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Editors’ Notes

Also known as Song to a Seagull, Joni Mitchell’s 1968 debut album features songs more musically sophisticated and less commercially direct than those of hers covered by other artists at the time, such as “Both Sides Now” and “Chelsea Morning” by Judy Collins and “Tin Angel,” “Urge for Going,” and “The Circle Game” by Tom Rush. Mitchell wrote a loose concept, with the two halves being “I Came to the City” and “Out of the City and Down to the Seaside.” Essentially, the first five songs describe characters in urban environments, while the second batch represent bucolic love and freedom. David Crosby’s sympathetic production centers on Mitchell’s abilities. 

Customer Reviews

Some Non-Original Tracks

I-Tunes seems to be undermining Joni by not taking the original tracks. Some here sound original (Cactus Tree, Song to A Seagull) but other do not (Sisotowbell Lane) and appears to studio records from a somewhat later era. Very disappointing for a Joni fan of the original cuts. I-Tunes should get these right or at least let us know which are which. 4 stars with a penalty for I-Tunes, not for Joni who is always sublime.


and it is an incredible set of beautifully poetic songs that began a phenomenal journey. You instanly feel a cool northern breeze and are lulled by magical acoustic guitar, then, you hear her. Ethereal yet soulful. Perfect phrasing. Intelligently written yet simple lyrics. The whole experience is breath taking. It resonates just as much today as when I first heard it twenty years ago, when it was already over twenty years old. To me, this is amongst the best popular music ever recorded, yet it just hints at the depth to come. An astonishing debut.

Itunes you're incorrect.

This album is not self titled. It's titled "Song To A Seagull".


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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