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For The Roses

Released: October 1972

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Woodwinds and Reeds: Tommy Scott
Bass: Wilton Felder
Drums: Russ Kunkel
Percussion: Bobbye Hall
Strings: Bobby Notkoff
Harmonica: Graham Nash
Electric Guitar (Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire): James Burton
Rock 'n' Roll Band (Blonde in the Bleachers): Stephen Stills

Sound and Guidance: Henry Lewy
Recorded at A&M Studios- Hollywood, California

Art Direction/Design: Anthony Hudson
Photography: Joel Bernstein
Direction: The Geffen Roberts Co.

All songs composed by Joni Mitchell
All songs published by Joni Mitchell / BMI

Copyright 1972

Asylum Records, Manufactured by
Atlantic Recording Corporation
1841 Broadway, New York, New York 10023

» Reviews of For The Roses from the Library

 » Musical Notes (Arcadia Tribune)
 » For the Roses (DailyOM)
 » Joni Mitchell: beautiful (Hamilton Journal-News)
 » Joni Mitchell, Carole King - Both Good and Different (Hartford Courant)
 » Joni Mitchell's New For The Roses (Los Angeles Times)
 » Joni Mitchell surrounds poetry with intense music (Michigan Daily)
 » Joni Mitchell: Still Travelling (New Yorker)
 » For the Roses (Newsday)
 » Joni Mitchell's For the Roses: It's Good For A Hole In The Heart (Rolling Stone)
 » For the Roses (San Mateo Times)
 » Fighting Winning Loving Losing (Sounds Magazine)
 » For The Roses (Words and Music)

» Guitar Transcriptions

 » Barangrill (Guitar tablature by Mark Domyancich)
 » Barangrill (Guitar chords by Sue McNamara) - Rated 9.00
 » Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire (Guitar chords by Sue McNamara) - Rated 10.00
 » Electricity (Guitar chords by Sue McNamara)
 » For The Roses (Guitar tablature by Marian Russell) - Rated 6.00
 » For The Roses (Guitar chords by Sue McNamara)
 » For The Roses (Guitar tablature by Phil Champ)
 » Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Guitar chords by Anne Rickaby)
 » Woman Of Heart And Mind (Guitar chords by Sue McNamara)
 » Woman Of Heart And Mind (Guitar tablature by Mark Domyancich and Sue McNamara) - Rated 10.00
 » You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio (Guitar chords by Harlan Thompson) - Rated 8.50

» Piano Transcriptions

 » Banquet (by Michael Dunn) - Rated 10.00
 » Blonde In The Bleachers (by Dave Blackburn) - Rated 10.00
 » Blonde In The Bleachers-piano only (by Dave Blackburn) - Rated 10.00
 » For Free (by Howard Wright and Dave Blackburn) - Rated 9.50
 » Judgement of the Moon and Stars-orch interlude (by Dave Blackburn)
 » Judgement of the Moon and Stars (by Dave Blackburn) - Rated 10.00
 » Judgement of the Moon and Stars (piano only) (by Dave Blackburn) - Rated 9.75
 » Lesson In Survival (by Dave Blackburn) - Rated 10.00
 » Lesson In Survival-piano only (by Dave Blackburn) - Rated 10.00
 » Let The Wind Carry Me-full score (by Michael Dunn) - Rated 10.00
 » Let The Wind Carry Me-piano only (by Michael Dunn) - Rated 10.00
 » See You Sometime (by Dave Blackburn) - Rated 10.00
 » See You Sometime-piano only (by Dave Blackburn)

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philhansen on 2014-Apr-24 at 19:45:24 GMT-5:
This piece of music is my favorite of ALL music/poetry recordings I have ever been introduced to in my life. I don't know why but this album is like a salve to my soul. It reaches me somewhere deep in my heart like when the Holy Spirit lights upon me...I've listened to this album at least 50 times per year for the last 40 do the math...I think I got a problem like "Joni-itise". When we get to heaven I'm going to let Joni fall in love with me, or at least beg her to sing 'For the Roses'. A fella can dream can't he?
afriendofspirit on 2011-Aug-06 at 14:22:13 GMT-5:
I love the way that Joni's albums are whole works, each with a mood and a sound all its own, and For the Roses is such a perfect example of that. It reminds me of chamber music, in a way. The lyrics are so wise and poetic, and also have a classical feel to them; Judgement of the Moon and Stars adds to the classical feel as well, being about Beethoven and all. Such a unique offering from a unique moment in Joni's career.
jjrose on 2010-Aug-23 at 11:27:39 GMT-5:
This album along with some of the earlier recordings certainly got me through my bleak days at college Sept' 75. ---Thanks so much Joni!
hummingbird75 on 2010-Jun-03 at 08:20:53 GMT-5:
I'm french and when I first heard "For The Roses" in 1973 I was 16. I felt in love with this songs and with Joni too!! This record remains my favorite.
Thank you Joni.
brentholcomb84 on 2010-Mar-03 at 02:20:31 GMT-5:
I work in a Starbucks and my customers have heard this album about a thousand times this year... These aren't just songs. These are monumental, towering epiphanies for the ages. Judgment of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune) is an undeniable masterpiece. This is one of the grooviest, most enlightening albums I've ever heard. Thank you so much, Joni. You never fail to inspire greatness in me, and I'm humbled to include you in my life's cast of characters. Even though we'll probably never actually meet, I feel as though you know me. I owe my musical career, and most of my happiness to you. With much love, Brent Holcomb   [ed.]
sweet.bird on 2009-Oct-14 at 21:15:46 GMT-5:
i dislike favoritism, yet this... in all honesty, is my most favorite joni record.
i just LOVE it's raw versatility. she does this in all of her records, but this one fits PERFECTLY.