Blue

Performers Joni Mitchell

Reprise | April 24, 1990 | Compact Disc

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Along with Court and Spark, this album stands as one of two classic albums by Joni Mitchell. Prior to her more jazz-influenced albums of the later '70s, this 1971 album offers undiluted folk rock with Mitchell's high-pitched voice gliding over able guitar while she and guests like James Taylor and Stephen Stills add stellar piano playing. Blue contains some gems like the opening song, "All I Want" and the slightly cabaret-styled "My Old Man." Of course, what are more quintessentially '70s than "Little Green," with its story about a lover heading out to California, or the buoyant "Carey," telling of carefree days drinking wine and smashing glasses in a café?

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 24, 1990

Genre: Folk Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1971

Label Name: Reprise

UPC: 075992719926

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Blue

Performers Joni Mitchell
Guest Artist(s) James Taylor, Stephen Stills
Engineer Henry Lewy

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 24, 1990

Genre: Folk Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1971

Label Name: Reprise

UPC: 075992719926


Title Track Time
1.All I Want --
2.My Old Man --
3.Little Green --
4.Carey --
5.Blue --
6.California --
7.This Flight Tonight --
8.River --
9.Case Of You, A --
10.Last Time I Saw Richard, The --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Joni Mitchell (vocals, guitar, piano); James Taylor (guitar); Sneeky Pete (pedal steel guitar); Stephen Stills (bass, guitar); Russ Kunkel (drums). Recorded at A&M Studios, Los Angeles, California. Joni Mitchell's fourth album maintained the confessional style of its predecessors, but her biographical epistles were here infused with greater maturity. Although her lyrics remained personal, Mitchell drew upon their described scenarios to express a greater context. Stephen Stills and James Taylor added sympathetic accompaniment, but the album's musical textures were defined by the singer's use of guitar, piano and dulcimer. Mitchell's vocals showed a new depth and range absent from earlier work, emphasizing Blue's important place in her maturation as an artist. She never returned to folk after this release, she spied a bigger world for her lyrics and eclectic ideas of song.
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