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Editors’ Notes

It seems as if all unique vocalists must at some point try their hands at torch songs and jazz standards. Working with her ex-husband Larry Klein and orchestra arranger and conductor Vince Mendoza, Joni Mitchell here explored songs that she felt “traced the progress of the modern relationship.” Naturally, Mitchell excels at songs where love has hit on a blue mood, while touches of joy are felt in the restructuring of two Mitchell classics, “A Case of You” and “Both Sides Now.” The album won two GRAMMY® Awards in 2001: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and, for the title track, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).

Customer Reviews

Like buttah!

Joni has never sounded better. An album of beautiful songs, beautifully sung. The arrangements are lush, and so is her voice: deeper, fuller, softer around the edges. Not a loser song in the bunch. If you like Joni, you'll love this album.

Both Sides of Joni

If you love Joni ...you'll love this. Beautiful songs,and I love the way she sings them. And Both Sides Now, She Is Brilliant.I am a huge Joni Mitchell fan and finally got this one for Christmas and so happy that I did. If you love big band and Joni this rocks!!!!!!!

Love it

I heard this song on the Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony. I was thrilled that it was available as a single on iTunes was actually a record from the past (2001). This arrangement of Both Sides Now is lush, mature, and a little more wistful than any other recording I've heard. Joni Mitchell's voice is older, wiser, maybe a little rough and raw but in a good way. I absolutely love this arrangement.

Biography

Born: November 7, 1943 in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No female artist better typified the singer/songwriter movement of the '70s than Joni Mitchell, though her public image as the serious, sensitive woman with a guitar shortchanged her abilities, ambitions, and accomplishments. Mitchell's gift for writing personal, folk-inspired songs about the thorny side of life and love was inarguable (particularly on albums like 1970's Ladies of the Canyon and 1971's Blue), but Mitchell also brought the same smarts and eloquence to glossy pop on her commercial...
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