Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell album)

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Both Sides Now
Joni Mitchell-Both Sides Now.jpg
Studio album by Joni Mitchell
Released February 8, 2000
Recorded 1999
Studio Air Studios, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Genre Vocal jazz, torch songs
Length 51:29
Label Reprise
Producer Joni Mitchell, Larry Klein
Joni Mitchell chronology
Taming the Tiger
(1998)
Both Sides Now
(2000)
Travelogue
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

Both Sides Now is a concept album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released in 2000. It is her 17th studio album. The album won two Grammy awards in 2001 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for the song "Both Sides, Now".

It traces the progress of the modern relationship through Mitchell's orchestral renditions of classic jazz songs. Two of Mitchell's own songs are also included, "A Case of You" (1971) and "Both Sides, Now" (1969). The orchestra was arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza.

In the liner notes, co-producer Larry Klein describes the album as "a programmatic suite documenting a relationship from initial flirtation through optimistic consummation, metamorphosing into disillusionment, ironic despair, and finally resolving in the philosophical overview of acceptance and the probability of the cycle repeating itself".

A limited run of copies were released on February 8, 2000, in special chocolate-box packaging for Valentine's Day, including several lithographs of original Mitchell paintings. A regular jewel-case edition was released on March 20, 2000. Both Sides Now is also available on DVD-Audio. As of December 2007, the album had sold 323,000 copies in the United States [4]

On the concert tour tie-in to this album, Mitchell performed the songs in the same sequence, but opened with an overture, "Nuages" – the first movement from Nocturnes, an orchestral suite composed by French composer Claude Debussy. "Nuages" is the French word for "clouds". While the music certainly sets a romantic mood, the usage of this piece can be seen as a clever pun, since Clouds is also the name of the album on which the song "Both Sides, Now" made its original appearance.

Both the album and the title song are featured in the film Love Actually (2003).

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."You're My Thrill"lyrics: Sidney Clare; music: Jay Gorney3:52
2."At Last"Mack Gordon, Harry Warren4:28
3."Comes Love"Lew Brown, Sam H. Stept, Charles Tobias4:29
4."You've Changed"Bill Carey, Carl Fischer5:00
5."Answer Me, My Love"Fred Rauch, Gerhard Winkler; English lyrics: Carl Sigman3:23
6."A Case of You"Joni Mitchell5:52
7."Don't Go to Strangers"Redd Evans, Arthur Kent, David Mann4:10
8."Sometimes I'm Happy"Irving Caesar, Clifford Grey, Vincent Youmans3:58
9."Don't Worry 'bout Me"Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler3:49
10."Stormy Weather"Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler3:07
11."I Wish I Were in Love Again"Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers3:36
12."Both Sides, Now"Joni Mitchell5:45

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, W. "Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, R. "Robert Christgau: CG: joni mitchell". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Moon, Tom. "Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on January 24, 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Caulfield, Keith (21 December 2007). "Ask Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 19 May 2018. 
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