Stevie Nicks: Stand Back, 1981-2017 (Box set)

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A bit like Michael Jackson, we can overlook our favourites’ flaws if they turn out good tunes. Nicks not only turned a blues band into Fleetwood Mac but bashed out some good tunes of her own, for which we forgive her the cocaine abuse, the brandy, the champagne and the chain-smoking that ruined her voice.

“All of us were drug addicts, but there was a point where I was the worst,” she told, and given that Mick Fleetwood reportedly sniffed seven miles of cocaine over the years that’s some going.

The Mac are also pretty shameless about extracting money from their fans, and this is not Nicks’s first greatest hits, either. It’s a nice boxset though. Tracks range from Stand Back (obviously) to Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around with Tom Petty, and there are some live tracks, such as Gold Dust Woman (about taking drugs), Dreams and Rhiannon.

There’s also Santa Claus Is Coming To Town with Chris Isaak — not even the last track on a CD, you’ve got to be a fan to want to hear that more than once. There’s nothing earlier than 1981.

It’s good value for money, with 3CDs, although the sleeve notes are little more than a list.


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