Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna (2xLP Vinyl)

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This double vinyl version for Record Store Day 2022 includes the remastered original album and an LP of studio outtakes, B-sides and demos, many for the first time on vinyl, from the 2016 Bella Donna Deluxe Edition.


I just had to follow the path of the best member of Fleetwood Mac for her first solo album, I was too infatuated to do anything less! Call me crazy, but I had a good feeling about it. Her material on their albums always stood out like a sore thumb that you couldn't possibly ignore. She always stole the spotlight from Buckingham and McVeigh pretty badly, a whole album of her material? Let me see this shit! A master among a group however doesn't necessarily translate to a master on her own though as this demonstrates. There are some issues that in retrospect I'm surprised I didn't think of ahead of time. For starters as much as I love her voice I hadn't guessed that when it was virtually all you could hear it might lose some of it's power, as it did here. Further to the point, she pushed out four or so songs per Fleetwood album, and while they were big winners, nothing pointed to her being able to push out ten winners at one go. And so here you find roughly the exact same level of proportional power you would if she were doing this for the group. But my oh fucking my what winners! Her duets with two other country rock stars are both wonderful. The delicate Leather and Lace with Don Henley, and the swaggering Stop Draggin' My Heart Around with Tom Petty. Both are really great, everything you gotta love about her. The normal tracks though...are all pretty nice! But that magic that made her the defining feature in Fleetwood is missing from them, they are the very definition of "album tracks" for better or worse. Even the best of them is just not up the golden standard, and while they sustain the ear they won't get stuck in your mind. This is handily made up for with Edge of Seventeen, which is seriously one of the greatest songs ever made, that fucking pulsing guitar line that endlessly plays in the background....FUCK. It's so good it's almost criminal. At the end of the day this is a definite good album, and featuring one of the best songs even is always nice. But I almost wish she had taken the best material and stuck with the other Macs. And put the stuff on a fourth album, I know they had issues at this time, but IMAGINE that. The best of Mcveigh and Buckingham plus these highlights, wow oh wow. Still she holds up strongly on her own. And while it's not as good as I hoped, I'm certainly not let down.

By; Zephos

A1 Bella Donna
A2 Kind Of Woman
A3 Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
A4 Think About It
A5 After The Glitter Fades
B1 Edge Of Seventeen
B2 How Still My Love
B3 Leather And Lace
B4 Outside The Rain
B5 The Highwayman
C1 Edge Of Seventeen (Early Take)
C2 Think About It (Alternative Version)
C3 How Still My Love (Alternative Version)
C4 Leather And Lace (Alternative Version)
C5 Bella Donna (Demo)
D1 Gold And Braid (Unreleased Version)
D2 Sleeping Angel (Unreleased Version)
D3 If You Were My Love (Unreleased Version)
D4 The Dealer (Unreleased Version)
D5 Blue Lamp (From Heavy Metal Soundtrack)

D6 Sleeping Angel (From Fast Times At Ridgemont High Soundtrack)


Hype sticker:
Expanded Edition
2-LP, 180-GRAM
The Original Remastered Album
Early & Alternate Takes
Soundtrack Cuts

RSD, Record Store Day 2022 Release (23 April 2022)
Made in Czech Republic
Gatefold sleeve and 8-panel full color inlay.