Discography

Wild Things Run Fast

Release date:  October 1982

Album Notes

Chinese Café
Drums – John Guerin
Bass – Larry Klein
Electric guitar – Steve Lukather
Prophet synth – Larry Williams
Acoustic piano & Vocals – Joni Mitchell

Wild Things Run Fast
Drums – Vinnie Colaiuta
Bass – Larry Klein
Electric guitar – Steve Lukather
Prophet synth – Larry Williams
Vocals – Joni Mitchell

Ladies Man
Drums – Vinnie Colaiuta
Bass – Larry Klein
Electric guitar – Larry Carlton
Prophet synth – Larry Williams
Acoustic guitar & Vocals – Joni Mitchell
"Ladies' Man" Background – Lionel Richie, Charles Valentino, Howard Kinney

Moon at the Window
Drums – John Guerin
Bass – Larry Klein
Soprano Sax – Wayne Shorter
Oberheim synth – Russell Ferrante
Electric guitar & Vocals – Joni Mitchell

Solid Love
Drums – Vinnie Colaiuta
Bass – Larry Klein
Electric guitar – Mike Landau
Acoustic guitar & Vocals – Joni Mitchell

Be Cool
Drums – John Guerin
Bass – Larry Klein
Oberheim synth – Russell Ferrante
Soprano Sax – Wayne Shorter
Whisper Chorus – John Guerin, Kenny Rankin, Robert De La Garza, Skip Cottrell, Joni Mitchell
Electric guitar & Vocals – Joni Mitchell

(You're so Square) Baby, I don't care
Drums – Vinnie Colaiuta
Bass – Larry Klein
Electric guitar – Mike Landau
Tenor Sax – Larry Williams
Baritone Sax – Kim Hutchcroft
Vocals – Joni Mitchell

You Dream Flat Tires
Drums – Vinnie Colaiuta
Bass – Larry Klein
Electric guitar – Mike Landau
Electric guitar & Vocals – Joni Mitchell
Background Vocals – Lionel Richie

Man To Man
Drums – John Guerin
Percussion – Victor Feldman
Bass – Larry Klein
Electric guitar – Steve Lukather
Oberheim synth – Russell Ferrante
Acoustic guitar & Vocals – Joni Mitchell
Background Vocals – James Taylor & Joni Mitchell

Underneath the Streetlight
Drums – Vinnie Colaiuta
Bass – Larry Klein
Electric guitar – Mike Landau
Acoustic guitar, electric piano and vocals – Joni Mitchell

Love (Corinthians II:13)
Drums – Vinnie Colaiuta
Bass – Larry Klein
Electric guitar – Steve Lukather
Soprano Sax – Wayne Shorter
Acoustic guitar – Joni Mitchell

Produced by Joni Mitchell
Recorded at A&M Studios by Henry Lewy and Skip Cottrell Assisted by Clyde Kapian
With the exception of "Be Cool" recorded at Devonshire Studios engineered by Jerry Hudgins
Mixed at Paramount Studios by Larry Hirsch, Larry Klein and Joni Mitchell assisted by Chase Williams
Originally Mastered by John Golden at K-Disc
Rhythm arrangements on "Wild Things Run Fast" and "You're So Square" by Larry Klein and Vinnie Colaiuta and by Don Alias on "Be Cool"

All songs written by Joni Mitchell except "(You're so Square) Baby, I don't care," written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; and "Unchained Melody," lyrics by Hy Zaret, music by Alex North.

All songs © 1982 Crazy Crow Music BMI except "(You're so Square) Baby, I don't care," © 1957 by Gladys Music ASCAP. All rights controlled by Cappell & Co. Inc. (Intersong Music Publishers); and "Unchained Melody," © 1955 Frank Music Corp. ASCAP International copyright secured. All Rights Reserved Used by Permission

Steve Lukather, James Taylor and Wayne Shorter appear courtesy of CBS Records
Lionel Richie appears courtesy of Motown Record Corp.
Russell Ferrante, Larry Carlton and Mike Landau appear courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Larry Williams appears courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.

Special thanks to Larry Klein for caring about and fussing over this record along with me.

Personal Direction: Elliot Roberts

Paintings by Joni Mitchell
Art Direction: Glen Christensen

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afriendofspirit on

I agree with sweet.bird wholeheartedly. This took a little time, but I've found it largely irresistible; sweet but never saccharine, like chocolate with peppercorns. The production hasn't dated as much as most other 80s albums from any artist, and like the last reviewer noted, its all centered around Joni's intense and ingenious guitar and superb lyrics and melodies. And the songs are some of her best - Chinese Cafe is beautiful, and the weaving in of Unchained Melody is executed perfectly; Moon at the Window displays David Byrne-esque paranoia; Ladies Man and Be Cool are shining examples of chanteuse jazz-rock; and You Dream Flat Tires pushes Joni's jazz to its limits, with a driving guitar lick and a rushed vocal. The icing on the cake is Love; as with all the rest of Joni's lyrical poetic adaptations, its divine.

sweet.bird on

i had my doubts about this record, as i did with 'chalk mark' and 'dog eat dog' due to peoples' remarks about her material in the 80s being too over-produced, containing too much synth, and not having any of the heart her previous albums contain... and yes indeed, it did take me a while to warm up to this record. i must say, this is one of my most favourite of her albums! the textures and the complex layering of sounds, the instrumentation... it's just SO SO uniquely beautiful. this is honestly a beautiful, blossoming record with every listen.

and if you took away the mass produced sounds, and the synth... you'd have those solid, raw, stripped acoustic versions of these songs. nothing but flawless songwriting and pure talent.

CEAS on

Wild Things Runs Fast is fun. I miss it in my collection. My vinyl was broken while I was accidentally married on purpose. I am hoping that I can locate a copy that is affordable. It is just fun, especially the song You're So Square Baby I Don't Care.

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