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    Personnel: Joni Mitchell (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards); Joni Mitchell; Stephen Stills (vocals, various instruments, guitar); Tommy Scott (clarinet, reeds, woodwinds, saxophone); Tom Scott (reeds, woodwinds, wind); Wilton Felder (bass instrument); Bobbye Hall, Bobbye Porter (percussion); Graham Nash (vocals, harmonica); James Burton (guitar, electric guitar); Bobby Notkoff (strings, percussion); Russ Kunkel (drums). Recording information: A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA. Photographer: Joel Bernstein. Unknown Contributor Role: Stephen Stills. Between the stark, confessional singer-songwriter format of BLUE and the artful, streamlined jazz-pop of COURT AND SPARK, Joni Mitchell released this excellent transitional album. Located firmly between these stylistic poles, FOR THE ROSES looks to Mitchell's folky beginnings with wistful, piano-driven ballads like "Banquet" and the acoustic guitar lilt of the title track. At the same time cuts like "Cold Blue Steel and Straight Fire" push toward the unconventional melodies and rhythms--heavily influenced by jazz--that she would explore more fully on albums like HEJIRA. "Electricity" and "Let the Wind Carry Me" blend singer-songwriter styles with jazzy flourishes (as on the saxophone accompaniment and swooping wordless vocals on the latter), while the record's hit single, "Turn Me On I'm a Radio" is breezy, harmonica-driven pop. But while the styles diverge, Mitchell's lyrics are sharp as ever, exploring human relationships with a storyteller's eye for detail and a poet's feel for phrasing and image. The sense of painful, incisive honesty that comes across on BLUE is here as well, contributing to this exceptional, often overlooked gem in Mitchell's discography.

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    UPC 075596062428
    Runtime 40 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre Rock & Pop
    Sub Genre Singer/Songwriter
    Label Elektra / Asylum Records
    Producer Joni Mitchell; Joni Mitchell
    Number of Discs 1
    Track Listing Disc 1
    • 1. Banquet
    • 2. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire
    • 3. Barangrill
    • 4. Lesson in Survival
    • 5. Let the Wind Carry Me
    • 6. For the Roses
    • 7. See You Sometime
    • 8. Electricity
    • 9. You Turn Me on I'm a Radio
    • 10. Blonde in the Bleachers
    • 11. Woman of Heart and Mind
    • 12. Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune)
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Mitchell, Joni

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      For the Roses is Joni's last "folk" album before her great divergence into jazz-oriented music. The mood can be a bit melancholy at times, but rewarding; Joni's finest songwriting may be contained here. Woman of Heart and Mind, Blonde in the Bleachers, and the title track are all classic stand-outs.

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