Allison Crowe performs songs of Joni Mitchell - music + video


There was a funny article in the L.A. Times. The guy was ranting, “Why are all these people covering Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’? It’s overexposed.” That’s what he said, and I thought, “This person has no concept of what a standard is. A standard is a good song enjoyed by many.” A lot of singers wanted to sing it, and it kept the song alive. ~ Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words - conversations with Malka Marom

"Who cares what I meant? What does it mean to you?" ~ Joni Mitchell

Allison Crowe recorded the song for her "Tidings" album (2004), saying: "River... Joni Mitchell's whole album Blue is timeless."

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Allison Crowe performs Joni Mitchell's River live

River (512)       ~       River (128)

<a href="">River by Allison Crowe</a>  

"An intensely moving rendition of "River," one of my favorite holiday tunes. When the artist sings the crystalline, sorrowful line "I made my baby cry," you can almost feel the tears welling up inside." ~ Carol Swanson, ChristmasReviews & Professor of Law at Hamline University (USA)

"One of my favorites; there is a pinch of Shawn (Colvin) in Allison's voice, except imo Allison has more punch and emotional bite in her vocals. She makes singing this song seem easy, and anyone who's tried it will tell you it's not." ~ Bob Muller, Joni Mitchell Discussion List (USA)

"Allison Crowes solo piano version... may not sound so different from the original at first, but listen again and the subtleties stand out: Crowe's majestic tonal read turns the song on its ear." ~ Cover Lay Down (USA)

"truly transcendent" ~ Joseph Blake, The Times Colonist (Canada)

River lyrics as performed by Allison Crowe

A Case of You

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For six weeks, in the summer of 2005, Canada's public broadcasters were locked out of the CBC, Canada's public radio and television. "You're the host of a show called  Sounds Like Canada and discover you're about to have an extended summer hiatus. What do you do? If you're Shelagh Rogers, you hop in a minivan and head across Canada to talk to Canadians. Shelagh brings together some of the coolest people she met on the road. Shelagh's Caravan began in Victoria, BC, and Allison Crowe was the first singer/songwriter to be part of the Caravan. The performer joins Shelagh to talk about her own recent cross-country tour and her European debut next month." And, Allison performed, for the very first time, Joni Mitchell's A Case of You. "I drew a map of Canada, oh Canada..." 

Since first performing the song on SLC, Allison has recorded it for her album, This Little Bird, released in October 2006.

 "Crowe gets to the heart of the mystical, intoxicating song. 'You're In My Blood Like Holy Wine' has rarely been a line better delivered." ~ Anna Maria Stjärnell, Luna Kafé (Sweden)

" Another fine entry in the Joni Covers pantheon for Allison, who first wowed us with her electrifying take on River. This time 'round she picks another Blue selection and imbues it with her sensitive singing and playing. From her 2006 release 'This Little Bird', all of which is as tasty as this track." ~ Bob Muller, Joni Mitchell Discussion List (USA)

"Ranging from pure and angelic to sultry and confessional, Crowe excels at all levels. The cover of the Joni Mitchell classic, A Case of You, demonstrates this perfectly.  The song covers Crowe's full range - both tonally and emotionally - from strident confidence in the strength of love down to low groaning of self doubt and despair." ~ Trevor Raggatt, Wears the Trousers (UK)

"I am probably the only person in the world that wasn't in love with Joni Mitchell's 'A Case of You'. Which is weird since I like most of Joni's other songs, but I just never got the mass appeal of this one song of hers. And the covers, oy. Like 'Hallelujah', it's covered far too often by singers who really have no business singing it. Until now. Yes, I realize that Allison could sing the alphabet and I'd think it was a masterpiece, but still. Her emotive singing style made this song finally click with me, and now I'm like everyone else who loves it." ~ Muruch (USA)

<a href="">A Case of You by Allison Crowe</a>  

A Case of You lyrics as performed by Allison Crowe

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