1985 Joni Mitchell – Dog Eat Dog

Dog Eat Dog is the 12th album by Joni Mitchell, released in 1985. It was her second album for Geffen Records. The album was a departure for Mitchell due to its synthetic sound (featuring production work by British synthesiser musician Thomas Dolby). Lyrically, the album dealt with prominent issues in mid 1980s society, such as televangelists, consumerism and famine in Ethiopia. One of Mitchell’s more unusual songs, “Smokin’ (Empty, Try Another)” was recorded by sampling the sound of the cigarette machine in the hall of the studio where Wild Things Run Fast was recorded. “Good Friends” was recorded as a duet with Michael McDonald; a video was produced for the song using film animation by Jim Blashfield. “Shiny Toys” and “Good Friends” were released as singles; “Shiny Toys” was also released in a 12″ Extended Dance Single format, remix by François Kevorkian, and had a more complete lyric than the album version, featuring spoken voice by Thomas Dolby ( “I LOVE being out on the golf course!”).

Tracks

1  Good Friends (Joni Mitchell) 4:29
2  Fiction (Joni Mitchell, Larry Klein) 4:10
3  The Three Great Stimulants (Joni Mitchell) 6:15
4  Tax Free (Joni Mitchell, Larry Klein) 4:17
5  Smokin’ (Empty, Try Another) (Joni Mitchell) 1:45
6  Dog Eat Dog (Joni Mitchell) 4:42
7  Shiny Toys (Joni Mitchell) 3:28
8  Ethiopia (Joni Mitchell) 5:51
9  Impossible Dreamer (Joni Mitchell) 4:31
10  Lucky Girl (Joni Mitchell) 4:01

Media

Musicians

1 Good Friends

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsLarry Klein
KeyboardsThomas Dolby
SynthesizerLarry Klein
SynthesizerThomas Dolby
PercussionMike Fisher
VocalsMichael McDonald


2 Fiction

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsLarry Klein
KeyboardsThomas Dolby
SynthesizerLarry Klein
SynthesizerThomas Dolby
PercussionMike Fisher


3 The Three Great Stimulants

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsLarry Klein
KeyboardsThomas Dolby
SynthesizerLarry Klein
SynthesizerThomas Dolby
PercussionMike Fisher


4 Tax Free

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsLarry Klein
KeyboardsThomas Dolby
SynthesizerLarry Klein
SynthesizerThomas Dolby
PercussionMike Fisher
Background VocalsAmy Holland
Background VocalsDon Henley
Background VocalsJames Taylor
Background VocalsMichael McDonald


5 Smokin’ (Empty, Try Another)

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsLarry Klein
KeyboardsThomas Dolby
SynthesizerLarry Klein
SynthesizerThomas Dolby
PercussionMike Fisher


6 Dog Eat Dog

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsLarry Klein
KeyboardsThomas Dolby
SynthesizerLarry Klein
SynthesizerThomas Dolby
PercussionMike Fisher
Background VocalsDon Henley
Background VocalsJames Taylor


7 Shiny Toys

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsLarry Klein
KeyboardsThomas Dolby
SynthesizerLarry Klein
SynthesizerThomas Dolby
PercussionMike Fisher
FluteLarry Williams
SaxLarry Williams
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
Background VocalsDon Henley
Background VocalsJames Taylor


8 Ethiopia

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsLarry Klein
PianoJoni Mitchell
KeyboardsThomas Dolby
SynthesizerLarry Klein
SynthesizerThomas Dolby
FluteKazu Matsui
PercussionMike Fisher


9 Impossible Dreamer

BassLarry Klein
DrumsAlex Acuna
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsLarry Klein
KeyboardsThomas Dolby
SynthesizerLarry Klein
SynthesizerThomas Dolby
SaxWayne Shorter
PercussionMike Fisher


10 Lucky Girl

BassLarry Klein
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarMike Landau
KeyboardsLarry Klein
KeyboardsThomas Dolby
SynthesizerLarry Klein
SynthesizerThomas Dolby
SaxWayne Shorter
PercussionMike Fisher

Liner Notes

Producer – Joni Mitchell
Producer – Larry Klein, Mike Shipley (Tracks 1, 2,3 , 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Producer – Thomas Dolby (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10)
Engineer (Assistant) – Bob Winard, Dan Marnien
Engineer, Mixed By – Mike Shipley

Art Direction – Glen Christensen
Design, Painting – Joni Mitchell
Photography By – Norman Seeff

Engineered At – Galaxy Studio
Mixed At – Galaxy Studio
Mastered At – Precision Lacquer
Distributed By – CBS Records
Distributed By – CBS Disques S.A.