Joni Mitchell - Ladies Of The Canyon - 180g LP


Joni Mitchell - Ladies Of The Canyon - 180g LP

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Joni Mitchell - Ladies Of The Canyon - 180g LP
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A singer, composer and lyricist of exceptional talent and unmatched influence, Joni Mitchell has crafted an extraordinary body of work spanning more than 40 years and is widely regarded as one of the brightest musical lights of recent generations. Fans, fellow musicians and critics have delighted in an ever-evolving creative journey, with songs both universal and profoundly personal. Her music has become a standard to which others are compared and which many aspire to copy, but its inventiveness and ineffable spirit make it decidedly her own. Explore the musical magnificence of Joni Mitchell.

 
This wonderfully varied release shows a number of new tendencies in Joni Mitchell's work. Songs here take many moods, ranging from the sunny, easygoing "Morning Morgantown" (a charming small-town portrait) to the nervously energetic "Conversation" (about a love triangle in the making) to the cryptically spooky "The Priest" (presenting the speaker's love for a Spartan man) to the sweetly sentimental classic "The Circle Game" (denoting the passage of time in touching terms) to the bouncy and vibrant single "Big Yellow Taxi" (with humorous lyrics on ecological matters) to the plummy, sumptuous title track (a celebration of creativity in all its manifestations). This album is yet another essential listen in Mitchell's recorded canon.
 
No longer the wistful folkie, Joni had by now joined the late 60s rock fraternity through her association with Graham Nash. Her lyrics had acquired an originality, which she expanded on Blue and For The Roses, but it was the quality of the songs that made them classics of the era. "For Free" was recorded by David Crosby and the re-formed Byrds, and CSNY turned "Woodstock" into a full-blown rock number. Joni's own definitive stamp remains on the much-covered "The Circle Game," the ecology-conscious "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Willy," her song for her then 'old man' Nash. 
 
A fantastic recording. Joni Mitchell's third album offers a bridge between the artful but sometimes dour meditations of her earlier work and the more mature, confessional revelations of the classics that would follow. Voice and guitar still hew to the pretty filigree of a folk poet, but there's the giggling rush of rock and roll freedom in "Big Yellow Taxi" and the formal metaphor of her older songs yields to the more impressionistic images of the new ones.
 
Selections:
1. Morning Morgantown
2. For Free
3. Conversation
4. Ladies of the Canyon
5. Willy
6. The Arrangement
7. Rainy Night House
8. The Priest
9. Blue Boy
10. Big Yellow Taxi
11. Woodstock
12. The Circle Game
 
Joni Mitchell - Ladies Of The Canyon - 180g LP

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