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Big Yellow Taxi (2 Mixes) Single, Enhanced, Maxi


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 31 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Enhanced, Maxi
  • Label: Universal/Interscope
  • ASIN: B00007J4WJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Big Yellow Taxi (feat. Vanessa Carlton)
2. If I Could Give All My Love -Or- Richard Manuel Is Dead (Live Acoustic Holland)
3. Hard Candy (Live Acoustic Holland)
4. Big Yellow Taxi (Video)

Product Description

The Second Single from their 2002 Album "Hard Candy", Remixed with Vanessa Carlton on Vocals. Features Two Bonus Live Recordings as Well as the Enhanced Video and a Mix of "Big Yellow Taxi".

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Counting Crows is one of the only decent things to have happened in music, in my opinion, in the last decade.
Increasingly, the music scene has been dominated by no-talent pretty faces singing heavily produced, sugar coated bubble pop, while Counting Crows is a sorrowful, soalful folk rock act that Ive always loved. Thats what makes this so painful and unexpected.
'Hard Candy' the album from which this single comes is produced by the inimitable Steve Lillywhite, but his concept here seems to have been to turn the Crows into a shiny-happy-poppyseed band, with this remake being the most agrevious sin on the disc. Admittedly, Mitchell's version wasnt very good, much as I like her, and from a career angle this was about the best thing the struggling Crows could have done. But it makes me miss the days when Duritz and Co. got big radio hits ala Mr Jones and Long December, all by themselves like big boys. The remake is alot of fun, but in the same sort of way that a naked cheerleader is fun: a great, quick time to be had, but dont expect a discussion of Nietzche when you two finish up. Likewise, its painful for fans of the Crows' real sound and lyrical depth to see them resort to this sort of thing. Everything else on the single is worth having.
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By Spencer Green on July 2 2003
Format: Audio CD
OK, let me get several things clear---
First---I do not hate the Counting Crows, nor do I hate Vanessa Carlton. I love CC's early 90s stuff, and Be Not Nobody has its moments. In fact, when i found out it was Vanessa Carlton on the backup, i was astonished, because it was much worse than anything else i've ever heard her do.
Second--Joni Mitchell is my favorite musician ever
Third--Big Yellow Taxi is NOT one of Mitchell's best moments vocally, though it is a good song. But she did much better on many other tracks. While it is catchy, careless fun, I've never really understood why it was more popular than countless superior tracks from Blue, Court and Spark, or Ladies of the Canyon.
BUT
This is just awful. They changed the melody in the chorus to an unsingable, pseudo-country mess that doesn't match the beat and slowed the tempo in the last verse, rendering it needlessly maudlin where Mitchell's attitude was more appropriately(though still slightly bafflingly) wistful and "oh-screw-it" flippant. And they added those god-awful Vanessa Carlton background vocals. Let me reiterate, Vanessa Carlton was not bad at all on her album BE NOT NOBODY, in fact, if she performed here as well as she did on BNB, she would be the track's sole redeeming element. As it is, all this and more, especially the mindless, unoriginal production, make this the worst single of the year. At least, I hope it is, because I don't want to hear any worse.
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By Woofboy on May 27 2003
Format: Audio CD
Don't get me wrong by telling you to buy Hard Candy by Counting Crows. This is still a good cd, but it's a single, so there's not much to it. Big Yellow Taxi (track 2) is the hidden track on Hard Candy, so you're still getting the song Big Yellow Taxi. Big Yellow Taxi featuring Venessa Carlton is really much. In fact, I would probably think that it was just Counting Crows if I didn't know better. Hearing the live version of Hard Candy is nice, but it only has slight difference from the Hard Candy album version.
The video... Have to say that I'm into music videos, and this one is just plain boring. It's just the band singing the song around coney island, with Vanessa carlton popping up here and there to sing her backgrounds. Then, every so often they show a clip from the movie 2 Weeks Notice (I'm guessing this song was on the movies soundtrack).
On some CD singles, there's enough new stuff to make buying the cd worth it, but not this on. Just go and get Hard Candy instead.
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By Richard Bennett on June 20 2003
Format: Audio CD
If there was anyway I could give this negative stars, I would. This is probably the most infuriating usage of a great song ever. The Counting Crows are one of the worst bands ever, with a frontman who is ugly and can't sing, yet somehow they stay in the limelight. A deal with Satan must have been struck sometime.
Even though August and Everything After was one of the low points of music in the early 90's, this single has nailed the coffin on the idea of popular music ever having any conviction again.
Listen to the damn words! The Crows have themselves paved paradise and put a parking lot, symbolically speaking. They have taken a song with meaning and depth and turned it into an awful commercial remake with another horrible singer.
This version of the song is more offensive than anything I've ever heard in my life, and that's saying a lot. Truly disgusting!
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Ok, first, I am a big Crow's fan. It seems to be a requirement to state your allegiance up front. Second, I am not a Vanessa Carlton fan, I am more ambivalent. Thirdly, it took many years for Joni Mitchell to realize she was an alto and not a soprano (she admitted this herself in an interview) so her version of BYT was only so-so. I really dug the Crow's version when I discovered it on the CD I bought. The first time I heard the over-dubbed version I immediately recognized Vanessa Carton as the offending vocalist. I would have liked this track much better if she actually sang, but all she did was mmmm bop-bop her way through it and annoy me royally (is she secretly one of the Hansens?) All the rest of this cd is good stuff, classic Crows. Buy it, rip it, and delete the Carlton track.
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