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

Counting Crows Audio CD
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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

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough of It March 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely love this version from the Counting Crows. After hearing the original, I agree with another reviewer that it is annoying. This one is definitely more perfected and arranged better. Vanessa Carlton adds a cool quality, also. I highly recommend this one!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dump Vanessa, keep the rest March 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Adam Duritz Oct. 10 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you like the Crows, check out Duritz on the I-10 Chronicles album. You can find it right here at amazon or go to backporchrecords.com.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay okay okay. Its both fun AND bad. Oct. 2 2003
By Carl
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Play it again, Sam Aug. 12 2003
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
Initially I was taken aback by the unconventional sound of a classic song. Listen again and you start to become hooked, wanting more every time you hear it.
Counting Crows has out-done there previous work by taking the mundane depressing song originally recorded by Joni mitchell and turning it into a funky reflection of all that is bad in our comercialized capitalist world. Throw in the angelic sounds of Vanessa Carlton and you've got a hit.
Joni who?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Yellow July 10 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I read the reviews...some good, some bad...it was one of the better things to me of "Two Weeks Notice". I've never heard "Counting Crows" before -- sorry! I did, however, want to know who re-made this song (Big Yello Taxi). It's good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars God-Awful 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.
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Blind Rage 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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