Stevie Nicks is a classic old rocker from way, way back and she has shared stages with big names such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Her cupboards and wardrobes are overflowing with the "Been There, Done That" T-shirts of the bands she has played with, the successes, the failures and the drugs. And yet, even though she is heading into Big Six Oh territory, she remains as vibrant and as full of rock ?n roll as the first time she grabbed a mike.
This CD/DVD combo steams with Nicks at her most way out, very best ? and it?s five star entertainment all the way.
The album collects 16 of her songs, moving through various moods with the likes of Tom Petty ('Stop Draggin? My Heart Around'), Don Henley ('Leather and Lace'), two songs with The Melbourne Symphony, and her day job with Fleetwood Mac ('Silver Springs'). All are pure, unadulterated Nicks ? like my favourite on this album, 'Rock ?n Roll', which is a thumping live recording.
On the DVD she stars with Sheryl Crow, Petty and others and there?s plenty of her famous twirl that makes the fans go gaga. Mick Jagger has the pout, Elvis had the lips and the legs, Peter Townshend had the Windmill, and Nicks has her famous twirl.
She is a fabulous entertainer with so much energy you can almost feel it.
This is a fabulous combo, just a pity about the DVD quality which is patchy in parts, with both the sound and motion really bad in places. But, what the hell, it?s Stevie Nicks, so almost everything can be forgiven.
She still has a huge world-wide audience, in spite of the seamy side of her life, the bust-ups, the stints and departures with Fleetwood Mac, her ins and outs with the band Fritz, her long term cocaine addiction which was eventually cured by rehab in the '80s, and her rather spectacular failures (including the nude cover on her debut album).
But Stevie Nicks is a legend: a superb blend of Joplin, Crow, Baez and the female mirror of Dylan. Even if you only have just a few drops of traditional rock ?n roll left in your blood, play 'Crystal Visions: The Very Best of Stevie Nicks' loud, over and over. And to hell with the neighbours!