Stevie Nicks - Trouble in Shangri-La

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Album Overview

Trouble in Shangri-La is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. Released in 2001, it was her first new solo album since 1994's Street Angel. The album returned Nicks to the top 5 for the first time since 1983's The Wild Heart, and achieved Gold status within six weeks of its release for shipping 500,000 copies in the U.S. As of February 2011, the album has sold over 663,000 copies in the US. Nicks' renewed success also spawned a very successful tour entitled 'The Trouble in Shangri-La Tour'. The tour was the 27th highest grossing tour of 2001 and grossed $14.1 million from 38 shows.

The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with sales of 109,000 copies in its first week. The album remained in the top 10 in its second week holding the #9 spot and sold 76,000 copies. The album spent a total of 20 weeks on the "Billboard" Top 200 Albums chart. Three singles were released: "Every Day", "Planets of The Universe", and "Sorcerer".


1Trouble In Shangri-La4:51

Bass: Al Ortiz
Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar, Keyboards: John Shanks
Keyboards: Patrick Warren


Bass: Tim Smith
Drums: Matt Chamberlain
Guitar: Jeff Trott
Keyboards: Patrick Warren
Mandolin: Peter Stroud
Organ, Piano: Benmont Tench
Vocals [Guest], Guitar: Sheryl Crow


Bass: Tim Smith
Drums: Matt Chamberlain
Guitar: Jeff Trott
Guitar: Peter Stroud
Keyboards: Patrick Warren
Vocals [Guest], Guitar: Sheryl Crow

4Planets Of The Universe4:47

Drums: Steve Ferrone
Guitar, Bass, Keyboards: John Shanks
Keyboards: Patrick Warren
Keyboards: Stevie Nicks

5Every Day3:36

Drums: Steve Ferrone
Guitar, Bass: John Shanks
Keyboards: Patrick Warren
Keyboards: Rami Jaffee

6Too Far From Texas3:49

Bass: Sheryl Crow
Drums: Steve Ferrone
Guitar: Mike Campbell
Guitar: Waddy Wachtel
Organ, Piano: Benmont Tench
Tambourine: Stevie Nicks
Vocals: Natalie Maines

7That Made Me Stronger4:20

Backing Vocals: Stevie Nicks
Bass: Dan Rothchild
Drums: Brian MacLeod
Guitar [Acoustic]: Sheryl Crow
Guitar [Electric]: Jeff Trott

8It's Only Love3:32

Backing Vocals, Guitar: Sheryl Crow
Drums: Brian MacLeod
Guitar: Jeff Trott
Guitar: Mike Campbell
Keyboards: Benmont Tench

9Love Changes4:24

Guitar: Rusty Anderson
Keyboards: David Kahne
Keyboards, Backing Vocals: Stevie Nicks

10I Miss You4:15

Backing Vocals: Rick Nowels
Bass: John Pierce
Drum Programming: Wayne Rodrigues
Drums: Gary Ferguson
Guitar: Rusty Anderson
Guitar: Tim Pierce
Guitar [Acoustic]: Rick Nowels
Guitar [Additional]: Lindsey Buckingham

11Bombay Sapphires4:05

Bass, Guitar: Al Ortiz
Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
Keyboards: Stevie Nicks
Percussion: Lenny Castro
Vocals [Guest]: Macy Gray

12Fall From Grace4:32

Backing Vocals: Sheryl Crow
Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
Guitar, Bass, Keyboards: John Shanks

13Love Is4:31

Backing Vocals, Piano, Guitar: Sarah Mclachlan
Bass: Brian Minato
Drums: Ashwin Sood
Guitar: Michel Pepin
Guitar, Keyboards: Pierre Marchand
Keyboards: Sylvain Grand


Shortly after the somewhat muted reception to her previous album, Street Angel, and a crushing bout of writer's block caused by Klonopin dependency between 1987 and 1994, Nicks asked close friend Tom Petty to help her write and record a new album. Petty advised her that she did not need any help and to have more faith in her own abilities, which Nicks recounts in the track "That Made Me Stronger". Nicks then proceeded to write the title track to the album and the closing song "Love Is", but whilst crafting a track for the 1996 movie Twister, entitled "Twisted", she was reunited with former lover and Fleetwood Mac frontman, Lindsey Buckingham, which formed part of a chain of events that led to the full reunion of the Rumours line-up of the band in 1997.

