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Joni Mitchell - For the Roses RIAA Certified Gold! Click here to see this CD at!

By Sam Sutherland

Sandwiched between the solitary, heart-on-her-sleeve confessions of Blue and the ravishing pop of Court and Spark, 1972's For the Roses captures Joni Mitchell in a deceptively subdued period of transition. Still hewing to a spare sound, Mitchell ventures beyond the elegant folk sources of earlier records to explore her love of blues and jazz-based harmony, writing as much on piano as guitar; thematically, the earnest reveries and heartbroken dirges of before give way to a more detached, even journalistic perspective and darker, grittier settings, most strikingly on "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire." "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio" was the set's nominal hit, yet in hindsight the keepers here are found in evolutionary pieces like the jazz-tinged "Barangrill," the rock-infused "Blonde in the Bleachers," and in more sober meditations like "Woman of Heart and Mind"--testaments to her restless growth and signposts to the more mature music ahead.

1. Banquet7. See You Sometime
2. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire8. Electricity
3. Barangrill9. You Turn Me on I'm a Radio
4. Lesson in Survival10. Blonde in the Bleachers
5. Let the Wind Carry Me11. Woman of Heart and Mind
6. For the Roses12. Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune)


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"Easily her best album - her vocal phrasing that orchestrial sound she has so simple effective and above all original. The piano songs all so beautiful it seems a shame she didnt play piano for so many years because her music teacher did not like her playing by ear. How did she manage so many good albums in the Super70s and what a poet!"


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Artist: Joni Mitchell

Released: November 4, 1972

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Gold

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