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Blue [Gold CD, Import]

Joni Mitchell Audio CD
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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Joni Mitchell Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Gold CD, Import
  • Label: Dcc Gold Disc
  • ASIN: B00000IARU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All I Want
2. My Old Man
3. Little Green
4. Carey
5. Blue
6. California
7. This Flight Tonight
8. River
9. A Case Of You
10. The Last Time I Saw Richard

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alone in the Paint Box 29 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
The literary classics endure the test of time because of the universal nature of the human condition; the great works address these tender truths in a timeless way. Pop culture rarely has a claim to this type of insight, but " Blue" raised the stakes for what a singer/songwriter could accomplish.

To begin, the record is obviously a 180 degree look at a life that has had its share of joy and pain, producing an effort that allows the listener to see the artist, but also see him/herself. The journey begins with the giddy optimism of " All I Want"; the middle eloquently details "Blue", the state of being and the torment of distructive love, a condition most have suffered. The end brings a sense of renewal, imploring "Richard" to see a dark time as a phase as opposed to a fate. In the interim we get to travel to far flung places ( " Carey"), wistfully long for home ( " California") and reflect on treasures lost and found ( " River"). One has to be moved by "Blue", even with the hipster inspired vernacular found in some of the lyrics. Mitchell's three octave range is best used in this release as well, a feature seemingly elusive in later work.

It is understandable why Ms. Mitchell would be disappointed when people fail to respond to her more profound observations; however, "Blue" draws because of the confession that any of us could make, although in a less poetic manner. " Blue" stands the test of time because it seeps from the human heart, straight into one's speakers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate version... 25 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album was originally released in 1971 and runs at less than 37 minutes long, but on it's own has influenced more singer song writer than any other album, from Prince,Alicia Keys,Gemma Hayes and Kate Bush to name but a few, they all tip their hat to Joni's Blue.

If you are a Joni Mitchell fan and are lucky enough to find a copy of this C.D. just buy it regardless of the cost, you will not be sorry.

This version of Blue offers the listener greater clarity of sound that a standard aluminium pressed compact discs do not offer,this version is pressed in 24 carat Gold.

The playback of the album is nothing short of stunning,the bass is now deeper and the high end is now a lot crisper, this is achieved by the manufacturer(DCC compact classics inc)using the original 2 master tapes on a custom made vacuum tube mastering system for the digital transfer this allows the mastering process to occur without further sonic manipulation.

What you hear is what Joni Mitchell recorded and nothing else,the background hiss caused by the tapes on C.D. before is gone.
This process plus the use of Gold in the pressing creates a musical experience that has to be heard to be believed.

This re-issue even recreates the original American artwork.

The album still opens with the track All I Want as always, and from the first note the listener can tell this isn't the usual sound this album has on C.D.

A high point of this collection for me is the bass and guitar playing by Stephen Stills on the song Carey, that with this version has even greater depth and feeling.

Another guest player of note on this album is James Taylor who plays guitar on the tracks California,All I Want and A Case of You.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely mindblowing 2 Sep 2005
By JackG
Format:Audio CD
There are no words in the English language (I don't speak any other) to describe how utterly outstanding this album is. I just can't explain it. It's so unbelievably fantastic. I'm not worried how cliched this sounds - I'd put it up there as one of the greatest works of art (and that's not specific to music) produced in the late 20th century. I can't put it simpler; there's no way to avoid cliché when reviewing something this good.
It's almost as if Joni Mitchell took her soul, split into ten parts and put it on record. And she managed such a rare thing. She wrote ten songs which are not only incredibly accessible and so beautiful to hear (a long-winded way of saying they are insanely CATCHY) but which are also so deceptively complex, both melodically and lyrically. I can't imagine removing one of them, or adding to it in any way; the album exists as a perfect whole--this lady's soul wrapped up in ten tracks--and that is what makes it a masterpiece.
In pouring out her deepest emotions, she created a blueprint for the human soul and that's why it connects to so many people, three decades after its release. Buy it. I implore anyone who's looking for that level of depth you only find with a genius like this.
And I'll finish by saying this; every time I've looked at the reviews of this album here, it's been in the top 200 albums for sales rank. As I write this it's the 173rd best-selling album, and a few weeks ago it was the 62nd. Is that not incredible, nearly thirty five years after its release? Is that not encouragement enough? Is that not really saying something?
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars something to enrich your life 23 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album sends shivers through my body and reminds me of the wonder that is the world just at the very thought of it. Classics, such as 'Blue' and up-beat, spirit-lifting tunes like 'California' have travelled around the world with me, picked me up when things aren't quite going right and reminded me that everything is good, despite what it seems like at that moment. Joni herself sings 'I am on a lonely road and I am travelling, looking for something, what can it be?' and if this isn't enough to remind you that even when you are alone there are other people, beautiful people, feeling the same way, then what is? I would say, buy it, fill yourself with it and let it enrich your life.
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