The Wild Heart (album)

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The Wild Heart
Studio album by Stevie Nicks
Released June 10, 1983
Recorded 1982–83
Genre Soft rock, hard rock, pop rock
Length 45:11
Label Modern
Producer Jimmy Iovine, Gordon Perry, Tom Petty
Stevie Nicks chronology
Bella Donna
(1981)
The Wild Heart
(1983)
Rock A Little
(1985)
Singles from Up All Night
  1. "Stand Back"
    Released: 1983
  2. "If Anyone Falls"
    Released: 1983
  3. "Nightbird"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AMG 4/5 stars[1]

The Wild Heart is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. Recording began in late 1982, shortly after the end of Fleetwood Mac's Mirage Tour. After the death of her best friend, Robin Anderson, and with new appreciation for her life and career, the recording took only a few months and the album was released in June 1983, preceded by the single "Stand Back", to much critical acclaim. The album was released on June 10, 1983, a year after Fleetwood Mac's Mirage. It peaked at #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts (for seven consecutive weeks) and achieved platinum status on September 12, 1983. The album has sold approximately 3 million copies in the US alone, and has sold approximately 250,000 copies in the US since 1991 according to Nielsen Soundscan.

The album is notable for its array of prominent guest musicians. Tom Petty made a return to write "I Will Run to You", on which his bandmates from the Heartbreakers performed. Nicks' Fleetwood Mac bandmate, drummer Mick Fleetwood, made an appearance on the track "Sable on Blond". Toto's Steve Lukather contributed some of the guitar work on what would become the album's biggest hit single, "Stand Back", which also features an uncredited contribution from Prince, who played the synthesizer track. Nicks also worked with friend Sandy Stewart, who wrote the music for three tracks on the album and performed on several (Stewart would go on to write the 1987 Fleetwood Mac hit "Seven Wonders"). The album's final track, "Beauty And The Beast", features a full string section. Nicks had recorded various other tracks prior to the album's release, including "Violet And Blue". Rather than include on her own album, it was featured on the movie soundtrack for Against All Odds, as well as on Nicks' 1998, 3-disc retrospective Enchanted.

The Wild Heart achieved double-platinum status in 1993, ten years after its release, for selling more than 2 million copies in the U.S.[2] It spent a whole year on the Billboard 200 from June 1983 to June 1984. It was also certified Silver in the UK for sales in excess of 60,000.[3] Three singles were released from the album: "Stand Back", which charted at number five; "If Anyone Falls", which charted at number 14; and "Nightbird", which charted at number 33. "Stand Back" and "If Anyone Falls" featured accompanying videos that went into heavy rotation on MTV. "Nightbird", a track that Nicks has said was her favorite on the album, was performed live on Solid Gold and Saturday Night Live.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stevie Nicks, except where noted.
  1. "Wild Heart" – 6:11
  2. "If Anyone Falls" (Nicks, Sandy Stewart) – 4:09
  3. "Gate And Garden" – 4:06
  4. "Enchanted" – 3:06
  5. "Nightbird" (Nicks, Stewart) – 5:00
  6. "Stand Back" – 4:51
  7. "I Will Run To You" (Tom Petty) – 3:22
  8. "Nothing Ever Changes" (Nicks, Stewart) – 4:09
  9. "Sable On Blond" – 4:15
  10. "Beauty And The Beast" – 6:02

Personnel[edit]

Main Performers

  • Stevie Nicks – vocals
  • Sharon Celani – backup vocals
  • Lori Perry – backup vocals

Guest Musicians

Session Musicians

  • David Monday – guitar (tracks 1, 3)
  • Dean Parks – guitar (track 1)
  • Waddy Wachtel – guitar (tracks 2-6, 9)
  • David Williams – guitar (track 6)
  • Roger Tausz – bass (track 1)
  • Bob Glaub – bass (tracks 2, 4, 8)
  • Kenny Edwards – bass (tracks 5, 9)
  • John Beal - bass (track 10)
  • Roy Bittan – synthesizer, piano (tracks 2, 4, 8-9)
  • David Foster – piano (track 5)
  • Brad Smithdrums, percussion (tracks 1, 3)
  • Russ Kunkel – drums, drum overdubs (tracks 2, 4, 6, 8)
  • Bobbye Hall – percussion (tracks 2, 4, 6, 8)
  • Chet McCracken – drum overdubs (track 5)
  • Marvin Caruso – drums (tracks 5-6)
  • Ian Wallace – percussion (track 6)
  • David Bluefield - OBX-A programming, DMX drum machine (track 6)
  • Phil Kenzie – saxophone (track 8)
  • Carolyn Brooks - background vocals (tracks 2, 10)

String section on "Beauty And The Beast"

  • Kenneth Whitfield - string arrangement
  • Paul Buckmaster - string arrangement
  • Gene Bianco – harp
  • Jesse Levine – viola
  • Julien Barber – viola
  • Theodore Israel – viola
  • Harry Zaratzian – viola
  • Jesse Levy – cello
  • Frederick Zlotkin – cello
  • Seymour Barab – cello
  • Jon Abramowitz – cello
  • Marvin Morgenstern – violin
  • Herbert Sorkin – violin
  • John Pintavalle – violin
  • Max Ellen – violin
  • Regis Eandiorio – violin
  • Harry Glickman – violin
  • Peter Dimitriades – violin
  • Paul Winter – violin
  • Matthew Raimondi – violin
  • Harry Cykman – violin
  • Raymond Kunicki – violin
  • Lewis Eley – violin
  • Ruth Waterman – violin
  • Paul Gershman – violin

