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Joni Mitchell describes this thematic compilation as “my contribution to Saskatchewan’s Centennial celebrations.” Mitchell spent most of her childhood in Saskatoon, and it’s reflected in many songs presented here, from her need to escape its harsh winters (“Urge for Going”) to memories of being a teenager dreaming of bigger things (“Let the Wind Carry Me”). Her music evokes the icy terrain on “Paprika Plains” (in a new mix) and the extended narrative of “Song for Sharon.” “River” and “Raised on Robbery” are the album’s best known songs. However, Mitchell’s genius follows her everywhere; the edited version of “Come in from the Cold” is simply wondrous.


Born: November 7, 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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