Stevie Nicks, Forever The Gypsy

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Tuesday, Stevie Nicks released her first solo album in a decade, In Your Dreams. After looking at promos for the album, Rocks Off is convinced that as often as she's denied "rumours" of witchcraft, the singer may actually be a witch. She has to be - she doesn't look like she's aged since 1989's The Other Side of the Mirror.

Nicks' new album includes a few tracks that she wrote while in Fleetwood Mac that never got released. Single "Secret Love" was written about a man with whom she was having an affair during the downfall of her relationship with the dreamy Lindsey Buckingham. The video features her goddaughter wearing some of Nicks' old stage costumes, and cameos from Mick Fleetwood and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, who produced the album.

We think this nostalgia might be the album's only selling point to 70's-era Fleetwood Mac fans who probably won't dig the album as much as the memories the release brings back. We would never hide the fact that Rumours has the highest playcount of our iTunes albums nor that we've framed the picture of Lindsey and Stevie topless from their Buckingham Nicks album in hopes of one day recreating it.

So, instead of discussing In Your Dreams, we've decided to revisit some highlights and memorable footage from Stevie's career.

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Buckingham Nicks, "Don't Let Me Down Again"

Buckingham Nicks, 1973

Unfortunately, there's no footage of the duo performing this song anywhere on the Internet. Today a popular addition to Mac enthusiasts' record collection, Buckingham Nicks was not well received upon its initial release, it was reissued in 1976 after the two joined Fleetwood Mac.


Fleetwood Mac, "Rhiannon"

Fleetwood Mac, 1975

Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood has said that Stevie's live performance of "Rhiannon" during the late '70s "was like an exorcism."


Fleetwood Mac, "Sara"

Tusk, 1979

Fleetwood Mac is often times said to be an incestuous group due to the love affairs within the band. According to Nicks, this song is about her best friend, Sara Recor, who became Mick Fleetwood's wife while Nicks and Fleetwood were still having an affair. Yeah, it takes a while to get the love affairs straight.


Fleetwood Mac, "The Chain" (Tusk Tour, 1979)

Rumours, 1977

Second-best chain song after "Chain of Fools" by Aretha. Buckingham recycled the intro of "Lola" from Buckingham Nicks for this song. The bass breakdown and the buildup of the outro is our favorite part.

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David
David

God, her singing just blows me away. She is phenomenal.

DuckduckGoose
DuckduckGoose

Stevie Nicks = very good singer

Peter Green = the heart and soul of the Real Fleetwood Mac

Classic Rock Bob
Classic Rock Bob

Peter may have been the soul at the start, but I think that the Mac made their best music with Buckingham/Nicks (though it also happened to be the most popular as well). I was listening to a Green/Spencer/Kirwan-era compilation again recently, and I feel lot of it is simply by-the-numbers blues with too many Elmore James-inspired slide riffs. Still, the Mac lineup that deserves more credit is the Bob Welch lineup era!

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