The Soundstage Sessions

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The Soundstage Sessions
Live album by Stevie Nicks
Released March 31, 2009
Recorded Oct. 2007–2008
Grainger Studio
(Chicago, Illinois)
Ocean Way Recording
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Chicago Recording Company
(Chicago, Illinois)
Genre Rock
Length 54:25
Label Reprise Records
Producer Joe Thomas
Stevie Nicks
Waddy Wachtel
Stevie Nicks chronology
Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks
(2007)
The Soundstage Sessions
(2009)
In Your Dreams
(2011)
The Soundstage Sessions: Live in Chicago
CD/DVD Deluxe Edition

The Soundstage Sessions is the tenth album released by the American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. Although it is the first live album of Nicks's solo career, it was produced to sound like a studio album.

Album information[edit]

The Soundstage Sessions was recorded in October 2007 before an intimate audience at WTTW's Grainger Studio in Chicago, with the set list containing 18 songs. In early 2008, Nicks went to Nashville and entered the studio with director/producer Joe Thomas. In the studio, they added "Nashville strings" and additional vocals to the songs that were to go on the CD. Nicks wanted the CD to sound perfect, and when asked about the project has said "I am as proud of this as anything I’ve ever done in my entire career." [1] The album reached #47 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 13,052 and as of February 2011, the album has sold 46,000 copies. [2]

A cover of Dave Matthews, "Crash Into Me" was released as the lead single.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stand Back"   Nicks 4:40
2. "Crash into Me"   Dave Matthews 5:33
3. "Sara"   Nicks 6:56
4. "If Anyone Falls in Love"   Nicks/Sandy Stewart 4:07
5. "Landslide" (Orchestra Version) Nicks 4:20
6. "How Still My Love"   Nicks 7:34
7. "Circle Dance" (Duet with Vanessa Carlton) Bonnie Raitt 4:14
8. "Fall from Grace"   Nicks 4:35
9. "Sorcerer"   Nicks 5:00
10. "Beauty and the Beast"   Nicks 7:14
Total length:
54:25

Deluxe edition[edit]

Reprise Records released a Deluxe Edition exclusively through the Warner Bros. Records Store, which is called The Soundstage Sessions: Live in Chicago. The Deluxe Edition is a CD/DVD set, and includes new cover art, a lithograph of Nicks, and free mp3 downloads of "Rhiannon" and "The One".[3]

DVD and Blu-ray editions[edit]

The DVD edition of this performance was released by Reprise Records as Live in Chicago. The Blu-ray edition of this performance has been available exclusively at Sears since December 1, 2008 and features a total of 16 tracks in high-definition. Unfortunately, it does not include the performances of Dreams or the orchestral version of Landslide, both of which are included on the DVD edition.

Personnel[edit]

Main Performers

  • Stevie Nicks - vocals, producer
  • Vanessa Carlton - guest performer
  • Sharon Celani - backup vocals
  • Lori Nicks - backup vocals
  • Jana Anderson - backup vocals

Production

  • Joe Thomas - producer
  • Waddy Wachtel - producer
  • Frank Pappalardo - engineering
  • Michael Czaszwicz -engineering
  • Patrick DeWitte - assistant engineering
  • Mixed at HD Ready, St. Charles

Musicians

  • Waddy Wachtel - musical director/guitar
  • Lenny Castro - percussion
  • Al Ortiz - bass
  • Jimmy Paxson - drums
  • Ricky Peterson - keyboards
  • Carlos Rios - guitar
  • Darrell Smith - keyboards

String Section

  • Eric Roth - conductor
  • Janice MacDonald - flute
  • Deb Stevenson - oboe
  • Greg Flint - horn
  • Christine Worthing - horn
  • Guillaume Combet - violin
  • Jennifer Cappelli - violin
  • Carmen Llop-Kassinger - violin
  • Christine Keiko Abe - violin
  • Carol Cook - viola
  • Jocelyn Davis-Beck - cello
  • Eddie Bayers - drums
  • Michael Rhodes - bass
  • Joe Thomas - keyboards

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 47
US Billboard Top Current Rock Albums 15
US Billboard Top Digital Albums 55
US Billboard Top Internet Albums 5
UK Albums Chart 155

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