Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault

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Posted on Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:57am
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Reprise Records


Album Overview

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 and "she was the only one that did not have to be there but was there" Nicks said in an interview. 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 number seven on the Billboard 200, giving Nicks her sixth top ten album on that chart.


2The Dealer4:38
3Mabel Normand4:53
4Blue Water4:26

Featuring: Lady Antebellum

5Cathouse Blues2:48
624 Karat Gold4:09
7Hard Advice4:20
9I Don't Care6:09
10All The Beautiful Worlds5:01
11Belle Fleur5:37
12If You Were My Love5:00
14She Loves Him Still4:29



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 The standard edition contains 14 tracks and features several previously unpublished polaroid photos of Nicks throughout her career.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 tracklist 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 tracklisting 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.

Critical reception

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."

Commercial performance

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.


Main Performers

  • Stevie Nicks - vocals, keyboards
  • Sharon Celani - backing vocals
  • Lori Nicks - backing vocals
  • Dave Stewart - guitar
  • Waddy Wachtel - guitar, backing vocals

Session Musicians

  • Vanessa 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
  • Dan Dugmore - banjo
  • Chad Cromwell - drums
  • Benmont Tench - keyboards, piano
  • Lenny Castro - percussion


Mixed By: Chris Lord-Alge
Producer: David A. Stewart
Producer: Stevie Nicks
Producer: Waddy Wachtel


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