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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 Cassette (29 Oct. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea/Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002NA0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,323,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. K. Harvey on 1 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
This cd is absolutely perfect for new and old fans of Joni Mitchell. She is one of the best singer/songwriter's ever and this cd is some of her best songs. I listened to the whole album the first day I got it and can't leave it alone. Her songs are moving and beautiful. If you're interested in Joni Mitchell buy this cd!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By "jellybaby13" on 1 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Having never really heard much of Joni's music before I went out on a limb and gave this CD a go and have not regretted it. This album shows her amazing songwriting ability in a number of different genres, capturing the attitude of the 1960s perfectly using a voice that is soft but full of attitude and an acoustic guitar. The songs are raw and relatively underproduced which highlights the atmospheric lyrics and singing. She swings with some aplomb between folk music (Urge for Going), soft rock (Raised on robbery), pop (You turn me on), easy listening (Both sides now)and creates her own emotional genre (Chinese Cafe, Come in from the cold). All her classics are on this album from Woodstock to Big Yellow Taxi and some other songs that I bet you didn't know she wrote. Takes a couple of listens to get into but once you do you'll never look back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 April 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
'Joni' was born 'Roberta Joan Anderson' in 1943 in 'Fort Macleod' Alberta, Canada.
Singer/ Songwriter 'Joni Mitchell' is known for her 'Folk' and 'Rock/Pop' releases down the years, her chart success was
largely in the U.S A/C Charts, achieving several high-peak numbers such as - 'Help Me' (U.S A/C '1' 1974) and 'Free Man
In Paris' (U.S A/C '2' also 74') (These are on-board this release)
Her album sales in the U.S phenomenal for the style of her music, between 1969 and 2007 she had 15 Grammy Award
nominations for her music winning an impressive 8 times (not too many can boast that in truth)
'Joni's' image that we all know is playing guitar and singing on stage, she is in fact a multi-talented instrumentalist as well
as accomplished song-writer.
In the U.K I guess she is best known for her song - 'Big Yellow Taxi' which charted at number '11' here in the U.K 1970,
ironically not doing nearly as well in the U.S. until it's 1996 re-release when it took the number '2' slot.
This album contains many of her best known songs down the years including - 'Both Sides Of Now' (a hit for 'Judy Collins)
A great reflection of 'Joni's' works.
(obviously many will know that she collapsed earlier this week and is in intensive-care in an L.A Hospital currently, we wish
her a full recovery of course)
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Milt M. R. Ingarfield on 24 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
With the likes of an artist like Joni Mitchell no collection that a record company puts out is going to cover such a long and varied recording career as hers.

The "Hits" compilation tries to cover the more popular tracks from Ms Mitchell.

The songs presented here have been re-mastered by the artist herself supervising the process,as a "HDCD" (high definition compact disc),giving the tracks a rich warm sound that brings out the detail that was lost in the previous pressings of her albums on C.D.

The problem I have with this anthology is that the tracks are not in Chronological order.
The running order is all over the place historically,we start with an early recording from 1967 Urge for Going.

Then from the 1969 album Clouds comes the song Chelsea Morning then from the key album Ladies of the Canyon from 1970,the most popular tracks of her career Big Yellow Taxi,Woodstock and The Circle Game can be heard.

The songs Carey and California from the huge album Blue from 1971 are next in the running order, followed by the 1972 cut from For the Roses album Turn me on I'm the Radio, then from the 1974 release Court and Spark the next 3 tracks are taken Raised on Robbery Help Me and Freeman in Paris so far so good. Then for some strange reason the complier has put a track from Blue next,River should be after California as they are from the same seminal Joni Mitchell release Blue.

The listener then fast forwards to the 1982 collection Wild things run Fast,in this song Joni marries her own words Chinese Cafe to the classic Unchained Melody giving the listener a wonderful hybrid of a track.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Joni was never a singles artist. Hits have been few and far between, in whatever country you care to name. Yet her albums have always sold well, and some of her songs have become popular. This compilation of her best songs could be called Best of, or Classics, or even Gold, but not Hits. There aren't many of those. Some might have been hits if they had been covered by other artists, as Woodstock and Both sides now. While Joni has a lovely, clear voice, her style of music never fitted the singles market.
The most famous song here is surely Both sides now, which has been covered by many singers since Judy Collins had a hit with it. Legend has it that Joni rang Judy in the small hours one morning and sang it to her, begging her to record. Neither of them were especially well known at the time, but Judy was more widely recognised than Joni. After the song became a big hit (in Britain and America), both quickly established themselves. Judy also covered Chelsea morning, another fine song of Joni's included here.
Woodstock, a song about the pop concert of 1969, was a British number one hit for Matthews southern comfort in 1971. They never had another hit.
Big yellow taxi was Joni's biggest hit by far - it just missed the top ten in Britain, although I must confess I'm not sure if the hit was the original studio version (included here) or a live recording. I know that it was the live version that was a hit in America.
Country singer Gail Davies did a lovely cover of You turn me on I'm a radio, but my favorite song here (apart from Both sides now) is Chinese café, a song which cleverly weaves a segment of Unchained melody into the lyrics.
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