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Joni Mitchell: Ten Best Albums

Updated on January 18, 2018

Joni Mitchell: Her Ten Best Albums

Joni Mitchell's ten best albums - my favorite Joni albums and it's been a difficult choice to narrow it down to a top ten.

From my teenage years, when I first heard Clouds and her most famous album, the classic "Blue" I have loved Joni Mitchell's songs - lyrics, music, delivery, all are incredible. Then I bought Ladies Of The Canyon and I was completely hooked for life. Joni Mitchell's best albums show her moving over the years from folk to jazz styles, with African influences on some records, her classical piano training adorning others. Whatever the style she delivers beautiful music. She's remained one of my favourite artists and here I list my ten favourite Joni Mitchell albums.

As a young woman Joni moved from Canada to New York, then Los Angeles, becoming part of the scene that included David Crosby, Jackson Browne and a host of now famous names from that golden era. Her background was the Canadian folk circuit but despite her lack of experience she wowed anyone who heard her: she's been doing it ever since. Here's my selection of Joni Mitchell's ten best albums: They include some of her greatest hits as well as a couple of less famous albums. I hope they become your favourites as much as they are mine.

Over 100 Joni Mitchell songs to enjoy -- track listings are now linked to Youtube clips. Click any song on track listings to bring up a Youtube clip. Some are straight from the albums but I've tried to find live performances from the right era where available - check out Little Green, for instance.

Intro Pic: Joni in concert, 1972, BBC

Album covers courtesy of Amazon

Joni in Hospital: Latest News

June 28th

Leslie Morris, Joni's conservator, has approved the following statement to be made through "Joni did in fact suffer an aneurysm. However, details that have emerged in the past few days are mostly speculative. The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she's speaking well. She is not walking yet, but she will be in the near future as she is undergoing daily therapies. She is resting comfortably in her own home and she's getting better each day. A full recovery is expected."

joni mitchell lyrics and music
joni mitchell lyrics and music

Joni Mitchell Songs: Lyrics And Music

Official site

The only place to get lyrics legally is the official site - it's a great resource so hop on over after you've been through this page:

Joni Mitchell officlal site: lyrics and music

Song To A Seagull - Joni Mitchell best albums #1

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song to a seagull
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Joni MItchell: Song to a seagull;

Song To A Seagull

Joni Mitchell best albums #1

Released in 1968 when she was 25, her first album is a haunting collection of songs, performed perfectly against her classical-pianist-influenced melodies and arrangements.

As you can see from the song listing below, Joni thought of this as a two-part collection. The first part is melancholy (post-marriage collapse), the second deals with freedom and the sea.

Produced by David Crosby of CSN&Y fame.

Side 1: "I Came to the City"

1.I Had a King - 3:37

2.Michael from Mountains - 3:41

3.Night in the City - 2:30

4.Marcie - 4:35

5.Nathan La Franeer - 3:18

Side 2: "Out of the City and Down to the Seaside"

1.Sisotowbell Lane - 4:05

2.The Dawntreader - 5:04

3.The Pirate Of Penance - 2:44

4.Song to a Seagull - 3:51

5.Cactus Tree - 4:35

Song To A Seagull
Song To A Seagull
Her first album, sweet, poignant.

Clouds - Joni Mitchell best albums #2

clouds Joni MItchell best albums #2
clouds Joni MItchell best albums #2
Joni Mitchell Clouds
Joni Mitchell Clouds


Joni Mitchell best albums #2

Joni's second album: very lightly arranged, which lets us appreciate her amazing voice and guitar work, Other artists had recorded "From Both Sides Now" but here she records it herself for the first time -- and it's majestic. Clouds won a Grammy for Best Folk Album 1969, was one of her greatest hits on the US charts and went gold, having sold over 500,000 copies in the US..

The Youtube clip linked on the pic below is "Songs To Aging Children Come" - I've actually chosen someone else's version because this is from the film "Alice's Restaurant" and shows the burial of Woodie Guthrie. The link in the track listing is to Joni's original.

