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STEVIE NICKS: Rock a Little (Modern Records)

If there is an album with more hands in its making, it doesn’t come to mind. More than a dozen studios were used. Six different production credits grace the 11 indifferent tracks. So many engineers worked on the project, a separate list is included in addition to the track-by-track list.

The whole album has the sound of a labored work, pieced together over a long period of time. The heavy-handed production practically swamps Nicks’ tiny voice, virtually a croak of its former self. The dreamy voice that lit Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album sounds a little tattered around the edges.

The songs, too, have little to recommend them. Nicks’ turgid writing leaves scant room for a crisply turned phrase or a pungent line, and would be more appropriate for greeting cards than rock songs. She casts herself as the girl who has everything, but has lost her lover, time and time again. The routine is getting tired by now, and even Nicks can’t disguise her boredom.

Joel Selvin / San Francisco Chronicle / November 24, 1985

Today in Stevie History

Concert
1983

On July 3, 1983, Stevie Nicks performed live at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, CT, during The Wild Heart Tour.

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
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Jazz Aspen Snowmass – Aspen, CO
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Jun 5-7, 2020

Vintage Video

Stevie's 1994 performance of "Blue Denim" on Late Night with David Letterman proved more than anything that she was rock and roll survivor, fabulously crimped hair and all! READ MORE.

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Stevie Nicks, Stand Back 1981-2017, compilation

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