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Stevie proves she doesn't need Fleetwood or McVie to thrive as seen here on her 1981 solo debut! Includes Leather and Lace featuring Don Henley; Stop Draggin' My Heart Around with Tom Petty; Edge of Seventeen; Think About It; After the Glitter Fades and more!

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While Stevie Nicks had the most recognizable voice in Fleetwood Mac, there was no guarantee she could craft the same kind of pop-rock magic without the help of the Mac's guiding musical force, Lindsey Buckingham. As such, Bella Donna found her emerging surprisingly strongly as a solo talent. Part of the credit goes to Tom Petty, who gave her an excellent song in "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" (and duets with her on it). But other high points are Nicks's own creations, including the urgently rocking "Edge of Seventeen" and the country-tinged ballad "Leather and Lace" (a duet with Don Henley). A few tunes here are forgettable, but overall Nicks started her solo career on a high note. --Peter Blackstock
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Modern / Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IB9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2003
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Throughout the 1970s Stevie Nicks was among the "golden line up" of the legendary Fleetwood Mac, and her lyrics and vocals did much to fuel the band's remarkable success on such releases as RUMORS. Still, when Nicks announced that she was going solo, there were naysayers aplenty. Many felt that Nicks' success with Fleetwood Mac rested in part on the musical settings created for her by various band members; others felt that she lacked the business know-how to put a solo deal together.

But Nicks proved much more artistically resourceful and a much tougher deal-maker than her critics expected. Released in 1981, BELLA DONNA exploded to the top of the charts. Throughout the 1980s Nicks would score further solo successes with THE WILD HEART and ROCK A LITTLE; at the same time she remained a mainstay of the on-again-off-again Fleetwood Mac. And she would become one of the most admired performers of the decade.

Whatever the merits of her other work, BELLA DONNA remains Nicks' single best selling solo effort, a release beloved by fans and admired by critics alike. And it isn't hard to see why. Although Nicks had done some very tough rock and roll with Fleetwood Mac, and had often performed folk and country-flavored songs with the band, BELLA DONNA extended her range in both directions. At the same, however, she did not make the mistake of doing material so completely different as to alienate her core fans, preferring instead to elaborate her previous work than to dismiss it completely.

The result is a series of songs that are very clearly by the same Stevie Nicks who performed with Fleetwood Mac--but which don't simply repeat the sound she acheived with that band.
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Bella Donna was the first solo album by Fleetwood Mac's rock and roll gypsy, Stevie Nicks, and it is a must-have for anyone who loves rock music. This album was Nicks' greatest solo acomplishment. Bella Donna not only sold millions of copies, it also was the album that made Rolling Stone magazine crown Nicks as the queen or rock and roll. The songs on the album have a hauntingly beautiful sound, with poetic and mysterious lyrics. Nicks' enchanting voice has the capabilies to capture one's soul. The hits on the album include Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (a duet with Tom Petty), Leather and Lace (a duet with Don Henely that has a hint of country music), and Edge of Seventeen (a song with a haunting feeling and some of her best lyrics); but the album is not limited to these songs. Other favorites include After the Glitter Fades, Outside the Rain, and Bella Donna. The songs on this album are inspiring and truly amazing.
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"I never thought I'd make it here in Hollywood," Stevie Nicks sings in "After the Glitter Fades," the fifth of the ten tracks on her first solo album "Bella Donna." And when that record was released, its success seemed, indeed, anything but guaranteed.

Sure, this was the magical frontwoman of one of rock history's most successful bands, Fleetwood Mac, a compulsive songwriter who had never found a sufficient outlet for her creativity in the context of her band; and the personification of the ethereal witch character she had created in her trademark song "Rhiannon." But Stevie as a solo artist? The doubters were many. Doom was prophesized for Fleetwood Mac which, as conventional wisdom had it, was sure to break up regardless of the success of Nicks's solo career, by virtue of the mere fact that she was going solo. Besides, would her dreamy persona work as well as a solo artist as it did in the context of her band? Last but not least, did Nicks, who had lived the high life ever since her career took off with Fleetwood Mac, be disciplined enough to make it through the production of a solo album?

The answer to the last question was a resounding "yes," thanks in no small part to producer Jimmy Iovine, brought in by record executive Paul Fishkin who had created his Modern Records label specifically for the production of Nicks's album. (Soon Iovine was so enthralled with Nicks, who returned the feelings, that they embarked on a several year-long relationship.
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"Bella Donna," Stevie Nicks' first departure from Fleetwood Mac, was released in 1981. It's a true essential classic. Stevie's poetic lyrics and strong rock chords are in songs like "Edge of Seventeen," a song she wrote about her uncle whom she watched die...
Stevie became a superstar with Fleetwood Mac in the 70's but this album put her over the top...
With rock songs about men who didn't do Stevie right like "Kind of Woman," and "How Still My Love," Stevie's voice "rings like a bell through the night" with agony and also peace.
Stevie duets with Don Henley (of the Eagles) on "Leather and Lace," which became a Top 5 hit, and is a classic soft rock love song. "Lovers forever, face to face, my city your mountain, stay with me stay, I need you to love me, I need you today..."
Stevie's haunting voice and lyrics lead her through the title track, "Bella Donna." Another duet on "Stop Draggin My Heart Around," with rocker Tom Petty, put Stevie back into the Top 5!
"After the Glitter Fades," puts Stevie in perfect form. It's a country-ish song, and it even did ok on the country charts and pop, a one time only thing for a Stevie Nicks song. She tells women in this song how being a sex symbol and celebrity isnt all it's cracked up to be.
This is a masterpiece collection from Rock's best and most intimate lady, Stevie Nicks, the Queen of Rock N Roll = says Rolling Stone magazine, and I agree!!!
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