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The Studio Albums 1968-1979

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Joni Mitchell 21/2/2013

Review

One has to wonder why this box, Joni Mitchell's The Studio Albums 1968-1979, was issued only in the European market. During this period --and some would argue even after -- Mitchell had one of most consistent quality runs in pop history. She is one of the most influential songwriters and recording artists of the 20th century. Included here are Song to a Seagull, Clouds, Ladies of the Canyon, Blue, For the Roses, Court and Spark, Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira, the double album Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, and Mingus. The first four are regarded as her "singer/songwriter" era offerings, the next one (For the Roses) details her crossing over into pop success (without compromise, of course), and the final five as her "jazz period," an era that lasted longer than her tenure with Warner Bros, and into her years at Geffen. What's remarkable is that they are all indelibly Mitchell. From the earliest, her vocal phrasing and guitar playing were just off enough to underscore the depth and poetry in her lyrics. By the time she reached For the Roses, she was already inventing new melodic and rhythmic paths. By Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira, and especially on Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, she was off-road, cutting a new swath of rhythmic invention in popular music, utilizing jazz syncopation and harmonics, Brazilian and Latin rhythms, and even modal elements that seemed to make time, melody, and lyric concerns more elastic. There is a great anecdote from Robbie Robertson about Mitchell asking the Band to back her at the Watkins Glen rock festival. They were unable to play with her because only drummer Levon Helm could flow with her sense of groove. All these albums feature their own mini-LP sleeves (no fancy paper, sorry). There is no bonus material of any kind included. The art is not so much redone as extremely reduced, making most of the print small enough that reading can be difficult. There is no liner essay in the package, either. The plus -- in addition to a stellar body of music -- is that the price is right; each album prices out to considerably less than these recordings sell for individually. ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I Had a King Joni Mitchell 3:33
  3. 2 Michael from Mountains Joni Mitchell 3:39
  4. 3 Night in the City Joni Mitchell 2:26
  5. 4 Marcie Joni Mitchell 4:30
  6. 5 Nathan La Franeer Joni Mitchell 3:15
  7. 6 Sisotowbell Lane Joni Mitchell 3:59
  8. 7 The Dawntreader Joni Mitchell 4:58
  9. 8 The Pirate of Penance Joni Mitchell 2:40
  10. 9 Song to a Seagull Joni Mitchell 3:47
  11. 10 Cactus Tree Joni Mitchell 4:35
  12. 1 Tin Angel Joni Mitchell 4:3
  13. 2 Chelsea Morning Joni Mitchell 2:30
  14. 3 I Don't Know Where I Stand Joni Mitchell 3:9
  15. 4 That Song About the Midway Joni Mitchell 4:32
  16. 5 Roses Blue Joni Mitchell 3:47
  17. 6 The Gallery Joni Mitchell 4:7
  18. 7 I Think I Understand Joni Mitchell 4:21
  19. 8 Songs to Aging Children Come Joni Mitchell 3:5
  20. 9 The Fiddle and the Drum Joni Mitchell 2:45
  21. 10 Both Sides, Now Joni Mitchell 4:31
  22. 1 Morning Morgantown Joni Mitchell 3:12
  23. 2 For Free Joni Mitchell 4:28
  24. 3 Conversation Joni Mitchell 4:23
  25. 4 Ladies of the Canyon Joni Mitchell 3:31
  26. 5 Willy Joni Mitchell 2:59
  27. 6 The Arrangement Joni Mitchell 3:30
  28. 7 Rainy Night House Joni Mitchell 3:23
  29. 8 The Priest Joni Mitchell 3:38
