JONI MITCHELL – ” For The Roses ” Classic Album Released in November 1972

Posted: November 30, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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A truly Joni Mitchell classic..the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter . a must for any lover of her music. I bought this one when it came out and it still stirs my soul. The entire album is fabulous. This song is terrific put is on while drivin’ & let the sun, wind, and sweet smell of the air color your face and make it flush with sweet thoughts of a beautiful life. Some of the songs were inspired by Mitchell’s 1970-1971 relationship with James Taylor. Despite his difficulties, Mitchell evidently felt that she had found the person with whom she could pair-bond in Taylor. By March 1971, his fame exploded, causing friction. She was reportedly devastated when he broke off the relationship

Coming between the Classic album Blue and Court and Spark, “For The Roses” is Joni Mitchell at the top of her game. Needless to say, these dozen originals are perceptive, poetic and frequently personal; there’s likely a touch of Joni’s romantic travails in “Woman Of Heart And Mind” and her experiences in the music industry

Perhaps best known for the hit single “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio”, which Mitchell wrote sarcastically out of a record company request for a radio-friendly song. The single was indeed a hit, becoming the singer-songwriter’s first top 40 hit . The Asylum album is just as adventurous musically, with several arrangements reflecting Mitchell’s growing interest in jazz and stellar instrumental support from the likes of Graham Nash, Tom Scott and guitarist James Burton. Selected by the Library of Congress for its National Recording Registry, For The Roses was issued 45 years ago this month, and still sounds as sweet.

The Songs:

  • “Banquet” describes a metaphorical table from which “some get the gravy / Some get the gristle… and some get nothing / Though there’s plenty to spare”.
  • In the sprightly “Barangrill”, Mitchell uses the hunt for an elusive roadside eatery as a metaphor for the quest to “find herself”, enjoying the journey, but with increasing impatience about reaching her destination.
  • “Lesson in Survival” is the first of the love songs, about the longing for greater privacy, a sense of isolation, the frustration of incompatibility, and a love for nature.
  • “Let the Wind Carry Me” contrasts thoughts of a more stable, conventional life, based partly on Mitchell’s own adolescence, with the need to live with minimal constraints upon one’s freedom.
  • The title song is a self-portrait exploring the frustration and sadness of being a celebrity, dealing with the challenges of fame and fortune.
  • The second side opens with “See You Sometime”, which deals with fleeting feelings, including jealousy and romantic competition.
  • “Electricity” extols the simplicity and serenity of the quiet country life against the way in which people in modern society think of themselves unconsciously as machines, and is thought to be motivated by a particular relationship triangle she was experiencing at the time.
  • “Woman of Heart and Mind” is a portrait of a flawed lover and the complexities of being emotionally involved.
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