Street Angel (album)
|Studio album by Stevie Nicks|
|Released||June 7, 1994|
|Label||Modern Records/Atlantic Records|
|Producer||Stevie Nicks, Thom Panunzio Exec. Glen Parrish|
|Stevie Nicks chronology|
Street Angel is the fifth studio album by the American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. Released in 1994, the album peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and has been certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments of over 500,000 copies.
The album was released in 1994, during a particularly unhappy time in Nicks' life and career. It was the first album she released after her much publicized departure from Fleetwood Mac, and during the tail end of her 7-year-long dependency on the prescription medication Klonopin. It is the least successful record of her solo career, peaking at only #45 in the U.S. with first week sales of 38,000, and spent only 3 weeks within the top 100. However, the album has achieved Gold status there for shipping 500,000 copies.
Unlike all of her previous releases, the album did not yield any major hit singles, though "Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind" reached #57 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second single, "Blue Denim", reached number 70 in Canada.
The album enjoyed slightly more prominence in the UK, where it peaked at #16, though again there were no top 40 hits from it. "Blue Denim" was originally lined up as the lead-release in the UK, and promotional copies were circulated to radio stations in April 1994, but it was replaced at the last moment by the more pop-friendly "Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind", which peaked at #42. The UK release of the "Maybe Love..." single featured two separate CD-single releases as an attempt to boost the song's chance of UK chart success (no promotional video was shot for the single, unlike "Blue Denim"), and included a newly recorded version of "Thousand Days" (originally demo-ed for her abandoned 1985 Mirror, Mirror album).
Nicks was not happy with production work done by Glyn Johns on the sessions and spoke about the issues in an interview with Joe Benson: "And I didn't fix it while I was working with the person that I was working with (Johns)... who doesn't like to be talked about because he's not speaking to me, um... I didn't like it when he was there, and he knew it, and basically he told me to... like, in no uncertain English, very rough terms, to shut up and deal with it and this was the way it was going to be."
"This is not my record. So I went back in for about eight weeks and I didn't mess with the vocals, which I should have. But I was so sort of overwhelmed with trying to fix the things that I didn't like about the music, which was like... there was no percussion, there was no Waddy Wachtel. Because I was told that the last thing that I would need was Waddy Wachtel. And I, you know... I mean, to that comment I was so speechless that I just didn't do anything, I said ok. So when I went back in, I had Waddy come in and play, and I had Peter Michael come in and put percussion on, and Michael Campbell came back and put some more guitar on it, and we re-mixed everything, and we did a lot of other things besides that."
"I should have gone back in and really worked with the album, with the vocals. Because that's something that... I guess that was the last thing that I knew was wrong with it, and after being in two months trying to fix everything that I thought was wrong about the music and the mixes, it was almost kind of like, you know, maybe you just need to let this go and go on. I mean, this is three years now. And this record should have been out a long time ago. It may be new for everybody else, but it's really old for me."
Regarding the song Blue Denim, Nicks stated, "Well, I wrote this... um, it's a song about this guy who came into my life, but left just as quick. And his eyes were that intense, that it just makes you, even if you didn't know him, you would go, like, 'wow.' And you could be, like, the toughest person, but those eyes would make you be whatever he wanted you to be."
The album suffered further as Nicks spent her second stint in drug rehabilitation (for Klonopin dependency) during the mixing and mastering period. The record label rushed the production so Nicks would be ready to promote the album once out of rehab, but this meant that she had no input into the overall sound or track listing of the album - these duties were overseen by co-producer Thom Panunzio, who had previously worked with Nicks' close friend Tom Petty. On coming out of rehab, Nicks returned to the studio (without Johns) to overdub and re-record a lot of what had already been done. Despite her efforts, the album did not turn out how she wanted. She was, however, able to present some of the album's tracks ("Street Angel", "Destiny", "Rose Garden" and "Blue Denim") in her own final mixes on the 3-disc Enchanted retrospective in 1998.
|1.||"Blue Denim"||Stevie Nicks, Mike Campbell||4:22|
|4.||"Docklands"||Trevor Horn, Betsy Cook||4:47|
|5.||"Listen to the Rain"||Nicks, Monroe Jones, Scott Crago||4:33|
|7.||"Unconditional Love"||Sandy Stewart, Dave Mundy||3:20|
|8.||"Love Is Like a River"||Nicks||4:44|
|10.||"Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind"||Rick Nowels, Stewart||4:18|
|11.||"Just Like a Woman"||Bob Dylan||3:50|
|12.||"Kick It"||Nicks, Campbell||4:25|
|13.||"Jane"||Nicks, Joel Derouin||4:59|
|14.||"God's Garden"||Ethan Johns||6:00|
- "Mirror, Mirror" – B-side to "Blue Denim" cassette single. Originally recorded for the Mirror, Mirror album in 1984 and later surfaced during sessions for The Other Side of the Mirror in 1989 but was not included. Nicks later revealed that "Mirror, Mirror" was the original intended title for both albums. The version released as a B-side was recorded in 1984, but it was later revealed that a 1992 recording of the song was originally intended as the b-side and that the 1984 recording was added in error
- "Thousand Days" – B-side to the European CD single for "Blue Denim" and UK single for "Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind". Later appeared on disc 3 of the Enchanted box set. The song was originally written for the Rock a Little album, and demos were recorded, but the song was scrapped.
