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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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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: ASLYLUM
  • ASIN: B000PH3ZI2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "bonzodogmeat" on 6 Aug 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is without doubt my favourite album of all time. Superb lyrics (the title track is sheer poetry) combine with a wonderful sense of space and economy in the music, I go back to this album time and time again and always find something new. It is challenging at first, and Blue arguably offers a more accessible introduction to the music of Joni Mitchell, but this is superb music. Buy it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Tree on 14 Jan 2007
Format: Audio CD
OK, we set the scene. BBC4 are doing a series of programmes on California, and before you know it, I'm leafing through my old vinyl... and I come across Hejira. Now rewind to 1976, I am a youthful 21, trying to feel sophisticated. I buy this gem of an album and am transported into a poetic introspective musical diary of an arty romantic on the road.

This was one of her best albums in my opinion, along with Blue, and Court and Spark. What sets it apart? Firstly, although her earlier albums were beautiful shining affairs of a bright young sensitive Canadian folky girl, she has now matured into a woman. Life's experiences have informed her lyrics, and the odd emotional bruise is evident here. Secondly, she has started working with some of the brightest progressive musical luminaries of the time in the form of Weather Report's Jaco Pastorius on fretless Bass, John Geurin (ex Thelonius Monk, Frank Zappa) on drums. funky Tom Scott on Sax...
Anyway it's a long long time since this record had an airing, I wondered if it would stand the test of time. The record turns...the arm drops...and we are back there.

Does it hold up today? Most definitely. The songs are very personal...she wrote the rule book here... but there is a measured approach to all the songs, a craftfulness with attention to detail that has preserved the tunes. The compositions were in many ways cutting edge and they still sound fresh and exploratory. Mitchell's folky roots give way to lyrical jazz chords and oblique rhythms. This is an album both uplifting yet introspective...but ultimately life affirming. She manages to tread the fine line between arty and pretentious with such surety of step, she is never in danger of falling.
This is a great great record. Thanks for the memories Joni.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Collins on 30 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album in 1977 and I feel privaliged to have heard it at the time. What this album would sound like now if I heard it for the first time, I don't know, but one thing is certain for me, this is one of the best albums from that golden age of music(1965-1980) and probably in the top ten (if you like lists). I agree with the other reviewers that the musician ship and rare beauty of the lyrics are almost unsurpassed. Amelia and Song For Sharon are without peers. The lyrics are poetic and the music spacious yet lean with a slight jazzy hint from the fretless bass. Sadly Jaco Pastorious (Bass) was killed in Forida not so long ago and this album is a showcase for his work too. I am surprised that more people do not rate this as their favourite Joni Mitchell, but in fairness to them, a word of caution, it is a little unusual and takes some getting into and it is to an extent a "musicians" album. I'd also recommend Don Juans Reckless Daughter, though it is slightly less accessible, but of the same period and style.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have been trying to make a compilation of the best 20 Joni Mitchell songs, but this will now be very hard as 'Hejira' will take up nine spaces. I have heard 'Blue', 'Ladies Of The Canyon' and 'The Hissing Of Summer Lawns' so far and I have to say that out of all of them, the beautiful 'Hejira' has to be the best.
My favourite songs on the album are the uptempo 'Coyote', the emotional 'Amelia' (probably the best track), the dreamy title track, the lengthy but awesome 'Song For Sharon' and the closing 'Refuge Of The Roads'.
Lyrics here are fully amazing and the singing isn't bad either - in fact, some songs on 'Hejira' boast the cream of Mitchell's vocal talents. The musical accompaniment, though, has to be the best thing about 'Hejira'. The guitar parts on 'Coyote' and particularly the title track are breathtaking - and Mitchell's guitar here is at its pinnacle.
The other songs on the album are less important, but still very, very good. 'Black Crow' is a great uptempo song, 'Furry Sings The Blues' has great harmonica by Neil Young and 'Blue Motel Room' is a cool jazz number.
You may find that 'Hejira' is too long in parts and might not have strong melodies upon first listening, but you may find, as I do, that after a couple of listens 'Hejira' will be one of the most prized albums in your collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE on 6 July 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Joni has never bettered this. Writing while travelling, Joni ruminates on life as a travelling musician and as a woman, finding and sometimes leaving rather than losing love. This is art turning personal and deeply affecting.

It took me a long time to get round to this album, and now I'm scolding myself for wasting time! The addictive moods, daring musicianship and sublime poetry have conspired to make this, at last, my favourite Mitchell album.

For me, the highlights are the almost deslolate yet warm 'Amelia', and the long but deliciously detailed study of women's choices between making a family or a career, 'Song For Sharon'. I defy any woman to listen to these and not find herself connecting with Joni's ambilvalence and/or defiance!

A wonderful career high, and a major acheivement by anyone's standards.
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