Joni Mitchell’s ‘Taming the Tiger’ is her sixteenth studio album released on September 29, 1998 by Reprise.
Track Listing : 1.Harlem In Havana (Joni Mitchell) – 04:25 . 2.Man From Mars (Joni Mitchell) – 04:09 . 3.Love Puts On A New Face (Joni Mitchell) – 03:46 . 4.Lead Balloon (Joni Mitchell) – 03:38 . 5.No Apologies (Joni Mitchell) – 04:17 . 6.Taming The Tiger (Joni Mitchell) – 04:18 . 7.The Crazy Cries Of Love (Joni Mitchell, Don Freed) – 03:54 . 8.Stay In Touch (Joni Mitchell) – 02:59 . 9.Face Lift (Joni Mitchell) – 04:41 . 10.My Best To You (Gene Willadsen, Isham Jones) – 02:52 . 11.Tiger Bones (Joni Mitchell) – 04:18
Musicians : Joni Mitchell – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Bass On (2 – 5 – 10) . Femi Jiya – Spoken Vocals (Barker) On (1) . Michael Landau – Low Lead Guitar On (4) . Greg Leisz – Pedal Steel Guitar . Wayne Shorter – Saxophone . Larry Klein – Bass . Brian Blade – Drums
Production : Produced By Joni Mitchell . Femi Jiya – Engineer . Dan Marnien – Engineer, Mixing . Tony Phillips – Engineer
Package : Robbie Cavolina – Art Direction . Joni Mitchell – Art Direction
Recorded In 1997.
Released On September 29, 1998 By Reprise.
George D. Graham
Sonically, Taming the Tiger is about as good as you’ll get on a major label given the industry’s tendency to sacrifice dynamic range for loudness. The mix, by Joni Mitchell herself and Dan Marnien is impressive in conveying both a feeling of intimacy along with an occasionally spacey quality. […]
But the one attempt to rock out on this album, “Lead Balloon,” comes over like just that – she sounds like she can’t up with the beat. And the slower songs, though very tuneful, don’t have the strong, memorable melodies of the similar works on her comparable earlier albums. […]
Then she takes a swipe at that nonsensical Dr. Gray by adding: “What am I going to do?/Man from Mars/ This time you went too far.” No, Mitchell went too far. Her voice is too lovely to waste on nonsense. The beauty and freshness of her voice lets her rush across notes and words in a breathy whisper, linger and then soar. […]