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Court and Spark

Joni Mitchell

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Joni Mitchell's Court And Spark is quite simply one of the great singer/songwriter albums of the1970s, a near-perfect marriage of fine-painted language and innovative, genre-fusing music. This album was a quantum leap forward for Mitchell both creatively and commercially, marking her full-fledged transition from coffee house folkie into jazz club chanteuse. It also boasted a pair of genuine radio hits in the instantly-appealing "Free Man In Paris" and "Help Me," both breezy pop tunes of rare intelligence. But these tracks are just the gateways into Court And Spark's garden of pleasures. Mitchell's lyric landscape — as deceptively balmy and subtly-changeable as her adopted L.A.— takes on new depth and nuance in songs like "People's Parties," "Trouble Child" and "Down To You." As a vocalist, her feathery highs and throaty lows never sounded better and she swings like crazy here. Backed up by a stellar jazz-rock combo with help from a guest cast ranging fromThe Band's Robbie Robertson to Cheech and Chong, Joni truly came into her own as an artist with Court And Spark.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant. And it gets better EVERY time. Buy this record. Trust me.

Court and Spark is a classic. It's beautifully written, devastating, romantic, funny and, most of all, groovy. Every track is a 10, but if you must download one, try Car On A Hill. Also, watch for Cheech & Chong's guest appearance on Twisted. Personally, Trouble Child gets me every time... Poetic, amazing, truly original. BUY THIS RECORD NOW.

One of The Best Albums Ever Recorded

I first heard this record in 1975 in a record store in Dallas, TX. The store manager played Free Man in Paris, and at the age of 16, I was blown away. Despite a couple of hits (Help Me and Free Man in Paris), this is an album that should be enjoyed in it's entirety. It competes with anything from the Beatles or Beach Boys. Totally original, but accessible. You don't have to try and figure out obscure lyric references or play the record backwards to get the meaning. These lyrics are beautifully written and they make sense. Pour a glass of wine and sit back. You will love this record.

Joni knocked it out

I tend to agree with the other reviews. This one is Classic and a real work of genius. This is why after 30+ years, I still listen to it. A real tour-de-force. Get it, chill and really listen. It's wonderful.
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Biography

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

Genre: Rock

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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