What does it sound like?:
Not sure why the need for this 3 cd release given the number of previous Best of’s that Stevie has. Is it coincidental that former band mate and significant other Lyndsey Buckingham released a 3 cd anthology last year? I think not but it is arguable that Lyndsey was more in need of a reappraisal given his lower profile. Anyway notwithstanding this I think you know what to expect with Stevie – your get the uptempo anthem songs and the first cd starts off at a fair lick with a trio of Edge of Seventeen, Rooms on Fire and Stand Back. that’s three of my favourites out of the way right there.
When Rumours was released in 1977 I thought Dreams was the sexiest song I had ever heard. It is present and correct here but over familiarity has dampened its sensuality or I have grown up or both.
Has anyone written anything for you? its still a fabulous song and we get a splendid slowed down Rhiannon with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra which is a high point of this set but there was one exquisite surprise for me. The Walter Egan song Magnet and Steel – I had his album on cassette yonks ago and wore it out I played it that much. Don’t think I have heard that song for 30 years but its still sounds bloody great.
Sadly you also get some dross – God knows why anyone saw the need to include a duet with Chris Isaak of Santa Claus is coming to town but its here. Some of the other duets are seemingly there as filler although she always performs well with Tom Petty and I would have loved to see her in that band on a permanent basis – alas that is not to be.
What does it all *mean*?
Everyone and their dog knows Stevie and most will be familiar with probably half of the songs on this set. My theory is that there is a reason why they are not familiar with the other half – they are second division.
Goes well with…
Very much driving music although I did once go to a strip joint where one of the girls did a magnificent dance to This room’s on fire.
Might suit people who like…
West Coast rock. I have a special place in my heart for Stevie – her best songs are excellent. I think 3 cd’s is possibly too long but you still get as good a snapshot of her career as there is.
Shame about the cover – it is not the best.