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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14.3 x 12.7 x 0.99 cm; 96.1 Grams
- Manufacturer : WARNER OFF ROSTER
- Item Model Number : WB2038.2
- Original Release Date : 1988
- Run time : 36 minutes
- Label : WARNER OFF ROSTER
- ASIN : B000002KBU
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 11,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The quintessential singer-songwriter album, its essence just Joni on acoustic guitar or piano, alone with her intimate, confessional songs. Oh, those songs!- River; A Case of You; Carey; This Flight Tonight; All I Want ; the title track, and 4 more.
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This is an acquired taste that I won't acquire.
Vinyl 180g, if you are have this on another format and like me are reconnecting with viynl and looking at this then just but it, its excellent.
If you are buying this unheard then I almost envy you, this is a seminal work not just of mitchell, a genre or an era but of human creative achievement.
Turn it on, turn up, open your ears and prepare to have your emotions put through the roller coaster of life and love.
The songs are beautifully crafted and performed; moving, lyrical, deep, joyful – feel free to add your own superlatives – these get into one's head, heart and bloodstream and believe me, as one gets older they become even more meaningful.
One always allows for personal tastes, but I genuinely feel sorry for those few reviewers who can't appreciate what they're listening to.
I have the Reprise HDCD remastered edition of the album and the sound quality is excellent; the album is only some 36 minutes long, lyrics are provided in the album notes.
The tone of the album is a mellow one, but that isn't to say that it is actually depressing. Of course it does have its lows, such as the stunning title track, All I Want, Case of You and The Last Time I Saw Richard, but these songs have a wonderful melody and are not depressing to listen to, because of the beautiful instrumentation. The piano intro of Richard is beautiful, as is that on Blue, which also has one of Mitchell's best vocal performances on the album. I also love the guitar work on Case of You, one of Mitchell's classic tracks.
There are on this album what I would call uplifting tracks, particularly, California and Carey, which are two of my personal favourates, particularly Carey, which has a very interesting story behind it too. There is also a clever piano chord in the song, River, which is reminiscent of Jingle Bells, as Mitchell begins her seasonal song that really displays some fantastic lyrics.
However, I will try to relate to why some people may not like this album. If you like albums where a lot happens, there is a really high brow, production with instruments coming in all directions, double tracked vocals and pulsating basslines and all that, then perhaps this album isn't for you. Mitchell uses Piano and Guitar very sparsely on this album and her vocals are kind of airy and distant. It is a very quite album which is great for reflection and perhaps suited to a maturer audience, although not necesserily (I'm 19) but still I would take this into consideration before purchasing this album.
None the less I beleive that this album is a masterpiece and one of many as far as Joni Mitchell is concerned. It's beauty lies in the raw beauty and passion with which Joni Mitchell sings and performs her music, which is forsaken these days for high production gloss and sheek synthisised sounds, not to mention auto-tuned vocals. This is a very human record and I think that any human being who has lived and experienced a lot in life will find something on this album with which they can relate to.