‘Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks’ re-released on vinyl, hits the streets on 19th May

Crystal Visions – The Vest Best of Stevie Nicks (vinyl)
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On May 19th 2015, the vinyl edition of ‘Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks’ will be re-released on crystal clear transaparent vinyl, this edition will be available from the usual record store outlets such as Amazon, in addition Warner Brothers have a limited fan pack available that includes the vinyl album, lithograph and vinyl bag, please click below to order the limited edition fan pack….

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25 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Release ‘Behind the Mask’ Without Lindsey Buckingham | Ultimate Classic Rock

by Jeff Giles
April 10, 2015 10:44 AM
Ultimate Classic Rock Website

By the time they achieved massive mainstream success in the mid-’70s, Fleetwood Mac had already been through more lineup changes than most bands manage in their entire careers, and their best-selling album, Rumours, was partly inspired by a pair of collapsing relationships between bandmates.

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They were accustomed to forging on in the face of personal and professional drama, in other words — but even so, the trials they faced before recording their 15th studio album, 1990′s Behind the Mask, proved particularly threatening.

All things considered, it should have been an easy time for Fleetwood Mac, who battled back from some early ’80s doldrums with 1987′s commercially resurgent Tango in the Night. With another multiplatinum hit at their backs and a fresh slew of Top 40 singles marching up the charts, the band might have been able to settle into the sort of groove that had proven difficult in the years after Rumours‘ unwieldy success, if not for one thing: the inconveniently timed exit of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, whose songwriting and meticulous studio work had increasingly come to define their sound.

Buckingham’s departure was confirmed in the summer of 1988, causing the band to scramble to fill his parts before their tour for Tango. It was just the kind of painful and potentially disastrous conflict that the band had unfortunately become known for, but as drummer Mick Fleetwood later admitted, the split was a long time coming — and exacerbated by moves the other band members had made in the years leading up to it. Continue reading

Archive clips of Fleetwood Mac on BBC Four ‘Biggest band Breakups and Makeups’

BBC Four in the UK aired a new music documentary program last night (10th April 2015) that delved into the biggest band breakups and makeups, of course any program that focused on disfunctional bands had to include Fleetwood Mac, and we were not disappointed, below is the section of that show that covers Fleetwood Mac’s turbelent relationships….

The clips contains archive footage of brief soundbites with John McVie and Stevie Nicks from interviews shown on the BBC in the past, as well as live clips of Don’t Stop, Dreams, Go You Own Way and On Diane (however Oh Diane has Dreams playing over the clip).

One item that I found very encouraging is that the BBC have kept good quality archive footage of the Fleetwood Mac at 21 documentatry that aired originally in 1988 and the Oh Diane clip from The Late Late Breakfast show that aired originally in 1982.

Enjoy the very brief snippet from the show and if you wish to watch the complete one hour documentatry and you are able to view BBC iPlayer, the link for the full program is below..

– http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05q472d

 

Lindsey Buckingham: Out Of The Cradle – Album appreciation…

It seems as though the first ‘real’ solo album from Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham is not getting the love and attention that this album deserves, recently deleted from the UK iTunes store, no official release of the four music videos and limited appearances of live tracks in Lindsey’s recent solo live shows.

It’s about time that this fine collection of songs was re-visited and re-appreciated, but first, here’s some brief history…..

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Out Of The Cradle was released in 1992, five years after Lindsey had departed Fleetwood Mac to concentrate fully on his solo career and can be considered as his one and only true solo album where he was not a member of Fleetwood Mac (all other solo albums were recorded and released whilst he was juggling being a member of the band and releasing solo albums at the same time).

The solo album sessions actually began in the mid-eighties and the early tracks that these sessions produced morphed into what would become the Fleetwood Mac comeback album ‘Tango In The Night’, that was released in 1987, tracks such as Big Love and Family Man were originally recorded for Lindsey’s next solo album with Lindsey and longterm co-producer ‘Richard Dashut’ co-producing again, but were turned over to the wider group effort, as the Tango sessions consumed Lindsey completely as vocalist, writer, guitarist, producer and arranger, the third solo album was put of the back burner whilst the Mac returned to it’s glory days with ‘Tango In The Night’. Continue reading

Mick Fleetwood – Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography Book Review

Book Review: Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography by Mick Fleetwood

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Nice, reflective memoir from Mr Fleetwood

I enjoyed this book, nice to see that the Fleetwood Mac story (from Mick’s perspective) brought up to date, the book did allocate the nearly fifty percent to the early years before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the band and really over covered the years post-1990 in the last third of the book, this was a surprise as Mick’s previous book covered up to 1990, but I guess he felt that he needed to tell this story again.

The pre-1990 section could be seen as a duplicate, but I felt that the story was told with a fresher sense of perspective, probably as it included information from Mick’s first wife Jenny Boyd that took the story in a slightly different direction with more emphasis on regrets and acknowledged the dysfunctional family life as opposed to the just being focused on Fleetwood Mac.

The later section that dealt with the post-1990 band was a little rushed, many years were skipped and as this timeframe is really lacking in print, this was a missed opportunity, the book was finished bang up to date with Christine McVie re-joining the band and Fleetwood Mac being out on the road again.

