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November 30, 2002

The basic concept for this two-disc set is compelling. 1995 Billboard Century Award Honoree Joni Mitchell revisits 22 songs from her rich catalog, rerecording them with a 70-piece orchestra, a 13 person choir, and a backing band that includes keyboardist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. In this light, songs like "For The Roses" (from the 1972 album of the same name) and "Sex Kills" (from the 10-year old Turbulent Indigo) become even more epic and dramatic. At the same time, a somberness prevails throughout much of Travelouge. And while this isn't a bad thing, it requires active-not passive-listening. Of course, hardcore Mitchell fans wouldn't have it any other way. Other noteworthy gems include "Hejira," "God Must Be A Boogie Man," and "Otis and Marlena."


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