Previously: The Red Skull used
Korbik (a sentient cosmic cube that sometimes takes a child’s form)
to turn Captain America into a bad guy. Captain America is now a
loyal agent of Hydra an evil organization that is sometimes Nazi
affiliated and sometimes not depending on who is writing. Captain
America planned a bunch of bad stuff behind everyone’s back. Captain
America turned on his evil master. Red Skull desperate to make Cap
stop admitted that Captain America that his new history (that we saw
in extensive flashbacks over many issues) was all lies he made up.
Captain America doesn’t care because he’s EEEEVIL! He kills Red Skull
and sets out to take over the world… his way! This took 15 fricking
issues to get to. Meanwhile we learned that Nick Spencer should
really stay off twitter.
Notes: Despite the bad reaction
Spencer’s Cap run has gotten I’m actually a fan of most of Nick
Spencer’s work. Superior Foes of Spider-Man is of one the best comics
of the last decade and the The Fix is hilarious. His run on the two
Captain America runs are really mixed bags. The first two arcs of
“Captain America: Sam Wilson” are really good but Spencer
struggled trying to deal with real life politics in the later issues.
As for the eeeeeevil Captain America book well… it’s better than
painful fever dream of Rick Remender’s Captain America book. I’m
going to try to be fair and optimistic going into this one.
Our story opens with a World War
II flashback in of Hydra Cap in the mountains of Japan meeting with
Kraken an obscure villain from Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Warriors.
Hydra’s secret base looks like the Legends of the Hidden Temple set.
Kraken tells Captain America that the Allie will use the Cosmic
Cube (not Korbik but another one) to change reality so that Hydra
doesn’t take over the world. He says they’re going to change his
memories and no matter what he must not forget he’s a Hydra Agent.
Of course we know all of these new World War II memories are
bullshit so… they’re either illusions or maybe Kraken was
manipulating Steve the whole time or… uuuugh. I am three pages in
and I have a headache!
We now have a flow chart of characters.
I know Secret War did the same thing but… hoo-boy. That’s a bad
We cut to modern day. Cap is at S.H.I.E.L.D command with Sharon Carter. We learn that a Chitari (those aliens from the first Avengers movie) invasion is headed towards Earth. But the Planetary Defense shield is down. Wasn’t there a whole other organization called S.W.O.R.D that handled this? Where is Abigail Brand?
We see the Guardians of the Galaxy and
The Ultimates fighting aliens in space. I am wondering why most of
the focus isn’t on this and is instead on S.H.I.E.L.D HQ? Daniel
Acuña draws pretty fight scenes. Let him do that!
Meanwhile a boatload of supervillians
lead by Gravitron are attacking New York and the Defenders are
fighting them. Unfortunately more of the focus is on S.H.I.E.L.D
headquarters. So we’re mostly watching EVIL Cap and Sharon watching all the action.
Meanwhile Hydra has invaded the country of Sokovia the country that Ultron completely destroyed back in Kurt Busiek’s run. I know it’s played a role in Specer’s run but shouldn’t it just be all empty space and dead Ultron drones now?
The narrator is REALLY going out of his way to tell us what a brilliant strategist Hydra Cap is and how all of these couldn’t have happened by coincidence. It’s sort of like how every three pages in Avengers Arena someone says “gee Arcade is really a clever villain now. He sure thought of everything.”
Back in space Quasar is eaten by a
space whale. I should be upset at the apparent death of a new
superhero but like… this HAS to be a set-up for her to punch
her way out of the belly of a space whale an issue or two later.
Right? I mean why would you waste an opportunity for an awesome
I just realized that Hydra Cap planning
his scheme while the heavy hitters are in space is a LOT like the
plot of Infinity. Also the whole novelty of an EVIL Captain America
story would have been a lot more at home in Axis. Remember how Tony
Stark was eeeeeevil for a year and no one cared?