Side 1

1.Tin Angel - 4:09

2.Chelsea Morning - 2:35

3.I Don't Know Where I Stand - 3:13

4.That Song About the Midway - 4:38

5.Roses Blue - 3:52

Side 2

1.The Gallery - 4:12

2.I Think I Understand - 4:28

3.Songs to Aging Children Come - 3:10

4.The Fiddle and the Drum - 2:50

5.Both Sides Now - 4:32

Does the moon play only silver

When it strums the galaxy

Dying roses will they will their

Perfumed rhapsodies to me

Songs to aging children come

This is one

Songs To Aging Children Come

Simply arranged, mainly Joni's voice and guitar. Worth buying for Both Sides Now alone.

Ladies Of The Canyon - Joni Mitchell best albums #3

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Ladies Of The Canyon joni mitchell
Joni MItchell Ladies of the canyon
Joni MItchell Ladies of the canyon

Ladies of the Canyon

Joni Mitchell best albums #3

1970 saw Joni's third album released and I have to say it's one of my favourites - partly because of the time in my life that it coincided with but mainly because of the beauty of the lyrics. I've often thought that she doesn't write songs, she writes poetry set to music, and some of the tracks here are glorious,.

Most of you will have heard of Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock and The Circle Game - three songs off one album that have crossed musical barriers and become standards.

Side 1:

1.Morning Morgantown - 3:12

2.For Free - 4:31

3.Conversation - 4:21

4.Ladies of the Canyon - 3:32

5.Willy - 3:00

6.The Arrangement - 3:32

Side 2:

7.Rainy Night House - 3:22

8.The Priest 3:39

9.Blue Boy - 2:53

10.Big Yellow Taxi - 2:16

11.Woodstock - 5:25

12.The Circle Game - 4:50

Ladies Of The Canyon
Ladies Of The Canyon
Lights down low, candles lit, glass of wine and lean back and listen to the music Put it on repeat - you'll play this over and over.

Joni versus Joan, Mitchell v Baez

Two glorious voices, whose was better?

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Blue - Joni Mitchell best albums #4

Blue Joni Mitchell
Blue Joni Mitchell
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joni mitchell 10 favourite records blue


Joni Mitchell best albums #4

The monster album, perhaps her most famous and the one that still has people raving to this day. Teenagers and solitary souls of the era ranked this with Leonard Cohen's Songs From A Room - it was so powerful in its lyrics. Many who heard this first rank it as the best Joni Mitchell album, a favorite to listen to year after year,

The songs were written in several locations as Joni travelled after she and Graham Nash had broken up. They are raw with emotion, sad, and will strike a chord with anyone today. Do not however let the sadness and pain behind them put you off - this is a truly amazing set of songs.

In 1979 Mitchell reflected to Rolling Stone, "The Blue album, there's hardly a dishonest note in the vocals. At that period of my life, I had no personal defenses. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world and I couldn't pretend in my life to be strong. Or to be happy. But the advantage of it in the music was that there were no defenses there either".

Forty years after Blue's release, the track River was performed by Lea Michele in the Glee 2011 Christmas special. Not bad, but not Joni.

There's a good piece on some of the things that led up to Blue on The Flower And The Vine blog.

1.All I Want - 3:32

2.My Old Man - 3:33

3.Little Green - 3:25

4.Carey - 3:00

5.Blue - 3:00

6.California - 3:48

7.This Flight Tonight - 2:50

8.River - 4:00

9.A Case of You - 4:20

10.The Last Time I Saw Richard - 4:13

My Old Man: Live BBC performance

Poignant, stark, heart and gut wrenching, the angst of a generation

For The Roses - Joni Mitchell best albums #5

For The Roses Joni MItchell best albums #5
For The Roses Joni MItchell best albums #5
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joni mitchell 10 best albums for the roses

For The Roses

Joni Mitchell best albums #5

A slightly odd album in some ways, Roses sees Joni moving away from the folk roots and incorporating jazz themes for the first time. It's not a smooth transition as she was undergoing some turmoil in her private life at the time of recording - indeed the title track presaged her breaking from performing for twelve months:

Remember the days when you used to sit
And make up your tunes for love
And pour your simple sorrow
To the soundhole and your knee
And now you're seen
On giant screens
And at parties for the press
And for people who have slices of you
From the company
They toss around your latest golden egg
Speculation-well, who's to know
If the next one in the nest
Will glitter for them so

Quibbles aside, there are several excellent tracks - the rest are merely very good!

