In Your Dreams is Stevie Nicks’ seventh solo album, her first since Trouble in Shangri-La in 2001. Produced by former Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, the album is Nicks’ most acclaimed work in many years. On the album, Nicks finds diverse inspirations in pop culture, writers Edgar Allan Poe and Anne Rice, the city and people of New Orleans, and recovering soldiers at military hospitals in Washington, D.C. Nicks has said that recording In Your Dreams was her most enjoyable time in the studio (a rented house in Los Angeles) since the recording of Bella Donna (1981).
Moonlight (A Movie’s Inspiration)
While in Brisbane, Australia on Fleetwood Mac’s 2009 Unleashed World Tour, Nicks saw the film New Moon, the second installment of the Twilight film trilogy. She found Bella’s relationship with vampire Edward to be intriguing, finding parallels to her own relationship with Lindsey Buckingham. To create the new song “Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream),” Nicks wrote the chorus and the second verse about Bella and Edwards’ usual relationship and used the first and third verses from “The Lady from the Mountains,” a demo dating back to 1976.”
“This really is an ancient song that encompasses my strange and everlasting relationship with Lindsey Buckingham, and Bella and Edward, all mixed into one,” Nicks told AOL’s Spinner in 2010.
The new song inspired Nicks to begin recording In Your Dreams, despite her feelings about Internet piracy adversely affecting the music industry. In 2010, Nicks asked Dave Stewart to produce the album, which took appropriately a year to complete. In subsequent interviews, Nicks often stated that her time recording with Stewart was the best year of her life.
On Tuesday, May 3, 2011, Reprise Records released three versions of In Your Dreams:
- The standard edition, available digitally and on CD, featured 13 tracks.
- In the U.S., Barnes and Noble Booksellers sold a limited edition of the album with 14 songs, including the bonus track “My Heart,” a song that Nicks originally recorded for Trouble in Shangri-La, but did not use. (Warner Bros. issued the same 14 tracks for the international edition of In Your Dreams.)
- Apple iTunes issued a deluxe digital edition, featuring downloads of the standard 13 tracks and a digital booklet with lyrics and exclusive pictures.
Reprise promoted the album in advance by issuing the lead single “Secret Love” on February 8, three months ahead of the album’s release. The singles “Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)” and “For What It’s Worth,” with accompanying music videos, followed in the months ahead. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard Hot 200 Album Chart, her fifth Top 10 album, selling 52,000 copies in the first week. For two years, Nicks supported the album by performing concerts in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. She also performed with Rod Stewart towards the end of the tour.
- Secret Love
- For What’s It’s Worth
- In Your Dreams
- Wild Sargasso Sea
- New Orleans
- Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)
- Annabel Lee
- My Heart*
- A Soldier’s Angel
- Everybody Loves You
- Ghosts Are Gone
- You May Be the One
- Italian Summer
- Cheaper Than Free (Featuring Dave Stewart)
*Barnes & Noble edition / International edition
Dave Stewart captured the album’s recording sessions in the documentary In Your Dreams: Stevie Nicks., The film screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival on October 7, 2012, the Mill Valley Film Festival on October 12, 2012, and the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on November 7, 2012.