Now Nitro shows up while the Defenders
are fighting and Jessica Jones throws him high into the air while he
triggers an explosion that looks like a homage to the opening of
Civil War. This comic is turning into a greatest hits album of other
The Secretary of Defense gives Captain
America full control over the U.S. Military and Law Enforcement
thanks to a new act of congress so everything bad from here on out is
caused by an ill conceived piece of legislation… just like Civil
The defense shield is turned on locking
aliens out and the Defenders get backup from the Uncanny Avengers.
Things are looking up for the heroes.
Suddenly a heli-carrier crashes into
S.H.I.E.L.D HQ and a bunch Hydra mooks show up. Only the S.H.I.E.L.D
guards aren’t fighting back because Dr Faustus is brainwashing
everyone. I should have mentioned before this whole mess started
that the Red Skull had psychic mindscrew powers and dude whose sole
power was brainwashing people working for him. If you really wanted
to do a Captain America is EVIL story the whole cosmic cube and
prolonged elaborate false history flashbacks are kind of superfluous.
Captain America orders the Hydra Guards
and the mind controlled S.H.I.E.L.D guys to take Sharon Carter
prisoner. Sharon is not under Faustus’ control despite the fact that
if I had a drink for the number of stories where Sharon Carter was
mind controlled I’d be drunk. Sharon thinks Cap is being controlled
by Faustus but…
A Hydra guy is just standing there and has this slackjawed look like “I can’t believe this shit.” I’m going to pretend he’s Bob from Deadpool. Bob’s presence is the most entertaining thing about this book so far.
I could be reading “The Button” right now. That comic has Batman fighting Professor Zoom AND Flash fighting Samurai Robots… Samurai Robots! And it doesn’t have walls and walls of exposition text…
Iron Men Riri Williams and Force Ghost
Tony Stark (it’s a long story) discover someone has sabotaged the
planetary defense shield and Hydra guys attack them. Just as it looks
like we’re going to get a good fight it cuts away.
On Space Skype Captain America reveals
to Captain Marvel that wave after wave of Chitari are coming and he’s
keeping them walled off outside with fierce alien warriors to their
doom. Cue Cliffhanger #1.
Tony Stark and Riri Williams just beat
up all the Hydra Guys OFF CAMERA! We’ve got like a bazillion action
scenes going on and NONE of them are given any time to breath under
these unending walls of exposition text.
Hey it’s HELMUT ZEMO! Which Zemo is
it… the morally complex anti-villian/anti-hero from Thunderbolts?
Is it the Cobra Commander-esc idiot from Avengers Undercover? A combination of the two? I don’t
know because he has all of three panels in this issue.
Zemo and a guy named Blackout (not the
Ghost Rider Villian) have stolen the book of Darkhold. Does anyone
remember Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins? It was like this
early 90s quasi-horror comic about this cursed book whose pages
granted evil monkey paw wishes and the people who made those wishes
usually turned into monsters. Plus there was an evil dwarf. Like
that you should be revamping that into something so if you wanted
Peter Dinklage to be a villain in a Marvel movie. Oh and there were
people called The Darkhold Redeemers who were trying to stop the
Dwarf and one of them was a lesbian and this was like long before
LGTB representation was anywhere near common in comics. Dude I want
a Darkhold Redeemers comic.
So Zemo and an obscure Avengers villian
named Blackout (who looks like the poor man’s Electro) use the
Darkhold to banish New York City isolating it under a Dark Force
dimension dome. It’s like when the Hand sealed off Hell’s Kitchen in
Shadowland but bigger. ANOTHER crossover callback. Cliffhanger #2.
Tony deducts that the next target of
attack is going to be Washington DC he calls for The Avengers
(several teams worth), The Champions, and Spider-Man (who I guess
wasn’t in New York.) We get some big epic hero arrival poses that
would look great if they weren’t crammed into TINY… TINY panels.
