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Joyful Girl [EP, Single]

Ani DiFrancoAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Joyful Girl (Danger and Uncertainty Mix) 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Joyful Girl (Peace and Love Mix) 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Joyful Girl (Peace and Love Extended Mix) 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Joyful Girl (Live with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra) 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Shameless (Bathtub Mix) 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Both Hands (Live in Austin, Texas) 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 12, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Single
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • ASIN: B0000058MW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best songs in my opinion..... March 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I really love this song because of its simplicity and feeling. I am amazed how different it sounds in each mix. And the lyrics are JUST SO GOOD. I love it. I am a Joyful girl now that I have this CD. The samples here do not do it justice. Believe me-buy it. I would, however, recommend buying the Dialate CD first to become familiar with the song. The shameless mix is funky, and both hands is cool because it is live, but I rarely listen to them on this version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars for diehard fans only July 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
it's nice to see ani stretching a bit w/ this remix EP, but the results are pretty passable (unlike her other swing EP). here's the rundown:

1: just to remind you, the album version of joyful girl doesn't have any drums whatsoever. this version has sort of trip-hoppy drums and diff vocals (smoother and less angsty). i think the guitar was re-recorded also. this mix was to accompany the music video, so the vibe is more torch-y. this also has some spoken samples from a speech by a guy (preacher maybe?), although i don't recognize who.

2: very similar to the first mix. the beats are either extremely similar or the same. the vocals were recorded yet again, though, and are a bit more interesting. this doesn't have the speech samples, although it does include the bits of scratching samples the first mix did.

3: an extended version of track 2. the extended section is mostly a two-minute coda where there are more improvised vocals (nicely layered) of the lyrics "joyful girl". this is prob. my fav mix of the bunch.

4: new vox again and no guitar. the orchestra doesn't do a whole lot here, but in the instrumentals the brass really blooms. the arrangement doesn't really change on each repetition though, but it has a very nice ambience. an enjoyable track.

5: new vox. this is another trip-hoppy beat, and the song is much less raucous than the album version and more coy. think "pixie" from little plastic castle. includes the sample of andy s. singing from the beginning of the album version.

6: better than the version from living in clip. good to have, but again not essential.

overall, as i said, this is entertaining and good for completists and adds another dimension to the force that is ani. def. not essential though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT!!! March 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
She definitly has it! The first time I heard "Joyful Girl" (danger and uncertainity) remix version on MTV's 120 minutes I was blown away. I have the "More Joy, Less Shame" CD and again, she has done it. She takes one song and puts different arrangement of music with it and some of it is sutle, but the end result is magic! Well worth the money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT July 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A beautiful song, played over and over and different each time. What more could you want.. Be prepared to have your heart expand. Shameless and Both Hands are beautiful and always fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both Hands on this cd May 19, 2001
By F. K. H
Format:Audio CD
What a great cd. I must say it only has few songs but this cd is so great. Joyful Girl is such a great song, I love the peace and love mix! Such emotions into this cd just show themselves even more when the most amazing version of Both Hands comes in. Few women are as emotional in ther music as Ani. She has the freedom to be so, and she has to be an example. What a great cd, I leave all versions of Joyful Girl to sound and sound in my stereo, and mind travel to an amazing world. She has a unique guitar playing style that all of us guitar players envy. I'm a joyful guy when I listen to this cd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Goddess herself... March 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
In addition to the versions on Clip and Dilate, the four versions of Joyful Girl on this CD make More Joy an essential purchase for the serious Ani fan. Amazingly, each of the six versions provides a unique slant on one of Her most haunting songs.
If I had to pick my favourite version, it would probably be the live version with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (track 4), which is simply exquisite. Just hit the Repeat button and fall into the arms of the Great Mother.
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3.0 out of 5 stars worth it October 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
but only if you must own every single ani album or really like the song joyful girl.

this disk is just a bunch or remixes of joyful girl. it does, however, contain a beautiful and amazing version of both hands which is one of my favorite ani songs. this made it worth it to me, but this was also during a time where i was paying lots of money for ani bootlegs. that day in my life has passed and this cd doesn't get much play anymore, certainly not the air time that her other albums do.
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