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    Here's my (entirely subjective) best of Joni Mitchell playlist. I'm throwing it together by listening to all of Joni Mitchell's album in chronological order, out of the corner of my ear, at work. Needless to say, this is all being very haphazardly executed.

    This is a bad idea, insofar as I can imagine a lot of her ouevre grows on you. Also it's a bad idea cos I'm getting absolutely sick of Joni Mitchell songs going round and round in my head. Nevertheless, the hero must tilt at windmills.

    As can be easily seen, I rate Blue' high high high above any earlier album. I've known it for years, but it still seems to me to be absolutely stacked.

    I'm onto Court and Spark and I feel I'm missing the point. Don't like the saxophone much.

    I will add plentifully from Hejira when I get to it.

    At the moment it's an aerial view I'm amassing but will get into the nitty gritty soon.

    Set me right, or just join in with the worship.
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    From Wiki:

    She describes herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance".
    She's what Hitler should have been!

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    i cant totally get into the really folksy 60s stuff.
    i prefer the 70s period.
    but ive quite a big a soft spot for the 80s stuff.
    impossible dreamer is a personal favourite.

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    I only now find out that she's a Canuck.

    GREAT CANADIAN SINGERS

    1. Joni Mitchell
    2. Justin Bieber
    3. Alanis Morisette
    4. Bryan Adams
    200. Drake

    Even her Wikipedia is tear-jerking:

    In Maidstone they lived beside the railroad track, where Mitchell waved at the only train that passed through each day.
    Further enlightenment:

    Eventually she taught herself guitar from a Pete Seeger songbook, but the polio had affected her fingers, and she had to devise dozens of alternative tunings of her own. Later this improvised approach was "a tool to break free of standard approaches to harmony and structure" in her own songwriting.
    I don't get why polio-racked fingers would necessitate alternative tunings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    GREAT CANADIAN SINGERS

    1. Joni Mitchell
    2. Justin Bieber
    3. Alanis Morisette
    4. Bryan Adams
    200. Drake
    Agreed. Where does Weeknd fit into the list?

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    don't get why polio-racked fingers would necessitate alternative tunings?
    If she can't push down as hard, she will need to resort to tunings with an easier action. Tony Iommi had to down tune his guitar because his artificial fingers couldn't press down very hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    I only now find out that she's a Canuck.

    GREAT CANADIAN SINGERS

    1. Joni Mitchell
    2. Justin Bieber
    3. Alanis Morisette
    4. Bryan Adams
    200. Drake
    Sorry but:

    1. Neil Young

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    obligatory:
    did you tronc today?

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    Neil Young slots in right behind Bieber.

    Only joking, I can't stand Neil Young.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sadmanbarty View Post

    If she can't push down as hard, she will need to resort to tunings with an easier action. Tony Iommi had to down tune his guitar because his artificial fingers couldn't press down very hard.
    Ah I see. And here's another example of adversity working in her favour:

    Mitchell also began to realize each city's folk scene tended to accord veteran performers the exclusive right to play their signature songs—despite not having written the songs—which Mitchell found insular, contrary to the egalitarian ideal of folk music. She found her best traditional material was already other singers' property and would no longer pass muster. She said, "You'd come into a town and you'd be told, you can't sing that, you can't sing that." She resolved to write her own songs.

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    Wiki tells me that 'Little Green' (one of my favourites) was written about a child Joni had while struggling in Toronto. She gave the child up for adoption.

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    Critical reaction[edit]
    Writing for Rolling Stone in 1971, Timothy Crouse, said:
    Several of the lesser cuts on Blue give every indication of having sat in Joni's trunk for some time. The folkie melody of "Little Green" recalls "I Don't Know Where I Stand" from her second album. The pretty, "poetic" lyric is dressed up in such cryptic references that it passeth all understanding.[6]
    HOW DARETH HE

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    did you tronc today?

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    So I don't like 'Hissing of Summer Lawns' much AT ALL. I know a lot of people rate it (and 'Court and Spark') above 'Blue'. Maybe I just want different things from Joni Mitchell than them? Generally the more jazzy she gets, the less I like her. But OTOH I really like a lot of 'Hejira'. So I'm hoping I'm wrong and HOSL will click.

    Here's the list so far, post HOSLawns, pre-Hejira.

    Marcie
    Roses Blue
    The Gallery
    Morning Morgantown
    For Free
    Big Yellow Taxi
    The Circle Game
    All I Want
    My Old Man
    Little Green
    Carey
    California
    River
    A Case Of You
    Banquet
    Free Man In Paris
    Help Me
    Car on a Hill
    Both Sides Now
    Woodstock (Live)
    Circle Game (Live)

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    Wiki:

    Initially, due to the jazz influence and highly experimental nature of the album, the record received harsh criticism, with Rolling Stone listing it as one of the worst albums of the year.[8] However, the record's reputation has grown in stature and has been called Mitchell's masterpiece, "an LP to stand alongside Blood on the Tracks".[9] Prince, a lifelong fan of Mitchell, had loved the album, praising it in interviews.

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    Yeah I really only like blue. But I like blue a lot.

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