Side 1:

1.Banquet - 3:01

2.Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire - 4:17

3.Barangrill - 2:52

4.Lesson in Survival - 3:11

5.Let the Wind Carry Me - 3:56

Sise 2:

6.For the Roses - 3:48

7.See You Sometime - 2:56

8.Electricity - 3:01

9.You Turn Me on I'm a Radio - 2:39

10.Blonde in the Bleachers - 2:42

11.Woman of Heart and Mind - 2:38

12.Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune) - 5:19

For The Roses: Title Track LIve

For The Roses
For The Roses
Adding significant elements of jazz to her work for the first time, Joni plays out her life before retreating from the world for a year.

Court And Spark - Joni Mitchell best albums #6

Court And Spark Joni MItchell best albums #6
Court And Spark Joni MItchell best albums #6
Joni MItchell Court And Spark
Joni MItchell Court And Spark

Court And Spark

Joni Mitchell best albums #6

Back recording, Joni moves strongly into the jazz world with Court And Spark. The folk/rock/jazz mix proved surprisingly popular and this was Joni's most successful album commercially, reaching number 2 in the BIllboard chart. As cited on Wikipedia: "The album was kept from the top spot by three #1 albums-in order Bob Dylan's Planet Waves, Barbra Streisand's The Way We Were and John Denver's Greatest Hits". Not sure about John Denver but can't complain about the other two!

The album also featured her only top ten single: Help Me.

Other point: it was the first time she'd released an album where she didn't write all the songs -- the last track "Twisted" isn't hers.

Side 1:

1.Court and Spark - 2:46

2.Help Me - 3:22

3.Free Man in Paris - 3:02

4.People's Parties - 2:15

5.Same Situation - 2:57

6.Car on a Hill - 3:02

Side 2:

7.Down to You - 5:38

8.Just Like this Train - 4:24

9.Raised on Robbery - 3:06

10.Trouble Child - 4:00

11.Twisted - 2:21

Help Me

Court and Spark
Court and Spark
Not one for a mellow evening, challenging musically and lyrically

Hissing Of Summer Lawns - Joni Mitchell best albums #7

Hissing Of Summer Lawns Joni MItchell best albums #7
Hissing Of Summer Lawns Joni MItchell best albums #7
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joni mitchell 10 favoutire records hissing of summer lawns

The Hissing of Summer Lawns

Joni Mitchell best albums #7

1975 saw the release of "Summer Lawns". Musical influences range from jazz to orchestral to African drumming to folk rock -- and yet it's a wonderfully coherent set of songs. As ever, the lyrics are beautiful and float on the arrangements, whether they be full orchestra or just Joni's guitar. One of my absolute favourite Joni Mitchell albums.

This was slated by various critics, which only goes to show that major media critics should be shot. Unles this lens becomes a massive hit, of course, we have to be reasonable!

1.In France They Kiss on Main Street - 3:19

2.The Jungle Line - 4:25

3.Edith and the Kingpin - 3:38

4.Don't Interrupt the Sorrow - 4:05

5.Shades of Scarlett Conquering - 4:59

7.The Hissing of Summer Lawns - 3:01 (Joni Mitchell, John Guerin)

8.The Boho Dance - 3:48

9.Harry's House/Centerpiece - 6:48 (Joni Mitchell/Jon Hendricks, Johnny Mandel)

10.Sweet Bird - 4:12

11.Shadows and Light - 4:19

Don't Interrupt The Sorrow

The Hissing of Summer Lawns
The Hissing of Summer Lawns
African beats, blended in beautifully, amazing lyrics - perhaps the best Joni Mitchell album ever. Musically complex but smooth, p[ut this on after you've listened to Ladies Of The Canyon a few times.

Joni: Folk versus Jazz

Joni should have stayed a folk singer

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Hejira - Joni Mitchell best albums #8

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Hejira Joni MItchell best albums #8
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Joni Mitchell 10 best albums Hejira


Joni Mitchell best albums #8

Another album where the songs were written while she was travelling, (hence the title), and still jazz-inspired, though perhaps more accessible than some of her other jazz works. Musically and lyrically it works perfectly and is another of my absolute favourites.