Back in Washington an army of Hydra
Helicarriers loom ominously over the White House. Hey do you remember
the C-Plot from Fear Itself. When Skadi’s Army attacked Washington
but no-one cared because the rest of the book was about fighting
monsters with Evil Thor Hammers? ANOTHER CALLBACK!
This the B-side of a Marvel Comics
Crossovers Greatest Hits Album. Side A is about 70% tracks from
Secret War, the Worthy stuff from Fear Itself and a trio of tracks
from Civil War, Secret Invasion, and House of M. that were popular at
the time but doesn’t hold up.
The nicest thing I can say about this
comic is that Daniel Acuña’s art is really good and if anything this
is one of the best looking bad comics I’ve ever read.
Despite the involvement of Hydra and
the 40s flashback EVIL Cap doesn’t really come across as a Nazi at
all and just a generic “take over the world” badguy. On one hand
that kind of seems to be Marvel backing away from the obvious “Cap
is a Nazi” angle that was making people uncomfortable and angry and
yet on the other hand it’s also backing away from the “America is
more messed up than we thought” allegory that could actually make a
point this time. Spencer isn’t the guy to be doing that kind of
project though. Not sure who I could see doing that and making such
a gut punch work. Grant Morrison or Kyle Baker maybe?
If this is any indication it’s going to
be a loooooong six months. Maybe I should be polishing off my “Rikki
Barnes: The Winter Soldier” pitch.
“There was only one man in the world who could rock a halter top jumpsuit, and we all know who that was. I had originally designed it to showcase his beautiful square shoulders, but also, to show off his Love Symbol pendant, which he was wearing with increasing frequency.
When the late photographer Herb Ritts came to Paisley Park for a Vogue photo shoot, fashion editor André Leon Talley came along with an extraordinary cache of Chanel jewelry and belts, which Prince liked very much. He swathed himself in them –and in the Love Symbol pendent– and stood before the camera.
The results of that photo shoot not only graced the pages of Vogue magazine, but also the cd cover and liner notes of The Hits/The B Sides.
I always enjoyed those moments when Prince would first step into a new outfit, walk out onto the set of a photo or video shoot, and all the crew and band would stop - then whistle and applaud in wild approval. I had to smile.” - Stacia Lang ( Prince’s costume designer)
On this day in music history: January 6, 1982 - “Let’s Work” by Prince is released. Written, performed and produced by Prince, it is the ninth single release for the singer, songwriter, musician and producer from Minneapolis, MN. Originally written as “Let’s Rock” after the popular dance “The Rock”, the song is initially to be released as a stand alone single following his self-titled second album. When Warner Bros. nixes the idea, Prince reworks the song and re-titles it “Let’s Work”. Released as the second single from Prince’s fourth album “Controversy”, it quickly becomes another hit on the R&B chart and on the dance floor. It also is issued in extended form as his first commercially released 12" single six weeks later on February 17, 1982 (featuring “Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)”, the first of the artists’ numerous non-LP single B-sides on the flip side). “Let’s Work” peaks at #9 on the Billboard R&B singles chart on March 27, 1982, also hitting number one on the Billboard Club Play chart (paired with “Controversy”) on November 14, 1981. The extended 12" mix of “Let’s Work” makes its belated CD debut when it is included on the double disc compilation “Ultimate Prince” in 2006. “Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)” is released on the triple CD set “The Hits/B-Sides” in 1993.
