105 Songs, 7 Hours 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 10-album collection illustrates the remarkable growth of Joni Mitchell. While her David Crosby–produced self-titled debut album (a.k.a. "Song to a Seagull") is overwrought in spots, by Clouds Mitchell had refined her attack. It includes songs covered by others (Tom Rush for “Tin Angel,” Judy Collins for “Both Sides Now”) and the joyful expression of “Chelsea Morning.” Ladies of the Canyon further expanded her talents, with the hit single “Big Yellow Taxi” and the timely “Woodstock.” 1970’s Blue was perfect: that rare moment (“Blue,” “River,” “Last Time I Saw Richard”) where an artist both breaks new ground and remains accessible to a mass audience. For the Roses went further; its peaks were stunning (“Lesson in Survival,” “Let the Wind Carry Me”). Her most commercially successful album, Court and Spark, hardly lacked for adventure, and its arrangements grew grander. Her love for various guitar tunings led to a trio of fantastic albums that were at times too challenging for pop audiences but reward the patient listener handsomely. Mingus was her tribute to the jazz individualist Charles Mingus, with whom she shared a musical and spiritual affinity. 

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 10-album collection illustrates the remarkable growth of Joni Mitchell. While her David Crosby–produced self-titled debut album (a.k.a. "Song to a Seagull") is overwrought in spots, by Clouds Mitchell had refined her attack. It includes songs covered by others (Tom Rush for “Tin Angel,” Judy Collins for “Both Sides Now”) and the joyful expression of “Chelsea Morning.” Ladies of the Canyon further expanded her talents, with the hit single “Big Yellow Taxi” and the timely “Woodstock.” 1970’s Blue was perfect: that rare moment (“Blue,” “River,” “Last Time I Saw Richard”) where an artist both breaks new ground and remains accessible to a mass audience. For the Roses went further; its peaks were stunning (“Lesson in Survival,” “Let the Wind Carry Me”). Her most commercially successful album, Court and Spark, hardly lacked for adventure, and its arrangements grew grander. Her love for various guitar tunings led to a trio of fantastic albums that were at times too challenging for pop audiences but reward the patient listener handsomely. Mingus was her tribute to the jazz individualist Charles Mingus, with whom she shared a musical and spiritual affinity. 

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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Be Warned

As much as this is a fantastic collection, there is a recurring problem with the segue from
The Boho Dance to Harry's House-Centerpiece. The Boho Dance should flow into Harry's House.
Instead what happens is that The Boho Dance abruptly ends and then Harry's House-Centerpiece fades in.
It's not the end of the world but this is a problem that has so far been present on each iTunes version of The Hissing Of Summer Lawns LP.
It's a long wait on the phone for a refund and there's no telling how long it'll be before the developer addresses the issue.

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