly, this whole song isn’t that good, even Tom Petty can’t save it. It’s weird. It gets good at the parts where they sing together, other than that, nothing. “Nothing Ever Changes” follows and you know, Stevie is finally picking this up. Too repetitive. We continue on with “Sable on Blond” and well, I’m continuously unimpressed with what I am hearing. We end with “Beauty and the Beast” which you know was used on the soundtrack to the film “Against All Odds” – so, therefore it must be a good song. It wasn’t..

Interesting Facts:

Track Listing:
A1 – Wild Heart
A2 – If Anyone Falls
A3 – Gate and Gardens
A4 – Enchanted
A5 – Nightbird

B1 – Stand Back
B2 – I Will Run to You [w/ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers]
B3 – Nothing Ever Changes
B4 – Sable On Blond
B5 – Beauty and the Beast

Modern Records

Catalog Number:
79 00841

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Lead Vocals – Stevie Nicks
Ladies Vocals – Sharon Celani & Lori Perry
Produced by Jimmy Iovine
Engineer – Shelley Yakus
Mixed by Shelley Yakus & Greg Edwards
“I Will Run to You” Produced by Tom Petty & Jimmy Iovine
“Wild Heart” & “Gate and Garden” Produced by Jimmy Iovine & Gordon Perry
Additional Engineering – Greg Edward
“Wild Heart” & “Gate and Garden” Engineered by Tom “Gordo” Gondolf
Mixed at Rumbo Recorders
“Enchanted” & “Beauty and the Beast” Mixed at The Hit Factory, N.Y.
“Gate and Garden” & “Wild Heart” Mixed by Shelley Yakus, Greg Edward & Lori Perry
Assistant Engineers – Michael Brooks, David Bianco, Bobby Cohen, Julian Stoff, Bill Freesh, David Dubow, Pete Kudas, John Smith, John Curcio & Josh Abbey
Masterd at Precision Lacquer by Stephen Mascussen
Strings on “Beauty and the Beast” Arranged by Paul Buckmaster & Kenneth Whitfield
Conducted by Paul Buckmaster
OBX-A & DMX Drum Machine on “Stand Back” and Nightbird” Programmed by David Bluefield
Additional Background Vocals on “If Anyone Falls” & “Beauty and the Beast” by Carolyn Brooks, and on “Nightbird” by Sandy Stewart
Production Coordinator – Janet Weber
Personal Assistant to Stevie Nicks – Rebecca Alvarez
Security for Stevie Nicks – Dennis Dunstan
Album Cover Concept – Herbert W. Worthington & Stephanie L. Nicks
Album Cover Inspiration – Sulamith Wulfing
Photographers Assistant – Robert Alfrod & Michael Marks
Stevie’s Haircut by Beverlee Vance
Hair Design (Front Cover) – Jim Fisher of Rumors
Clothes by Margi Kent
Boots (“All Summer Long”) by Mardiros Vartania of Maia Custom Shoe Salon
Make-Up Front Cover & Small Insert – Christi Thomason
Make-Up Back Cover & Large Insert – Liza Edwards
Hands by Kathryn Greenbaum
Handtinting by Stevie Nicks & Lori Perry
Logo Design – Mike Manoogian
Layout Design – Michael Curtis
Synthesizer – Sandy Stewart & Roy Bittan
Guitar – David Monday, Waddy Wachtel, David Williams, Steve Lukather, Tom Petty, Mike Campbell & Don Felder
Bass – Roger Iausz, Bob Glaub, Kenny Edwards, Howie Epstein & John Beal
Drums – Brad Smith, Russ Kunkel, Marvin Caruso & Stan Lynch
Percussion – Brad Smith, Bobbye Hall & Ian Wallace
Keyboards – Sandy Stewart & Benmont Tench
Organ – Benmont Tench
Piano – Roy Bittan, David Foster & Sandy Stewart (Piano solo on “Nightbird”)
Drum Overdubs – Chet McCracken & Russ Kunkel
Vocals – Sandy Stewart & Tom Petty
Sax – Phil Kenzie
Harp – Gene Bianco
Violas – Jesse Levine, Julien Barber, Theodore Israel & Harry Zaratzian
Cellos – Jesse Levy, Frederick Zlotkin, Seymour Barab & Jon Abramowitz
Violins – Marvin Morgenstern, John Pintavalle, Regis Eandiorio, Peter Dimitriades, Matthew Raimondi, Raymond Kunicki, Ruth Waterman, Herbert Sorkin, Max Ellen, Harry Glickman, Paul Winter, Harry Cykman, Lewis Eley & Paul Gershman

Other Albums I Own by Stevie Nicks:
Bella Donna


1 Comment

  • rablnas says:

    Are you that fucking stupid? Really? “90’s sound”? – which you repeated twice. The album was made in 1983! Seven years BEFORE 1990! So forgive the fuck out of the world ha ha, maybe it was ahead of it’s time or YOU’RE the one talking gibberish.

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