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Rock A Little (1985) - Stevie Nicks

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Stevie Nicks

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I Can't WaitLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1985, Running Time: 4:36
  Comments: Recorded at Art Department Sound. Overdubs: United Wesrern, Sunset Sound, Village Recorders, Image Recorders. Mixed: Unique Recordings Studios, NYC. Chart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 16 Peak Dates: Apr 12, 1986 & Apr 19, 1986 Weeks On Charts: 13 Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 47 Peak Dates: Nov 9, 1991 Weeks On Charts: 1
Rock A Little (Go Ahead Lily)Lyrics availableFan interpretation available
  Date Performance: 1985, Running Time: 3:39
  Comments: Recorded at Goodnight Dallas. Overdubs at: Village Recorder, Record One.
Sister HoneyLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1985, Running Time: 3:52
  Comments: Recorded at Westlake Sunset Sound, Music Grinder, Village Recorder. Mixed at Sunset Sound.
I Sing For The ThingsLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1985, Running Time: 3:45
  Comments: Recorded at Record Plant. Overdubs at: Studio 55.
Imperial HotelLyrics availableFan interpretation available
  Date Performance: 1985, Running Time: 2:53
  Comments: Recorded at Village Recorder. Overdubs: Record One. An incorrect running time is often printed for this track of 3:29
Some Become StrangersLyrics available Midi available
  Date Performance: 1985, Running Time: 3:29
  Comments: Recorded at Village Recorder. Overdubs: Record One. Mixed at Conway Studios.
Talk To MeLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1985, Running Time: 4:12
  Comments: Recorded at Super Bear Studios, Nice, France. Vocals recorded at Studio 55. Chart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 4 Peak Dates: Jan 25, 1986 & Feb 1, 1986 Weeks On Charts: 17 Maria Vidal is not listed for her background vocals contribution in the Timespace notes though it appears to be the same version/mix
The NightmareLyrics availableFan interpretation available
  Date Performance: 1985, Running Time: 5:08
  Comments: Recorded at Sunset Sound.
If I Were YouLyrics availableFan interpretation available
  Date Performance: 1985, Running Time: 4:31
  Comments: Recorded at Music Grinder, Hit Factory, Conway Studios.
No Spoken WordLyrics availableFan interpretation available
  Date Performance: 1985, Running Time: 4:12
  Comments: Recorded at Goodnight, L.A.
Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For YouLyrics availableFan interpretation available Midi available
  Date Performance: 1985, Running Time: 4:35
  Comments: Recorded at Westlake Studios. Mixed at Record Plant/LA. Chart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 60 Peak Dates: May 31, 1986 & Jun 6, 1986 Weeks On Charts: 6
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George/Jorge Black, Carol(yn) Brooks, Mike/Michael Campbell, Denny Carmassi, Sharon Celani, Bill (Willum) Cuomo, Les Dudek, Kenny Edwards, Bob Glaub, (Ms.) Bobbye Hall, Steve(n) Jordan, Charlie/Charles (Arthur) Judge (Doctor), David Kemper, Danny (Kootch) Kortchmar, Russ(ell) Kunkel, Mike/Michael Landau, Marilyn Martin, Andy Newmark, Rick/Richard Nowels, Bill(y)/William Payne, Lori Perry-Nicks/Perry/Nicks, Greg Phillinganes, Michael/Mike Porcaro, Chas (Charles) Sandford, Jamie Sheriff, Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III), Maria Vidal, Waddy (Robert) Wachtel, Barney Wilens

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Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

