Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now

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by Joni Mitchell
     
 

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While she's built her reputation as a songwriter of the first degree, Joni Mitchell is a truly multidimensional talent. On this ornate limited-edition collection, Mitchell shows off her breadth and sophistication as a song stylist, and -- thanks to four lithographs of her acclaimed artwork packaged here -- her talents as a painter. WhileSee more details below

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While she's built her reputation as a songwriter of the first degree, Joni Mitchell is a truly multidimensional talent. On this ornate limited-edition collection, Mitchell shows off her breadth and sophistication as a song stylist, and -- thanks to four lithographs of her acclaimed artwork packaged here -- her talents as a painter. While the glimpse at her art may open a few eyes, the music will truly dazzle, especially for fans of her jazzier explorations. Mitchell interprets 12 romantic favorites spanning several decades, from the rich tapestry of jazz to the smart and sassy tang of Tin Pan Alley. Set against a lush backdrop provided by members of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's distinctively expressive voice and elegant piano style invigorate such oft-recorded chestnuts as "Stormy Weather" and "You're My Thrill." Likewise, her remade, remodeled renditions of the title track and "At Last" (made famous by Etta James) ring positively true, burnished as they are by years of experience. This gorgeous strictly limited edition seems clearly targeted at Joni's legion of devotees, but the music aims at the ears of sophisticated pop fans everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Ex-husband Larry Klein, who serves as co-producer and musical director, explains in his liner notes that Joni Mitchell intended to tell the story of a "modern" romantic relationship in the songs, most of which come from the '30s and '40s. If so, her concept of a modern relationship is very troubled -- most of the selections are unhappy love songs. Vince Mendoza's arrangements -- a third of them played by a gigantic 71-piece orchestra, a third by a regular-size orchestra, and a third by a swing-style big band -- often suggest the oceanic sweep and serious, melancholy tone of film noir movie music. They also do a lot of Mitchell's work for her. As a singer, she has never had much projection or power, but she is a master of phrasing and tone. Mitchell often sounds like an alternate Billie Holiday, with the breathiness and note decay characteristic of later Holiday, if none of her delayed timing. Both Sides Now is not revelatory in a musical sense, but it does achieve its intention of reconceiving Joni Mitchell as an interpretive singer.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2000
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624762027
catalogNumber:
47620
Rank:
1852

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Performance Credits

Joni Mitchell   Primary Artist
Mark Isham   Trumpet
Peter Erskine   Drums
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Vince Mendoza   Conductor
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Tony Lewis   Celli
Stan Sulzmann   Clarinet,Flute
John Barclay   Trumpet
Pete Beachill   Trombone
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Mike Brittain   Bass
Ben Cruft   Violin
Richard Edwards   Trombone
Andy Findon   Flute
Roger Garland   Violin
Wilfred Gibson   Violin
Skaila Kanga   Harp
Paul Kegg   Celli
Chris Laurence   Bass
Helen Liebmann   Celli
Martin Loveday   Celli
Rita Manning   Violin
Jim McLeod   Violin
Peter Oxer   Violin
Anthony Pleeth   Celli
Gerard Presencer   Trumpet
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
Godfrey Salmon   Violin
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
Jonathan Strange   Violin
Jamie Talbot   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Philip Todd   Clarinet,Flute
Chris Tombling   Violin
Kate Wilkinson   Viola
Dave Woodcock   Violin
Philip Eastop   Horn
Dave Arch   Piano
Bill Benham   Viola
Mary Scully   Bass
Vaughan Armon   Violin
Peter Lale   Viola
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Andrew Crowley   Trumpet
Peter Davies   Trombone
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Paul Gardham   Horn
Helen Keen   Flute
Julian Leaper   Violin
Donald McVay   Viola
John Pigneguy   Horn
Anthony Pike   Bass,Clarinet
Richard Skinner   Bassoon
Richard Watkins   Horn
Richard Henry   Bass Trombone
Everton Nelson   Violin
Rebecca Hirsch   Violin
Nigel Black   Horn
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Iain Dixon   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Hugh Seenan   Horn
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Nick Bucknall   Clarinet
Antonia Fuchs   Violin
Simon Fischer   Violin
Ivo Jan Vanderwerff   Viola
Dave Stewart   Bass Trombone
John Anderson   Oboe
Mike Thompson   Horn
John Anderson   Oboe
Julie Andrews   Bassoon
Catherine Bradshaw   Viola
David Daniels [cello]   Cello

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Producer,Art Direction,Paintings
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Vince Mendoza   Arranger
Larry Klein   Producer,Liner Notes,Musical Director
Allen Sides   Engineer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Robbie Cavolina   Art Direction

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