The album was liked by the critics but failed to appeal to commercial radio. Germany's Spex magazine rated this its 55th best album of the century and I might well agree with them, (top list on that link),

1.Coyote - 5:01

2.Amelia - 6:01

3.Furry Sings the Blues - 5:07

4.A Strange Boy - 4:15

5.Hejira - 6:42

6.Song for Sharon - 8:40

7.Black Crow - 4:22

8.Blue Motel Room - 5:04

9.Refuge of the Roads - 6:42

Hejira: Title Track LIve

A little simpler musically but one of her best sets singing-wise - her voice is at its most powerful on this album.

Shadows And Light - Joni Mitchell best albums #9

Shadows And Light Joni MItchell best albums #9
Shadows And Light Joni MItchell best albums #9
Joni MItchell 10 best albums Shadows and light
Joni MItchell 10 best albums Shadows and light

Shadows And Light

Joni Mitchell best albums #9

The first eight albums I've chosen have all been studio recordings; Shadows is a live double CD from a concert, at the Santa Barbara County Bowl, September 1979, with Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays. If you've listened to any of the tracks above you'll know what a great live performer Joni has been and this is her at her best. There aren't many artistes who transfer lush and complex studio arrangements so successfully to live performances - she does.

There are a few great concerts I can almost literally say I'd kill to have been there -- this is one of them, along with Woodstock and a certain Captain Beefheart night where bad things were thrown to the audience. Seriously, glorious music.

Disc: 1

1. Introduction

2. In France They Kiss On Main Street

3. Edith And The Kingpin

4. Coyote

5. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

6. The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines

7. Amelia

8. Pat's Solo

9. Hejira

Disc: 2

1. Black Crow

2. Don's Solo Paco

3. Dreamland

4. Free Man In Paris

5. Band Introduction

6. Furry Sings The Blues

7. Why Do Fools Fall In Love?

8. Shadows And Light

9. God Must Be A Boogie Man

10. Woodstock

Shadows And Light: Live

Shadows & Light
Shadows & Light
Glorious live performance of hits, jazz, the lot. Incredible musicians with her and they're all playing majestically.I don't often say "turn up the volume" on a Joni MItchell album but you will on this one.

Shine - Joni Mitchell best albums #10

Shine Joni MItchell best albums #10
Shine Joni MItchell best albums #10
Joni MItchell Shine
Joni MItchell Shine


Joni Mitchell best albums #10

Back in the studio after years away, A sticker on my CD says "The radiant return of one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time". I don't think I'd ever use the word radiant unless I was reviewing gas fires but I can understand and forgive whoever wrote that - decades after her first songs and she's still producing some beauties. To illustrate her quality, the first track "One Week Last Summer" won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

The voice isn't quite what it was, sadly, and the songs are often harsher, reflecting the events that helped make her come back to speak out against "warmongering politicos and environmental myopia" (Paul Sullivan). Nonetheless, 99% of all known musicians must listen to this and weep.

The last track "If" is based on Rudyard Kipling's poem.

1.One Week Last Summer - 4:59

2.This Place - 3:54

3.If I Had a Heart - 4:04

4.Hana" - 3:43

5.Bad Dreams - 5:41

6.Big Yellow Taxi - 2.47

7.Night of the Iguana - 4:38

8.Strong and Wrong - 4:04

9.Shine - 7:29

10.If - 5:32

If I Had A Heart

"And go round and round and round in the circle game." A lyric from Ladies Of The Canyon comes to mind here - Joni's near the end of her singing career but came back to speak her mind - powerful, raw, moving.

Joni's Own Site

Joni Mitchell - her official site. Masses of stuff, info, lyrics, video -- explore it for hours. I've barely touched here on her music the lens would have been fifty times as long if I'd explored that in any greater detail, never mind her interests in photography, dance, philosophy.

Wilson And Allroy's Reviews
Wilson And Allroy's Reviews

Wilson And Allroy's Joni Mitchell Reviews

One of the more outspoken record review sites, they do a full breakdown of Joni's albums. At times you'll scream at them but it's interesting stuff.

