Taming the Tiger

Taming the Tiger is the 16th studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. It was released in 1998 and was widely believed to be the last album of new material Mitchell would ever release (though this was proven mistaken with the release of her 2007 album Shine). The title refers to the unexpected commercial and critical success of her previous album Turbulent Indigo which, as of December 2007, had sold 133,000 copies in the US.[7]

Taming the Tiger
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 29, 1998
Recorded1997
GenreAdult alternative
Length43:17
LabelReprise
ProducerJoni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell chronology
Hits
(1996)
Taming the Tiger
(1998)
Both Sides Now
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
Q[4]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[6]

Notable coversEdit

"Man from Mars" was covered by Kristen Vigard in the 1996 film, Grace of My Heart.[8] "Man from Mars" was also covered by Chaka Khan in 2000 for her live concert DVD The Jazz Channel Presents Chaka Khan.

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed and arranged by Joni Mitchell; except where indicated

  1. "Harlem in Havana" – 4:25
  2. "Man from Mars" – 4:09
  3. "Love Puts on a New Face" – 3:46
  4. "Lead Balloon" – 3:38
  5. "No Apologies" – 4:17
  6. "Taming the Tiger" – 4:18
  7. "The Crazy Cries of Love" (music: Joni Mitchell; lyrics: Don Freed) - 3:54
  8. "Stay in Touch" – 2:59
  9. "Face Lift" – 4:41
  10. "My Best to You" (Gene Willadsen, Isham Jones) - 2:52
  11. "Tiger Bones" – 4:18

PersonnelEdit

Technical
  • Dan Marnien, Tony Phillips, Femi Jiya - engineer
  • Joni Mitchell, Dan Marnien - mixing
  • Joni Mitchell, Robbie Cavolina - art direction

ChartsEdit

Chart performance for Taming the Tiger
Chart (1998) Peak
position
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[10] 86
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 79
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 25
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 57
US Billboard 200[14] 75

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chrispell, J. (2011). "Taming the Tiger – Joni Mitchell | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Mitchell, Joni". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Tucker, Ken (2011). "Taming the Tiger Review | Music Reviews and News | EW.com". ew.com. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  4. ^ Maconie, Stuart (2011). "JoniMitchell.com Library: Still Hard: Q, October 1998". jonimitchell.com. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  5. ^ Christgau, R. (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: joni mitchell". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  6. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide – Joni Mitchell
  7. ^ Caulfield, Keith (December 21, 2007). "Ask Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Schinder, Scott; Schwartz, Andy (2008). Icons of Rock: An Encyclopedia of the Legends who Changed Music Forever. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 429. ISBN 9780313338472.
  9. ^ "Joni Mitchell - Taming the Tiger - paintings".
  10. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 7035". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Joni Mitchell – Taming the Tiger" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Joni Mitchell – Taming the Tiger". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  13. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  14. ^ "Joni Mitchell Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2021.