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|Released||June 7, 1994|
|Recorded||July 1992 - February 1993, June 1993, January - February 1994|
|Stevie Nicks chronology|
Street Angel is the fifth studio album by American singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks. Released in 1994, the album peaked at No. 45 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has been certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments of over 500,000 copies.
The album was released in 1994 during a particularly unhappy time in Nicks' life and career. It was the first album she released after her much publicized departure from Fleetwood Mac and during the tail end of her seven-year-long dependency on the prescription medication Klonopin. It is the least successful record of her solo career, peaking at only No. 45 in the U.S. with first week sales of 38,000, and spent only three weeks within the top 100. However, the album has achieved Gold status there for shipping 500,000 copies. 
Unlike all of her previous releases, the album did not yield any major hit singles, though " Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind" reached No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second single, " Blue Denim", reached No. 70 in Canada.
The album enjoyed slightly more prominence in the UK, where it peaked at No. 16. "Blue Denim" was originally lined up as the lead-release in the UK, and promotional copies were circulated to radio stations in April 1994, but it was replaced at the last moment by "Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind", which peaked at No. 42. The UK release of the "Maybe Love..." single featured two separate CD-single releases as an attempt to boost the song's chance of UK chart success (no promotional video was shot for the single, unlike "Blue Denim"), and included a newly recorded version of "Thousand Days" (originally demoed for her third solo album, Rock a Little).
Nicks was not happy with production work done by Glyn Johns on the sessions and spoke about the issues in an interview with Joe Benson: "And I didn't fix it while I was working with the person that I was working with (Johns)... who doesn't like to be talked about because he's not speaking to me, um... I didn't like it when he was there, and he knew it, and basically he told me to... like, in no uncertain English, very rough terms, to shut up and deal with it and this was the way it was going to be." 
"This is not my record. So I went back in for about eight weeks and I didn't mess with the vocals, which I should have. But I was so sort of overwhelmed with trying to fix the things that I didn't like about the music, which was like... there was no percussion, there was no Waddy Wachtel. Because I was told that the last thing that I would need was Waddy Wachtel. And I, you know... I mean, to that comment I was so speechless that I just didn't do anything, I said ok. So when I went back in, I had Waddy come in and play, and I had Peter Michael come in and put percussion on, and Michael Campbell came back and put some more guitar on it, and we re-mixed everything, and we did a lot of other things besides that."
"I should have gone back in and really worked with the album, with the vocals. Because that's something that... I guess that was the last thing that I knew was wrong with it, and after being in two months trying to fix everything that I thought was wrong about the music and the mixes, it was almost kind of like, you know, maybe you just need to let this go and go on. I mean, this is three years now. And this record should have been out a long time ago. It may be new for everybody else, but it's really old for me."
Regarding the song Blue Denim, Nicks stated, "Well, I wrote this... um, it's a song about this guy who came into my life, but left just as quick. And his eyes were that intense, that it just makes you, even if you didn't know him, you would go, like, 'wow.' And you could be, like, the toughest person, but those eyes would make you be whatever he wanted you to be."  Nicks later said in the video commentary of this song that the song was written about former lover Lindsey Buckingham. 
The album suffered further as Nicks spent her second stint in drug rehabilitation (for Klonopin dependency) during the mixing and mastering period. The record label rushed the production so Nicks would be ready to promote the album once out of rehab, but this meant that she had no input into the overall sound or track listing of the album - these duties were overseen by co-producer Thom Panunzio, who had previously worked with Nicks' close friend Tom Petty. On coming out of rehab, Nicks returned to the studio (without Johns) to overdub and re-record a lot of what had already been done. Despite her efforts, the album did not turn out how she wanted. She was, however, able to present some of the album's tracks ("Street Angel", "Destiny", "Rose Garden" and "Blue Denim") in her own final mixes on the 3-disc Enchanted retrospective in 1998.
|1.||"Blue Denim"||Stevie Nicks, Mike Campbell||4:22|
|4.||"Docklands"||Trevor Horn, Betsy Cook||4:47|
|5.||"Listen to the Rain"||Nicks, Monroe Jones, Scott Crago||4:33|
|7.||"Unconditional Love"||Sandy Stewart, Dave Mundy||3:20|
|8.||"Love Is Like a River"||Nicks||4:44|
|10.||" Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind"||Rick Nowels, Stewart||4:18|
|11.||" Just Like a Woman"||Bob Dylan||3:50|
|12.||"Kick It"||Nicks, Campbell||4:25|
|13.||"Jane"||Nicks, Joel Derouin||4:59|
|14.||"God's Garden"||Ethan Johns||6:00|
Due to her continued dependency on Klonopin, Nicks was particularly uninspired during the albums creation, which led to recording scrapped songs from previous years, or recording songs she did not write, which was uncommon for Nicks. "Greta", "Destiny", "Love Is Like a River", and "Rose Garden" date back years prior to 1984, with "Rose Garden" being written in the early 70's. "Jane" and "Listen to the Rain" were written in 1990. "Docklands" was originally released by the group Mint Juleps in 1987. Nicks recorded two songs written by Ethan Johns, at the insistence of the original producer, Glyn Johns, who was the father of Ethan. Both songs were removed from the standard album and used as B-sides. Other songs were written by frequent collaborators Sandy Stewart & Rick Nowels.
Originally, the track "If You Were My Love", which Nicks had demo-ed for her 1981 debut album Bella Donna and for Fleetwood Mac’s 1982 album Mirage, was slated to appear on this album. However, Nicks decided to remove it during the remastering with Panunzio. "If You Were My Love" was released on Nicks’s 2014 album 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault.
Additionally, the song "I Call You Missing", which had been demoed for 1985's Rock a Little, was tried out for this album, but did not surface. "I Call You Missing" remains unreleased.
Nicks made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 24, 1994, performing "Blue Denim" and sat down for an interview with Leno. She also performed the song on The Late Show with David Letterman and sat down for an interview in which she discussed the Bill Clinton inauguration. 
Nicks toured in support of the album across the US during 1994. Although praised for her post-klonopin vocals, she was criticised for her weight gain and once the tour was over, vowed never to walk on stage again until she had reached a more reasonable weight.
"Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You" included a dedication. The song including the dedication were omitted from the CD and Westwood One Radio claims they no longer have the original master recording.
|US Billboard 200||45|
|Australian Albums Chart||43|
|German Albums Chart||67|
|Swedish Albums Chart||30|
|UK Official Albums Chart||16|
|United States ( RIAA) ||Gold||500,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.