On this day in music history: September 14, 1993 - “The Hits/B-Sides” by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA, Alpha Studios in Burbank, CA, The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood Sound, Ocean Way Recording Studios, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA, Monterey Sound Studios in Glendale, CA, Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Galpin Boulevard Home Studio, Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, Lake Minnetonka Home Studio in Minnetonka, MN, The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, MN, First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, Washington Park Warehouse, Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, MN, and Olympic Studios in London from October 1977 - January 1993. The fifty-six track career spanning compilation covers Prince’s output from 1978 until 1993, plus five new and/or previously unreleased songs. Discs 1 & 2 (“The Hits 1” and “The Hits 2”) are sold separately, but the third disc containing rare non-album B-sides is only available with the full set. Prince’s former road manager Alan Leeds writes the liner notes for the set. The set is issued by Warner Bros after they refuse to release the album “Goldnigga”, the debut album by his band the New Power Generation (Prince releases the album on his own NPG Record label in July 1993). The label had wanted to issue a greatest hits compilation in 1991, but the project was put on the back burner when Prince gives them the “Diamonds And Pearls” album instead. There is also an accompanying hour long video compilation released the same day titled “The Hits Collection” (initially released on VHS and LaserDisc only, later issued on DVD on June 8, 1999), featuring thirteen music videos with twelve classics and the video for the new track “Peach”. “The Hits/B-Sides” peaks at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Song 2 of my 1967 series. This was Bobbie Gentry’s first single, but DJs flipped it over to the b-side, the big hit and classic, Ode to Billie Joe. The fact remains that while this song got ignored, it’s actually some great, funky swamp pop.
The first word fell from the man’s lips. And your eyes darted to Bucky who was strapped to the chair within the glass cube. You couldn’t move being tied down yourself. Your whole body tensed up as you saw Bucky’s scared eyes dart to you.
“No!” your voice echoed as you noticed what the man was doing. He stood up the metallic chair sending a gut wrenching screech throughout the room. Bucky’s long hair fell in front of his face. Him muttering a faint ‘stop’ but the man continued.
The second word fell, his eyes fixated on Bucky. You frantically started shaking your arms, trying to loosen the restraints but nothing helped. You were near tears with all the strength you tried to use against the restraints but they were on you for one reason and one reason only. To keep you strapped down- until the winter soldier erupts from Bucky.
“Please stop” Bucky’s voice came as the man circled the glass cube in awe. He manoeuvred himself to enter a pin code to open the glass cube and Bucky’s eyes flared up in panic and horror. Looking over to you and then to the man again.
“Try and get out of there Y/N, now, hurry!” Bucky urged as he clenched his eyes shut again.
“Stop, please!” Your voice echoed but before anything could happen the third, fourth and fifth word dripped from the man’s mouth and everything in you went numb as Bucky screamed, fighting against the winter soldier.
The man was smiling and smirking in pure satisfaction as Bucky’s restraints sprung loose but yours stayed put. You screamed a foreign Russian word towards the man who didn’t seem to be phased by it at all and then your focus turned to Bucky.
“Bucky listen to me!” you yelled as two more words snaked out of the man’s mouth. “Bucky my voice, focus on me, c’mon, I’m the annoying person you have to wake up to each morning, I’m the one with all the dramas, c’mon Buck, we are in this together bud, Listen to my voice! Your stronger than him. C’mon Bucky” you tried but the words ‘homecoming’ and ‘one’ echoed through the air and you knew there was only two left.
“Bucky your in control!” you yelled to him who was clawing onto the chair. Screaming as the man sickly laughed at him in amusement.
“I… can…’t!” he screamed and that’s when you heard the last two activation words ‘freight’ and ‘car’. You stiffened as a horrid scream tore through Bucky’s throat and then silence fell across the room.
“Dobro zima soldata” the man spoke towards Bucky who had stood up and was no standing next to the man awaiting orders. You froze, ‘Welcome Winter Soldier.’
“Bucky” you whispered but you knew what the man’s orders were going to be.
“Kill her- make it slow- meet me outside Winter Soldier.” and with that he walked outside. You started to struggle against the restraints again, tears filling up with tears as Bucky etched closer.
“Bucky if you can hear me, babe, please hear me!” you yelped as the restraints clicked open but you knew too late that it was Bucky who caused this. With one hand he gripped you around the throat and the other started hitting your face and side mercilessly.