Production[edit]

  • Production: Jimmy Iovine, Gordon Perry and Tom Petty
  • Recording and engineering: Greg Edwards & Shelly Yakus
  • Assistant engineering: Josh Abbey, David Bianco, Michael Brooks, Bobby Cohen, John Curcio, Bill Freesh, Pete Kudas, John Smith, Julian Stoll
  • Mixing: Greg Edwards, Lori Perry & Shelly Yakus
  • Masterering: Stephen Marcussen

Charts and certifications[edit]

Tour[edit]

Main article: The Wild Heart Tour

Nicks went on a national tour in support of The Wild Heart. After headlining the massive US Festival on May 30 in San Bernardino, California, the tour officially started in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 21, 1983 and ended in Ames, Iowa on November 20, 1983.

Tour Setlist:

  • Gold Dust Woman
  • Outside The Rain
  • Dreams
  • Gold And Braid (see notes below)
  • I Need To Know
  • Sara
  • Angel (see notes below)
  • Enchanted (see notes below)
  • If Anyone Falls
  • Leather And Lace
  • Stand Back
  • Beauty And The Beast
  • Gypsy
  • How Still My Love
  • I Will Run To You (see notes below)
  • Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
  • Edge Of Seventeen

Encore:

  • Rhiannon

Additional Notes:

  • "Enchanted" was performed only in East Rutherford, NJ on June 24, 1983
  • "Angel" and "Gold And Braid" were only performed on the opening night at the US Festival
  • "I Will Run To You" was performed at Radio City with Tom Petty

Tour Dates:

  • May 30 - San Bernardino, California, Devore Park/US Festival II
  • June 21 - Knoxville, Tennessee, Civic Coliseum
  • June 23 - Norfolk, Virginia, The Scope
  • June 24 - East Rutherford, New Jersey, Meadowlands Arena
  • June 27 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Spectrum
  • June 28 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Civic Arena
  • July 2 - Buffalo, New York, War Memorial
  • July 3 - Hartford, Connecticut, Hartford Civic Center
  • July 6 - Worcester, Massachusetts, Centrum
  • July 7 - Landover, Maryland, Capitol Center
  • July 10 - Greensboro, North Carolina, Coliseum
  • July 11 - Atlanta, Georgia, The Omni
  • July 14 - Kansas City, Missouri, Kemper Arena
  • July 15 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, Met Center
  • July 17 - Chicago, Illinois Rosemont, Horizon
  • July 18 - Chicago, Illinois Rosemont, Horizon
  • July 19 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada CNE, Bandshell
  • July 21 - Cuyahaga Falls, Ohio Blossom, Music Center
  • July 22 - Cuyahaga Falls, Ohio Blossom, Music Center
  • July 23 - Detroit, Michigan, Joe Louis Arena
  • July 26 - St. Louis, Missouri, Checkerdome
  • July 27 - Indianapolis, Indiana, Market Square Arena
  • July 30 - Alpine Valley, Wisconsin, Music Theatre
  • July 31 - Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverfront Coliseum
  • August 31 - Austin, Texas
  • September 5 - Dallas, Texas, Reunion Arena
  • September 9 - Bristol, Rhode Island,Colt State Park
  • September 12 - New York, Radio City Music Hall
  • September 13 - New York, Radio City Music Hall
  • September 17 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Myriad
  • September 24 - Irvine, California, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
  • September 25 - Tempe, Arizona, Compton Terrace
  • October 2 - Los Angeles, California, Inglewood Forum
  • October 4 - Oakland, California, Oakland Coliseum
  • October 21 - Columbia, South Carolina, Carolina Coliseum
  • October 22 - Columbia, South Carolina, Carolina Coliseum
  • October 25 - Charleston, West Virginia, Charleston Civic Center
  • October 26 - Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Civic Center
  • October 29 - Tuscaloosa, Alabama, University of Alabama
  • October 30 - Jackson, Mississippi, Mississippi Coliseum
  • November 2 - Jacksonville, Florida, Memorial Coliseum
  • November 4 - Lakeland, Florida, Lakeland Civic Center
  • November 5 - Miami, Florida, Sportatorium
  • November 8 - Columbia, Missouri, University of Missouri
  • November 9 - Starkville, Mississippi, Mississippi State University
  • November 12 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, Assembly Center
  • November 13 - Little Rock, Arkansas, T.H. Barton Coliseum
  • November 16 - Madison, Wisconsin, Dane County Arena
  • November 19 - Iowa City, Iowa, University of Iowa
  • November 20 - Ames, Iowa, Iowa State University

References[edit]

  1. ^ AMG review
  2. ^ "American certifications – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  3. ^ "British certifications – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Wild Heart in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Click Go
  4. ^ "Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien.
  5. ^ "Top 100 Longplay". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  6. ^ "Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "{{{artist}}} | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Wild Heart in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". Music Canada. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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