12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released April 1970, Joni Mitchell's third solo album captures both the optimism of the counterculture and the wary feelings that were beginning to manifest. Away from the burdensome Saskatchewan winters, Mitchell found her muse in the sunny, mellow sway of L.A's Laurel Canyon among like-minded neighbors. "BigYellow Taxi" hurtles past with a schoolgirl laugh and a cautionary tale. "For Free" recounts the intimate power of a street singer versus her own rise in the star-making machine. "Woodstock" represents the apex of the impossible hippie dream. While some songs represent Mitchell at her most wide-eyed and naïve (1966's much covered "The Circle Game" makes its Mitchell debut here), there's also a musical sophistication to her lesser-known compositions. "Rainy Night House," allegedly about fellow Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, is a dark, sweet piano ballad. It's matched by the romance of "Blue Boy," another neglected, hidden gem from one of the 20th century's finest songwriters.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released April 1970, Joni Mitchell's third solo album captures both the optimism of the counterculture and the wary feelings that were beginning to manifest. Away from the burdensome Saskatchewan winters, Mitchell found her muse in the sunny, mellow sway of L.A's Laurel Canyon among like-minded neighbors. "BigYellow Taxi" hurtles past with a schoolgirl laugh and a cautionary tale. "For Free" recounts the intimate power of a street singer versus her own rise in the star-making machine. "Woodstock" represents the apex of the impossible hippie dream. While some songs represent Mitchell at her most wide-eyed and naïve (1966's much covered "The Circle Game" makes its Mitchell debut here), there's also a musical sophistication to her lesser-known compositions. "Rainy Night House," allegedly about fellow Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, is a dark, sweet piano ballad. It's matched by the romance of "Blue Boy," another neglected, hidden gem from one of the 20th century's finest songwriters.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
93 Ratings
93 Ratings
cantare0suonare ,

Gorgeous. Absolutely incredible.

This is certainly one of the most beautiful albums I own.

Joni is a master songwriter, a surprising inventor of folk music for both guitar and piano.
Her lyrics are gorgeous.

There are so many wonderful songs on this album that I find the task of choosing a favorite impossible. The song "Rainy Night House" stands out as a testament to life, to the search for self.

Of course, her hit "Big Yellow Taxi" is on this album-- a fun, upbeat, song laced with wise words.

Better yet, however, is "The Priest".

As always, Joni uses her beautiful voice to turn poetic phrases into song.
Her earthy sound, uncluttered and still complex, both sooths and awakens.
I would even be so bold as to compare the effect of her songs to that of classical music.

"Grimmbo" ,

"You Don"t Know What You've Got 'Til It's Gone!"

.."We're Captive On The Carousel Of Time!"..Oh; What an exquisite early effort was "Ladies Of The Canyon" by Joni Mitchell!-I agree with the lead reviewer; Many jazzy & moody elements begin to appear on this recording; Hard to believe it's only Joni's third LP!-Delving into Mature & Topical themes as: Adultery; Ecology; Pollution; Religion & Merchandising; Joni manages to be both Thought-Provoking and Sing-Along-Able; Even during the same song!-A Superior Songstress!...by Grimmbo.

bryeboy ,

Great Album by a true artist

I was in high school when this album was released, and I was really into hard core rock like Grand Funk Railroad so I was really hesitant when it was recommended by a friend. However, when I brought it home ,and slipped on the turntable I was hooked almost immediately.

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