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Big Yellow Taxi (2 Mixes) Single, Enhanced, Maxi
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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".
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
I absolutely love this version from the Counting Crows. After hearing the original, I agree with another reviewer that it is annoying. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by CrimsonMoon
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.Published on Oct. 10 2003
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2003 by Michael
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! Read morePublished on July 9 2003
It seems as if when it comes to cover songs in the works, they always seem to lack a focus of appeal in the song, because you're so use to the original version. Read morePublished on May 14 2003 by Michael Kerner
Recently, I was trapped in a lobby where the video for this insipid remake would play about every 15 minutes. Read morePublished on May 12 2003 by loce_the_wizard
the hidden version is truly a classic as far as I am concerned.
the added benefit of VC on backing is extra candy, a little sweeter but the same candy. Read more