Released to coincide with Stevie Nicks' solo induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame -- she is the first woman to be inducted twice, once with a band, once as a solo act -- the retrospective Stand Back: 1981-2017 is available in three distinct forms. First, there's a deluxe edition with either three CDs or six LPs, divided by a disc of solo hits, a disc of collaborations, and a disc of live material buttressed by contributions to film soundtracks. Second, there's a digital version containing 40 of the triple-disc's 50 tracks, with a single-disc collection of hits bringing up the rear. Of the three, the latter is the most user friendly, containing all of her big hits along with live versions of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" and "Gold Dust Woman." The expanded digital version follows similar contours but it's the deluxe version that offers the richest portrait of Nicks, fleshing out the familiar '80s staples and album rock hits with deep cuts. While it covers much of the same ground as 1998's triple-disc box Enchanted, this has a greater percentage of original hit singles and interesting curios, making it the best comprehensive career overview of Nicks yet assembled.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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