WHO COVERED WHO? – Rich Paschall

Both Sides, Rich Paschall

Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

Judy Collins is still performing “Both Sides, Now.”

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

Judy Collins was the first to release the Joni Mitchell composition”Both Sides, Now” in 1967.  The following year it was released as a single, climbed the charts and won a Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance.  It is a staple of Collins performances to this day.

In 1969 Joni Mitchell included the song on her album Clouds.  It has since been recorded by a long list of big name artists.  In 2000, Mitchell released a new recording with an orchestral arrangement.  In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named “Both Sides, Now” one of the top 500 Greatest Songs of all time.

The 1960’s era Collins record was a bit faster paced and more of a “pop tune” than the folksy performance shown above with the Boston Pops. It has been reported that Mitchell disliked the popular Collins hit single.

But now old friends they’re acting strange 
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained 
In living every day.

“Both Sides, Now” by Joni Mitchell © 1967 Gandalf Publishing Co.



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  1. Reblogged this on rjptalk and commented:

    Perhaps we should have said “Who Covered Whom?” Don’t skip the later version of the song at the bottom with Joni Mitchell performing with an orchestra. Be sure to click on “View original post” to head over to SERENDIPTY for some good music and a little background of this big hit.

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  2. Joni Mitchell is a Canadian ( I think) . What a great singer and song writer!
    Leslie

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  3. And she did sing it on stage — at both the shows when we went to see her in Boston.

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