On this day in music history: June 10, 1983 – “The Wild Heart”, the second studio album by Stevie Nicks is released. Produced by Jimmy Iovine, Gordon Perry and Tom Petty, it is recorded A&R Recorders, The Record Plant in New York City, Goodnight Studios in Dallas, TX, The Record Plant, and Studio 55 in Los Angeles, CA from Late 1982 – Early 1983. Issued as the follow up to her multi-platinum solo debut “Bella Donna”, Nicks begins recording after completing the “Mirage Tour” with Fleetwood Mac during the Summer and Fall of 1982. The album features a number of guest musicians including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, drummer Mick Fleetwood, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Eagles guitarist Don Felder, E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan, guitarist David Williams, and an uncredited contribution from Prince, who plays synthesizers on the first single “Stand Back” (#5 Pop, #2 Mainstream Rock). Nicks is inspired to write “Stand Back” after she hears Prince’s hit single “Little Red Corvette” on the radio. The initial clip for “Stand Back” directed by Brian Grant (“Physical”, “Shock The Monkey”), is scrapped after Nicks is unhappy with how she looks in it. The second clip directed by choreographer Jeffrey Hornaday (“Flashdance”, “A Chorus Line”) is the one that is widely seen, and becomes an MTV favorite. It spins off two other singles including “If Anyone Falls” (#14 Pop, #8 Mainstream Rock), and “Nightbird” (#33 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued as a two CD deluxe edition in 2016. The first disc contains the original ten song album, with disc two featuring unreleased tracks, alternate versions, non album B-sides, demos and session recordings. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP, making it available in that format for the first time since 1989. “The Wild Heart” peaks at number five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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