All in all, a good read for a fan of the band, or for a casual observer of Fleetwood Mac and Mick Fleetwood.

Four Stars out of Five

Purchase this book via Amazon

Stevie Nicks – Beauty and the Beast (live 1986 Radio Broadcast) Review

Album Review: Beauty and the Beast (live 1986 Radio Broadcast) by Stevie Nicks

Poor Sound, but it is a bootleg after all….

71rTySi5VRL._SL1064_I was gifted this CD as an Xmas present and was curious hear the quality of this set, I did not expect a stellar live recording and my fears were as expected fully justified, the sound quality is poor for a ‘supposed’ official release (would rate this a B+ in the bootleg world) and the packaging is pretty average.

If you want to hear Stevie singing live I would suggest the official Soundstage set from 2009 is worth your hard-earned money, not this set that is really only a bootleg and i do wonder how the publishers get hold of these recordings and are allowed to sell them via Amazon, I suspect Ms Nicks sees nothing of the royalties here. Also bear in mind that if you look hard enough online or engage with Stevie Nicks fans online, I dare say that this recording (and others) exist as bootlegs that can normally be sourced for free.

Two stars out of five

Track List

1. Outside The Rain
2. Dreams
3. Talk To Me
4. I Need To Know
5. Beauty and the Beast
6. Leather and Lace
7. Stand Back
8. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
9. How Still My Love
10. Edge of Seventeen
11. Rhiannon

Purchase here via amazon

Fleetwood Mac return to the UK and Europe with new tour dates….

– Tour to stop in 9 European cities in May/June 2015 –
– UK tickets on Sale 9am Friday 14th November from www.livenation.co.uk –

Following a record sell out tour in 2013, rock legends Fleetwood Mac are set to return to the UK in 2015 with their ‘On With The Show’ Tour. Currently on the road in the US, the phenomenally successful ‘On With The Show’ tour is presently clocking in at almost 70 shows across the country. Currently performing with their five star lineup, Fleetwood Mac will be joined by returning songbird Christine McVie following a 16 year absence.

The European run will begin on 27th May 2015 at The O2, London and will stop in Amsterdam, Cologne, Antwerp, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin culminating in Leeds on 30th June. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 14th November 2014 from www.livenation.co.uk

During Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 tour, the four members happily welcomed Christine back on the stage during their show at London’s O2 Arena, where she performed their classic “Don’t Stop” and received a wild ovation from the crowd. “It was so comfortable being back onstage with them as if no time had passed, and then we all started talking and it feels like the time is right. I’m really happy,” she commented. “As far as we’re concerned, she’s never really left. We are overjoyed to have Christine back on stage with us,” said the other members of Fleetwood Mac in a joint statement.

On With The Show European Tour Dates:

MAY 2015

Weds 27 – The O2, London
Thu 28 – The O2, London

JUNE 2015

Mon 01 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam
Thu 04 – Lanxess Arena, Cologne
Sat 06 – Sportspaleis, Antwerp
Mon 08 – Genting Arena, Birmingham
Fri 12 – Manchester Arena, Manchester
Tue 16 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sat 20 – 3Arena, Dublin
Tue 30 – First Direct Arena, Leeds

Visit the Tour section for a full list of On With The Show Tour dates. Continue reading

Stevie Nicks: Visions Dreams & Rumours by Zoe Howe

Stevie Nicks: Visions Dreams & Rumours

“A chiffon-tastic biography of Stevie Nicks”

OP55440 Stevie Nicks Jacket 37.25mm Spine.inddLyrical visionary, enduring style icon and one indispensable fifth of post-Peter Green megaband Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks is one of the most recognisable figures in rock ‘n’ roll history – very much Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Queen Bee’, as Mick Fleetwood himself describes her. While she once made headlines with her hedonistic lifestyle, part of Nicks’ irresistible appeal is her youthful vulnerability and mystical aura, making her an artist with whom fans have an unbreakable emotional connection. Continue reading

Stevie Nicks previews new track ‘Lady’ from new album

Stevie Nicks previews new track ‘Lady’ that is now available for immediate download from iTunes and Amazon

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“24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault” – Deluxe Edition – iTunes | Amazon
“24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault” – Standard Edition – iTunes | Amazon

also Stevie has added the lyric video to her official YouTube channel


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Stevie Nicks – “24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault” now available for pre-order

SN-24Karat-title_750Stevie Nicks has pre-released her new album “24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault” that is due to debut on Oct 7th.

The pre-release is available as three different packages…

1) Photo Booklet, Lithograph, CD, Digital Download,
2) Photo Booklet, CD, Digital Download,
3) Double Vinyl Release with Digital Download.

With all packages one track ‘The Dealer’ is available for immediate download.

Please click on the image below to be taken to the pre-order website

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Packages are available in America, Europe and Australia, in addition the pre-release digital download has been added to iTunes and Amazon and one track ‘The Dealer’ is available for immediate download.

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“24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault” – Deluxe Edition – iTunes | Amazon
“24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault” – Standard Edition – iTunes | Amazon

In addition, Stevie Nicks has uploaded a lyric video of ‘The Dealer’ onto her official YouTube channel.

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