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Court And Spark [CD]

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 (20 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002GXL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Help Me 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Down To You 5:380.79  Buy MP3 
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Painter-turned-folksinger Joni Mitchell had slipped stark saxophone solos into her prior album, For the Roses, and her singing had often hinted at a capacity for bluesier fare than her guitar- and piano-framed confessional ballads offered. None of those hints prepared fans for this sudden, expansive shift towards a much larger canvas--a sleeker, orchestrated pop style pulsating with jazz elements. Court & Spark found Mitchell casting aside her earth mother affectations and revealing herself as the thoroughly modern, thoroughly complicated woman she is; the songs sustained familiar preoccupations with relationships but replaced courtly settings and naturalistic imagery with recognisably modern locales. Deeply romantic, constantly questioning, classic tracks like the title song, "Help Me", "Free Man in Paris", "Same Situation" and "Raised on Robbery" display a more liberated Mitchell, ready to rumble with unbridled electric guitars (guest Robbie Robertson on "...Robbery"), even willing to poke fun at her own oh-so-sensitive rep with a hip cover of Annie Ross's hilarious "Twisted". --Sam Sutherland

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Turn of the Wheel 1 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Dame Joni entered a new phase with "Court and Spark". Self designed album sleeves and deep, confessional lyrics were already a stalwart, but additional elements were added to the mix on this effort. Jazz pop inflections, musical departures that Mitch was eager to explore, flavor this offering, her most popular of this era.

As society spiraled down from idealistic utopia to self conscious anaylsis, Joni never failed to deliver. " Help Me" the only single of her career to break the top ten, sets the tone for the album's concept, the power of love verses the desire for freedom. " Free Man in Paris" is an interesting spin on the musings of David Geffen, perhaps the most ambitious start-up mogul to ever enter the industry.

"People's Parties" could be a snap shot from most social scenes. Excellent. "Same Situation" and " Down to you" seem to be the beginning and conclusion of the same book; doubt at the beginning of a relationship, confirmation in the end that all things are passing. The musical bridge in "Down to You" is amazing for what it says without the words; listen carefully and you'll hear the rise of anticipation, the fall of disappointment, and, finally, tentative optimism tempered with a dose of melancholy.

"Just Like This Train" is a simple song with a loaded message. Jealousy colors the best of love with a very unattractive green. "Twisted" is just the right ironic bit of humor needed to encapsulate, and lighten, the collection of songs. "Court and Spark" has been outstripped by " Blue" as the years passed, but the relevance of this recording is still fresh today.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unbelieveably Perfect Album 8 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
'Court And Spark' belongs to an exclusive club of albums that are as close to perfect as you're ever likely to find. Just like Carole King's 'Tapestry', with 'Court And Spark' it really is difficult to find anything that could be deemed insubstantial or filler.
Of course this takes great songwriting skills which Joni has managed to provide successfully over the years but the arrangements, musicianship and production also have to be spot on - which they are here, right down to the finest detail.
At this point in time Joni was working on a much larger canvas than in previous years and with the introduction of jazz elements to her folk sound (courtesy of Tom Scott) Joni recorded what is perhaps her most sophisticated album to date. A great many of the songs deal with the stresses of stardom ('Free Man In Paris') and personal relationships ('Court And Spark' the title track, 'Help Me', 'Same Situation','Down To You' amongst others). Her vocals on every track are also exquisite.
To those unfamiliar with much of Joni's work, compared with contempories like James Taylor and Carole King she lacks a little of their melodic traits although this is not altogether a bad thing. Her songs often stretches musical boundaries to a much greater degree with various textures and experimental flavouring. This can sometimes result in an album like 'Court And Spark' seeming a little disjointed on a first listen yet the true beauty of these songs soon shine through after repeated listens and they manage to stay in the conscience of the listener over a greater period of time. Joni also places greater emphasis on her often poetic and occasionally opaque lyric writing.
Ultimately, 'Court And Spark' is an album that many of Joni's contempories can only dream of.
It really is hard to find an album which sounds so complete as this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrics and music come together so well 18 Mar 2002
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Format:Audio CD
By the time Joni recorded this album, she had already delivered at least five classic albums. "Court And Spark" followed in the footsteps and did not let the side down, but this time with added melodies unheard from Joni before. "Help Me" was a worthy single, but the album is memorable for "People's Parties", "The Same Situation" and the masterful, "Down To You" which you can hear whimsical echoes of Captain and Tennille's "Wedding Song" in Joni's melody. "Twisted" is fun but unreservably misleading, and "Car On The Hill" brings you to pain and feel the wanting in Joni's heart of a cad-cum-boyfriend!? This Disk is wonderful Joni and like many albums of the period, certainly stands the test of time. The "Court And Spark" artwork has surprisingly not been lost - the original being 'gatefold.' So you thought all there was to Joni was "Blue!"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first of the hat-trick 12 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album marks the transition from folkie to Jazzy Joni. Over these next three albums, she'd move into a gear far above her contemporaries. Unfortunately, nobody appreciated how far she was ahead at the time. If anybody were to ask me why I consider Joni Mitchell to be a genius, I'd just hand them the trilogy of 'Court & Spark', The Hissing of Summer Lawns' and 'Hejira'. Just beautiful musical poetry. These records will change your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT 15 April 2001
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Format:Audio CD
If I was asked to recommend just one record in the entire world it would be this.The lyrics the musical accompaniment and that voice make this the complete package.This is Joni right in the middle of the most astonishingly creative period of any artist in the history of popular music. There is not a single weak moment on the entire recording with the absolute stand out track being Help Me which is simply joyful.The "didnt it feel good" refrain is my all time favourite section of any recording and the album is worth buying for this alone but remember the other tracks are also simply stunning. Do yourself a favour and buy this. I promise you that you will never regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old and Gold
If you have been a Joni Mitchell fan in the past this is definitely worth a revisit. Timeless and enjoyable!
Published 29 days ago by gill sampson
5.0 out of 5 stars court and spark
An album that i enjoyed in the seventies. Lovely music and lyrics from Joni Mitchell. Sung along with it despite my family's objections!
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One I missed in the old days
I had heard of Joni Mitchell in the '70's, of course, but I was listening to other things and catching up with other business. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfettered and alive
I was a free man in Paris
I felt unfettered and alive

Court and Spark is one of the shining gems from the seventies, a decade in which Neil Young, Jackson Browne,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius at work (and play)!
One of many classic albums from the early '70's and one if many classic albums by Ms Mitchell. Not a weak track in sight.
Published 3 months ago by Polymath
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Talent
Joni is in a league of her own. Although my favourite album of hers is 'Blue' this is by no means inferior and is a outstanding body of work by anyone's standards. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nic
4.0 out of 5 stars great
got it to complete my cd set of jm, familiar with the content, no surprises, I can play it in the car now. ?fav track 'raised on robbery'.
Published 4 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Must be one of her best albums
A real delight finding an exquisite album by Joni Mitchell that I had missed the first time round, every track is great.
Published 10 months ago by Morgan-Poole
2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing..
'supposed to be one of joni's best. but im sorry i don't get it. very bland. unimaginative. i loved hejira, song to a seagull and blue. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Joni's best
This album blew me away when it fist came out, and having not heard it for many years, it is blowing me away once again, she is an incredible all round artist, who has influenced... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nick moss
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