The Wild Heart

The Wild Heart

by Stevie NicksStevie Nicks


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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
ock 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2011
Label: Atlantic Mod
UPC: 0075679008428
catalogNumber: 90084
Rank: 2646

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Nicks   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tom Petty   Guitar,Vocals
Chet McCracken   Drums
David Foster   Piano
Don Felder   Guitar
Mick Fleetwood   Drums
Sandy Stewart   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Jonathan Abramowitz   Cello
Seymour Barab   Cello
Julien Barber   Viola
John Beal   Bass,Violin
Benmont Tench   Organ,Keyboards
Gene Bianco   Harmonica,Harp
Roy Bittan   Synthesizer,Piano
David Bluefield   Synthesizer
Carol Brooks   Vocals
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Marvin Caruso   Drums
Sharon Celani   Vocals
Harry Cykman   Violin
Peter Dimitriades   Violin
Kenny Edwards   Bass
Lewis Eley   Violin
Max Ellen   Violin
Howie Epstein   Bass
Paul Gershman   Violin
Bob Glaub   Bass
Harry Glickman   Violin
Theodore Israel   Viola
Phil Kenzie   Saxophone
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Jesse Levine   Viola
Jesse Levy   Cello
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Stan Lynch   Drums
David Monday   Guitar
Marvin Morgenstern   Violin
Lori Perry   Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
John Pintavalle   Violin
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
Brad Smith   Percussion,Drums
Roger Tausz   Bass
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Ian Wallace   Percussion
David Williams   Guitar
Harry Zaratzian   Viola
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
Herbert Sorkin   Violin
Ruth Waterman   Violin
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   Track Performer
David Williams   Guitar
Paul Winter   Violin

Technical Credits

Tom Petty   Producer
Sandy Stewart   Composer
David Bluefield   Programming
Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Gordon Parry   Producer
Kenneth Whitfield   String Arrangements
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Greg Edwards   Engineer
George Duning   Composer

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