“B…uck” you choked as blood started pouring out of your mouth. But nothing was going to stop him. He hit you again again and again and you could feel the loss of oxygen hitting your head like a wooden bat. Your toes and fingers became numb as you dangled off the ground, you clawed at Bucky’s hand around your throat.
“Bucky!” your heard a familiar voice and Bucky turned slightly the continuous beating before your final breath stopping for a mere second or two. It was Steve and Natasha standing staring at him in horror.
“Bucky please stop. Don’t do this!” Steve urged but he turned and started hitting you again. Your feet still dangling off the ground, your lips turning a slight blue. You started choking and Natasha ran over along with Steve.
Natasha grabbed him around the head and harshly tugged him backwards. His grip around your neck finally letting go as he fell backwards. Steve caught you in time before you hit the chair. You were choking blood and your head was spinning. Steve gripped your head between his strong hands and his eyes reverted to shock.
“Oh Y/N,” He whispered as a grunt erupted from Nat who was hit square in the nose but stood standing. Readying herself with the fight she was about to put up with The Winter Soldier.
“Help him” you choked and Steve hopped up and ran over to Natasha. You inhaled and exhaled quickly. Blood was dripping from your nose and mouth and your face felt like it had been stung by a million bees and you didn’t even want to think about the pain that was radiating in your ribcage. You slowly pulled yourself up and clenched your teeth as Bucky hit Steve to the ground.
“Winter Soldier!” you called and he turned hitting Nat to the ground a low grunt emitting out of her chest. He turned and stalked over to you. He attempted to hit you again but you ducked just in time but failed to see the metal arm that eventually hit you across the face making you fall to the ground with a loud thump.
“Bucky!” you heard Steve’s voice and upon rolling over to see what he was doing Bucky fell to the ground with a loud thump and Steve stood bleeding lip and out of breath with a metal pipe in his hands. He knocked Bucky unconscious but as you wanted to get up your head started spinning and you were clouded in darkness.
You numb head hit the ground and the faint voice of Nat and Steve thundered in the room but you were drowned by the darkness. The pain disappearing.
The constant beep of a faraway machine pulled you back into the real time. Before your eyes opened you embraced the pain. The pain that was emitting from different places on you body and your face without even having to open your eyes felt blown up. Swollen and broken.
But a warm hand tightly gripping yours made your eyes shot open. The sudden movement of your body made the person holding your hand jump slightly. Your eyes burned because of the harsh light hovering over your head and your nostrils burned as you noticed the tube stuck in your nose.
You then saw Bucky. He sat holding- gripping- your hand tightly. Staring at you with wet eyes and tear stained cheeks. His nose was red and he sniffed every now and then. Then his eyes filled with tears as he locked eyes with you.
“Y/N” he whispered, lifting your hand to cover his own face.
“Hey- I’m okay” you spoke your voice groggy.
“Y/N, you nearly” he choked, staring at you as tears drenched your hand. A couple of things pinched onto your fingers keeping track of various things. “I almost killed you.”
You stared at him, not knowing what you could say to make this situation better. Then you did the only thing you could think of. You pulled him over to you, moving over just enough for his body to fit against yours.
He pulled you close to him and held you so tightly against his body.
“I’m so sorry, doll.” he whispered, startling you as he swallowed away tears. You shook your head,
“It’s not your fault, Buck. It’s that man, he wanted me dead and he didn’t have enough balls do do it himself and he knew he would hurt you by making you hurt me.” you reassured as he hugged you tighter.
“Don’t ever blame yourself Bucky, I know its hard but you just need to try. Because what those words did to you, what those words do to you is not the person that I know you are.” you said, moving your head so that you could face him. He nodded, forming his usually tight smile.
“I can’t hurt you, I can’t loose you and I almost lost you today.” he admitted, “I can’t be with you, or work with you anymore. I need to disappear and stay as far away from you and Steve and Nat and everyone I give a damn about because after today I can’t ever trust myself again.”
You swallowed heavily, “You can’t leave me.”
