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All Music Guide - David Cleary
On For the Roses, Joni Mitchell began to explore jazz and other influences in earnest. As one might expect from a transitional album, there is a lot of stylistic ground explored, including straight folk selections using guitar "For the Roses" and piano "Banquet," "See You Sometime," "Lesson in Survival" overtly jazzy numbers "Barangrill," "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire," and hybrids that cross the two "Let the Wind Carry Me," "Electricity," "Woman of Heart and Mind," "Judgment of the Moon and Stars". "Blonde in the Bleachers" grafts a rock & roll band coda onto a piano-based singer/songwriter main body. The hit single "You Turn Me on I'm a Radio" is an unusual essay ...
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All Music Guide - David Cleary
On For the Roses, Joni Mitchell began to explore jazz and other influences in earnest. As one might expect from a transitional album, there is a lot of stylistic ground explored, including straight folk selections using guitar "For the Roses" and piano "Banquet," "See You Sometime," "Lesson in Survival" overtly jazzy numbers "Barangrill," "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire," and hybrids that cross the two "Let the Wind Carry Me," "Electricity," "Woman of Heart and Mind," "Judgment of the Moon and Stars". "Blonde in the Bleachers" grafts a rock & roll band coda onto a piano-based singer/songwriter main body. The hit single "You Turn Me on I'm a Radio" is an unusual essay into country-tinged pop, sporting a Dylanesque harmonica solo played by Graham Nash and lush backing vocals. Arrangements here build solidly upon the tentative expansion of scoring first seen in Ladies of the Canyon. "Judgment of the Moon and Stars" and "Let the Wind Carry Me" present lengthy instrumental interludes. The lyrics here are among Mitchell's best, continuing in the vein of gripping honesty and heartfelt depth exhibited on Blue. As always, there are selections about relationship problems, such as "Lesson in Survival," "See You Sometime," and perhaps the best of all her songs in this genre, "Woman of Heart and Mind." "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire" presents a gritty inner-city survival scene, while "Barangrill" winsomely extols the uncomplicated virtues of a roadside truck stop. More than a bridge between great albums, this excellent disc is a top-notch listen in its own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596062428
  • Catalog Number: 5057
  • Sales rank: 10,299

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joni Mitchell Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Graham Nash Harmonica, Vocals
Steve Stills Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Various
Tom Scott Reeds, Wind, Woodwind
James Burton Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Wilton Felder Bass
Russ Kunkel Drums
Bobby Notkoff Percussion, Strings
Bobbye Porter Percussion
Tommy Scott Clarinet, Reeds, Saxophone, Multiple Reeds, Woodwind
Technical Credits
Joni Mitchell Producer, Audio Production
Steve Stills Contributor
Jimmy Murphy Composer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Henry Lewy Sound Advisor
Anthony Hudson Art Direction
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    Although this only has one true hit song (Turn Me On/Radio), this is one of her most loved albums because it is such a joy to listen to. A true classic from 1972.

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