The Other Side Of The Mirror is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks.
Released in May 1989, it was recorded in Los Angeles, mixed in Buckinghamshire in England, and is loosely based around the theme of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The album reached #10 on the U.S. Billboard albums charts, propelled by the hit single, "Rooms on Fire" (No.16), and achieved platinum status for selling in excess of 1,000,000 units. The album reached #3 in the UK and was certified gold there for sales in excess of 100,000 units, and is Nicks' highest charting album to date in various European countries including Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Following the huge success of Fleetwood Mac's Tango in the Night in the UK, The Other Side of the Mirror became Nicks' highest charting solo album there, reaching number three and spawning her first UK top 40 hit with "Rooms on Fire" (also No.16) which Nicks performed on the BBC show Top of the Pops. The album was certified Gold in the UK for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. Her first, and so far only, solo tour of the UK and Europe, (Sweden, France and The Netherlands) followed the album, as well as a tour of the U.S., though Nicks has famously commented since that she has no recollection of the tours due to her increasing dependency on the prescribed tranquiliser Klonopin at that time.
In the US, "Two Kinds of Love" was released as a single, featuring vocals by Bruce Hornsby and instrumental interlude by Kenny G, which became Nicks' first single to fail to chart, missing both the Billboard and Cashbox charts completely. "Long Way to Go" gained substantial airplay, making Billboard's Top Album Tracks chart, and also made the Top 75 in the UK Singles Chart, as did "Whole Lotta Trouble". Promotional videos were shot for "Rooms on Fire" and "Whole Lotta Trouble". The former was released in two slightly different edits, while the "Whole Lotta Trouble" video was shot during the American leg of Nicks' tour at the Summit Arena in Houston, Texas.
An earlier, instrumental version of the song "Juliet" entitled "Book of Miracles" was released by Fleetwood Mac in 1987 as the B-side to "Seven Wonders". The song "Cry Wolf" was originally recorded by Laura Branigan for her 1987 album Touch.
The UK 12-inch and CD single releases of "Rooms on Fire" feature an extended version of the song running at 9:00, and also include a live version of "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You?" recorded during the Rock a Little tour as featured in the video/ DVD release of the Red Rocks concert in 1986. A limited edition of the UK 12-inch also came with a glossy, full-size, double-sided poster.
The single release of "Long Way to Go" ("Two Kinds of Love" in the US) features the non-album track "Real Tears", whilst the UK 12" and CD single releases feature an extended remix of "Long Way to Go", running at 6:23 (and not 7:37 as stated on the label). The UK 12-inch release of "Long Way to Go" was also available in a limited edition gatefold sleeve.
The UK CD-single release of "Whole Lotta Trouble" features a live version of "Beauty and the Beast", recorded during the Rock a Little tour as featured in the video release of Live at Red Rocks. A limited edition of the UK 12-inch release also came with a glossy, full-size, double-sided poster.
The Japanese CD release of the album includes the bonus track "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You?" recorded live during the Rock a Little tour
As a promotional giveaway in the UK, the album was released with a limited edition holographic sticker (the size of the sticker was dependent upon the format; vinyl album, cassette, CD). Album buyers were also given the opportunity to purchase a special display stand for the sticker by mail order.