“I’m so sorry baby girl, but I love you too much to stick around and hurt you like this again. I can barely look at you knowing that your bruised and beaten face, that your broken ribs, and bruised skin is my fault.”
Your eyes started welling up in tears as Bucky moved away from you pulling your arms off him as you tried holding on to him.
“Bucky please.” you pleaded as he leaned over to kiss your forehead.
“I love you and I’ll see you around doll” he choked and with that he turned around. You became frantic as he opened the door glancing both ways before leaving. You started pulling things out of your arm, from your fingers and started tugging at the thing around your face.
“Bucky!” you screamed biting away tears due to the pain that your body as experiencing and the pain your heart was enduring.
“Stop that man!” you yelled and screamed obscenities at the wires that sucked onto your body like octopus tentacles. Then someone bolted into your room.
“Steve you need to stop him!” you yelled as Steve jogged closer to you.
“What are you doing?What are you saying Y/N?” he questioned as you continued tugging at the wires.
“Bucky! He’s leaving and he wants to disappear and you need to help me find him because I can’t fucking loose him. He’s my everything and he can’t let this thing beat him.” you yelled as you eventually pulled the last wire out sending the machine next to you into a beeping frenzy.
“Y/N you suffered immense head injuries, multiple broken ribs and your face is so bruised and beaten they were wondering if you would be able to see after you woke up, you need to take it easy” Steve ordered grabbing your arms, making your body still under his rough touch. You stared at him, his calm attitude revealing to you that he knew.
“You know he’s leaving?” you questioned in a slight whisper. He nodded biting his lip as you burst out into tears. He wrapped you in a hug.
“He needs some time Y/N” Steve tried as your crying did not stop and you clenched onto his white t-shirt he was wearing.
“but I need him.” you cried out, feeling like you have been thrown into a never-ending black abyss. Where you couldn’t scream, cry, speak, or change the inevitable. A abyss that sucked Bucky away from you and tore your heart out of your chest. A abyss that you were already drowning in.
On this day in music history: September 2, 1981 - “Controversy” by Prince is released. Written and produced by Prince, it is the eighth single release for the Minneapolis, MN born musician. Issued as the first single and title track to his fourth album, the song is a bold statement from the normally reclusive and media shy artist. Normally very private about his personal life, the songs lyrics address the media and fans obsession with his sexuality, religious and political beliefs. Prince begins recording “Controversy” in the Summer of 1981 at his home studio (aka “The Purple House”) on Kiowa Trail in Chanhassen, MN, playing all of the instruments, with keyboardist Lisa Coleman also on background vocals. The song is completed with additional overdubs and is mixed at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA between August 14 and 23, 1981. The long album version of the track features Prince quoting “The Lord’s Prayer”, but instead of ending the scripture with “amen”, he completes his recitation with the songs title. That it in itself leads some to label the song blasphemous. “Controversy” peaks at number three on the Billboard R&B singles chart, topping the Club Play chart for 6 weeks (from November 14-December 19, 1981 c/w “Let’s Work”), and peaking at number seventy on the Hot 100 (on November 21, 1981). “Controversy” is re-released in the UK (as a 2 CD EP set and 7" picture disc) in 1993 to promote the compilation album “The Hits/The B-Sides”.
This video surfaced a little over a year ago and it is one of my all time favorite Muse videos. They’re crammed into a tiny New York City dive bar called Brownies that doesn’t even exist anymore. They played all of their Showbiz hits, early versions of Screenager and Plug in Baby, and two b-sides: Agitated and Minimum.
I’ll be blunt….they are fucking awesome! I have chosen my favorite color to be the pink Corrin, she is the best! (actually just got done doing a 99 stock match with my buddy who was also Corrin, it took us 2.5 hours)
At first I thought their color pallet to be kind of bland but once you play as all the colors you see that each one looks amazing and every color makes their dragon form that much cooler.
Their standard B has amazing range and also gives you a little bit of a shield when charging the bite that it has.