  30. 9 Blue Boy Joni Mitchell 2:52
  31. 10 Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell 2:15
  32. 11 Woodstock Joni Mitchell 5:26
  33. 12 The Circle Game Joni Mitchell 4:51
  34. 1 All I Want Joni Mitchell 3:31
  35. 2 My Old Man Joni Mitchell 3:32
  36. 3 Little Green Joni Mitchell 3:26
  37. 4 Carey Joni Mitchell 3:2
  38. 5 Blue Joni Mitchell 2:53
  39. 6 California Joni Mitchell 3:48
  40. 7 This Flight Tonight Joni Mitchell 2:49
  41. 8 River Joni Mitchell 4:1
  42. 9 A Case of You Joni Mitchell 4:22
  43. 10 The Last Time I Saw Richard Joni Mitchell 4:11
  44. 1 Banquet Joni Mitchell 2:55
  45. 2 Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire Joni Mitchell 4:17
  46. 3 Barangrill Joni Mitchell 2:49
  47. 4 Lesson in Survival Joni Mitchell 3:11
  48. 5 Let the Wind Carry Me Joni Mitchell 3:53
  49. 6 For the Roses Joni Mitchell 3:43
  50. 7 See You Sometime Joni Mitchell 2:56
  51. 8 Electricity Joni Mitchell 3:0
  52. 9 You Turn Me On I'm a Radio Joni Mitchell 2:36
  53. 10 Blonde in the Bleachers Joni Mitchell 2:42
  54. 11 Woman of Heart and Mind Joni Mitchell 2:39
  55. 12 Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune) Joni Mitchell 5:18
  56. 1 Court and Spark Joni Mitchell 2:46
  57. 2 Help Me Joni Mitchell 3:21
  58. 3 Free Man In Paris Joni Mitchell 3:2
  59. 4 People's Parties Joni Mitchell 2:16
  60. 5 Same Situation Joni Mitchell 2:55
  61. 6 Car on a Hill Joni Mitchell 2:58
  62. 7 Down to You Joni Mitchell 5:34
  63. 8 Just like This Train Joni Mitchell 4:22
  64. 9 Raised on Robbery Joni Mitchell 3:5
  65. 10 Trouble Child Joni Mitchell 4:0
  66. 11 Twisted Joni Mitchell 2:20
  67. 1 In France They Kiss on Main Street Joni Mitchell 3:18
  68. 2 The Jungle Line Joni Mitchell 4:22
  69. 3 Edith and the Kingpin Joni Mitchell 3:34
  70. 4 Don't Interrupt the Sorrow Joni Mitchell 4:1
  71. 5 Shades of Scarlett Conquering Joni Mitchell 4:56
  72. 6 The Hissing of Summer Lawns Joni Mitchell 2:59
  73. 7 The Boho Dance Joni Mitchell 3:51
  74. 8 Harry's House/Centerpiece Joni Mitchell 6:43
  75. 9 Sweet Bird Joni Mitchell 4:4
  76. 10 Shadows and Light Joni Mitchell 4:16
  77. 1 Coyote Joni Mitchell 4:57
  78. 2 Amelia Joni Mitchell 5:58
  79. 3 Furry Sings the Blues Joni Mitchell 5:3
  80. 4 A Strange Boy Joni Mitchell 4:15
  81. 5 Hejira Joni Mitchell 6:38
  82. 6 Song for Sharon Joni Mitchell 8:33
  83. 7 Black Crow Joni Mitchell 4:18
  84. 8 Blue Motel Room Joni Mitchell 5:2
  85. 9 Refuge of the Roads Joni Mitchell 6:37
  86. 1 Overture: Cotton Avenue Joni Mitchell 6:41
  87. 2 Talk To Me Joni Mitchell 3:43
  88. 3 Jericho Joni Mitchell 3:20
  89. 4 Paprika Plains Joni Mitchell 16:19
  90. 5 Otis and Marlena Joni Mitchell 4:9
  91. 6 The Tenth World Joni Mitchell 6:46
  92. 7 Dreamland Joni Mitchell 4:37
  93. 8 Don Juan's Reckless Daughter Joni Mitchell 6:36
  94. 9 Off Night Back Street Joni Mitchell 3:20
  95. 10 The Silky Veils of Ardor Joni Mitchell 4:0
  96. 1 Happy Birthday 1975 [Rap] Joni Mitchell 0:57
  97. 2 God Must Be a Boogie Man Joni Mitchell 4:34
  98. 3 Funeral [Rap] Joni Mitchell 1:7
  99. 4 A Chair in the Sky Joni Mitchell 6:40
  100. 5 The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey Joni Mitchell 6:31
  101. 6 I's a Muggin' [Rap] Joni Mitchell 0:8
  102. 7 Sweet Sucker Dance Joni Mitchell 8:4
  103. 8 Coin in the Pocket [Rap] Joni Mitchell 0:12
  104. 9 The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines [Rap] Joni Mitchell 3:22
  105. 10 Lucky [Rap] Joni Mitchell 0:4
  106. 11 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat Joni Mitchell 5:35

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