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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: March 21, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000040OVH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
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Both Sides Now, from contemporary musical great, Joni Mitchell, features her sultry, jazzy, dramatic renditions of love songs from the 1920s to the 1970s.


Joni Mitchell has long dabbled in the jazz world, forging alliances with the likes of Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, and Wayne Shorter, while incorporating elements of fusion into her more intrepid recordings. Both Sides Now, however, comes at jazz from a different angle than the experimental likes of Mingus and The Hissing of Summer Lawns. Here is Joni the chanteuse, tackling smoky standards such as "At Last," "Sometimes I'm Happy," and "Stormy Weather" in the embrace of lush pop arrangements that owe a debt to Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins, though some stray over the line from stately into staid. The focus here is on Mitchell the vocalist, and she displays a real commitment to the music. She has the chops and the smarts to tackle these staples, but at times she seems intimidated by their illustrious pedigrees. Two of Mitchell's own songs are revived here--"A Case of You" and the title track. The results are mixed: the former takes on a new weight while the latter seems adolescent in such mature company. Ultimately, Both Sides Now is more a valentine to classic pop by a woman who can--and should--be off making more touchstones of her own. --Steven Stolder

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A life, the experience of a lifetime, poured into music, one song.
Peter Gresch
I would add this: If you are expecting Joni's "folk" or pop music, you will need to look at this recording a little differently.
Dan Cunningham
One reason to buy this album is Joni Mitchell's rendition of one of her own very best songs: A Case of You.
Jan Wouter Stigter

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Like many other Joni Mitchell fans I wondered for many yearswhy she didn't record a mainstream jazz album. You only had to listento her singing well-known vocalese classics like "Twisted" on the "Court and Spark" album, or "Centrepiece" on "The Hissing of Summer Lawns" to know that she had the timing, range, and style to tackle it. Now she has come out with the answer. And it is excellent. Forget small intimate jazz groups - she's spun off in yet another direction (what else from such a varied artiste) and given us full-blown orchestral arrangements of these songs, none of which is new for this album. All but two are standards, and the exceptions are old Mitchell favourites. (...) every song has been chosen and put in a specific order to sketch the profile of a love affair. This is made quite clear in the album notes themselves. From the eager start ("You're My Thrill") via infatuation ("Comes Love"), disaffection ("You've Changed"), regret ("Stormy Weather") through to longing for a new affair ("I Wish I Were In Love Again") this is an album where you feel every track has to earn its place. The final track "Both Sides Now", which is singled out by many others as the weakest element on the album, actually takes on a whole new life by being put in as almost the coda to the entire theme of the album. Love comes and goes, and comes again. And when you've seen it from both sides . . . I find it amazing that this song from such a young writer as she was then can hold its head up in such exalted company. Some albums are designed for dipping in to, but I think this is definitely one for listening to from start to finish in a single session.Read more ›
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Ward J. Lamb VINE VOICE on April 17, 2000
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Here Miss Mitchell combines her love of colour in art with her whiskey coloured voice. The nuance is particularly heart felt.The songs seem tinged with pain, and poetry. The echoes of Billie Holiday( Lady in Satin) are pronounced and reverant.If ever Joni has made an effort to send someone a love letter it is to Holiday in her phrasing and smokey vocals. Her Canadian American directness is a metaphor to her artworks included within the cd cover. There is a Hopper-esque lonely solitude that pulls one into a vintage American sensibility. The cd is one that grows on you and penetrates the heart with every layer of listening. A superb rendition of "A Case of You", reminds us that Joni is a classic writer, as well as performer.This cd could have been called "The four seasons of Love".Like Leonard Cohen she sits perfectly with those that enjoy their personal torments and share the depth of the human condition with their listeners.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By John Jones on June 11, 2000
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It should come as no surprise to anyone that Joni Mitchell decided to finally record an album of jazz standards. Aside from the jazzy experiments in her own music that started in the mid-70's, Joni recently lended a vocal to jazz bassist Kyle Eastwood's debut CD, and then took part in Don Henley's benefit concert for the Walden Woods Project, where all guest stars performed a standard (Joni sang "Stormy Weather," and recorded another version here). So in theory this album makes perfect sense, and in practice it skirts greatness.
Joni has an obvious affection for the material at hand...you can hear it in the thoughtful readings she gives. And Joni's voice, which has a smoky maturity from countless cigarettes in fifty-plus years, is perfectly suited to bluesy material like "You're My Thrill," "You've Changed," and "Stormy Weather," managing to both maintain her own identity and at times resemble the great Billie Holiday. Other tracks concentrate more symphony's strings than jazz licks, so songs like "Answer Me My Love" and "Don't Go to Strangers" sound lovely but are dangerously close to the realm of Easy Listening. The results are better when the music genuinely swings, as on "Sometimes I'm Happy," helped along by a flawless Herbie Hancock piano solo, or the especially striking "Comes Love."
Two Mitchell originals are given the symphonic treatment here; one works, one doesn't. "Both Sides Now" is transformed from an elegant guitar ballad to a gorgeous piece of mature wisdom perfectly executed. "A Case of You," however, doesn't blend with this sort of arrangement.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Penola on March 24, 2000
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A gift to her many fans, Joni Mitchell's BOTH SIDES NOW is a surprising departure for the watercolor songstress. Instead of the musical experimentation of her many, many albums, here she glides effortlessly into the role of a richly gifted singer. While Mitchell's own compostions fit with astounding perfection into this set of jazzy standards, it is her voice, which curls like a waft of thick smoke around these delectable arrangements, that is truly surprising. No longer the many-octaved folk soprano of her youth, Joni now imbues these tried and true melodies with the wisdom and passion of a creative life. You will not find Joni's signature revolt against commercial pop here; instead, the arrangements willingly go to places of unabashed sentimentality and wistful melancholy. A particular highlight is her achingly passionate read on her classic song, A Case of You. The song has aged like fine wine, as has its author, who manages once again to deliver real magic from unexpected places.
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