Wilson And Allroy's website,

Joni plays Willy on Dick Cavett
Joni plays Willy on Dick Cavett

Joni Mitchell On The Dick Cavett Show

The day after Woodstock, 19th August 1969

The day after Woodstock, Joni did three songs on the Dick Cavett show. Also appearing, stars of the festival Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby and Stephen Stills. The clip is divided into six parts - all are recommended.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Great Live Music On DVD

Joni Mitchell - Collectors Edition
Joni Mitchell - Collectors Edition
Glorious live music and more, this DVD set is actually two separate releases (so don't buy if you already have either of them). Painting With Words And Music is a recording made on Warners lot, set against a backdrop of Joni's own paintings. Includes full versions of a dozen songs. Woman of Heart and Mind Two hour documentary covering Joni's life, her music, art, loves, losses. Puts other such documentaries to shame for its candour and insight. Four suoerb bonus tracks as well.
Mile Of Aisles
Mile Of Aisles

Joni Mitchell's Greatest Hits

Chart hits for Joni

Joni Mitchell's greatest hits came in the Seventies: Court and Spark reached number 2 in the US in 1974. In the same year, the live album Miles of Aisles also reached number two. Her biggest hit in the UK was Blue which reached number three in the albums chart. Yes, never a number one album!

Singles-wise, Joni's greatest hit was Help Me off the Court And Spark album - that reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another song from that album, Free Man in Paris, reached #22 in the same year. Even in her native Canada, her best placed single was You Turn Me On I'm a Radio -- number 3 in the Canadian charts.

Joni Mitchell Greatest Song

From Both Sides Now

Joni has never had much chart success, mainly because she has always done her own thing and pushed the boundaries as she explored new musical directions. That huge variety also makes it harder to pick her greatest song. However, I'm going to go for one of her earlier songs, written in 1967 and included on Clouds - the song is From Both Sides Now.

At the last count, From Both Sides Now had been covered by nearly 850 artists - a phenomenal number. Everyone from Neil Diamond to Natalie Cole has recorded it and it still stops people in their tracks when that simple acoustic riff is heard. Joni herself has reinvented it, with that now husky voice running through it against a jazz orchestra. The words will never change though, nor their meaning to anyone who's ever heard it.

Joni Before She Was Joni Mitchell

Joni Anderson

The freshness and sometimes innocence of the likes of Song To A Seagull can make us forget that Joni was actually a seasoned performer when she made the album. As Joni Anderson she'd cut her teeth around the Canadian folk scene, made several TV appearances and already demonstrated her songwriting skills. She'd also married and had a child (a whole story in its own right).

The clip below, and thank you to LiseFunderburg for Tweeting it, is a 1965 clip of Joni Anderson singing "Born To Take The Highway" - a simple but beautiful song and definitely prophetic - travelling to or travelling away from would become a feature of Joni's life.

I was born to take the highway
I was born to chase a dream
Any road at all is my way
Any place is where I've been
Anything is what I've seen

There's another version of Born To Take The Highway and a couple of other songs in some amazing clips from a 1966 Canadian TV Show Mon Pays, Mes Chansons., Unusually, these are colour, rather than b/w.

LOve Actually
LOve Actually

Joni CD In Love Actually

Both Sides Now

Joni recorded a CD of jazz standards, plus two of her own songs, under the title Both Sides Now. The tracks are ordered to show the course of a love affair from start to sad finish.

In the film Love Actually Emma Thompson knows her husband has bought an expensive necklace. When she opens her Christmas present to find the Both Sides Now CD instead, she realises that husband Alan Rickman is having an affair, the jewelry destined for his lover.

Buy Both Sides Now from Amazon.

Joni Mitchell Links

Surprisingly few decent sites out there for Joni Mitchell - if anyone finds anything then please add below.

An Extra Treat

Joni didn't record many songs by other people but here's a 1969 clip from Mama Cass's TV show where Joni, Mama and Mary Travers sing a Bob Dylan number: I Shall Be Released.

Do You Have A Favourite Joni Mitchell Album?

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      Bes Band Associates 

      2 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Great stuff!

      My wife did a Joni Mitchell Cover.

      Both Sides Now from Clouds.

      Type "Makaela Joy Both Sides Now" and it should pop up.

      I'm so proud of my wifey. :)

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      Sarah Galli 

      5 years ago from Sicily

      Really enjoyed reading that, thanks, Joni is a legend

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      6 years ago

      This hub is a must for all Joni Mitchell fans.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      My word, you're a true fan. I'd pretty well forgotten about Joni until I spent a happy half hour looking through your list and checking the youtube videos

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      6 years ago

      that's an awesome review Paul !

