Atlanta Journal and Constitution, May 7, 1998

Nicks Retrospective Heavy on Solo Work

Few women in rock are as deserving of a boxed set as the mercurial Stevie Nicks. Her poetic songwriting and distinctive delivery have always been under-rated, lost in her mystic image of beaded capes, melting candles, doves and platform boots. But underneath the "Lord of the Rings" look, the former Fleetwood Macker is one hell of a rock artist. Unlike Joan Jett, Pat Benatar or even Janis Joplin, Nicks somehow has always been able to keep her guitar-fueled music infused with feminity -- lace and paper flowers rather than tight black leather pants. It's entirely legit to file a retrospective of her career right next to the boxed sets of legends such as Eric Clapton or David Bowie. But not this one.

Sadly, this package is like a hot fudge sundae without ice cream. Nothing recorded with Fleetwood Mac is here. No original "Rhiannon," no "Landslide." As in the case of her greatest hits package of 1991, it's likely that Mick Fleetwood won't let her have them. So what's a girl to do? Nicks and her label have focused instead on her solo work, recorded primarily from 1981 to 1991. It's better and more extensive than you might remember. Twelve of these tunes were Top 40 hits, from "Stand Back" to "Edge of Seventeen." Then there are all those great duets -- "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" with Tom Petty, "Leather and Lace" with Don Henley, "Whenever I Call You Friend" with Kenny Loggins and "Gold" with John Stewart. The main selling point may be the inclusion of a track from Nicks' super-rare first album with Lindsey Buckingham, "Buckingham/Nicks" (not available on CD).

Nicks is touring and, unless you're a really hard-core fan, mabe the best plan would be to save your money for the show.

-- Miriam Longino

'B'. 'The verdict: Without Mac material, potentially definitive boxed set is incomplete.

Thanks to Tracy G for posting this to the Ledge and to Anusha for formatting and sending it to us.