Their over B was tricky to get use too since to make the best of it you need to pin yourself or your opponent then choose a side to kick. Its nice to pin yourself to the side of the stage and get a low sweep of your opponent.
Their up B has some kick to it if you hit your opponent, but if you find yourself far from the stage it is going to be a bitch to get yourself back on.
Their down B is a counter that actually hits on both sides so its easy to use.
Charging your forward smash is great since you get the chainsaw effect that keeps your opponents close while you charge and then inevitably hits them with a fully charged smash. Also you can angle which way your smash hits whether it be tilted up, straight ahead, or tilted down. It also has good range.
Their down smash had less range than I thought, but it still works for me since it hits both sides.
Their up smash is, in my opinion, the worst of Corrins smashes. I found the range horrible and it was tricky to hit people with so I rarely used it.
I really enjoyed their air down A because instead of hitting just once like Link’s and Toon Links, it hits multiple times on the way down.
One moved that I love using is the in air back A, where Corrin’s wings come out and hit your opponent. I found this move very powerful and even emits a little gust of air that, even if you don’t hit your opponent it may push you and your enemy away.
Both male and female versions say different things when taunting which I found enjoyable. But the one that stands out to me is Female Corrin’s down taunt. Which says “Are You Ready For This” in the cadence of the song “Y’all Ready For This” which is the theme for Space Jam! My friend and I started to sing this every time we taunted.
All the other moves didn’t really stand out per say, but I didn’t find them to be a inconvenience.
Overall I give Corrin a 9/10! I can easily see me getting very good with this character and may even put them in my top 5 already!
Request: Based on She Talks To Angels by The Black Crowes
As a kid, there was one particular archangel you liked more than all the others: Gabriel, the ambassador of children, herald of good news. Every night, you prayed to him. Every night, he listened until yours became the only voice he wanted to hear.
A/N: So sorry this took forever to come out! Blame real life. Well, we’ve reached the finale! It’s back to the setting of the Prelude for this one. Thank you to @babygabe for this awesome request. I loved writing Gabe for you. Hope you all enjoyed this story as much as I did writing it!
The song arrives in anticipation of the deluxe edition releases of her first two solo albums.
Stevie Nicks kicked off her highly anticipated 24 Karat Gold Tour earlier this week, on Oct. 25. The ever-intriguing powerhouse performer boasts seven successful solo studio albums – surely enough material to craft a compelling setlist – though Nicks decided the more music, the better. As a result, she is releasing deluxe editions of her first two albums: 1981’s Bella Donna and 1983’s The Wild Heart.
While the pair will arrive on Nov. 4, today (Oct. 27) Nicks is premiering a previously unreleased session version of “Wild Heart” exclusively with Billboard. The sweeping song arrived as the third single off the 2x platinum The Wild Heart and was made famous from a video in which Nicks sings along to an early demo of the song while having her makeup applied for a Rolling Stone photo shoot.
This newly arrived version evokes much of that same raw energy.
“I’ve had so much fun reliving the making of Bella Donna and The Wild Heart while working on the liner notes and listening to all of the alternate versions and demo takes,” Nicks said in the press release. “The liner notes are so much more than liner notes. They are like a little novel. I tried to make whoever reads this feel like they were there. I think…I succeeded…."
Bella Donna will include unreleased versions of her hits "Edge of Seventeen” and “Leather and Lace” along with other rarities off various soundtracks such as “Blue Lamp” from Heavy Metal and “Sleeping Angel” off Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Additionally, recordings from a 1981 concert will be included on the album as well.
As for The Wild Heart, hits such as “Stand Back” – which will also have a B-side – and “Nightbird” are revitalized, as is the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ collaborative track “I Will Run To You.” More so, a handful of previously unreleased versions (in addition to “Wild Heart”) will further fill out the album.
Until the deluxe editions of each album arrive, give the newly surfaced version of “Wild Heart” a listen below.