Friday 25 July 2014 08.53 BST
The music on 24 Karat Gold – Songs from the Vault represents ‘the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors’, Nicks says
Stevie Nicks has announced details of a new solo album comprised of songs written almost half a century ago. 24 Karat Gold – Songs from the Vault was inspired by Nicks’ dozens of unreleased bootlegs, from which she recently rerecorded a selection of songs in Nashville.
“These songs are the memories – the 24-carat gold rings in the blue box,” Nicks said. “Each song has a soul … They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors.”
Beloved as these songs may be to her, it appears Nicks lost track of them: the singer used YouTube to uncover unfinished material that was being traded by fans. “[They’re] songs that, somehow, were taken from my house or picked up or loaned out or whatever,” she told the Associated Press in May. Working with co-producers Waddy Wachtel and Dave Stewart, she laid down 18 old tracks in three quick weeks – the “fastest I have ever recorded”.
Most of 24 Karat Gold was written between 1969 and 1987, with two more tunes from the mid-1990s. In keeping with the nostalgic theme, the album’s artwork will be peppered with candid Polaroids of Nicks throughout her career. A deluxe version of the album includes 48 pages of pictures from the 66-year-old’s private collection. Continue reading