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      6 years ago

      I absolutely adore the cover design for Song to a Seagull. That is some great art -- would be nice on a t-shirt or mousepad!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Back again to revel in this stunning collection of Joni Mitchell's albums

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely songs! My favourite is Shadows and Light.

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      Carol Fisher 

      6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Joni Mitchell's latest version of Both Sides Now reduces me to tears every time I hear it or watch the video.

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      My favourites are The Hissing Of Summer Lawns and Hejira, need to get them on CD, still got the vinyl versions.

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      Mary Crowther 

      6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Wonderful review, Paul! Joni Mitchell is one of my all time favorites. While I don't have a favorite album, "California" is my Joni Mitchell song!

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      6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Summer lawns really do hiss, don't they? Sometimes they chirp too.

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      6 years ago

      I liked the statement that while "Hejira" was popular with fans, it wasn't so well received by radio stations. I first heard one of the songs (either "Amelia" or "Song for Sharon") on the FM station in Kansas City, Mo. I bought the album and it became one of my all-time faves, a go-to when I just want to play something.

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      6 years ago

      This is seriously one of the best reviews I have ever seen for an artist. Joni Mitchell rocks!

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      6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @anonymous: Thank you! And yes, she does.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I've stopped by before but wanted to wish you a very happy New Years eve and the very best of wishes for the New Year. If you are drinking something tall and cold have one for me please.

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      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      I used to enjoy Joni Mitchell bach in the day, but most of these are totally new to me - I shall be coming back often to listen and learn. Thanks for bringing me up to-date

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      archetekt lm 

      6 years ago

      Court and Spark is my favorite. Joni just had her 70th birthday last week i think. What an amazing career and legacy!

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      7 years ago

      Came back to leave a comment for the Peace and Music quest. This tribute to Joni needs to be included since she wrote the song Woodstock.

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      chi kung 

      7 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: I agree with you, so much work put into this!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      What great coverage you've given this icon of American music. Well done.

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      7 years ago

      Joni Mitchell was my favorite female artist back in the late 60's and 70's. I was 14 when I went to visit my sister. She let me go through her albums and pick out some to listen to. The first one I picked was Clouds - It was because I loved the artwork. I was hooked from that moment on I couldn't get enough of her. my faves are:

      1. Blue

      2. Court and Spark

      3. Clouds

      4. Song to a Seagull

      5. Ladies of the Canyons

      6. For the Roses

      7. Hissing of Summer Lawns

      8. Hejira

      I saw her perform at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, Fl. It was either 1969 or 70... David Crosby & Stephen Stills were playing there and she showed up and did 2 songs.

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      7 years ago

      This lens is really intersting i like it so much

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      If I were looking for Joni Mitchell album, you've given me all the information I would need to make a wise choice.

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      7 years ago

      I am pleased to see this wonderful lens. Excellent work done by you! :)

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      Fcuk Hub 

      7 years ago

      This lens is really something. As I'm interested in music I greatly appreciate your excellent work :)

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      7 years ago

      I think you will be impressed - my hubby has just walked in and within just a few bars was able to say "I know that song, it is Joni Mitchell singing Song to the Seagull" - not bad for somone who was not even at school when that recording was made :)

      I have to admit that I am not as big a fan of Joni MItchell as you are, but she was definitely a defining voice of the 60s and this is an excellent tribute to her music.

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      7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @sittonbull: I've always thought Miles was too cobbled together, even in its original format, though it has some great songs (but then, all her albums do!). That's partly why I've gone for the later live set, plus the one I've chosen has fantastic musicians and shows her voice later on in her career.

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      7 years ago

      My very favorite album I don't see listed on your lens, but it's a live performance titles Miles of Aisles (at the time a two record set!) Her skill, conversation with the audience, song writing, vocals and instrumentals are truly fabulous on that album! BTW this is a fabulous lens and the most comprehensive Joni site I have seen... but for my Miles of Aisles ;)

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      7 years ago

      "Clouds" has always been my favorite and she is, in my view, one of the best female music artists of all time!

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      7 years ago

      I love them all!

