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Back in 1981, Stevie Nicks took a risk and released her first solo album titled Bella Donna. Although the album was a her first work outside of Fleetwood Mac, and many questioned if she could hold her own as a solo artist, the album ended up being well perceived and achieved massive success.
The opening title track of the album, “Bella Donna,” was one of the proudest moments of the album. After a long search, we have dug up, and uncovered an alternative version of the song! This version is more of a studio outtake and demo, but there are some slight differences from the original. The most noticeable difference being, this version is a little more stripped back. It contains less guitars and more synths, therefore you can hear Stevie’s voice a lot clearer. There are other slight differences you may notice throughout the song as well!
“‘Bella Donna’ is a term of endearment I use and the title is about making a lot of decisions in my life, making a change based on the turmoil in my soul. You get to a certain age where you want to slow down, be quieter. The title song was basically a warning to myself and a question to others. I’m thirty-three years old, and my life has been very up and down in the last six years.”– Stevie Nicks, 1981.
Check out the outtake version down below for yourself and enjoy!