Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced

Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced

by Joni Mitchell


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In the '60s and '70s, Joni Mitchell was widely seen as the archetypal female singer/songwriter, the original Lady from the Canyon who sang passionate but laid-back songs full of organic wisdom about love and life. Of course, that image was never an accurate portrait of the sort of artist Mitchell was -- emotionally she was never hesitant to cut deep, even on languid acoustic numbers, and her skills as a lyricist, vocalist, and guitarist were estimable. One might imagine that the ambitious, marvelously crafted jazz-pop of 1974's Court and Spark was an effort by Mitchell to prove she was more than just a moody girl with a guitar, and much of her subsequent music of the '70s and '80s was not just an expression of her eclectic muse, but an ongoing project to show off the range and intelligence of her musical impulses. Mitchell has long been overdue for a career-spanning box set, and she's finally delivered one with Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced, a four-disc 53-song collection compiled, annotated, and designed by Mitchell with the stated intent of dealing with love and human interaction in its many forms. At the same time, Love Has Many Faces is a writ-large summary of Mitchell's recorded legacy that finds her offering an idiosyncratic view of her career. A number of Mitchell's most popular songs from her early days, including "Big Yellow Taxi," "The Circle Game," "Chelsea Morning," "Cactus Tree," and "Woodstock," are missing from the program, with Mitchell putting a greater emphasis on material from largely overlooked albums like Wild Things Run Fast, Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm, and Night Ride Home. (The fact Mitchell wants us to recall "Dancin' Clown," an embarrassing duet with Billy Idol, is little short of astonishing.) Mitchell also presents several major selections in the orchestral re-recordings she created for the album Travelogue, and as she did on themed compilations such as Dreamland and Songs of a Prairie Girl, Mitchell has remixed a few of the tracks on this set. As a consequence, while most box sets are intended to summarize the career of an artist, Love Has Many Faces instead presents Joni's own preferred perspective on her music, where the jazzier and more stylistically ambitious creations take center stage and Joni the Folkie barely exists. Some fans might find this set's point of view to be a bit curious, especially since it favors less popular (and often less acclaimed) material over Mitchell's more celebrated compositions, but in this context, many of these songs play significantly better than they did on her uneven projects of the '80s and '90s, and the lyrical strength and bold musical vision that inform this music are genuinely remarkable on nearly every tune. For many fans, Love Has Many Faces may not be the Joni Mitchell box set they want, but as a summation of her own musical world-view, it's a powerful and revealing accomplishment.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2014
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227957858
catalogNumber: 544846
Rank: 21635

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joni Mitchell   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Oboe,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Omnichord,Synthesizer Drums,Billatron
Willie Nelson   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mark Isham   Trumpet,Muted Trumpet
David Baerwald   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Billy Idol   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Graham Nash   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Tom Petty   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Billy Preston   Hammond B3
Robbie Robertson   Electric Guitar
Brenda Russell   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Steve Stills   Bass,Guitar
James Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Williams   Prophet Synthesizer
Larry Carlton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter Erskine   Drums
Victor Feldman   Electric Piano,Vibes
Robben Ford   Electric Guitar
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Electric Piano
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Vince Mendoza   Conductor
Jaco Pastorius   Bass
Joe Sample   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Tom Scott   Reeds,Horn,Saxophone,Woodwind
Bob Sheppard   Soprano Saxophone
Wayne Shorter   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Don Alias   Conga,Shaker
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Drums
Rod Steiger   Spoken Word
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Bells
Jeff Baxter   Electric Guitar
Max Bennett   Bass
Chuck Berghofer   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Brian Blade   Drums
Dennis Budimir   Electric Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
David Crosby   Background Vocals
Bill Dillon   Guitar
Wilton Felder   Bass
Russell Ferrante   oberheim
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
John Guerin   Percussion,Drums
Milt Holland   Conga
Jim Hughart   Bass
Manu Katché   Percussion,Drums
Larry Klein   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass,Keyboards
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Michael Landau   Guitar
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
London Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Steve Lukather   Electric Guitar
Benjamin Orr   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Wayne Perkins   Electric Guitar
Emil Richards   Water Gong
Charles Valentino   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Carlos Vega   Drums
Susan Webb   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Iron Eyes Cody   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Femi Jiya   Barking
Steven Lindsey   Organ
Kris Kello   Vocals,Voices,Guest Appearance
Jay Gorney   Percussion,Drums
Val   Voices,Guest Appearance
Jim Hugart   Bass
Cricket   Drums
Ambrose   Trumpet
Pattie   Voices,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Liner Notes,Orchestration,drum programming,Paintings,Instrumentation,Vocal Samples,Lyric Revision
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements
Vince Mendoza   Arranger
Charles Mingus   Composer
Tom Scott   String Arrangements
David Bottrill   Engineer
Lew Brown   Composer
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drum Samples
Skip Cottrell   Engineer
David Crosby   Composer,Lyricist
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Steve Katz   Engineer
Larry Klein   Composer,Producer
Henry Lewy   Engineer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Dan Marnien   Engineer
Alex North   Composer,Lyricist
Dale Oehler   String Arrangements
Tony Phillips   Engineer
Mike Shipley   Engineer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer,Lyricist
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Femi Jiya   Engineer
Bob Nolan   Composer,Lyricist
Charles Tobias   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer,Lyricist
Jay Gorney   Composer,Lyricist
Boyd Elder   Spiritual Advisor
Don Freed   Composer
Gene Willadsen   Composer
Steven Wessing   Engineer,Assistant Assembly
Wolves   Contributor
Matt Lee   Engineer,Assistant Assembly

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Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JeffKingstonNH More than 1 year ago
Long time fan of Joni's music since the early 70's, this new 4 disc collection "Love has many faces" is an excellent venture into many of Joni's unequaled songwriting, guitar tunings & musical genius, "Love" sounds so fresh, all these years into peerless career. Listening to these pairings of tunes from all over her career (minus her first several collections) finds her tinkering around a bid, remastering and giving the listener a really unique musical experience, especially those new to her music and the long time listener, eye opening sound. Many will say why isn't this or that song on here but its all dealing and centering around love and relationships through the seasons and time, for the most part, its a big home run out of the park for Joni Mitchell, using her many gifts, the guitar, piano, dulcimer, orchestrations, pop, folk, rock, jazz, and her ever changing voice through the ages, this is a gift to music lovers everywhere. A highlight for me here is what she's added to the song "Borderline" by adding some odd horns swirling around this great track to make it even more supreme! All the songs flow into each other, the volumes are pitched perfect into the Mitchell theme, excellent stuff!