- "Inspiration" - B-side to "Maybe Love". A song cut from the final album but included on the Japanese release as a bonus track.
- Main Performers
- Stevie Nicks - vocals, keyboards
- Sharon Celani - backing vocals
- Lori Nicks - backing vocals
- Session Musicians
- Sara Fleetwood - backing vocals
- Bernie Leadon - backing vocals, cello, guitar, mandocello, mandolin
- Andy Fairweather Low - guitar, backing vocals
- Peter Michael - drums, percussion
- Christopher Nicks - harmonica on "Greta"
- John Pierce - bass guitar
- David Randi - bass guitar
- Tim Pierce - guitar
- Benmont Tench - organ, piano, synthesizer
- Waddy Wachtel - guitar
- Roy Bittan - piano, synthesizer
- Mike Campbell - guitar
- Bob Dylan - guitar, harmonica on "Just Like A Woman"
- Ron Blair - bass guitar
- Kenny Aronoff - drums, tambourine
- David Crosby - vocals on "Street Angel"
- Joel Derouin - synthesizer, violin on "Jane"
- Pat Donaldson - bass guitar
- Cat Gray - synthesizer
- Ethan Johns - drums, guitar, percussion
- Glyn Johns - drum programming
- Dave Koz - saxophone
Promotion and tour
Nicks made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 24, 1994, performing "Blue Denim" and sat down for an interview with Leno. She also performed the song on The Late Show with David Letterman and sat down for a memorable interview in which she discussed the Bill Clinton inauguration. 
Nicks toured in support of the album across the US during 1994. Although praised for her post-klonopin vocals, she was criticised for her weight gain and once the tour was over, vowed never to walk on stage again until she had reached a more reasonable weight.
- Set list
- "Outside the Rain"
- "Docklands" (replaced with "Rooms on Fire" later in the tour)
- "No Spoken Word" (dropped early in the tour)
- "Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind"
- "Stand Back"
- "Gold Dust Woman"
- "Talk to Me"
- "Blue Denim"
- "How Still My Love" (dropped early in the tour)
- "Edge of Seventeen"
- "The Chain" (played at the House of Blues shows with ex-Fleetwood Mac member Rick Vito)
- "I Need to Know"
- "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You"
- Tour dates
- July 14, 1994 The Roxbury, Los Angeles, CA
- July 22, 1994 Great Woods, Mansfield, MA
- July 24, 1994 Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, NY
- July 26, 1994 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY
- July 27, 1994 Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY
- July 29, 1994 Starlake Amphitheatre, Burgettstown, PA
- July 30, 1994 Mann Music Centre, Philadelphia, PA
- August 1, 1994 Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
- August 2, 1994 Ed Sullivan Theater, New York, NY
- August 4, 1994 Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
- August 5, 1994 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
- August 6, 1994 Classic Amphitheatre, Richmond, VA
- August 8, 1994 Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
- August 10, 1994 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
- August 13, 1994 Milwaukee State Fairgrounds, Milwaukee, WI
- August 14, 1994 Poplar Creek Music Theatre, Poplar Creek, IL
- August 16, 1994 Riverport Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
- August 17, 1994 Sandstone Amphitheatre, Bonner Springs, KS
- August 19, 1994 Pine Knob Amphitheatre, Clarkston, MI
- August 20, 1994 Celeste Center, Columbus, OH
- August 25, 1994 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
- August 26, 1994 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
- August 28, 1994 Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA
- August 29, 1994 Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
- August 31, 1994 Irvine Meadows, Irvine, CA
- Sept. 2, 1994 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountainview, CA
- Sept. 3, 1994 Compton Terrace, Phoenix, AZ
- Sept. 5, 1994 Aladdin Theatre, Las Vegas, NV
- Sept. 7, 1994 Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
- Sept. 9, 1994 Woods Pavilion, Houston, TX
- Sept. 10, 1994 Starplex Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX
- Sept. 17, 1994 House of Blues, Hollywood, CA
- Sept. 18, 1994 House of Blues, Hollywood, CA
- The final night at the House of Blues, Hollywood was recorded for a radio broadcast.
"Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You" included a dedication. The song including the dedication were omitted from the CD and Westwood One Radio claims they no longer have the original master recording.
|U.S. Billboard Top 200||45|
|U.K. Official Albums Chart||16|
|German Albums Chart||67|
|Swedish Albums Chart||30|
|Australian Albums Chart||43|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- Allmusic review
- Rolling Stone review
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