The Wild Heart (album)

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The Wild Heart
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 10, 1983
RecordedAutumn 1982 – Spring 1983
ProducerJimmy Iovine, Gordon Perry, Tom Petty
Stevie Nicks chronology
Bella Donna
The Wild Heart
Rock a Little
Singles from The Wild Heart
  1. "Stand Back"
    Released: May 19, 1983[2]
  2. "If Anyone Falls"
    Released: September 3, 1983[3]
  3. "Nightbird"
    Released: November 30, 1983[4]
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]

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 was released on June 10, 1983, a year after Fleetwood Mac's Mirage. It peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts (for seven consecutive weeks) and achieved platinum status on September 12, 1983. The album has sold over 2 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 Blonde". 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 performing a score arranged and conducted by Paul Buckmaster. Nicks had recorded various other tracks prior to the album's release, including "Violet And Blue" which was featured on the movie soundtrack for Against All Odds, and later on Nicks' 3-disc retrospective box set Enchanted in 1998.

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.[6] 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.[7] Three singles were released from the album: "Stand Back", which charted at No. 5; "If Anyone Falls", which charted at No. 14; and "Nightbird", which charted at No. 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]

1."Wild Heart"Stevie Nicks6:12
2."If Anyone Falls"Stevie Nicks, Sandy Stewart4:09
3."Gate and Garden"Stevie Nicks4:06
4."Enchanted"Stevie Nicks3:06
5."Nightbird"Stevie Nicks, Sandy Stewart5:00
6."Stand Back"Stevie Nicks4:51
7."I Will Run To You" (with Tom Petty)Tom Petty3:22
8."Nothing Ever Changes"Stevie Nicks, Sandy Stewart4:09
9."Sable on Blond"Stevie Nicks4:15
10."Beauty and the Beast"Stevie Nicks6:03

All lyrics written by Stevie Nicks except I Will Run to You, written by Tom Petty

The Wild Heart: Deluxe Edition (Rhino, 2016)

CD Two - Bonus Tracks
1."Violet And Blue (From "Against All Odds"; Remastered)" 
2."I Sing For The Things (Unreleased Version)" 
3."Sable on Blond (Alternate Version)" 
4."All The Beautiful Worlds (Unreleased Version)" 
5."Sorcerer (Unreleased Version)" 
6."Dial the Number (Unreleased Version)" 
7."Garbo (B-Side) (Remastered)" 
8."Are You Mine (Demo)" 
9."Wild Heart (Session)" 


  • 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


Nicks went on a national tour in support of The Wild Heart. After headlining the massive US Festival on May 30, 1983, 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"
  • "Rhiannon"
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, Frank Erwin Center
  • 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

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ The Wild Heart at AllMusic. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "45cat - Stevie Nicks - Stand Back / Garbo - Modern [80s] - USA - 7-99863".
  3. ^ "45cat - Stevie Nicks - If Anyone Falls / Wild Heart - Modern [80s] - USA - 7-99832".
  4. ^ "45cat - Stevie Nicks (With Sandy Stewart) - Nightbird / Gate And Garden - Modern [80s] - USA - 7-99799".
  5. ^ AllMusic review
  6. ^ "American certifications – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". Recording Industry Association of America.
  7. ^ "British certifications – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". British Phonographic Industry. Type The Wild Heart in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  8. ^ Herbert W. Worthington
  9. ^ StevieNicksInfo (November 15, 2013). "Music photographer Herbert Worthington remembered on new tribute page". Stevie Nicks Info. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  10. ^ " – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  11. ^ " – Top 100 Longplay". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  12. ^ " – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". Hung Medien.
  13. ^ " – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "{{{artist}}} | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  15. ^ "Can you name the 100 best-selling album artists of 1983 according to Billboard?". Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type The Wild Heart in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart". Music Canada.
  18. ^ "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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