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      Margaret Schindel 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Well done! I've just added this to the Related Lenses section of my own Joni Mitchell tribute lens, Joni Mitchell - A Woman of Heart and Mind ( Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      This is a fabulous lens about Joni Mitchell. You can tell you put a lot of time and effort into gathering all your information. It's a wonderful, well written piece. A well deserved purple star award indeed.

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      7 years ago

      Wow. This is a very good resource for anyone wanting to check out Joni Mitchell's music. Thank you for putting this together!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I like you direct people out to legitimately get the lyrics to the Joni Mitchell songs. Very well thought out and displayed.

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      7 years ago

      It must have been very hard to narrow it down to your top ten. She is so talented. I think Clouds was great.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Wonderful collection of Joni Mitchell Albums. I can see why you had so much trouble selecting a top 10. Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks! Great Joni resource!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Shadows and Light, and my favorite from that is probably Coyote! :)

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      whiteskyline lm 

      8 years ago

      I am not familiar with her music, but it could grow on me. I tend towards more calm music nowadays :)

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      Sharon Bellissimo 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I really enjoyed that clip from 1965, when she was not yet famous and still called Joni Anderson. Awesome!

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      8 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      My daughter & I enjoyed listening to these songs this morning. Thank you for sharing!

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      Barbara Walton 

      8 years ago from France

      Brought back great memories!

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      8 years ago

      I came by here June '11 and promised to revisit when I got to Giant Squid. I did, and here I am. Have some Angel Dust on a great lens.......

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      8 years ago

      Oh yeah... Song to a Seagull. Cactus Tree is my all-time favorite Joni M. song. Terrific lens. Blessings.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Joni Mitchell - a great talent and this is a super lens

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      8 years ago from Edinburgh

      I love the use of her music in Love Actually...such an evocative piece of music.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful lens, great job!

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      flicker lm 

      8 years ago

      I really enjoyed the clip where she sings Born to Take the Highway. That was beautiful!

    • HenkWillemse profile image


      8 years ago

      I like her clouds album, but overall the surely is a great artist.

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      8 years ago

      Definitely worth a revisit! :)

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      8 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Great lens. I'm not very familiar with Joni's work other than the songs that hit the charts. I really enjoyed reading about her and her music.

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      poppy mercer 

      8 years ago from London

      I can't help but leave a blessing also...not just because her songs coloured my life, but because this is such a wonderful and comprehensive tribute.

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      davenjilli lm 

      8 years ago

      Songs to Aging Children Come, haven't heard this in 12 forevers. It was one of my favorites as a teen. Blessings!

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      8 years ago

      Back for a second visit and to leave a blessing.

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      8 years ago

      grannysage reaches for her guitar. Where is it? Oh, I gave it to my daughter. I was a folk singer wannabe. Song To Aging Children Come is such a haunting song. I always attributed Both Sides Now to Judy Collins, forgetting it was a Joni Mitchell song. I'd love to sit here all day and sing along, alas I must fly away for now.

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Terrific collection and review of Joni Mitchell albums here. :)

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      8 years ago

      Duh! I never knew she had so many albums. In fact, I have listened to a few of them (singles) and have always liked them! (I figure that there may be a couple of them in my collection!) :))

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these great resources.

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      SophiaStar LM 

      8 years ago

      Blue is my favorite, but here are still so many songs I have to yet to listen to. What a wonderful compilation you put together!

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      Paul Goodman 

      8 years ago from Florida, USA

      I have almost all the early and mid albums and would agree with your choices. My feelings about her later, jazzy albums are more mixed. Blue is probably her best album, but as I've overplayed it so much in the past, I rarely listen to it nowadays! :-)

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      Nathalie Roy 

      8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I love Joni Mitchell, she has a beautiful voice and some amazing songs. But you are truly a bigger fan than I am!

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      8 years ago

      Îi Paul,

      I would like to invite you to read my lens on the Greek debt. Thank you.

    • kathysart profile image


      8 years ago

      Blue.. I love Blue. I have bout 8 of her CD's, I've always been a fan. Angel blessed lens.

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      mary lighthouse15 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful songs right there! Thumbs up!

    • annieangel1 profile image


      8 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I couldn't decide between Joni Mitchell and Joan Biaz! My favourite song is Clouds. thanks for the virtual concert.

