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Joni Mitchell

Biography

Born: November 7, 1943; Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada  
When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century. Uncompromising and iconoclastic, Mitchell confounded expectations at every turn; restlessly innovative, her music evolved from deeply-personal folk stylings into pop, jazz, avant-garde, and even world music, presaging the multi-cultural experimentation of the 1980s and 1990s by over a decade. Fiercely independent, Read more her work steadfastly resisted the whims of both mainstream audiences and the male-dominated recording industry -- while Mitchell's records never sold in the same numbers enjoyed by contemporaries like Carole King, Janis Joplin, or Aretha Franklin, none experimented so recklessly with their artistic identities or so bravely explored territory outside of the accepted confines of pop music. The commercial and critical approval awarded her landmark 1971 record Blue was unprecedented: a luminous, starkly confessional set, it firmly established Mitchell as one of pop music's most remarkable and insightful talents. Predictably, she turned away from Blue's incandescent folk with 1972's For the Roses, the first of the many major stylistic turns she would take over the course of her daring career. Backed by rock-jazz performer Tom Scott, Mitchell's music began moving into more pop-oriented territory, a change typified by the single "You Turn Me On (I'm a Radio)," her first significant hit. The follow-up, 1974's classic Court and Spark, was her most commercially successful outing: a sparkling, jazz-accented set, it reached the number two spot on the U.S. album charts and launched three hit singles -- "Help Me," "Free Man in Paris," and "Raised on Robbery." 1975's The Hissing of Summer Lawns was a bold, almost avant-garde record which housed her increasingly complex songs in experimental, jazz-inspired settings; "The Jungle Line" introduced the rhythms of African Burundi drums, placing her far ahead of the pop world's mid-'80s fascination with world music. Read less
Browse 1-11 of 11 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Berlioz: Les nuits d'ete, Harold in Italy; Love Songs / Anne Sofie von Otter
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40035 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Brad Mehldau,  Léo Ferré,  Barbara  ... 
    Performer:  Antoine Tamestit,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Brad Mehldau
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    Both Sides, Now / Hakan Hardenberger, Kenneth Sillito, Academy Of St Martin In The Fields
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1814 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Joni Mitchell,  Richard Rodgers,  Saint-Preux  ... 
    Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger,  Roland Pöntinen
    Conductor:  Kenneth Sillito
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Joni / Songs Of Joni Mitchell Arranged By Peter Herbert
    Label: Col Legno   Catalog: 30005 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joni Mitchell
    Performer:  Peter [Double Bass] Herbert,  Ena,  Wolfgang Mitterer
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    Love Songs / Anne Sofie Von Otter, Brad Mehldau
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5241 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Brad Mehldau,  Léo Ferré,  Barbara,  Joni Mitchell  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Brad Mehldau
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  • 5.
    Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle And The Drum
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 6665 Release Date: 02/10/2009  
    Composer:  Joni Mitchell
    Performer:  Joni Mitchell
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    The Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 305 Release Date: 10/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Curtis Reginald Lewis,  Judith Owen,  Barb Jungr,  Johnny Pate  ... 
    Performer:  Clark Tracey,  Gareth Williams,  Claire Martin,  Laurence Cottle  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Janiczek,  John Butt,  Alan Tavener
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Fitzwilliam String Quartet,  Dunedin Consort  ... 
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    Blood & Feathers - Live At The Cafe Carlyle / Ute Lemper
    Label: Drg   Catalog: 18002 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Georges Moustaki,  Ute Lemper,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  Ute Lemper,  Werner Gierig,  Gregory Jones,  Mark Lambert  ... 
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    Blood & Feathers - Live At The Cafe Carlyle / Ute Lemper
    Label: Drg   Catalog: 91490 Release Date: 06/07/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Georges Moustaki,  Ute Lemper,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  Ute Lemper,  Werner Gierig,  Gregory Jones,  Mark Lambert  ... 
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    Renée Fleming - Haunted Heart
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000440602 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harry Warren,  John Lennon,  Guy Wood,  Stephen Foster  ... 
    Performer:  Fred Hersch,  Renée Fleming,  Bill Frisell
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    Classic Kennedy
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56890 Release Date: 02/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Andrew Crowley,  Charles Tunnell,  John Anderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Barritt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Voices
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