| Stevie Nicks|
| 30 September 2014|
Rock music, Pop rock
| September 30, 2014 (2014-09-30)|
April 20, 2014 - May 5, 2014
Stevie Nicks albums, Rock music albums
24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault is the eighth solo studio album by the American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks, released on September 30, 2014, through Reprise Records. Recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles, the album includes new versions of demos that Nicks primarily recorded between 1969 and 1987, though two songs date back to 1994 and 1995. There is one cover on the album, "Carousel", a song originally written and performed by Vanessa Carlton on her album Rabbits on the Run (2011). Nicks put it on the album because it was her mother's favorite song in her last days and Carlton was present during her death. Nicks was inspired to record the album after her assistant showed her bootlegs on YouTube of the demos Nicks had recorded over the years. Included on the album is "Blue Water", a song that features Lady Antebellum on vocals.
On October 15, 2014, Billboard announced that the album had sold 33,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200, giving Nicks her sixth top ten album on that chart. The album has since sold over 100,000 copies in the US.
The album was released as standard and deluxe editions. The standard edition contains 14 tracks and features several previously unpublished polaroid photos of Nicks throughout her career. The limited quantity deluxe edition features a different track list order with two bonus tracks ("Twisted" and "Watch Chain") in addition to a full color 48-page photo book of never-before-released photos. The set was also released on vinyl with the deluxe edition track listing on two 125-gram LPs housed in a gatefold package.
The album produced three #1 US iTunes Rock Singles. Several promotional singles were made available for download from the album prior to its release. "The Dealer", was released on August 5, 2014, followed by "Lady" on August 25, "Starshine", on September 16, and the title track on September 23, 2014.
On April 1, 2014, several months before the album's release, Nicks released "Golden" a duet with Lady Antebellum.
24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault received mostly positive reviews from music critics upon its release. At Metacritic, the album has received a Metascore of 73 out of 100 based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated the album four and a half stars out of five and calls it "the best-sounding record she's made since 1983's The Wild Heart." Writing for New York Daily News, Jim Farber gave the album three stars out of five and states: "We get pure Stevie — needier than some might find comfortable, but also unexpectedly wise. It’s too much for the casual listener but catnip for the devoted."
The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at #7 with sales of 33,000 giving Nicks her sixth top 10 album. The album also debuted on the UK Albums chart at #14 with sales of 5,508, giving Nicks her fifth UK Top 20 album.
Stevie made various TV appearances including the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where she performed Lady.
The album has sold approximately 15,000 copies in the UK and 100,000 copies in the US.
Main PerformersStevie Nicks – vocals, keyboards
Sharon Celani – backing vocals
Lori Nicks – backing vocals
Dave Stewart – guitar
Waddy Wachtel – guitar, backing vocals
Session MusiciansVanessa Carlton – backing vocals on "Carousel"
Jessica Nicks – backing vocals on "Carousel"
Lady Antebellum – backing vocals on "Blue Water"
Michael Campbell – guitar on "Starshine" and "I Don't Care"
Davey Johnstone – guitar on "Belle Fleur" and "If You Were My Love"
Ann Marie Calhoun – violin on "Carousel"
Tom Bukovac – guitar
Michael Rhodes – bass
Kieran Kiely – accordion, ethnic flutes / whistles
Dan Dugmore – banjo
Chad Cromwell – drums
Benmont Tench – keyboards, piano
Lenny Castro – percussion
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