Bella Donna (Remastered) Original recording remastered
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Newly remastered version of Stevie Nick's Debut solo album,Bella Donna.Nicks joined producer Jimmy Iovine to begin recording songs for her solo debut, following the recording of Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk and subsequent tour. The 1981 album was quickly certified platinum thanks to Nicks classics like “Edge Of Seventeen,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and “Leather And Lace” (with Don Henley).
While Stevie Nicks had the most recognizable voice in Fleetwood Mac, there was no guarantee she could craft the same kind of pop-rock magic without the help of the Mac's guiding musical force, Lindsey Buckingham. As such, Bella Donna found her emerging surprisingly strongly as a solo talent. Part of the credit goes to Tom Petty, who gave her an excellent song in "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" (and duets with her on it). But other high points are Nicks's own creations, including the urgently rocking "Edge of Seventeen" and the country-tinged ballad "Leather and Lace" (a duet with Don Henley). A few tunes here are forgettable, but overall Nicks started her solo career on a high note. --Peter Blackstock --This text refers to the LP Record edition.
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Even though this was one of the earliest all digitally recorded and mastered albums, it still sounds better on vinyl.
Quiet background, less brittle treble than on cd.
I think this may be due to the stylus/cartridge/tonearm assembly adding harmonics to the signal, in a similar way tubes add 2nd harmonic distortions, resulting in a pleasant sound.
My copy is flat, free of dust, and it's nice, as always with records, to see the covers in their intended size.
I have near mint- copy of this, original pressing, and the re release has more natural sound, top to bottom of the frequency spectrum.
Maybe I'll put the new record in the old jacket, and frame the new cover for a wall hanging.
It's my favourite photo of Stevie, and I was on the edge of seventeen the first time I bought Belladonna.
The album opens up with the title track, a longing ballad about the ups and downs of fame, and concludes with the achingly beautiful "The Highwayman", a song suggesting that life as a superstar brings more than its share of heartache. In between those two songs, Stevie explores further the themes of loss, fame and romantic complications, themes that would eventually become her trademarks. For a songwriter usually associated to abstract poetic lyrics, her songwriting approach on "Bella Donna" is quite straightforward and transparent; you don't need to read between the lines, as Stevie herself would eventually say herself, to understand the pain underlying songs like "After the glitter fades", "The Highwayman" or "Kind of woman". And although "Edge of Seventeen" is loaded with powerful and poetic metaphors about death and loss, the aggressive and nervous guitar arrangements certainly convey a feeling of urgency. It must also be said that this album possibly features the strongest set of melodies ever written by Stevie Nicks.
The album has a decidedly country-rock tone, something that Stevie would eventually move away from on subsequent solo albums. "After the glitter fades", the title track, "Kind of woman" and "Leather and lace" could in fact qualify as country songs, not just because of the arrangements but also because of their structure. And even when the arrangements come closer to straight rock and roll, as they do on the hopeful "Think About It" or on the subdued "How Still My Love", pedal steel guitars are never too far behind. Stevie's vocals herself, still at their peak when she recorded this album, have the nasal quality of the greatest country singers, laced with the tough attitude required to sing rock and roll; "Stop dragging my heart around", "Edge of seventeen" and "Outside the Rain" all demonstrate just how gifted a rock vocalist she truly is.
The album provided Stevie with two top ten smash singles, her duets with Tom Petty ("Stop dragging my heart around") and with Don Henley ("Leather and lace"). A third single, "Edge of seventeen", eventually grew to be considered an essential rock classic over the years in spite of the fact that it narrowly missed the top ten, stalling at number eleven. "After the glitter fades", the album's fourth single, reached a respectable top 30 status; however, things weren't going to fade for Stevie, who spent most of the 80s alternating between solo albums and Fleetwood Mac albums. The subsequent decades, although not providing the same commercial success, only heightened her status as one of the rare female rock icons, providing a nearly self-prophetic quality to the lyrics of this classic rock album.
The title track sets the pace of the sound, Waddy Wachtel's distinctive lead guitar that later proves key to making "Edge Of Seventeen" its flavour. It's a mixture of lively Tom Petty with a twist of country, with a very faint drop of Fleetwood Mac. It proves that Stevie Nicks has a sound of own independent of FM.
"Kind Of Woman" is a slower number that tells a woman's POV of her man being attracted to another woman, who is "the kind of woman that'll haunt you".
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" is the first of two duets she does. Might as well call this Stevie Nicks and the Heartbreakers. It's almost like Nicks's "Refugee." Seriously though, the signature Heartbreakers sound makes this radio staple, however overplayed, a classic. So the next time you hear it and roll your eyes, hey, stop draggin' Stevie down!
"Think About It" could make a good country remake. "After The Glitter Fades" is a country-tinged portrait of a star Hollywood actress who despite the stigma of being lonely at the top, decides that it's all worth it because it's all she knows: "Evern though the living is sometimes laced with lies/It's alright/The feeling remains even after the glitter fades."
Then comes that well-known chugging rhythm guitar that forms the backbeat of the single. Yes, it's "Edge Of Seventeen." With five verses intercut with the chorus, it's quite a long song, but there's a haunting quality to the imagery she presents. However, I have vivid memories of this song because Bill, my roommate in college used to put his LP on this song, put the headphones on, and sing to this out loud. I kid you not! And this isn't the only Nicks song he did this too. More on that on future reviews.
"How Still My Love" has a mellowed melody reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams". However, things go up a crescendo with the intense guitars that come on from the time she sings "Standing...in the doorway."
Then comes the other hit duet, "Leather And Lace" which she does with Don Henley. Roy Bittan's piano really gives this a sweet melody. This song seems to have the most hope of all here. It's a conversation between a strong independent woman who through her intuition knows that the man is going to stay. The chorus, where she sings "Give to me your leather/Take from me ...my lace" is a reference that he thinks she's fragile and she says to give her some of his strength and remove her weakness.
"Outside The Rain" is a song I can picture Petty and his Heartbreakers doing during their Damn The Torpedoes era. Small wonder, as Petty, Michael Campbell, and Benmont Tench are the players here.
The slow country-ish "The Highwayman" is another song of a man fighting hard for a life of adventure, not willing to be tied down.
The plethora of guest stars here guaranteed this to be a hit album, ranging from "Professor" Roy Bittan of the E Street Band, the Heartbreakers, and Don Henley and Don Felder of the Eagles. Also, the dates of the songs range from 1974 to 1981, demonstrating that Nicks was lucky enough to have some songs to spare for her talent instead of for Mac. And this of course introduces her regular backup singers that made her sound unique, Lori Perry and Sharon Celani--take a bow, ladies. The sign of even better things to come from this bella donna.
Speaking of which, the title of the album, meaning beautiful lady, but also the deadly plant of the nightshade family, which is used to make a woman's eyes larger, like a creature of the night, and the haunting, ghostly women of the eve.
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