    • jadehorseshoe profile image


      8 years ago

      Very Useful Lens!

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      NickyT LM 

      8 years ago

      Undoubtedly it is "Court and Spark" for me. Never gets old... ever.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Just testing the guestbook. (You can delete.) Saw the forum post and wanted to see if there was a code.

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      8 years ago

      I don't, but I can see you are a true fan.

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      8 years ago

      I don't, but I can see you are a true fan.

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      davenjilli lm 

      8 years ago

      thanks for the trip down memory lane! She was one of my favorites as a whimsical teenage girl

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      8 years ago

      I like Joni Mitchell's Jazz discography. I think it's rawness of her tone that attracts people.

      Thank you for this lens.

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      8 years ago

      Blue is my favourite and this is a great lens as even though I am a big fan of hers there are a lot of things that I didn't know

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      8 years ago from New York

      Too hard to pick just one as a fave. Love Joni. Enjoyed your you tube selections. Thank you. I needed a dose of her voice and lyrics today.

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      Carolan Ross 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I've loved Joni Mitchell since the 1970s, favorite was "Court and Spark" but think I have every CD listed here, so BIG fan. Great tribute you have created here, kudos and congrats on that purple star, well-deserved.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens and congratulations on the purple star award, it's obvious from the content what a big fan you are of Joni.

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      rozalex lm 

      9 years ago

      I didn't know Joni Mitchell before!

      Wonderful artist! cool lens!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      9 years ago from Colorado

      Just stopping back by to leave a blessing. Thanks again for this wonderful tribute to Joni Mitchell. I am listening to some of my favorite songs even as we speak.

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      9 years ago

      Great tribute.

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens to a wonderfully talented artist!

    • Richard-H profile image


      9 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Superb tribute to Joni Mitchell's music. Blessed!

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      9 years ago

      Blue is an absolute classic. Thanks for this lens!

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      Pip Gerard 

      9 years ago

      she definitely has a unique and beautiful voice that definitely represents that decade for sure! great lense Paul... really enjoyed it :)

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      JoolsObsidian LM 

      9 years ago

      I love Joni Mitchell - great lens really enjoyed it !!

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for the music! I like Joni Mitchell.

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      Marigold Tortelli 

      9 years ago

      Joni Mitchell is one of my favorite musicians. Hejira was the first record I ever bought and it's still my favorite Joni Mitchell album.

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      9 years ago

      great lens

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      My favourite album of Joni's is The Hissing Of Summer Lawns. Every track is a good one, and it's interesting to see how she used the Burundi drummer who were popular in the early 1970's (with a single of their own, plus used by other artists like Adam Ant) on The Jungle Line. I also like Hejira, and think she transformed into Jazz very well. I might have to acquire these on CD one day, both still on vinyl packed away.

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      mellex lm 

      9 years ago from Australia

      absolutely love 'Blue'. Great lens :-)

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful artist, lovely lens. Thanks much! :-)

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      9 years ago

      The only Joni album I have is 'Night Ride Home'. As soon as I heard it, I thought it was brilliant. Why is this one not featured here I wonder?

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      9 years ago

      interesting and complete. I love '70 music. Take a look on my lens about italian music in these years. You'll find on my profile, if you want.

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      CHalloran LM 

      9 years ago

      What a great tribute page for such a great singer.

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      9 years ago

      Like her music very much. You feel about her the way I do about Karen Carpenter.

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      sushilkin lm 

      9 years ago

      Good music review lens! Thanks for sharing

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      9 years ago

      From finding Joni via Whispering Bob on the Old Grey Whistle Test zillions of years ago right through to reading this lens, her voice and words have held me in sway.

      Last year I bought a double CD not mentioned here - Dreamland and I shouldn't have done. I played it once.

      The last quarter of the songs should not have been put on the cd - Result?

      Lots of cigarettes 1 Joni's Voice 0.

      Rule one...never go back and try and find the girl or guy you dated at school forty years ago. Always remember them as they were.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      I adore Clouds, but Shadows and Light is really something special. :)

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      GuyB LM 

      9 years ago

      you spelled favorite wrong

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      9 years ago

      Great music review lens! The official lyrics link was a nice touch. Adding a few duels could help you generate some interesting conversation as passionate listeners stop by to defend their artist.


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