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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, November 4, 2016
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Stevie Nicks returned in 1983 with her follow-up solo album, The Wild Heart. The album produced hits like “Stand Back,” “Nightbird” and “I Will Run To You,” which features Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. THE WILD HEART: DELUXE EDITION builds on the original album with unreleased versions of “All The Beautiful Worlds” a session version of “Wild Heart” and “Garbo,” the B-side to “Stand Back.”
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Disc One includes the original album remastered. I recommend playing it on an actual stereo if you have one, rather than computer speakers. Your ears will thank you!!
The bonus material on Disc Two is quite special. We get a remastered version of "Violet and Blue," which appeared on the soundtrack for 'Against All Odds.' Also remastered is another "Garbo," a beautiful non-album track that first appeared as the b-side to the "Stand Back" single. It later resurfaced on Stevie's 1998 boxed set, 'Enchanted.' There's an unreleased version of "I Sing For The Things." A much more polished version of this track would show up two years later on 1985's 'Rock A Little.' We also get an unreleased version of "All The Beautiful Worlds," which was officially recorded on 2014's '24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault.' There's an unreleased version of "Sorcerer," a song Stevie has demoed for many years; it was finally recorded and released on 2001's 'Trouble in Shangri-La.' "Dial The Number" is another unreleased Stevie gem that's been floating around for years. Rounding out the bonus disc are demos of the title track, which is quite stunning and "Are You Mine."
Also included in the packaging are several amazing photographs and a booklet that includes lyrics, album credits, and liner notes. The liner notes feature Stevie talking about the making of 'The Wild Heart' and what was going on in her life at the time.
**As with 'Bella Donna,' the packaging was nicked a bit in a few places en route. I will be contacting Amazon to see if I can them replaced.
The Wild Heart was Stevie Nicks' follow up to her platinum selling debut, Bella Donna, and proved that this woman did not need Fleetwood Mac to be successful. Many have said that Bella Donna was Stevie's greatest work, but after listening to this album, I'm not so sure. While Bella Donna was moody and dramatic, The Wild Heart has more rockin' songs and also some of Stevie's best vocals ever. Another point that many have brought up is that Wild Heart is a Bella Donna part 2. I have to disagree with these people. When you listen to the two albums back to back, they are evidently different. On Wild Heart, Stevie began to experiment with synthesizers, which were not in Bella Donna at all. She moved away from the country-ish sound she had on her debut album, to a more pop and rock orientated album.
1. Wild Heart: Stevie's title tracks are known for being epic rockers, and this song is no exception. Stevie even wails a bit at the end, one of my favorite parts of this song. 4/5
2. If Anyone Falls: One of the singles of the album, it made #16 on the pop-charts. It has a nice danceable beat to it, and the harmonies on the chorus are beautiful. 4/5
3. Gate and Garden: This is one of Stevie's songs that has taken a lot of flak over the years because of it's vague lyrics. However, the music and the vocals on this track make it work. 4/5
4. Enchanted: One of my favorite Stevie solo songs. A very nice country/rock feel and the piano is just great. You also get a taste of how powerful Stevie's voice was at this time. 5/5
5. Nightbird: A song written about Stevie's friend Robyn Anderson who had died soon after Stevie had released Bella Donna. This track has some great, dark music to it and I love the line, "I wear boots all summer long." 5/5
6. Standback: The big hit of the album, reaching the #6 spot on the charts. This is definitely one of the highlights of the disc. It surges along on a synthesizer hook and Stevie really rocks this one. 5/5
7. I Will Run To You: The duet with Tom Petty on the album. This is actually a very good song and I prefer it to Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (from Bella Donna). 4/5
8. Nothing Ever Changes: The real rocker on this album. It just has so much energy and Stevie's voice is killer. She sounds so angry and powerful. Also, it has some nice sax and piano work. 5/5
9. Sable on Blonde: This song is just amazing. "To be brave save the stranger...Sable on Blonde." Wow I just love this song, the production is great and the vocals are sublime. 5/5
10. Beauty and the Beast: One of the most moving and beautiful songs Stevie has ever written. Stevie recorded this live with an orchestra, and the result is a haunting, dark ballad. Stevie's voice really shines on this one. And it just might be my favorite on the album. 5/5
There you have it. All in all, I still can't decide which is better, Wild Heart or Bella Donna. Check them out and see for yourself.