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A Tribute To Joni Mitchell CD


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  • Audio CD (23 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000NJXCG2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Free Man In ParisSufjan Stevens 5:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Boho DanceBjork 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. DreamlandCaetano Veloso 4:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Don't Interrupt the SorrowBrad Mehldau 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. For the RosesCassandra Wilson 5:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Case of YouPrince 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. BlueSarah McLachlan 2:47Album Only
Listen  8. Ladies of the Canyon (fix)Annie Lennox 3:39Album Only
Listen  9. Magdalene Laundries (fix)Emmylou Harris 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Edith and the KingpinElvis Costello 5:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Help MeK. D. Lang 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. RiverJames Taylor 3:36Album Only

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TRIBUTE CD

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Tribute records live or die by the performers' ability to interpret the subject's work in new and inventive frameworks, or by how well they evoke the spirit of the original recordings. Joni Mitchell's poetic folk and jazz offers infinite possibilities for the former, which makes the notion of this collection by indie rockers, pop divas, and country and folk practitioners most appealing. Not surprisingly, for most of the men it turns out to be more of an intellectual exercise than an emotional foray (Elvis Costello's harder take on "Edith and the Kingpin," Sufjan Stevens's jumbled sonic landscape on "Free Man in Paris"). But there are some breathtaking performances from the women, starting with Bjork's wide-eyed cover of "The Bojo Dance" and moving on to Cassandra Wilson's mahogany-voiced "For the Roses," Emmylou Harris's devastating reading of "The Magdalene Laundries," and Sarah McLachlan's goosebump-raising "Blue," where her vocals approximate Mitchell's so thoroughly some folks might be fooled. Hands down, the most peculiar track is Prince's doo-woppy "A Case of You," which nearly defies description. The project got started in the late '90s and was finished only recently, which probably accounts for a stilted unevenness and seeming lack of continuity. Think of this as an interesting companion to Mitchell's vast and vital body of work. But the revered Lady of the Canyon doubtless deserves a far more comprehensive and well-executed homage. --Alanna Nash

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Sloane on 10 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wow, this is a patchy collection. There is no question that all of the songs are A1, top drawer - that's a given. But some of the arrangements are dreadful; and some of the arrangements are magnificent.

My favourite at the moment is Bjork's "Boho Dance" from Summer Laws, although Prince's "Case of you" is wonderful, as are the Brad Meldhau and Sarah McLachlan covers. The biggest disappointment is Elvis Costello's cover of "Edith and the Kingpin", which adds nothing to the original.

Now you may say "how could you add anything to the original of Edith and the Kingpin?" and I would reply "Listen to Ian Shaw's cover on "Drawn to all things"!!

Actually, if you like Joni Mitchell's songs, do try Ian Shaw's collection of covers, it is brilliant.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ZaraBradley on 24 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
As with all attempts to cover well known songs from revered artists, there's a certain element of damned if you do, damned if you don't - Prince has come in for a lot of flak for a very Prince version of A Case Of You, while some love it; Sufjan Steven's entertaining reworking of Free Man In Paris is either loved for its invention or disliked for daring to do something different. But simply put (and I love both the Sufjan and Prince tracks), this is a really entertaining collection of Mitchell covers, from as wide a bunch of artists as you'd hope to see on an album like this. All tracks may not to be to everyone's liking, and life would be dull if they were, but these artists are all clearly real fans of Joni, and the affection shines through.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Stephenson on 27 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Few musicians have developed a body of work with the artistic range, depth, quality and integrity of Joni Mitchell. In a career spanning over 40 years she has continued to develop while many of her contemporaries have become (albeit well-loved) "juke box" artists churning out their old hits for their old fans.

Therefore it is not surprising such a wide-range of musicians should become involved in the production of this covers album. With the exception of Sufjan I have and enjoy music made by all of the participants. Every one of the contributors is talented and all bring something new to the music. However the individual performances are disparate in their styling and pacing ultimately producing an unsatisfactory listening experience. I suspect most people will programme the CD to play only certain tracks, depending on their particular likes and mood.

Joni revisited her back catalogue to better effect on the superb Travelogue in 2002. Ian Shaw's marvellous 2006 jazz take on Joni, Drawn to All Things is also to my mind a preferred purchase to this compilation.

So not by any means a bad CD, but uneven.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Freeman on 23 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
All tributes attest to an artist's ability to inspire his/her peers, while also providing a sweep of a career and its mark on its field. Joni Mitchell has provided such a musical education, spanning various genres, it would be expected that this overdue tribute would include artists from different corners. However, such a tribute should be tended to with the greatest of care; Ms. Mitchell has never delivered a product that lacked tremendous involvement of herself and her gift, why would a tribute do otherwise?

The positives on this venture are, indeed, inspired. Prince takes the crown with his rendition of " A Case of You", lending it a soulful swing that makes it his own creation. Emmylou Harris is also stellar, adding just the right flavor to the melancholy, gorgeous " Magdalene Launderies". Sarah McLachlan, if a bit overwrought, bears a strong likeness to the original " Blue", save the annoying, ill-advised synthsizer, a replacement of the poetic piano backing. Bjork playfully tinkers with the " Boho Dance", sprinkling Bjork fairy dust all over the lyrics.

Other songs are not so successful. Elvis Costello, a fine performer in most arenas, does " Edith and the Kingpin" no favors. Annie Lennox, another brilliant musician, mangles " Ladies of the Canyon" to the point that it is unrecognizable. Again, synthesizers destroy the pastoral vibe of the original, stripping the song of its elegant charm. Bad move, changing a warm song into a cold key.

James Taylor caps with his version of " River", sounding exactly like one would expect. Is this homage or defamation? That is up for debate.

Joni fans, such as I, will always prefer the originals to interpretations. This is worth the purchase because it provides a forum for artists Ms. Mitchell admires, ones who honor her in their most sincere way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Nunn on 21 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Inevitably some songs work, others don't ... it's probably a matter of taste more than anything else. More seriously, this CD comes with a nasty top heavy frequency that will overdrive the tweeters in your speakers so I'd advise anyone to think very carefully before bothering to purchase it - it might cost you a great deal more than the price of a CD! If Nonesuch bother to respond to my questions about the quality of this CD I'll post their comments here ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Fulton on 20 Sep 2009
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Without doubt there should be a tribute album to joni mitchell but this is not the one , a very poor effort by some of the artistes involved and i am not trying to compare them with the originals but the standout tracks are worthy of a mention ,Bjork.s version of the boho dance feels like its from the heart and i find myself liking bjork's tribute the best ,something very honest and captivating about her performance , K.D Langs version of help me is one of the better songs too nicely performed in great voice ,Sarah Mclachlan singing blue is spine tingling ,it just oozes magic and Emmylou Harris with the magdalene laundries is such a lovely version ,very emotional and convincing and for me makes this cd worth owning , there are i feel about three other great tracks on this cd which is probably down to personal taste ,everyone hears things in a different way so not trying to be opinionated but would have expected a tribute album to joni mitchell to be on the money with every song and not such a patchy collection ..
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