TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal
TAS Rated 3.5/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the May/June 2011 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Numbered, Limited Edition! Pressed by The Pallas Group, Germany.
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes! Stereophile Record to Die For! Michael Fremer Recommended Recording!
Joni's dynamic and poetic voice sounds flawless on this 45rpm 180g Audiophile Recording from ORG!
Canadian Joni Mitchell is more than just another singer-songwriter: she was one
of the most brave and pioneering female artists of the 20th century. Fiercely
independent of outside pressures, she had no hesitation in taking artistic risks
even when commercial success was at stake. Mostly, her risks paid off, as her
relentless creativity kept fans loyal and won fulsome praise from music
"Although the original pressing was a solid recording it’s no match for this 45-rpm, 180-gram, double-LP from ORG. Bernie Grundman’s remastering has smoothly unlocked the air, treble bloom, and taut bass too often hidden on the original— and the dimensionality and image focus are now superb." - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, Music 4.5/5, Sonics 4/5, February 2013
"Pressed at Pallas on a pair of 45rpm discs, the ORG version, mastered by Bernie Grundman (who also performed mastering duties on Hejira as well as Mitchell’s most commercially successful release, Court and Spark) is positively brilliant. ORG has made a reputation for vinyl excellence, but this could be their finest achievement yet." - Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio, October 2010
"In the original, where Mitchell’s voice often disappears in the mix, she’s now out front and center, with a creaminess that I’ve never experienced before. There’s just more space everywhere; more bass weight and a huge soundstage in all three dimensions. All of the harshness in the original is gone. The additional space in the recording now lets you really hear the genius in the arrangements; if you thought you knew this record before, you are in for a number of sonic treats upon listening to the ORG pressing." - Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio, October 2010
"They [ORG] did it right, even at 45 rpm, the grooves only go half way into the vinyl surface, so there will be no worries of inner groove distortion on this record! ...So, if this is one of your favorite Joni records, you owe it to yourself to purchase this one, it’s pure sonic perfection." - Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio, October 2010
After developing a reputation around New York as a folk singer to watch, she
made an international breakthrough with the 1970 single "Big Yellow Taxi", which
featured the famous lyric "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot".
Wild Things Run Fast is Joni Mitchell's eleventh studio and her first for Geffen
Records. Released in 1982, it represents her departure from jazz to a more '80s
pop sound. The more rhythmic nature of the music on this album was influenced by
Steely Dan, Talking Heads and The Police. Featured artists include Wayne
Shorter, James Taylor and Lionel Richie.
This long time audiophile favorite is a Stereophile Record to Die For and also a Michael Fremer Recommended Recording! Special guest include Wayne Shorter and James Taylor!
"(With Wild Things Run Fast) Joni Mitchell achieved more of a balance between
her pop abilities and her jazz aspirations, meanwhile rediscovering a more
direct, emotional lyric approach. The result was her best album since the
mid-'70s." - William Ruhlmann, Allmusic.com
"Bernie Grundman's remastering has smoothly unlocked the air, treble bloom, and taut bass too often hidden on the original - and the dimensionality and image focus are now superb."- Neil Gader, TAS Magazine, May/June 2011, Issue 213
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Audiophile 180g, 45rpm Vinyl
• Double LP, Gatefold Packaging
• Pressed by The Pallas Group, Germany
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman from Original Analog Master Tapes!
Joni Mitchell, vocals, guitar, piano
Larry Klein, bass
Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, electric guitar
John Guerin, Vinnie Colaiuta, drums
Larry Williams, Russell Ferrante, synthesizer
Wayne Shorter, soprano sax (4,6,11)
Larry Carlton, guitar (3)
Victor Feldman, percussion (9)
Kim Hutchcroft, baritone sax(7)
Lionel Richie, backing vocals (3, 8)
Charles Valentino, Howard Kinney - backing vocals (3)
James Taylor, Joni Mitchell - backing vocals (9)
1. Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody
2. Wild Things Run Fast
3. Ladies Man
4. Moon At The Window
5. Solid Love
6. Be Cool
7. (You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care
8. You Dream Flat Tires
9. Man To Man
10. Underneath The Streetlight