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Robert Feist (Engineer), Brian Foraker (Engineer), David Hernandez (Engineer), John Kovarek (Engineer), Dennis Sagar/Sager (Engineer), Chas (Charles) Sandford (Engineer), Gary Skardina (Engineer), Gabe Veltri (Engineer), Shelly Yakus (Engineer), Mike/Michael Campbell (Songwriter), Les Dudek (Songwriter), Amy LaTelevision (Songwriter), Christopher Nicks (Songwriter), Stevie Nicks (Songwriter), Rick/Richard Nowels (Songwriter), Keith Olsen (Songwriter), Eric Pressl(e)y (Songwriter), Peter Rafelson (Songwriter), Chas (Charles) Sandford (Songwriter), David B. Williams (Songwriter), George/Jorge Black (Linn Programming), Michael Hodgson (Art Direction), Michael Hodgson (Design), Jamie Sheriff (Programming), Jamie Sheriff (EMU Programmer), Gabe Veltri (Vocal Overdubs Engineer), Debbie Capponetta (Production Coordinator), Beth Jacobson (Production Coordinator), Nina King (Production Coordinator), Tim McDaniel (Production Coordinator), Jimmy Iovine (Produced By), Rick/Richard Nowels (Produced By), Keith Olsen (Produced By), Chas (Charles) Sandford (Produced By), George/Jorge Black (Mixed By), Mick Guzauski (Mixed By), Jimmy Iovine (Mixed By), John Kovarek (Mixed By), Chris Lord-Alge (Mixed By), Rick/Richard Nowels (Mixed By), Keith Olsen (Mixed By), Csaba Petocz (Mixed By), Hernan Rojas (Mixed By), Chas (Charles) Sandford (Mixed By), Don Smith (Mixed By), Shelly Yakus (Mixed By), George/Jorge Black (Arranged By), Charlie/Charles (Arthur) Judge (Doctor) (Arranged By), Rick/Richard Nowels (Arranged By), Robert Feist (Recording Engineer), John Kovarek (Recording Engineer), Gabe Veltri (Recording Engineer), Helen Jeffers (Make-Up), John Reed Forsman (Additional Photography), Barry Diament (CD Mastering By), Don Smith (Overdubs Engineer), Gabe Veltri (Overdubs Engineer), Jamie Sheriff (Programmer), David Leonard (Mix Engineered By), Stevie Nicks (Handtinting Back Photo), Tom (Gorbo) Gondolf (Additional Engineer (Goodnight Dallas)), Tom Swift (Additional Engineer (Record Plant, N.Y.)), Steve Hirsch (Assistant Engineer (Village Recorders)), Robin Lain(e) (Assistant Engineer (Village Recorders)), Duane Seykora (Assistant Engineer (Record One)), Dan Garcia (Assistant Engineer (Bill Schnee Studios)), Glen Holguin/Holquin (Assistant Engineer (Studio 55)), Alex Schmoll (Assistant Engineer (Studio 55)), Bill(y) Jackson (Assistant Engineer (Sunset Sound)), Paul Levy (Assistant Engineer (Sunset Sound)), David Glover (Assistant Engineer (United Western)), Bruce Weinstein (Assistant Engineer (Westlake)), Jon Ingolsby (Assistant Engineer (Music Grinder)), Casey McCackin (Assistant Engineer (Music Grinder)), Ernie Wilkens (Assistant Engineer (Unique)), Ray Leonard (Assistant Engineer (David Holman Studio)), Paul Wertheimer (Assistant Engineer (Record Plant, L.A.)), Mark Cobrin (Assistant Engineer (Hit Factory)), John Agnello (Assistant Engineer (Record Plant, N.Y.)), Carol Cafiero (Assistant Engineer (Record Plant, N.Y.)), Frank Pekoc (Assistant Engineer (Record Plant, N.Y.)), Tony McGee (Front Cover Photographer), Herbert Wheeler Worthington, III (Back Cover Photographer), Herbert Wheeler Worthington, III (Inner Sleeve Photograpgher), Margi Kent Studios (Back Cover Clothes), Sheneen Zee (Wardrobe Stylist), Mardiros Vartanian (Boots As Always By), Glen Par(r)ish (Personal Assistant)

    Record Label »
Modern Records

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90479-1-E (LP) 7 90479-2 (CD) 90479-4-E (Cassette)

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    Liner Notes »

Front Cover: London

And I,
Like some kind of Time/Life edition
Tradition, competition -
Being the only things that I really have
To remember -
The great singers, and the great, great players


This music is dedicated to the great singers -
And the great, great players (my teachers) -
And to those who have survived the Viet Nam War -
"No, we do not forget you..."

And, thank you, Joe

To Rick: For Being my saving grace
To track a ghost
Through the fog
Is not easy -
But you found her -
Thank you.

Special thanks to
Suzette ... Rebecca ... and Glen for making this record possible.

Special thanks to my parents for always loving me

Thanks for special inspiration to:
Christopher Nicks, Don Henley, Tom Petty, The Heartbreakers

Special thanks to:
Chris Arnstein, Irving Azoff, Andy Barrett, George Black, David Brown, Pat Brownlow, Lindsey Buckingham, Michael Campbell, Bobby Cohen, Paul Cooper, Les Dudek, Ahmet Ertegun, Paul Fishkin, Mick Fleetwood, Danny Goldberg, Brad Jeffries, Kelly Johnston, Steve Jordan, Charles Judge, Kelly Kimble, John Kovarek, Robin Laine, Michael Landau, Amy Latelevison, Suzette Marlowe, Valerie Miller, Doug Morris, Billy Moss, The folks at Atlantic and Atco. Mike and Lorraine of Rodeo Limousine, Barbara Nicks, Jess Nicks, Keith Olsen, Wendy Olsen, Gordon Perry, Irwin Rennert, Anthony "Ribby" Ribustello, Rick Roger, Hernan Rojas, Steven Russell, Dennis Sager, Chas Sandford, Linda Shoemaker, Mandy Smith, Gabe Veltri, Maria Vidal, Waddy Wachtel, Steve Wadlow, Paula Wolak, Sarah Yates.

(P) (C) 1985 Modern Records (and cassettes), Inc. Est. 1980
9111 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Ditributed by Atco Records, division of Atlantic Recording Corporation

Made Printed in U.S.A. by WEA Manufactuing Inc.

A Warner Communications Company
75 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10019

All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction/duplication of this recording is prohibited by fenderal law and a violation of applicable laws and subject to criminal prosecution.

