Essential Wax series is an intimate look into the record collections of some of the world’s most beloved artists. Hear from the creators of some of your favorite records about the records that had a big impact on them and in turn influenced their work.
Nancy Wilson is an artist who needs no introduction. As one of the founding members and driving forces behind the legendary rock band, Heart, she’s been writing larger-than-life anthems, like “Magic Man“, “Crazy On You“, “Barracuda” and “Straight On” since the ’70s and breaking down barriers for women in music.
Nancy has reached legend status as both a guitarist and vocalist. Her talents and achievements were recognized in 2013 when Heart was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013. The same year she and her sister and bandmate, Ann received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Besides her exceptional career with Heart, Nancy is also an accomplished film composer. Her composing credits include scores for Elizabethtown (2005), Vanilla Sky (2001), Almost Famous (2000), Jerry Maguire (1995) and Say Anything (1989).
With an artist so prolific, consistently producing high-quality work, there must be some black magic involved. That, or a killer record collection providing inspiration!
Check out Nancy Wilson’s top 5 all time favorite records:
Sgt. Pepper was an elaborite gourmet meal prepared by the Beatles for anyone who in any way was mind expanded at the time. I was one of those mind expanded ones who took that interior ride with those songs. To my ears each song was packed with flavors and colors and sensations that were not just escape hatches from the reality of high school but a higher call to a new life. A new future and positive culture shift for the whole world. My world was never the same after that album came out. The imprint remains tattooed on my DNA.
Innervisions took my breath away. I could never play it enough on my little bedroom turntable. Sitting crosslegged on the floor I would drink in Stevie Wonder’s message as if receiving a transmission from the universe.
Sticky Fingers was a whole other take on English rock. While the Beatles were expanding our minds the Stones were inviting us to an orgy of sexiness. An enticing den of rock iniquity. Although ‘Moonlight Mile’ was as gorgeous a prayer of a song much like Zeppelin‘s ‘Rain Song’.
Hejira is a peak album in my life though it’s never possible to name an absolute number one favorite album of any beloved artist like Joni Mitchell. But there is a lonely college girl in me that Joni always spoke to. Confessional and sad yet somehow uplifting the spirit being so emotionally exposed and honest. This album is among my top five of her generous offerings with such musical and poetic substance.
Gaucho top to bottom is one enigmatic masterpiece. Those studio cats from New York came to LA and captured it to a “T”. At the time Gaucho came out, I had more of a sense of the LA scene and especially in those days the ego trips that Steely Dan was depicting. They had a stroke of genius from the very beginning but this album captures the finer points of the American dichotomy.