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A perfect package,
This review is from: Crystal Visions: the Best of Stevie Nicks/+DVD (Audio CD)
This is a very good package. First of all, you get a lot of music for your money; 16 carefully chosen tracks on the CD and 13 videos with commentary and documentary on the DVD. Secondly, the music you do get is very high quality and is an absolute representation of Stevie Nicks' career down to a tee; there is nothing left out, nothing missed, and everything flows extremely pleasingly.
Those are the practicalities! There is a lot more to this CD & DVD though, and I feel it is necessary to dispell some of the inaccuracies in prior reviews. This CD does indeed contain a large amount of the same material on 'TimeSpace - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks', but 7 of the 16 tracks on 'Crystal Visions' are not to be found on 'TimeSpace' at all, not to mention the fact that a further 4 are live versions which prove that this is not simply a rehash of studio versions you can get just anywhere. In fact, I felt it was evident that Stevie has actually spent a little time finding different cuts, live versions, and an interesting track order which is far more interesting than the stolid chronological orders of other Greatest Hits packages I've bought.
As for specifics, the CD has a mixture of Fleetwood Mac tracks and solo tracks which makes this a truly "definitive" version of Stevie's career, and includes two tracks from her 2001 album 'Trouble in Shangri-La' which gives this a fresh vibe that none of her other retrospectives can offer as they all came out before that year, and makes 1991's 'TimeSpace' look somewhat dated (and the cover a fright!). The live tracks were all recorded since 2005 and two with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia in 2006, which once again serves to show you a piece of what Stevie is still doing to this day; the closing "Edge of Seventeen" is spectacular with the violins and trumpets! And it is absolutely ridiculous for anyone to say you can barely hear it - you most certainly can and I was taken aback by how evident it is after having read these other inaccurate reviews.
The DVD of music videos contains some humour as Stevie talks you through some of the 80s atrocities and outfits, with little stories here and there about what was going on behind the scenes. I've never seen anyone do a personal commentary like this and it's definitely a nice touch and it's nice to see she doesn't take it all too seriously; you'll enjoy looking at how she's changed over the years and seeing all the different phases of her career up to the more polished newer videos. Nothing ground-breaking admittedly, but a nice touch.
This package is worth the money! If you're mildly interested in Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac or new to her music, this is a wonderful package for you to enjoy! If you're a big fan already then there won't be much new for you but as it's a Very Best Of then I'm not entirely sure what some of you are expecting. The Live versions are worth it for me personally, and overall it's simply a tasteful, energetic, well crafted and enjoyable listen!