Beauty and the Beast (Stevie Nicks song)
|"Beauty and the Beast"|
|Song by Stevie Nicks from the album The Wild Heart|
|Released||June 10, 1983|
|A-side||Whole Lotta Trouble (released in 1989)|
"Beauty and the Beast" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks. It is the final track on her second album The Wild Heart, released in 1983. It was later released in a live version from Nicks 1986 Rock a Little tour as a B-side to the UK single "Whole Lotta Trouble" in October 1989. It also appears on two compilations: Timespace – The Best of Stevie Nicks, released in 1991, and the boxset, Enchanted, released in 1998. A new studio version appears on her album, The Soundstage Sessions, released in 2009.
Inspiration and Interpretations
The song receives its titles and initial inspiration from French filmmaker Jean Cocteau's 1946 film Beauty and the Beast, one of Stevie Nicks' favorite classic films. Nicks explains the importance of the song to her, both during live performances and in various interviews, as one that encompasses her whole life and represents how everyone is either a beauty or a beast, usually both  On its re-release in Timespace – The Best of Stevie Nicks (1991), she dedicates the song to Vincent and Catherine, of the late 80's television show, "Beauty and the Beast."
"Beauty and the Beast" was recorded during a single three hour session in Gordon Perry's recording studio. It is recorded with a full string orchestra and grand piano. During the recording session, Stevie Nicks and her back-up vocalists wore long black gowns and served champagne to the visiting musicians.
Personnel (1983 studio version)
- Stevie Nicks – vocals
- Sharon Celani – backup vocals
- Lori Perry – backup vocals
- Paul Buckmaster – arranger & conductor
- Roy Bittan – piano
- 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
Personnel (2009 studio version)
- Stevie Nicks - vocals, producer
- Sharon Celani - backup vocals
- Lori Nicks - backup vocals
- Jana Anderson - backup vocals
- 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
During her 2006 and 2007 tours, Stevie Nicks performed "Beauty and the Beast" as her encore. For this number, she changed into a black dress and styled her hair into an up-do to resemble Belle from the 1946 film. Footage from the film played in the background as well while she performed. Due to issues obtain copyrights for the 1946 film, a performance of the song was cut from the final edit of her 2009 Live in Chicago DVD. Instead, a new studio version recorded in Nashville in January 2008 appears on the accompanying album, The Soundstage Sessions.
- Stevie Nicks on Beauty and the Beast Quotes by Nicks about the song, gathered from interviews throughout the years.
- Beauty and the Beast at The Nicks Fix Lyrics and information about the song.
- Beauty and the Beast at The Nicks Fix
- Derringer, Lix (March 1982). Time Magazine interview with Stevie Nicks
- Nicks, Stevie (1991). Timespace Linear Notes.
- Nicks, Stevie (1983). Wild Heart Press Notes
- Derringer, Liz (March 1982). Time Magazine interview with Stevie Nicks
- Nicks, Stevie (1983). Wild Heart Press Notes.