One of the tracks on the album, "Fall from Grace", recounts the ever-troubled relationship between Fleetwood Mac members as experienced during that 1997 reunion, which nonetheless culminated in the multi-platinum selling live album The Dance. This somewhat turbulent experience was a 9-month interruption to the recording of Shangri-La but it ironically inspired Nicks to pen this track, and another, "Thrown Down", which, although recorded for her solo album, ultimately surfaced in a newer version on the 2003 Fleetwood Mac release Say You Will.

Following promotion for her 1998 3-disc retrospective Enchanted and an accompanying tour (both at the insistence of her former label Atlantic, who wanted to capitalise on the 1997 reunion of Fleetwood Mac, and complete Nicks' six-album deal), Nicks finally continued to record her material for Shangri-La, enlisting the help of Sheryl Crow, who had been a fan of Nicks for some years. The pair worked on a couple of tracks that would end up on the soundtrack to the movie Practical Magic (see below), but Crow also contributed the song "It's Only Love", and performed on and co-produced several other tracks. The two became good friends and Nicks, in return, performed on Crow's 2002 album C'Mon C'Mon, including writing and providing lyrics for the b-side song "You're Not the One". The pair have also performed on stage together numerous times since the 1990s.

When Crow's own career commitments in 1999 prevented her from completing work on the album, Nicks initially produced one track, "Bombay Sapphires", alone. At the suggestion of their mutual management company, Macy Gray performed backing vocals. Nicks then enlisted the help of John Shanks for co-production duties on the remaining tracks to be recorded. He had previously sent her a demo of a track he had co-written with Damon Johnson, "Every Day", which she liked, and it was the first track the pair then recorded at Shanks' home. The track would also be released to radio as a single. Johnson recorded his own version of the song for his album Release in 2010. Shanks is also notable for helping Nicks to finally record a completed studio version of her 1976 composition "Planets of the Universe", after several failed attempts over the years with other producers. It was the last track to be completed for the album in late 2000.

The dragon that is used for the "S" in Stevie's name on the album cover (and also appears elsewhere on the disc art) was drawn by Sarah McLachlan, who also provides keyboards and background vocals on the album's closing track, "Love Is".


Though most of the songs on this album were relatively recent compositions, written between the years 1995 and 2000, there are three songs that date back to the 1970s:

  • "Candlebright" dates backs to the "Buckingham-Nicks" sessions (previously titled "Nomad"). The song was recorded by Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in demo form, and was almost used on Fleetwood Mac's 1975 eponymous album, however "Rhiannon" ultimately made the album instead.
  • "Sorcerer" also dates back to the "Buckingham-Nicks" era and was recorded as a demo, as well as being performed on the subsequent tour. It was also considered for some Fleetwood Mac projects, in particular 1979's Tusk, before ending up on Trouble in Shangri-La. The track had also previously been recorded by Marilyn Martin (with backing vocals by Nicks) in 1984 for the film soundtrack Streets of Fire.
  • "Planets of the Universe" was written during the Rumours period while Nicks and Buckingham were separating, which was Nicks' inspiration for the song. A rough demo (performed by Fleetwood Mac) ended up on the remastered and expanded release of Rumours in 2004. Nicks chose to include only an edited version of the song on Trouble in Shangri-La, omitting a verse which she ultimately felt was 'too spiteful' towards Buckingham. The full-length 2001 version of this song, with the extra verse (as originally demo-ed on the expanded release of Rumours), did appear on a 6 track single release in late 2001.

Two tracks from the Shangri-La sessions were given to film soundtracks. "If You Ever Did Believe", which Nicks recorded with Sheryl Crow, became the theme song to the 1998 Warner Bros. film Practical Magic. The track's origins actually lie in the coda of a 1976 demo of "Gold Dust Woman", one of Nicks' signature tracks from the Fleetwood Mac album Rumours. The song was released as a promotional 7-inch vinyl single to radio stations in the US, and a video featuring Crow and Nicks was made for VH-1 promotion. To date, CD availability of the track is restricted to very-hard-to-find promotional CD singles issued to US radio stations, or the Practical Magic soundtrack album, which also features a newly recorded version of Nicks' 1973 composition "Crystal", originally recorded for the Buckingham Nicks and 1975 Fleetwood Mac album releases with Lindsey Buckingham on lead vocals. The version for Practical Magic features Nicks on lead vocals, with Crow on backing vocals.

