19 Songs, 1 Hour 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From hippie enchantress to AOR hitmaker to enduring pop icon, Stevie Nicks has gone through a host of permutations since the mid-‘70s. Crystal Visions (2007) is the latest and best attempt to anthologize her 30-plus year recording output. After her fruitful stint with Fleetwood Mac, Nicks matured into an astute rock craftsperson, able to grow beyond her folk/country beginnings and adapt to the trends of the 1980s and ‘90s. Whatever her adjustments in style, her lyric obsessions with magic (“Rhiannon,” ”Sorceress”) and romantic disappointment (“Dreams,” “I Can’t Wait”) have remained constant. And if her voice has lost some of the waif-like delicacy of her early years, it’s gained a deep, throaty luster with time, as her cover of Led Zep’s “Rock And Roll” shows. From her duets with Tom Petty (“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”) and Don Henley (“Leather And Lace”) to live symphony-backed versions of “Landslide” and “Edge Of Seventeen,” Crystal Visions gives a sampling of the height and breadth of her music. The absence of original Fleetwood Mac tracks is an obvious weak spot here, but as an overview of Nicks as singer, songwriter and image-shifting celebrity, this collection more than satisfies.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From hippie enchantress to AOR hitmaker to enduring pop icon, Stevie Nicks has gone through a host of permutations since the mid-‘70s. Crystal Visions (2007) is the latest and best attempt to anthologize her 30-plus year recording output. After her fruitful stint with Fleetwood Mac, Nicks matured into an astute rock craftsperson, able to grow beyond her folk/country beginnings and adapt to the trends of the 1980s and ‘90s. Whatever her adjustments in style, her lyric obsessions with magic (“Rhiannon,” ”Sorceress”) and romantic disappointment (“Dreams,” “I Can’t Wait”) have remained constant. And if her voice has lost some of the waif-like delicacy of her early years, it’s gained a deep, throaty luster with time, as her cover of Led Zep’s “Rock And Roll” shows. From her duets with Tom Petty (“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”) and Don Henley (“Leather And Lace”) to live symphony-backed versions of “Landslide” and “Edge Of Seventeen,” Crystal Visions gives a sampling of the height and breadth of her music. The absence of original Fleetwood Mac tracks is an obvious weak spot here, but as an overview of Nicks as singer, songwriter and image-shifting celebrity, this collection more than satisfies.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
237 Ratings

237 Ratings

retrocrush ,

Get the physical CD of this instead

For the same price you also get a 13 track DVD video with it, too.

longdistancewinner ,

The Queen of Rock....rocks out on the new Live tracks!! WOW

This is a pretty definitive collection spanning songs made famous w/ Fleetwood Mac & her solo career w/ enough twists to keep it interesting for the die hards....For me, the LIVE tracks are especially brilliant and she rocks them hard.....I love this new live version of Rhiannon, even better than the Fleetwood Mac's "Dance" version....It's harder rockin' and Stevie sings it with such Thunder and control at the same time. The Live Edge of 17 is equally remarkable, made even more intense when the Melbourne Orchestra Strings kick in half way through. When I first heard there were going to be 2 "Edges" included on this package I though it was a wasted opportunity for another track, but after hearing this new Live version, I understand fully why it was included....Its powerful and Rocks hard in a totally different way then the classic studio version...Upon hearing all these 4 wonderful new Live tracks...I think Stevie should have just released a whole Live recording. But the running order is great and flows beautifully....Much improved upon her last greatest hits Timespace.....This is the real deal! and arguably confirms that she IS the Queen of Rock and the biggest selling female ROCK star of all time!

ThatMusicGuy77 ,

If anyone falls in love... it will be the listener!

Being a life-long Stevie fan, I knew I would love this album, but I have to say even I was surprised at the strength of the recently recorded live material. Stevie is in better voice NOW than when some of these studio tracks were recorded! That's enough here to justify making this purchase even if you already have Stevie's first hits package TimeSpace (from 1991). The hits still sound great. Time has been especially kind to Stevie's new wave-ish ballad "If Anyone Falls". Unjustly ignored when it hit radio back in '83, its inclusion here should help many people discover it and love it for the lost '80's treasure it is. Just like with "Stand Back", Stevie's passion and excellent lyrics save it from sounding like just a relic of its time. Also nice to see the excellent "Planets of the Universe" (2001) alongside her more revered songs. All in all, a nice mix of old and new!

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