Both Sides, Now

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"Both Sides, Now"
Single by Judy Collins
from the album Wildflowers
B-side"Who Knows Where the Time Goes"
Released1968
Format7" single
GenreFolk, pop
LabelElektra
EK-45639
Writer(s)Joni Mitchell
ProducerMark Abramson
Judy Collins singles chronology
"Hard Lovin' Loser"
(1967)
"Both Sides, Now"
(1968)
"Someday Soon"
(1969)
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"Both Sides, Now"
Single by Judy Collins
from the album Wildflowers
B-side"Who Knows Where the Time Goes"
Released1968
Format7" single
GenreFolk, pop
LabelElektra
EK-45639
Writer(s)Joni Mitchell
ProducerMark Abramson
Judy Collins singles chronology
"Hard Lovin' Loser"
(1967)
"Both Sides, Now"
(1968)
"Someday Soon"
(1969)
Music sample
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"Both Sides, Now" is a song by Joni Mitchell. Her recording first appeared on the album Clouds, released in 1969. She re-recorded the song in a jazz style for the album of the same name, released in 2000.

It is one of Joni Mitchell's best-known songs (along with "Big Yellow Taxi", "Woodstock", and "A Case of You"). It was written in March 1967, inspired by a passage in Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow.

I was reading Saul Bellow's "Henderson the Rain King" on a plane and early in the book Henderson the Rain King is also up in a plane. He's on his way to Africa and he looks down and sees these clouds. I put down the book, looked out the window and saw clouds too, and I immediately started writing the song. I had no idea that the song would become as popular as it did.[1][2]

Judy Collins made the first commercially released recording of the song, shortly after Mitchell wrote it, first including it on her 1967 Wildflowers album, and later releasing the track as a single in mid-1968. Collins' recording reached #8 on the U.S. pop singles charts and won a 1968 Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance.[3] The record peaked at #3 on Billboard's Easy Listening survey and has become one of Collins' signature songs.

Fairport Convention recorded the song as a demo in 1967. The band's recording did not become available until 2000, however, when it appeared on The Guv'nor Vol 4 by Ashley Hutchings. (A live recording featuring Judy Dyble from 1981 is included on Fairport's Moat on the Ledge album.)

Both Joni Mitchell's album Both Sides Now and a 2003 Mitchell re-recording of the song are featured in the 2003 movie Love Actually.

Rolling Stone ranked "Both Sides, Now" #171 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[4]

The song was published by Scholastic as a picture book, Both Sides Now, illustrated by Alan Baker, in 1992.[5]

A piano arrangement by Meredith White of the song was chosen as an examination piece in the 2011 & 2012 Piano Grade 3 Syllabus (List C, No. 3) by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music,[6] in an effort to incorporate more beginner-level pieces that appeal to adults.[7]

The Judy Collins recording of the song was featured in the closing moments of the Season 6 finale of the American television series Mad Men, an episode titled "In Care Of," which originally aired on AMC on June 23, 2013.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hilburn, Robert (December 8, 1996). "Both Sides, Later". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  2. ^ Bellow, Saul (1985). Henderson the Rain King. Penguin Books. p. 280. ISBN 0-14-007269-1. "We are the first generation to see the clouds from both sides." 
  3. ^ "Wildflowers - Judy Collins : Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: #171 Joni Mitchell, 'Both Sides,Now'". Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  5. ^ (ocm24629360)
  6. ^ "ABRSM Piano Syllabus 2011 & 2012". Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "ABRSM piano final". Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Stevenson, Seth. "Next season? Peggy in pantsuits, please". Slate.com. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Oliver, Good Morning Starshine Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  10. ^ "Tori Amos Song Summary". Toriset.org. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  11. ^ "Michael Lington - A Song for You". SmoothViews.com. 
  12. ^ "A Song for You overview". Allmusic.com. 
  13. ^ Arno Billard (July 13, 2011). "ARIA Award winners The Idea of North announce new album and national tour". The AU Review. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 

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