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Joni Mitchell - Ladies Of The Canyon (1970/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Joni Mitchell - Ladies Of The Canyon (1970/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Joni Mitchell
Title: Ladies Of The Canyon
Genre: Folk, Soft Rock, Folk Rock, Psychedelic, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Reprise Records
Release Date: 1970/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 44:54
Recorded: 1969 - 1970, A&M Studios, Los Angeles


Ladies Of The Canyon is Joni Mitchell’s 1970 masterpiece. Possessing one of music’s greatest voices, this wonderfully varied work showcases her artistic growth. Her instrumentation flourishes with vibrant arrangements that incorporate piano, strings, electric keyboards and percussions to greater use. The songs here take on many moods, ranging from the easygoing “Morning Morgantown” to the sentimental classic “The Circle Game.” It also features several of Mitchell’s most noted classics including “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock.” One of her finest releases, the album blends folk with elements of pop and jazz.


This wonderfully varied release shows a number of new tendencies in Joni Mitchell's work, some of which would come to fuller fruition on subsequent albums. "The Arrangement," "Rainy Night House," and "Woodstock" contain lengthy instrumental sections, presaging the extensive non-vocal stretches in later selections such as "Down to You" from Court and Spark. Jazz elements are noticeable in the wind solos of "For Free" and "Conversation," exhibiting an important influence that would extend as late as Mingus. The unusually poignant desolation of "The Arrangement" would surface more strongly in Blue. A number of the selections here ("Willy" and "Blue Boy") use piano rather than guitar accompaniment; arrangements here are often more colorful and complex than before, utilizing cello, clarinet, flute, saxophone, and percussion. Mitchell sings more clearly and expressively than on prior albums, most strikingly so on "Woodstock," her celebration of the pivotal 1960s New York rock festival. This number, given a haunting electric piano accompaniment, is sung in a gutsy, raw, soulful manner; the selection proves amply that pop music anthems don't all have to be loud production numbers. Songs here take many moods, ranging from the sunny, easygoing "Morning Morgantown" (a charming small-town portrait) to the nervously energetic "Conversation" (about a love triangle in the making) to the cryptically spooky "The Priest" (presenting the speaker's love for a Spartan man) to the sweetly sentimental classic "The Circle Game" (denoting the passage of time in touching terms) to the bouncy and vibrant single "Big Yellow Taxi" (with humorous lyrics on ecological matters) to the plummy, sumptuous title track (a celebration of creativity in all its manifestations). This album is yet another essential listen in Mitchell's recorded canon. --AllMusic Review by David Cleary


Tracklist:
1. Morning Morgantown 03:13
2. For Free 04:31
3. Conversation 04:27
4. Ladies Of The Canyon 03:33
5. Willy 03:01
6. The Arrangement 03:34
7. Rainy Night House 03:24
8. The Priest 03:41
9. Blue Boy 02:54
10. Big Yellow Taxi 02:15
11. Woodstock 05:29
12. The Circle Game 04:51


Personnel:
Joni Mitchell - guitar, piano, vocals
Teresa Adams - cello
Paul Horn - clarinet, flute
Jim Horn - baritone saxophone
Milt Holland - percussion
The Saskatunes - bop vocals
The Lookout Mountain United Downstairs Choir - chorus on "The Circle Game"
Don Bagley - cello arrangement



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