Stand Back

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Stand Back

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from the album The Wild Heart
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single art for Stand Back
Song details
Performer: Stevie Nicks
First Released: 19 May 1983 - Stand Back single
Album(s): The Wild Heart

Timespace – The Best of Stevie Nicks
Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks

Writer(s): Stevie Nicks (credited to Stevie Nicks and Prince)
Producer(s): Jimmy Iovine
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Stand Back is the sixth track on Stevie Nicks' second solo album The Wild Heart, and, three weeks before the album's release, Stand Back was released as the album's first single. In 2007, the Stand Back single was re-released, containing several new remixes of the track. Prince appears on the song playing keyboards (uncredited). It is not exactly clear,m but it seems most likely he only played the bass-keyboard part. Prince was given co-writing credit as that keyboard line was heavily inspired by Prince's own song Little Red Corvette, but he had no direct input in writing the song.

Stevie Nicks has recounted the story of the song's origin, saying that on her wedding day (29 January 1983), she and her new husband Kim Anderson were driving to Santa Barbara for their honeymoon when they heard Little Red Corvette for the first time, "so we pulled over somewhere and got the tape. It just gave me an incredible idea, so I spent many hours that night writing a song about some kind of crazy argument, and it was to become one of the most important of my songs." When she later went to record the song, she called Prince to tell him the story and twenty minutes later Prince showed up at her studio. He "walked over to the synthesizers that were set up, was absolutely brilliant for about 25 minutes and then left," she later told rock music journalist Timothy White. "He spoiled me for every band I've ever had because nobody can exactly recreate – not even with two piano players – what Prince did all by his little self."

While a specific recording date of basic tracking is not known, it was written and cut by Stevie Nicks within a week of her 29 January wedding. Prince contributed his keyboard part on 8 February 1983 at Studio 55, Los Angeles, California


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
'days after 29 January 1983' (exact date unknown) unknown studio basic tracking (no Prince input)
8 February 1983 Studio 55, Los Angeles, CA, USA Prince overdubs
Recording Personnel
  • Stevie Nicks - vocals
  • Marvin Caruso - drums
  • Russ Kunkel - drum overdubs
  • David Williams - guitar
  • Steve Lukather - guitar
  • Waddy Wachtel - guitar
  • Prince - keyboards (uncredited)
  • Sandy Stewart - synthesizer (uncertain contribution)
  • Bobbye Hall - percussion
  • Ian Wallace - percussion
  • David Bluefield - Dmx drum programming, Obx-a programming
  • Lori Perry - background vocals
  • Sharon Celani - background vocals

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Stand Back 4:55 The Wild Heart

Stand Back single
Timespace – The Best of Stevie Nicks
Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks

Studio
Stand Back (Edit) 4:18 Stand Back single Edit
Stand Back (Morgan Page Dub) 7:01 Stand Back re-issue Remix Remix and additional production by Morgan Page
Stand Back (Morgan Page Vox) 7:02 Stand Back re-issue Remix Remix and additional production by Morgan Page
Stand Back (Ralphi's Beefy Retro Mix) 11:12 Stand Back re-issue Remix Remix, additional production and programming by Ralphi Rosario
Stand Back (Ralphi's Beefy Retro Edit) 7:30 Stand Back re-issue Remix edit Edit of remix by Ralphi Rosario above
Stand Back (Tracy Takes You Home Dub) 11:34 Stand Back re-issue Remix Remix and additional production by Tracy Young, additional production by Joe Carrano
Stand Back (Tracy Takes You Home Mix) 11:26 Stand Back re-issue Remix Remix and additional production by Tracy Young, additional production by Joe Carrano
Stand Back (Tracy Takes You Home Mixshow) 6:53 Stand Back re-issue Remix Remix and additional production by Tracy Young, additional production by Joe Carrano
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Stand Back 4:48 Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks DVD Promo video
Stand Back (Scarlett Version) 4:18 Crystal Visions - The Very Best of Stevie Nicks DVD Alternate promo video


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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