Stevie Nicks, Forever The Gypsy
Tuesday, Stevie Nicks released her first solo album in a decade, In Your Dreams. After looking at promos for the album, Rocks Off is convinced that as often as she's denied "rumours" of witchcraft, the singer may actually be a witch. She has to be - she doesn't look like she's aged since 1989's The Other Side of the Mirror.
Nicks' new album includes a few tracks that she wrote while in Fleetwood Mac that never got released. Single "Secret Love" was written about a man with whom she was having an affair during the downfall of her relationship with the dreamy Lindsey Buckingham. The video features her goddaughter wearing some of Nicks' old stage costumes, and cameos from Mick Fleetwood and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, who produced the album.
We think this nostalgia might be the album's only selling point to 70's-era Fleetwood Mac fans who probably won't dig the album as much as the memories the release brings back. We would never hide the fact that Rumours has the highest playcount of our iTunes albums nor that we've framed the picture of Lindsey and Stevie topless from their Buckingham Nicks album in hopes of one day recreating it.
So, instead of discussing In Your Dreams, we've decided to revisit some highlights and memorable footage from Stevie's career.
Buckingham Nicks, "Don't Let Me Down Again"
Buckingham Nicks, 1973
Unfortunately, there's no footage of the duo performing this song anywhere on the Internet. Today a popular addition to Mac enthusiasts' record collection, Buckingham Nicks was not well received upon its initial release, it was reissued in 1976 after the two joined Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood Mac, "Rhiannon"
Fleetwood Mac, 1975
Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood has said that Stevie's live performance of "Rhiannon" during the late '70s "was like an exorcism."
Fleetwood Mac, "Sara"
Fleetwood Mac is often times said to be an incestuous group due to the love affairs within the band. According to Nicks, this song is about her best friend, Sara Recor, who became Mick Fleetwood's wife while Nicks and Fleetwood were still having an affair. Yeah, it takes a while to get the love affairs straight.
Fleetwood Mac, "The Chain" (Tusk Tour, 1979)
Second-best chain song after "Chain of Fools" by Aretha. Buckingham recycled the intro of "Lola" from Buckingham Nicks for this song. The bass breakdown and the buildup of the outro is our favorite part.
Stevie Nicks, "Edge of Seventeen"
Bella Donna, 1981
Ooh, ooh, ooh. We read somewhere that this track is Nicks' "Stairway to Heaven."
Fleetwood Mac, "Gypsy"
When it was released, the video for this song was the highest-budget music video to date. While this album wasn't as popular as Rumours, it was a good return to the band from Nicks' and Buckingham's solo projects.
Stevie Nicks, "Wild Heart"
For some reason, we like this version of "Wild Heart" more than the one from 1983's The Wild Heart. It was still in the works - you can hear Stevie explaining the structure of the song to her makeup artist. Also, watching her belt out the song, harmonizing for the artist instead of getting her makeup done, is adorable.
Stevie Nicks, "Stand Back"
The Wild Heart, 1983
If "Edge of Seventeen" is Nicks' "Stairway to Heaven", then "Stand Back" is "When The Levee Breaks." To the Led-heads: We know that this isn't the most fitting analogy.
Stevie Nicks, "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You?"
Rock a Little, 1985
This was a popular encore performance for Nicks. At the end of this video, a fan comes onstage and hands her a white dove. She tries to lift it up to fly away but it refuses to leave her. That's the power of Stevie Nicks.
Fleetwood Mac, "Silver Springs" (The Dance Tour, 1997)
We were only 10 years old when we first heard this version of "Silver Springs" and fell in love with Stevie's voice - it will always remind us of our mom. Make sure to watch Lindsey and Stevie singing the last lines of the song to one another, never breaking eye contact: "I'll follow you down 'til the sound of my voice will haunt you/ You'll never get away from the sound of the woman that loved you."