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Re: Joni Mitchell
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2020, 07:28:34 PM »

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Re: Joni Mitchell
« Reply #31 on: March 20, 2020, 09:14:45 AM »
My former sister in law had all of Joni Mitchells albums and used to drive us mental by insisting we heard them, when visiting. I can admire the fact she sometimes wrote a decent song, but could never take her voice. Like a dentists drill on some stuff, and it went right through me!

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Re: Joni Mitchell
« Reply #32 on: March 20, 2020, 10:54:03 AM »
She's got about 4 voices, how can you hate them all?!

Herbie Hancock rates her as one of the best jazz singers of all time. Her voice by Travelogue is incredible, rich like Billie Holiday's, and a looong away from the octave-leaping instrument she had in the 60s.

I mean, listen to 'Both Sides now' in 1969 and then in 2000:

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Re: Joni Mitchell
« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2020, 03:52:28 PM »
He did a whole album of her songs; the version of "Edith and the Kingpin" with Tina Turner on vocals is fantastic. Also a great version of "Tea Leaf Prophecy".

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Re: Joni Mitchell
« Reply #34 on: March 20, 2020, 04:09:11 PM »
Indeed, and that's a good version of 'Edith'.

Have you seen that footage from '87 of Joni and Herbie in a session with Wayne Shorter, Larry Klein, and David Sanborn, with Bobby McFerrin pissing about on top of everything? Some sublime moments in there:

https://youtu.be/IGJyjFhCgkE

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Re: Joni Mitchell
« Reply #35 on: March 20, 2020, 07:34:26 PM »
Not my cup of tea at all, but there are some very funny reviews here:

http://www.markprindle.com/mitchell.htm

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Re: Joni Mitchell
« Reply #36 on: March 20, 2020, 08:17:03 PM »
I love old Prind, probably most when he’s hilariously wrong and out of his depth. Those are cracking reviews.

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Re: Joni Mitchell
« Reply #37 on: March 20, 2020, 09:02:12 PM »
I love old Prind, probably most when he’s hilariously wrong and out of his depth.

Lovely chap too, I had a few fun chats with him about video nasties way back. Hope he's been doing OK since he retired the site.

I enjoyed the escalating rants from 'tbecker' in the comments of each review up to Court & Spark (her 'sellout' album, apparently), especially when he went nuclear on the intergenerational conflict. I found it impossible to read his thoughts without thinking "ok boomer".

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Re: Joni Mitchell
« Reply #38 on: March 22, 2020, 09:12:42 PM »
Good video showing you some of her mad guitar tunings - How To Play Joni Mitchell Songs

It's probably considered cheating by "proper" guitarists, but what a lovely sound they produce!

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Re: Joni Mitchell
« Reply #39 on: March 22, 2020, 11:54:14 PM »
The Shadows And Light concert performance is well worth hearing and seeing (some of the annoying editing choices in the latter notwithstanding). Joni, on the cusp of early middle-age, cool and imperious, backed by crack team of fusion-jazzers - Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Don Alias, Lyle Mays and Mike Brecker - all serving the songs with nary more than the odd hint of grandstanding here and there, recorded on a balmy evening at an idyllic-looking Santa Barbara Bowl. (Incomplete bit of Coyote, taken from the VHS/DVD release here.)

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Re: Joni Mitchell
« Reply #40 on: March 23, 2020, 02:52:49 PM »
^ I posted the version of Amelia from S&L on the ‘Astonishing YouTube Performances’ thread recently. Just amazing.

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