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Ladies of the Canyon

Joni Mitchell

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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.

"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! Grimmbo.

Ladies of the Canyon

I agree with all the other reviewers as to the incredible beauty and depth of Joni's music and lyrics, but beg to differ in the matter of defining her music as 'folk.' If you look up the definition of folk, say on wikipedia, you will see Joni's music in no way fits into that category. It so doesn't fit that I would not call it 'folk rock' either. Of course she's invented an original style within rock, that includes elements of classical ballad singing and amazing lyrics that verge on Shakespearean, but the whole span of her work seems to fit best into the plain old category of 'rock music' as it was progressively redefined from the 60's on.


Born: November 7, 1943 in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Pop

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

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 multicultural experimentation of the 1980s and 1990s by over a decade. Fiercely independent, her work steadfastly resisted the whims of both mainstream...
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