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Joni Mitchell

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Genre:Pop, Jazz, Rock, Ethnic/Folk
Rank:1568 history »
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5.0/5 from 2 users
Songs:227
Albums:29

Most popular songs

# Song LSI Rank
1Big Yellow Taxi lyrics
2Same Situation lyrics
3Both Sides, Now lyrics
4Night In The City lyrics
5Otis And Marlena lyrics
6The Crazy Cries Of Love lyrics
7Lakota lyrics
8I Don't Know Where I Stand lyrics
9The Sire Of Sorrow (job's Sad Song) lyrics
10Lucky Girl lyrics

Most popular albums

# Album LSI Rank
1Court And Spark [1974]
1,262
1,262
2Blue [1971]
2,067
2,067
3Ladies Of The Canyon [1970]
3,097
3,097
4For The Roses [1972]
4,660
4,660
5Special Night Ride [1991]
4,856
4,856
6Dreamland: The Very Best Of Joni Mitchell [2004]
6,022
6,022
7Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm [1988]
9,818
9,818
8Clouds [1969]
9,987
9,987
9Songs Chosen [2008]
10Woodstock [2007]

Biography

Joni Mitchell (real name Roberta Joan Anderson) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter, born on November 7, 1943 in Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada.

Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her native Western Canada and then busking on the streets of Toronto. In the mid-1960s she left for New York City and its folk music scene, recording her debut album in 1968 and achieving fame first as a songwriter ("Urge for Going", "Chelsea Morning", "Both Sides, Now", "Woodstock") and then as a singer in her own right. Blue, her starkly personal 1971 album, was voted #30 in Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list of 2003. Mitchell also had pop hits such as "Big Yellow Taxi", "Free Man in Paris", and "Help Me", the last two from 1974's best-selling Court And Spark.

Mitchell's distinctive harmonic guitar style, and piano arrangements all grew more complex through the 1970s as she was deeply influenced by jazz, melding it with pop, folk and rock on experimental albums like 1976's Hejira. She worked closely with jazz greats including Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock and, on a 1979 record released after his death, Charles Mingus. From the 1980s on, Mitchell reduced her recording and touring schedule but turned again toward pop, making greater use of synthesizers and direct political protest in her lyrics, which often tackled social and environmental themes alongside romantic and emotional ones.

Mitchell is also a visual artist. She created the artwork for each of her albums, and in 2000 described herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance". Mitchell stopped recording over the last several years, focusing more attention on painting, but in 2007 she released Shine, her first album of new songs in nine years.

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     jtk456 says:
    Like 024-06-2014 07:15
     
    Though I love her studio version & multi-tracking so she can sing her own harmony, no saying her own, live spins on her own great song aren't white-hott in ten other wonderful ways. It's cool to see her do a different best in each era and time of her life, adding incarnations and layers to her own. That's talent, craft and genius ... No need to pick when you can enjoy each version for its's fine subtleties ... but you can always play some a little more often as you decide! ;-)
     12jam says:
    Like 004-06-2013 20:39
     
    Great song,great voice,cool hippie chick.Unfortunately these lyrics ring oh so true here in 2013.DDT is the least of our worries.I will have to pass on the Chinese produce.Store bought apples are dangerous period.Wake up and grow your own.
     shaqreia says:
    Like 008-05-2013 04:16
     
    this has to be one of my most favorite janet jackson songs ever love it never get tired of playing it.
     peiriedr says:
    Like 030-07-2011 14:42
     
    I don't like the first version that much but the slower one (the one used in Love Actually) is absolutely beautiful
     ZIMZIMZIM says:
    Like 030-01-2011 03:58
     
    I had the privilege of seeing Joni in concert at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia MD in the 80's. She was and is a phenom: a unique, outside-the-box, musical genius. (Chinese Cafe/Unchained is a great example.)

    You kinda either love or hate Joni, there's almost no middle ground, and at the concert there were thousands of people that were totally in love with her and you knew you were among musical friends: all on the same page ~ part of her family ~ and it was a "love" fest. (I went with my brother and we still talk about what a special occasion that concert was to us.)

    I happened upon Joni's music quite by accident. I walked into a record store (remember them??) and they were featuring Joni on her Live/MILES OF AISLES album. It was love at first "hear". I bought the album and completely fell in love with it. To this day, though my main love is jazz, it remains one of my all time favorites. Keep singing Joni! Love, Dee
     idanosh6 says:
    Like 002-11-2009 15:38
     
    @ Blue song
     idanosh6 says:
    Like 002-11-2009 15:37
     
    Brilliant!
     a155mm says:
    Like 011-04-2008 04:27
     
    About as good as a song ever got
     sivert says:
    Like 028-02-2007 13:32
     
    beautiful
     beardoweirdo says:
    Like 008-05-2006 23:26
     
    @ Magic song
    OMG!! i love this song!...i didn't know that Joni mitchell sang it! caio!
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