CD Reissue Notes:

CD Mastering, Atlantic Studios

The music on this Compact Disc was originally recorded on analog equipment. We have attempted to preserve, as closely as possible, the sound of the original recording, because of it’s high resolution, however, the compact disc can reveal limitations of the source tape.

The Compact Disc Digital Audio System offers the best possible sound reproduction-on a small, convenient sound-carrier unit. The Compact Disc's remarkable performance is the result of a unique combination of digital playback with laser optics. For the best results, you should apply the same care In storing and handling the Compact Disc as with conventional records. No further cleaning will be necessary if the Compact Disc is always held by the edges and is replaced in its case directly after playing. Should the Compact Disc become soiled by fingerprints, dust or dirt, it can be wiped (always in a straight line, from center to edge) with a clean and lint-free soft, dry cloth. No solvent or abrasive cleaner should ever be used on the disc. If you follow these suggestions, the Compact Disc will provide a lifetime of pure listening enjoyment.

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Snooze a little...
Review written by Jon the Moonspinner, February 17th, 2010

Co-producer Stevie Nicks reportedly spent a million dollars of her own money trying to pull this 3rd solo effort through...didn't that tell her something? "Rock a Little" is all effort, effort, effort...straining for pop credibility when only a dozen or so tough-rockers would have been sufficient. I've never understood why Stevie turned to pop song-meisters like Chas Sanford or Rick Nowells when she is perfectly capable of crafting a great album on her own. Clearly she was bereft of strong material. "Has Anyone Ever Written..." is such a glum wind-tunnel of a song that it zaps any smidgen of good will the rest of the record has managed to build up (and it was released as a single! Did anyone actually hear this song played on the radio?). "Rock a Little" (the song) doesn't rage--even when it's calm--nor does "I Can't Wait" (an obvious attempt to recapture "Stand Back" gold). With synths that make the tracks recall Hall & Oates outtakes, this isn't even a noble failure. It's a clueless failure. Stevie councils her friends continuously in the lyrics, but sadly, nobody counciled her. BEST: The Nightmare, I Sing For The Things, Imperial Hotel (despite a wayward arrangement). WORST: Most of Side 2.

One of her best
Review written by Pawe, October 14th, 2008

I can't understand people who say that "Rock A Little" is Stevie's worst album. I have owned this album for quite some time and must admit, I can't really get enough of it. And I'm not the one who thinks that way. My sister who's not into Stevie's music thinks it's great album. "Rock a Little" is a masterpiece in my eyes. I love songs like: "Rock a Little", "I Sing For The Things", "Talk To Me", "The Nighmare", "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You" and "If I Were You", but to be honest all songs are beautiful in one way or another. I love Stevie's voice on this album because it perfectly displays her emotions, inner frustrations and everything else she'd been through at that time.

I Want to Sit Across a Glass Table with Stevie!
Review written by Gavin, February 21st, 2005

Rock on Gold Dust Woman! This is a great album, from start to finish. "I Can't Wait" jump starts the album with great energy and fire. "Rock a Little" is a very special song to me, but some people seem to be quick to label it as bad, before they even give it a chance. "Sister Honey" is one of my favorites, the vague lyrics add so much to the song, who is Sister Honey? Who knows! "I Sing for the Things" I think is a heartfelt song from Stevie about her love of singing. "Imperial Hotel" is another one of my favorites! A song about her drug problems and her friends help, so caring! "Some Become Strangers" one of my favorite lines: "Part of me used to love you, part of me still does” sums up so many of our feels! "Talk to Me" one of her best songs to date, also showing us a nice side, if someone cheats on you, would you be nice enough to sit down and talk to them, "Oh, let the walls burn down, set your secrets free You can break their bounds, cause you're safe with me
You can lose your doubt, cause you'll find no danger Not here" I love that part! "The Nightmare" is a great opposite song for Stevie Nicks, I think, because she uses so many references to dreams, so it's only a matter of time before something bad happens. A metaphor for life put to music by Ms. Nicks herself! "If I Were You" is about someone who is rejecting love and Stevie tries to convince them they are in the wrong. "No Spoken Word" Great song, watch it live on the Red Rocks DVD! HAEWFY: touching and heartfelt, a Stevie counterpart to Christine's "Songbird"

    Comments »

Nicks' first two solo albums proved themselves as deep hit packages, each yielding several successful singles. "Rock A Little" is already off and running with "Talk To Me," and promises to repeat the pattern with trademark tunes like "The Nightmare" and "No Spoken Word." There are also a few departures from her now familiar style, most notably "I Can't Wait," which features a big production sound that emphasizes percussion and full group arrangement. Should offer strong sales through the first half of '86. (Billboard Magazine, November 30, 1985)

  • Billboard Charts: Hit #12 in the U.S. in December, 1985
  • RIAA Certification: Jan. 21, 1986 (Gold), Jan. 21, 1986 (Platinum)

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    Discography entry submitted by Marty Adelson.