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Old 07-16-2022, 06:23 AM
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We all know the Timespace era was sort of messed up. Stevie's "best of" album got delayed because of the unexpected delay in the Fleetwood Mac Behind the Mask/Farewell tour. The band made up for months of postponed gigs because of Chris's father's passing. Stevie was brought songs to make her "hip and current" and she was not crazy about doing them. She toured prior to the album's release. Its hard to promote something that is not available yet. Stevie was in bad shape almost at her peak of tranquilizer addiction. Even her song Desert Angel written for the troops missed its release and the war was over by the time the album was released. The whole era sort of encompasses her life at that time......sort of unorganized. 1991 was a recession year and not many were going to concerts. I saw the Whole Lotta Trouble show in Pittsburgh and she had only about 7,500 in attendance. Her 1989 OSOTM tour had almost twice the crowd.
Having said that, there are some definite highlights of this era. Even though Stevie was probably in poor physical health with tranquilizer addiction, she sounded really good. Her tour, while short, had some highlights. After several tours not performing If Anyone Falls, it made it back into the set. Her band was the best IMHO. I loved Mark from Heart as the bassist. Les Dudek is an incredible guitarist. She had 2 guitarists for the first time in her band it it rocked giving her songs so many edges they never had before. Songs like Talk To Me were really good and Stevie could still throw her voice around. The added sax to If Anyone Falls was unexpected and good. Stand Back had its first extended ending. The explosions during the beginning of Edge of 17 were a bit much but.....ok. Landslide was brought back into the set during the BTM tour. But Stevie continued to do it during this tour and it was an electric version. At the time the song performed live was new again but looking back and listening now, it seems cutting edge to perform the song with electric guitars. And her band brought in an acoustic guy while the other guitarists played electric. During the Timespace/Whole Lotta Trouble tour we got Les's electric guitar solo. During the Whiskey live broadcast we got the keyboard solo in Landslide. I just love it. She rocked the house down during her Live at the Whiskey show that was broadcast in 1991. I remember seeing Stevie with Rhonda Shear on the UP ALL NIGHT shows on USA in the early 90s. Stevie mentioned how she just got off the road and missed it already. But this broadcast also features the only other live performance of Love's A Hard Game To Play. She does a great job. The most rocking version of SDMHA too.

Live at the Whiskey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqq2pBuoW_o

Stevie with Rhonda
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk9Kwuz-dj8
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Another odd thing from the Timespace era was the IRS audit of Stevie's 1991 taxes. The IRS did not buy her claim of clothing deductions from the Whole Lotta Trouble tour.

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-...545-story.html
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And there was the Stevie and Mick falling out too.

I wonder if the two new tracks were included on TimeSpace because her people saw how well Madonna's 1990 compilation did with new songs on it.
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And there was the Stevie and Mick falling out too.

I wonder if the two new tracks were included on TimeSpace because her people saw how well Madonna's 1990 compilation did with new songs on it.
Yeah Stevie going on the record bashing Mick was pretty cool I think her record company saw the decline in her brand and sales. It was the early 90s and both OSOTM and BTM were not considered big successes. I dont think Sometimes Its a Bitch is a bad song but if it was the first single from OSTOM I think it would have been a hit. Bon Jovi was at its prime in 1989.

Another highlight for me in 1991 was Rhiannon. I loved the full rock encore and no piano intro. The "will you take me with you" was pretty cool too
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I wonder if the two new tracks were included on TimeSpace because her people saw how well Madonna's 1990 compilation did with new songs on it.
Even prior to that, Fleetwood Mac's 1988 Greatest Hits album included two new tracks and eventually went 8x platinum in the US. None of the new singles from either Greatest Hits or Timespace performed well on the charts, although their inclusion on the compilations was certainly a selling point for those who already owned the studio albums.
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Even prior to that, Fleetwood Mac's 1988 Greatest Hits album included two new tracks and eventually went 8x platinum in the US. None of the new singles from either Greatest Hits or Timespace performed well on the charts, although their inclusion on the compilations was certainly a selling point for those who already owned the studio albums.
Was the Greatest Hits album a hot seller when it was first released in 1988?
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Was the Greatest Hits album a hot seller when it was first released in 1988?
Not particularly, although like many compilations by established artists, it continued to rack up sales long after its initial release.

As you can see here, Greatest Hits only achieved 2X platinum status by 1993, but by 2000, it sold another six million units.

https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?...search_section

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I was upset when she released TimeSpace. I thought she should of included Nightbird and After the Glitter Fades on it instead of the horrible Desert Angel or Loves a Hard to Play. Those songs were actual Top 40 hits and without them, it really wasn't a Best of album. Whole Lotta Trouble was also not worthy.
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I was upset when she released TimeSpace. I thought she should of included Nightbird and After the Glitter Fades on it instead of the horrible Loves a Hard to Play. Those songs were actual Top 40 hits and without them, it really wasn't a Best of album. Whole Lotta Trouble was also not worthy.
She never said it was a Best OF album. She always told the press it was HER favorite songs. And we know that is not even true because she hated Sometimes It's a Beach.
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She never said it was a Best OF album. She always told the press it was HER favorite songs. And we know that is not even true because she hated Sometimes It's a Beach.
And the album cover says Best of. Contrary to boxsets that may include hits, alternate versions, etc.

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I suppose do you think that Mick is more of a cheapskate than Stevie is a liar or vice versa? I believe Mick was a bigger cheapskate in 1990 than Stevie was a liar back then
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She never said it was a Best OF album. She always told the press it was HER favorite songs. And we know that is not even true because she hated Sometimes It's a Beach.
The album cover says "Best of", so she did say it. You don't put filler songs on a Best of and Desert Angel is an embarrassment.
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