STREET ANGEL (1994)

Stevie Nick Street AngelStreet Angel (1994) is Stevie Nicks‘ fifth solo album, her first since The Other Side of the Mirror in 1989. It contains 13 tracks, including the singles “Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind” and “Blue Denim.” Stevie dedicated the album her niece Jessica James Nicks, “the next generation.”

Background

Stevie Nicks began recording Street Angel with English producer Glyn Johns in the summer of 1992. The sessions were marred by Stevie’s addiction to the tranquilizer Klonopin, which according to Stevie, had affected the quality of her singing and songwriting. Stevie sought treatment for the addiction on December 12, 1993, staying in a Southern California rehabilitation program for 47 days.

Stevie Nicks is an ethereal rocker whose blend of veil-waving Madame Zara spookiness sits alarmingly well over pounding American AOR rock.” —Q

Following treatment, Stevie listened to the completed Street Angel recording again but was disappointed with the production. Although producer Glyn Johns had completed the album, Stevie hired another producer, Thom Panunzio, to re-mix the tracks. (Johns’ production work was not credited in the Street Angel liner notes.) She asked guitarists Waddy Wachtel and Michael Campbell and percussionist Peter Michael to add parts that she felt were missing from the original tracks.

Stevie Nick Street Angel

Overwhelmed by the production overhaul, Stevie chose not to re-record most of her vocals, though she later admitted that they were another glaring problem with the album. “I should have gone back in and really worked with the album, with the vocals,” she told Off the Record host Mary Turner in 1994. “I guess that was the last thing that I knew was wrong with it. And after being in two months trying to fix everything that I thought was wrong about the music and the mixes, it was almost like, you just need to let this go.”

Stevie Nick Street Angel poster

Stevie ended up removing two songs that Glyn Johns’ son Ethan had written for the 1993 album, “Inspiration” and “God’s Garden.” “Inspiration” was later released as a bonus track on the US and (select) UK singles of “Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind” singles; and both “Inspiration” and “God’s Garden” were included on the Japanese edition of Street Angel.

Release

Modern Records planned to release the revamped Street Angel on Tuesday, May 3, 1994 but delayed it another month to Tuesday, June 7, 1994. The album debuted at No. 45 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and spawned the single “Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind,” which reached No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. “Blue Denim,” intended to be the lead single, was released as the second single with a companion video clip.

Stevie Nick Street Angel press release
(Courtesy of Modern Records)

For the proposed 1993 Street Angel release, Modern Records  wanted “Unconditional Love” to be the lead single, and “Listen to the Rain” and “Blue Denim” to be subsequent singles (pictured right).

In the summer of 1994, Stevie launched a North American tour to support the release. For the first time in her solo touring career, Stevie traveled to concert venues in a tour bus.

Stevie Nicks Street Angel 1994

In 1997, the RIAA certified Street Angel Gold for the shipment of 500,000 units to retailers.

The often-ethereal Stevie Nicks touches ground for the first time in ages, with pleasurable tunes and plain-speak lyrics focused in chugging anthem tone. —Philadelphia Daily News

Despite Stevie’s concerted efforts to improve Street Angel, the album remains her least favorite recording even though it received generally favorable reviews from music critics.

Stevie Nick Street Angel poster
Official poster promoting the release of Street Angel

Street Angel (June 1994)

Produced by Thom Panuzio & Stevie Nicks

  1. Blue Denim
  2. Greta
  3. Street Angel
  4. Docklands
  5. Listen to the Rain
  6. Destiny
  7. Unconditional Love
  8. Love Is Like a River
  9. Rose Garden
  10. Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind
  11. Just Like a Woman
  12. Kick It
  13. Jane

Additional Songs

^Bonus tracks for Japan edition of Street Angel

Also Recorded

Street Angel (Feb 1993)

Produced by Glyn Johns

  1. Docklands
  2. Rose Garden
  3. If You Were My Love
  4. Jane
  5. Listen to the Rain
  6. Destiny
  7. Blue Denim
  8. Inspiration
  9. God’s Garden
  10. Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind
  11. Just Like a Woman
  12. Unconditional Love
  13. Street Angel
  14. Greta
  15. Love Is Like a River

 Street Angel (Sep 1993)

Proposed Release

  1. Blue Denim
  2. Rose Garden
  3. Street Angel
  4. Just Like a Woman
  5. Unconditional Love
  6. Destiny
  7. I Call You Missing*
  8. Inspiration
  9. Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind
  10. Kick It
  11. Listen to the Rain
  12. Playing in God’s Garden
Stevie Nick Street Angel press release
Official press release (courtesy of Modern Records)

*It’s unknown whether Stevie actually recorded “I Call You Missing” for Street Angel, as indicated on the 1993 Modern Record press release (pictured right).

The 1993 versions of “Blue Denim,” “Destiny,” and “Rose Garden” were later released on Enchanted: The Works of Stevie Nicks (1998).

Singles

Stevie Nicks Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind 1994 CD single Stevie Nicks Maybe Love 1994 UK CD single Stevie Nicks Maybe Love 1994 UK CD single

Maybe Love
Will Change
Your Mind
US/Modern

1. Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind
2. Inspiration

Maybe Love
UK1/EMI

1. Maybe Love (Remix)
2. Inspiration
3. Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You
4. Maybe Love (Album Version)

Maybe Love
UK2/EMI

1. Maybe Love (Remix)
2. Thousand Days
3. I Can’t Wait
4. Stand Back

Stevie Nicks Maybe Love 1994 Netherlands CD single Stevie Nicks Blue Denim single Stevie Nicks Blue Denim single

Maybe Love
Netherlands/EMI

1. Maybe Love (Remix)
2. Inspiration
3. Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You
4. Maybe Love (Album Version)

Blue Denim
Australia/Modern/EMI

1. Blue Denim
2. Inspiration
3. Thousand Days

Blue Denim
Netherlands/EMI

1. Blue Denim
2. Inspiration
3. Thousand Days

Promos

Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind

Stevie Nicks Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind 1994 CD promo single Stevie Nicks Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind 1994 CD promo single Stevie Nicks Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind 1994 CD UK promo single
Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind
US/Modern/Atlantic
PRCD 5638-2
Maybe Love
UK/EMI
CDEMDJ 328

Blue Denim

Stevie Nicks Blue Denim promo single Stevie Nicks Blue Denim UK promo single 1994
Blue Denim
US/Modern/Atlantic
PRCD 5791
Blue Denim
UK/EMI
CDDENIM1

Street Angel (1993 Version)

Below is a selection of tracks in their original arrangements from the proposed 1993 Street Angel album.

Jane (1993)

Inspiration (1993)

Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind (1993)

Unconditional Love (1993)

References

Modern Records (1993). Stevie Nicks: Street Angel [press release].

Westwood One Radio Network (1994). Stevie Nicks Off the Record with Mary Turner.