Stevie Nicks has revived “Crying In The Night” — her 1973 Buckingham Nicks’ classic-that-never was for her new concert album and movie — Live In Concert: The 24 Karat Gold Tour. The film will be available to stream — but not download — for just one week, from October 29th at 9 a.m. PT through November 5th at 11:59 p.m. PST. During a chat with Variety, Nicks spoke about the track that opened her and Lindsey Buckingham’s sole album as a duo, prior to joining Fleetwood Mac in late-1974: “‘Crying In The Night’ was probably written in 1970, maybe even before we got to Los Angeles. It’s one of the few songs from my way, way back past that I honestly don’t remember what it was about. I almost think I made up that story, because it kind of sounds like it’s written about like a streetwalker lady or some kind of a woman that’s homeless and living in the streets, but she’s still got people. As I’m singing that every night, when it goes, ‘Come on, baby. . . she’s a come-on girl,’ it’s like, well, who is she? I think she was just a fantasy character that I made up.”
Although sidelined by the pandemic, Stevie Nicks promises she will undoubtedly be back on stage as soon as she can: “Absolutely. I’ve got more stories (laughs). More layers. So get ready. Yeah, of course. I mean, by that time, every single band in the whole world is just going to be going, ‘hallelujah.’ There are not going to not be enough stages in the world to hold all the bands that want to go on the road. So we’re going to have to all be very tricky to get into the venues.”
- Stevie Nicks’ double-disc live soundtrack Live In Concert: The 24 Karat Gold Tour will be released on CD and digital/streaming services on Friday, October 30th.
- The set features 17 tracks including such classics as “Stand Back,” “Gypsy,” and “Edge Of Seventeen,” as well as the first ever live recording of the pre-Fleetwood Mac, 1973 Buckingham Nicks favorite “Crying In The Night,” among other live rarities.
- A double-disc version of the set will be available exclusively at Target on October 30th.
- A limited-edition two-album 180-gram version will be available on “Crystal-Clear” vinyl exclusively at Barnes & Noble, while a 180-gram black vinyl version will be available everywhere.
- Buckingham Nicks was released in September 1973 on Polydor Records.
- Among the performers on the album are John Lennon drummer Jim Keltner, Elvis Presley’s backing band members guitarist James Burton, drummer Ronnie Tutt, and bassist Jerry Scheff.
- Also making an appearance is future Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, and Keith Richards sideman, guitarist Waddy Wachtel.
- It was the album’s closing number, “Frozen Love,” that gained Mick Fleetwood’s attention while scouting Los Angeles’ Sound City recording studio. The album’s producer, Keith Olsen, played the track as a demonstration of the studio’s capabilities and hooked Fleetwood who soon asked Lindsey Buckingham — and by extension — Stevie Nicks to join Fleetwood Mac.
- Two of the Buckingham Nicks tracks would be included on future albums — Nicks’ “Crystal” found a home on Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 self-titled collection and a live version of “Don’t Let Me Down Again” was featured on 1980’s Fleetwood Mac Live.
- “That’s Alright,” one of Stevie Nicks’ contributions to the band’s 1982 album Mirage, was first recorded during the Buckingham Nicks pre-fame “coffee plant” demos.
- Lindsey Buckingham has included the Buckingham Nicks instrumental “Stephanie” in his solo setlists, and featured it on his 2012 live collection, One Man Show.
- Another “coffee plant demo” — “Without You” was recently re-recorded for Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 Extended Play EP, with Stevie Nicks re-recording “Cathouse Blues” for her 2014 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault collection.
CHECK IT OUT: Stevie Nicks performing Buckingham Nicks’ “Crying In The Night” from Live In Concert: The 24 Karat Gold Tour:
CHECK IT OUT: Buckingham Nicks’ original 1973 studio version of “Crying In The Night”: