1983 Stevie Nicks – The Wild Heart

The Wild Heart is the second studio album by the American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. Recording began in late 1982, shortly after the end of Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage Tour. After the death of her best friend, Robin Anderson, and with new appreciation for her life and career, the recording took only a few months and was released on June 10, 1983, a year after Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage. It peaked at #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts (for seven consecutive weeks) and achieved platinum status on September 12, 1983. The album has sold over 2 million copies in the US alone, and has sold approximately 250,000 copies in the US since 1991 according to Nielsen Soundscan.

The album is notable for its array of prominent guest musicians. Tom Petty made a return to write “I Will Run to You”, on which his bandmates from the Heartbreakers performed. Nicks’ Fleetwood Mac bandmate, drummer Mick Fleetwood, made an appearance on the track “Sable on Blond”. Toto’s Steve Lukather contributed some of the guitar work on what would become the album’s biggest hit single, “Stand Back”, which also features an uncredited contribution from Prince, who played the synthesizer track. Nicks also worked with friend Sandy Stewart, who wrote the music for three tracks on the album and performed on several (Stewart would go on to write the 1987 Fleetwood Mac hit “Seven Wonders”). The album’s final track, “Beauty And The Beast”, features a full string section. Nicks had recorded various other tracks prior to the album’s release, including “Violet And Blue” which was featured on the movie soundtrack for Against All Odds, and later on Nicks’ 3-disc retrospective box set Enchanted in 1998.

The Wild Heart achieved double-platinum status in 1993, ten years after its release, for selling more than 2 million copies in the U.S. It spent a whole year on the Billboard 200 from June 1983 to June 1984. It was also certified Silver in the UK for sales in excess of 60,000. Three singles were released from the album: “Stand Back”, which charted at number 5; “If Anyone Falls”, which charted at number 14; and “Nightbird”, which charted at number 33. “Stand Back” and “If Anyone Falls” featured accompanying videos that went into heavy rotation on MTV. “Nightbird”, a track that Nicks has said was her favorite on the album, was performed live on Solid Gold and Saturday Night Live.


1  Wild Heart (Stevie Nicks) 6:11
If Anyone Falls (Stevie Nicks, Sandy Stewart) 4:09
3  Gate And Garden (Stevie Nicks) 4:06
4  Enchanted (Stevie Nicks) 3:06
Nightbird (Stevie Nicks, Sandy Stewart) 5:00
Stand Back (Stevie Nicks) 4:51
7  I Will Run To You (Tom Petty) 3:22
8  Nothing Ever Changes (Stevie Nicks, Sandy Stewart) 4:09
9  Sable On Blonde (Stevie Nicks) 4:15
10  Beauty And The Beast (Stevie Nicks) 6:02


1 Wild Heart

BassRoger Tausz
DrumsBrad Smith
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarDavid Monday

2 If Anyone Falls

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
SynthesizerRoy Bittan
PercussionBobby Hall
Background VocalsCarolyn Brooks

3 Gate And Garden

DrumsBrad Smith
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
GuitarDavid Monday
KeyboardsSandy Stewart
OrganBen Tench
SynthesizerSandy Stewart

4 Enchanted

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
OrganBen Tench
PianoRoy Bittan
PercussionBobby Hall

5 Nightbird

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsMarvin Caruso
DrumsChet McCracken
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
OrganBen Tench
PianoDavid Foster
PianoSandy Stewart
SynthesizerSandy Stewart
Background VocalsSandy Stewart

6 Stand Back

DrumsMarvin Caruso
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarDavid Williams
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
SynthesizerSandy Stewart
PercussionBobby Hall
DrumsIan Wallace

7 I Will Run To You

BassHowie Epstein
DrumsStan Lynch
GuitarMike Campbell
GuitarTom Petty
KeyboardsBen Tench
VocalsTom Petty

8 Nothing Ever Changes

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDon Felder
PianoRoy Bittan
SynthesizerSandy Stewart
SaxPhil Kenzie
PercussionBobby Hall

9 Sable On Blonde

GuitarKenny Edwards
DrumsMick Fleetwood
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoRoy Bittan
SynthesizerSandy Stewart

10 Beauty And The Beast

BassJohn Beal
PianoRoy Bittan
Background VocalsCarolyn Brooks

Other Musicians

Accompanied By (With) – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (Track 7)
Cello – Fred Zlotkin, Jesse Levy, Jonathan Abramowitz, Seymour Barab (Track 10)
Conductor (Strings) – Paul Buckmaster (Track 10)
Harp – Gene Bianco (Track 10)
Viola – Harry Zaratzian, Jesse Levine, Julien Barber, Theodore Israel (Track 10)
Violin – Harry Cykman, Harry Glickman, Herbert Sorkin, John Pintavalle, Lewis Eley, Marvin Morgenstern, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman, Paul Winter, Peter Dimitriades, Raymond Kunicki, Regis Iandiorio, Ruth Waterman (Track 10)

Liner Notes

Producer – Jimmy Iovine
Producer – Gordon Perry (Tracks 1, 3)
Producer – Tom Petty (Track 7)
Coordinator (Production) – Janet Weber
Arranged By (Strings) – Kenneth Whitfield, Paul Buckmaster (Track 10)
Engineer – Shelly Yakus
Engineer (Additional) – Greg Edward, Tom Gondolf (Tracks 1, 3)
Engineer (Assistants) – Bill Freesh, Bobby Cohen, David Bianco, David Dubow, John Curcio, John Smith, Josh Abbey, Julian Stoll, Michael Brooks, Peter Kudas
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen
Mixed By – Greg Edward, Lori Perry-Nicks, Shelly Yakus

Art Direction, Design, Photography By – Herbert Wheeler Worthington III
Artwork (Handtinting) – Lori Perry-Nicks, Stevie Nicks
Design (Layout) – Michael Curtis
Design (Logo) – Michael Manoogian
Design Concept (Album Cover) – Herbert Wheeler Worthington III , Stevie Nicks
Photography By (Assistants) – Michael Marks (2), Robert Alfrod

Recorded At – Goodnight Dallas
Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At – The Hit Factory
Recorded At – A&R Studios
Mixed At – Rumbo Recorders
Mixed At – The Hit Factory
Mastered At – Precision Lacquer
Mastered At – Sheffield Lab Matrix – Δ 4494
Mastered At – Allied Record Company – B-18138-E
Mastered At – Allied Record Company – B-18139-D
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Distributed By – ATCO Records
Distributed By – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Record Company – Warner Communications Inc.
Published By – Welsh Witch Music
Published By – Sweet Talk Music
Published By – Three Hearts Music
Published By – Gone Gator Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Modern Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Modern Records, Inc.