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Joni Mitchell turned her gaze outward for an album sketching the post-hippie landscape at the dawn of the '70s. The title track gently pokes fun at her fellow Los Angeles bohemians, while the wistful "For Free" finds a successful singer/songwriter shown up by a street busker, and "Woodstock" celebrates the gathering of her tribe. Singing in a new, slightly lower register that lends warmth to her vocals, Mitchell adds strings, reeds and percussion to her arrangements, giving tracks like "Conversation" and "The Circle Game" a richer, jazz-influenced sound.


Born: 07 November 1943 in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No female artist better typified the singer/songwriter movement of the '70s than Joni Mitchell, though her public image as the serious, sensitive woman with a guitar shortchanged her abilities, ambitions, and accomplishments. Mitchell's gift for writing personal, folk-inspired songs about the thorny side of life and love was inarguable (particularly on albums like 1970's Ladies of the Canyon and 1971's Blue), but Mitchell also brought the same smarts and eloquence to glossy pop on her commercial...
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