Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell album)

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Both Sides Now
Joni Mitchell-Both Sides Now.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2000
Recorded1999
StudioAir Studios, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom; Ocean Way, Los Angeles
GenrePop, rock, jazz[1]
Length51:29
LabelReprise
ProducerJoni 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 that was 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".

The album traces the progress of the modern relationship through Mitchell's orchestral renditions of classic jazz songs. Two of her songs are 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 was released on February 8, 2000, in chocolate box packaging for Valentine's Day with several lithographs of Mitchell paintings. A jewel-case edition was released on March 20, 2000.

On tour, Mitchell performed the songs in the same sequence as the album, but she opened with the overture "Nuages", the first movement from Nocturnes, an orchestral suite composed by Claude Debussy. "Nuages" is the French word for "clouds". Although the music sets a romantic mood, the use of this piece can be seen as a pun since Clouds is the name of the album on which the song "Both Sides, Now" made its appearance.

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]

  • Joni Mitchell – vocals
  • Mark Isham – trumpet
  • Richard Henry – bass trombone
  • Dave Stewart – bass trombone
  • Owen Slade – tuba
  • Wayne Shorter – soprano and tenor saxophone
  • Skaila Kanga – harp
  • Herbie Hancock – piano
  • David Arch – piano
  • Chuck Berghofer – bass guitar
  • Mike Brittain – bass guitar
  • Mary Scully – bass guitar
  • Chris Laurence – double bass
  • Peter Erskine – drums
  • Frank Ricotti – percussion
  • Andrew Findon – flute
  • Helen Keen – flute
  • Jamie Talbot – flute, alto flute, clarinet, alto saxophone
  • Philip Todd – flute, alto flute, clarinet
  • Stan Sulzmann – flute, clarinet
  • Nicholas Bucknall – clarinet
  • John Anderson – oboe
  • Sue Bohling – oboe, cor Anglais
  • Anthony Pike – clarinet, bass clarinet
  • Iain Dixon – clarinet, bass clarinet
  • Julie Andrews – bassoon
  • Gavin McNaughton – bassoon
  • Richard Skinner – contrabassoon
  • Andy Crowley, Derek Watkins, Gerard Presencer, John Barclay, Steve Sidwell – trumpet
  • Hugh Seenan, John Pigneguy, Michael Thompson, Nigel Black, Paul Gardham, Philip Eastop, Richard Watkins – French horn
  • Neil Sidwell, Pete Beachill, Peter Davies, Richard Edwards – trombone
  • Antonia Fuchs, Ben Cruft, Boguslaw Kostecki, Cathy Thompson, Chris Tombling, David Woodcock, Dermot Crehan, Everton Nelson, Godfrey Salmon, Jackie Shave, Jim McLeod, Jonathan Strange, Julian Leaper, Katherine Shave, Maciej Rakowski, Matthew Scrivener, Michael McMenemy, Patrick Kiernan, Perry Montague-Mason, Peter Oxer, Rebecca Hirsch, Rita Manning, Roger Garland, Simon Fischer, Vaughn Armon, Warren Zielinski, Wilf Gibson – violin
  • Bill Benham, Bruce White, Catherine Bradshaw, Donald McVay, Ivo Van Der Werff, Katie Wilkinson, Peter Lale, Rachel Bolt – viola
  • Anthony Pleeth, Davd Daniels, Frank Schaefer, Helen Liebmann, Martin Loveday, Paul Kegg, Tony Lewis – cello
  • Gavyn Wright – concertmaster, violin
  • Vince Mendoza – arranger, conductor
  • Gordon Jenkins – arranger, conductor on "Stormy Weather"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, W. "Both Sides Now". 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.