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.

Tracks

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

Musicians

1 Wild Heart

Bass Roger Tausz
Drums Brad Smith
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar David Monday
Vocals Stevie Nicks


2 If Anyone Falls

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Synthesizer Roy Bittan
Percussion Bobby Hall
Background Vocals Carolyn Brooks
Vocals Stevie Nicks


3 Gate And Garden

Drums Brad Smith
Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Guitar David Monday
Keyboards Sandy Stewart
Organ Ben Tench
Synthesizer Sandy Stewart
Vocals Stevie Nicks


4 Enchanted

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Organ Ben Tench
Piano Roy Bittan
Percussion Bobby Hall
Vocals Stevie Nicks


5 Nightbird

Bass Kenny Edwards
Drums Marvin Caruso
Drums Chet McCracken
Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Organ Ben Tench
Piano David Foster
Piano Sandy Stewart
Synthesizer Sandy Stewart
Background Vocals Sandy Stewart
Vocals Stevie Nicks


6 Stand Back

Drums Marvin Caruso
Drums (Overdubs) Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar David Williams
Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Synthesizer Prince
Synthesizer Sandy Stewart
Synthesizer David Bluefield
Percussion Bobbye Hall
Percussion Ian Wallace
Background Vocals Sharon Celani
Background Vocals Lori Perry-Nicks
Vocals Stevie Nicks


7 I Will Run To You

Bass Howie Epstein
Drums Stan Lynch
Guitar Mike Campbell
Guitar Tom Petty
Keyboards Ben Tench
Vocals Tom Petty
Vocals Stevie Nicks

 

8 Nothing Ever Changes

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Don Felder
Piano Roy Bittan
Synthesizer Sandy Stewart
Sax Phil Kenzie
Percussion Bobby Hall
Vocals Stevie Nicks


9 Sable On Blonde

Guitar Kenny Edwards
Drums Mick Fleetwood
Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Piano Roy Bittan
Synthesizer Sandy Stewart
Vocals Stevie Nicks


10 Beauty And The Beast

Bass John Beal
Piano Roy Bittan
Background Vocals Carolyn Brooks
Vocals Stevie Nicks

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 – Herbert Wheeler Worthington III
Artwork – Lori Perry-Nicks, Stevie Nicks
Design – Michael Curtis, Michael Manoogian, Herbert Wheeler Worthington III, Stevie Nicks
Photography – Herbert Wheeler Worthington III, Michael Marks, 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
Mastered At Allied Record Company
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