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Stevie Nicks – Stand Back (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 10th, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983

“Stand Back” is a song by Stevie Nicks from her 1983 album The Wild Heart. It was released as the first single for the album on May 19, 1983, and went to number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart in August of that year. It was a major success, and still receives substantial airplay to this day.

The song has been a staple in Nicks’ live shows since its pre-album debut at the US Festival in May 1983, and it has also been included in Fleetwood Mac tour setlists since 1987.

The main intro of the song features an Oberheim OB-Xa synthesizer. The synth-bass is played on a Roland Jupiter 8. On the Rock A Little tour, the Oberheim is replaced with a Yamaha DX7. There were two mixes prepared for the song; the generally more well known Album Version (4:47) and the edited Single Version (4:18). Differences between the two are somewhat subtle, but the Single Mix tends to have more of a “collapsed” or “mono” sound to it and the electronic drum programs are mixed, rather dry and flattened, especially in the song’s intro bars; whereas the drum tracks on the Album mix are accentuated by a generous amount of reverb effect and harder compression. Acoustic drums were given a more backseat role on Stand Back. There is a further ‘polished’ version of the track, with crisper percussion and louder foreground synth, featured on Nicks’ 1991 best of compilation Timespace, remixed by Chris Lord-Alge, and running at 4:59.

Nicks has often told the story of how she wrote the song. She wrote it shortly after she was married to Kim Anderson. The newlyweds were driving up to San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara when Prince’s song “Little Red Corvette” came on the radio. Nicks started humming along to the melody, especially inspired by the lush synthesizers of the song, and “Stand Back” was born. They stopped and got a tape recorder and she recorded the demo in the honeymoon suite that night. Later, when Nicks went into the studio to record the song, she called Prince and told him the story of how she wrote the song to his melody. He came to the studio that night and played synthesizers on it, although his contribution is uncredited on the album. Then, she says, “he just got up and left as if the whole thing happened in a dream.” Prince is occasionally listed as the song’s co-writer, especially on mainland European releases.

“Stand Back” never really receieved an official extended remix however several remix services did remix the track in 1986. Including Prime Cuts and Discotech. The song was also later remixed and released again as a single on August 28, 2007 to promote the compilation album Crystal Visions – The Very Best of Stevie Nicks.

SIDE A:
Stand Back (Long Version) 4:47

SIDE B:
Stand Back (Short Version) 4:18

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1983 Stand Back U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #5
1983 Stand Back U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #2
1983 Stand Back U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #12

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Modern Records – PR 507
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic, Pop, Rock
Style: Pop Rock, Synth-pop
Credits: Art Direction, Design, Photography – Herbert Wheeler Worthington III
Engineer – Shelly Yakus
Producer – Jimmy Iovine
Synthesizer [Uncredited] – Prince
Written-By – Stevie Nicks

NOTES:
Note: the sleeve incorrectly lists the A-side as being the “Edited Version” at 4:18 and the B-side as being the “Album Version” at 4:47. The label correctly lists the A-side as the longer of the two and the B-side as shorter, as shown in the tracklisting above.

From the album “THE WILD HEART”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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25 Responses to “Stevie Nicks – Stand Back (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. kookoo Says:

    you are making me so happy. all the best .

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Kookoo 🙂

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  2. Drake Says:

    Thanks for post!!
    i am loving all theses Stevie Nicks singles!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy to hear it Drake 🙂

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  3. Ways2BWicked Says:

    Dude, you can you get any cooler? Thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I always wanted to be cool! Your welcome Ways2BWicked 🙂

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  4. Richard43 Says:

    You keep putting them up, I’ll keep knocking them down. Thanks very much.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Richard43 🙂

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  5. matt Says:

    now this is the kind of witch-hunt i can get behind. cheers, mate.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Cheers Matt!

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  6. antbee Says:

    Thanks, Paul, for the song and its backstory!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Antbee 🙂

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  7. lee Says:

    hi paul,

    nice to see your still going after all these years, in one form or another, just goes to show you can’t keep a good man down. i used to copy your clickrepair settings from your blog but my computer has since gone belly up and don’t have them. could you let us know again, cheers in advance. hope everything is well you, take care.

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  9. giorgio-greece Says:

    the first thing i do every night when i finish work:
    come to burningtheground!!!!
    and every time a big smile comes to my face when i see what’s new going on!!!!!

    thanx for your big effort!!!!!
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    thanx again!!!!

    love u Paul!!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are so very welcome Giorgio. I love hearing that you smile when you read my posts. That is what Burning The Ground is all about. Thank you for being a loyal reader.

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  10. ric Says:

    More from the White Witch Of Rock!
    Isn’t it such a great story behind the inspiration of this song? One classic inspiring another!
    1983 is another fab year for pop.
    In the week that Stevie entered the US Top 40 with this, her fellow debutantss were

    Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know
    Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money
    Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
    Christopher Cross – No Time For Talk

    Of the five debuts, four made the Top 5, and one hit the top spot. Poor Chris Cross…LOL!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hey Ric. I love all five of the singles it was a great year!

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  11. Stefano Says:

    Nice to read the subtle differences between the mixes! Wasn’t aware that the edited version is a slightly different mix.

    The European (German pressed) 7″ single contained a rather huge and minutes long drop out on one channel (right I believe). Bad delivery from Warner at that time and very very annoying.

    The intro is one of my all time favourites. Great post, Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Stefano. That is one of the main reasons that I don’t post 7″ singles very often because they tend to not sound very good. The intro is one of my favorites too 🙂

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  12. larry Says:

    So suprised an official remix was never commissioned for this song.

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    Joey Reply:

    Actually official remixes were commissioned – about 25 years later. It was remixed as a promotional single for her Crystal Visions compilation CD. The CD and digital download EP’s contain remixes by Ralphi Rosario, Morgan Page, and Tracy Young, but there were additional remixes by Hani and Dave Aude as well. Reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play charts.

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  13. Kenneth Says:

    A VERY interesting story! Thanks Paul for that nugget about Prince’s major contribution. I’ve never knew!!!

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    mjb Reply:

    Same here!

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  14. Antknee Says:

    Actually there was an extended mix released in the UK. I stumbled across this a few months ago and thought I would share:
    https://youtu.be/hZQgpOciUrY

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