Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks (1991)

“This is music to miss your lover to, love songs that manage to stagger above the over-sentimentality of recent album oriented rock, due to Nicks’s distinctive delivery and beautifully arranged songs.”–Q

Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks is Stevie’s first retrospective release. It contains 11 singles from Stevie’s illustrious solo career, most of which were remixed for this compilation, and three new songs. Stevie wrote detailed liner notes, explaining the inspiration for each song.

New songs

Jon Bon Jovi contributed one of the three new songs, “Sometimes It’s a Bitch.” Stevie initially had reservations about singing the song because of the word “bitch.” Jon deferred to the meaning of the song about life’s trials and tribulations and eventually convinced Stevie to record the song. Modern Records had similar reservations about the song’s title, issuing the song as “Sometimes (It’s a Bitch)” in its radio marketing campaign.

Stevie had a better experience recording “Love’s a Hard Game to Play,” a new song that Poison’s lead singer Bret Michaels had written for her.

“[Bret Michaels] sat down with an acoustic guitar and played me his song. Sometimes you meet a person and you feel like you’ve known them for years,” she told the Denver Post in 1991. “After the hassle of getting ‘Sometimes It’s a Bitch’ done, he gave me back my laughter and self-esteem.”

The third new song was “Desert Angel,” a tribute to the military service personnel involved in Operation Desert Storm. The song appeared as a bonus track on the CD edition of Timespace.

‘Silver Springs’ dispute

Stevie wanted to include the Rumours-era b-side song “Silver Springs” on Timespace, but Mick Fleetwood had plans to include the rare song on Fleetwood Mac’s retrospective 25 Years: The Chain (1992). Despite Stevie’s pleas to include “Silver Springs” on Timespace, Mick refused to release the recording to her, a decision which caused friction between the two for many years. Stevie ultimately distanced herself from Fleetwood Mac and left the group altogether in 1992 (along with fellow bandmate Christine McVie).

In 1997, Stevie and Mick finally resolved the issue when Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 lineup reunited to record a new version of “Silver Springs” for The Dance.

In 2007, “Silver Springs” was included on Stevie’s third retrospective release Crystal Visions…The Very Best of Stevie Nicks.

Other remixes

Producer Chris Lord-Alge remixed many songs for Timespace, but some of them did not appear on the collection. These included “Battle of the Dragon” from American Anthem, “Sleeping Angel” from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and “Violet and Blue” from Against All Odds. The remixed “Battle of the Dragon” and “Sleeping Angel” later surfaced on the Timespace singles and the Japan-only release A Hard Game to Play. The remix of “Violet and Blue” remains officially unreleased. 

Release

On September 3, 1991, Modern Records released CD, cassette, and vinyl (exclusively through Columbia House in the U.S.) versions of Timespace. The compilation reached No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart.

“Sometimes (It’s a Bitch)” was the the lead single from Timespace. Its peak position on various charts is show in the table below:

Chart NamePeak position
US Billboard Hot 10056
US Billboard Mainstream Rock7
UK Singles Chart40
Australia (ARIA Singles Chart)18
German Singles Chart55
New Zealand Singles Chart39

“I Can’t Wait” was also reissued for the European market, reaching No. 47 in the U.K.

Stevie supported the release of Timespace with a national tour dubbed “The Whole Lotta Trouble Tour.”

In 1997, the RIAA certified the compilation platinum for the shipment of one million units to retailers.

Songs

  1. Sometimes It’s a Bitch
  2. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around*
  3. Whole Lotta Trouble**
  4. Talk to Me
  5. Stand Back*
  6. Beauty and the Beast
  7. If Anyone Falls*
  8. Rooms on Fire*
  9. Love’s a Hard Game to Play
  10. Edge of Seventeen*
  11. Leather and Lace*
  12. I Can’t Wait
  13. Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You*
  14. Desert Angel^

* Remixed for Timespace
**1989 Remix
^CD edition only

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