Graham Reid | | <1 min read
With Christine McVie rejoining Fleetwood Mac after 16 years and the classic line-up touring again, the timing couldn't be better for this collection of Stevie Nicks' previously unreleased songs, most written between 1969 and 87.
Using her demos as a guide, she linked up again with producer Dave Stewart, longtime friend/guitarist Waddy Wachtel, Heartbreakers' guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Nashville session players to turn them into -- if not 24 carat gold -- enjoyable, airbrushed non-Mac Nicks songs.
There's no Gypsy, Sara or Landslide here, but the jaded-sounding Dealer, and worldweary piano ballads Blue Water and Lady (where her more scuffed voice comes into its own) are sound enough. And Carousel, with editing, should have made it onto a solo album.
The brittle and lyrically mysterious Belle Fleur and pleasant If You Were My Love come from the mid Nineties but slip in just fine.
Devotees will recognise some from demos on box sets or internet-circulating bootlegs but here, given studio attention, they are polished, however too often run to unnecessary length.
The absence of a lost gem is disappointing (She Loves Him Still written with Mark Knopfler comes close), but for Nicks' faithful following that will hardly matter.