Another track, "Touched by an Angel", was given to the 2001 remake of Sweet November, starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron. Again, availability of the track is restricted to the movie soundtrack CD.


Two promotional videos were shot for single releases; "Every Day" features Nicks performing in an enchanted forest setting, and "Sorcerer" featured Nicks with Sheryl Crow, both playing guitars in a straight forward performance set in a room where the lyrics to various Nicks songs magically appear on the walls. Both of these videos are available, with optional Nicks' commentary, on the DVD supplement of the 2007 release Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks.

A promo-clip for "If You Ever Did Believe", featuring both Crow and Nicks, was exclusively produced for VH-1 airplay, but to date has not been made commercially available.


Trouble in Shangri-La Tour - 2001

Opening night set list (with Sheryl Crow):

  • "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"
  • "Enchanted"
  • "Outside the Rain"
  • "Dreams"
  • "Gold Dust Woman"
  • "Sorcerer"
  • "My Favorite Mistake"
  • "Every Day"
  • "Rhiannon"
  • "Stand Back"
  • "Planets of the Universe"
  • "Everyday Is a Winding Road"
  • "Too Far from Texas"
  • "Bombay Sapphires"
  • "Fall from Grace"
  • "Edge of Seventeen"
  • "I Need to Know" (Encore)
  • "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You" (Encore)


Main performers

  • Stevie Nicks – vocals, keyboards
  • Sharon Celani – backup vocals
  • Lori Nicks – backup vocals

Guest musicians

  • Sheryl Crow – guitar, bass, background vocals
  • Mike Campbell – guitar
  • Benmont Tench – organ, piano
  • Natalie Maines – vocals on "Too Far from Texas"
  • David Campbell – string arrangements for "I Miss You"
  • Lindsey Buckingham – guitar and background vocals on "I Miss You"
  • Macy Gray – background vocals on "Bombay Sapphires"
  • Sarah McLachlan – piano, guitar, background vocals on "Love Is"

Session musicians

  • John Shanks – guitar, keyboards, bass
  • Waddy Wachtel – guitar
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – drums
  • Al Ortiz – bass, guitar
  • Patrick Warren – keyboards
  • Matt Chamberlain – drums
  • Tim Smith – bass
  • Jeff Trott – guitar
  • Peter Stroud – mandolin
  • Steve Ferrone – drums
  • Rami Jaffe – keyboards
  • Brian MacLeod – drums
  • Scott F. Crago – drum loop
  • Timothy Drury – drum loop
  • Dan Rothchild – bass
  • Rusty Anderson – guitar
  • David Kahne – keyboards
  • Gary Ferguson – drums
  • John Pierce – bass
  • Tim Pierce – guitar
  • Rick Nowels – guitar, background vocals
  • Charles Judge – keyboards
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Ashwin Sood – drums
  • Pierre Marchand – guitar, keyboards
  • Michel Pepin – guitar
  • Sylvain Grand – keyboards
  • Brian Minato – bass


Engineer: Brian Scheuble
Engineer: Dan Chase
Engineer: Don Smith
Engineer: Marc DeSisto
Engineer: Mike Plotnikoff
Engineer: Randy Wine
Engineer: Rob Brill
Engineer [Additional]: Dominique Grand
Engineer [Additional]: Pierre Marchand
Engineer [Pro Tools & Additional]: Wayne Rodrigues
Engineer [Pro Tools]: Buddy Judge
Engineer [Pro Tools]: Dan Chase
Engineer [Pro Tools]: James Murray
Engineer [Pro Tools]: Lars Fox
Mastered By: Doug Sax
Mastered By: Robert Hadley
Mixed By: Chris Lord-Alge
Other [Production Coordinator]: Shari Sutcliffe
Producer: David Kahne
Producer: Jeff Trott
Producer: John Shanks
Producer: Mike Campbell
Producer: Pierre Marchand
Producer: Rick Nowels
Producer: Sheryl Crow
Producer: Stevie Nicks
Written-By: Damon Johnson
Written-By: John Shanks
Written-By: Rick Nowels
Written-By: Sandy Stewart
Written-By: Scott Crago
Written-By: Sheryl Crow
Written-By: Steve Booker
Written-By: Stevie Nicks
Written-By: Timothy Drury


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