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Don Juan's Reckless Daughter

Joni Mitchell Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000GW88XS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neglected triumph 21 July 2005
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Regarded at the time as a slightly over ambitious follow up to the much-loved Hejira, this is probably the most neglected album in Joni Mitchell's canon. Originally a double-album with each side a complete suite of songs (side 2 devotes exclusively to Paprika Plains), its one hour running time sits comfortably on a single CD, though maybe it wasn't intended to be heard in a single sitting. Judging from the lyric to the title track, and the pictorial and verbal allusions to American Indians, it would seem that the Don Juan of the title refers to the Yaqui Indian shaman of Carlos Castaneda, with Joni's self-image recast through childhood and dreams as a recurring motif in the songs.
Chaka Khan, Jaco Pastorius (on top form) and members from Weather Report (including Wayne Shorter), LA Express and the Eagles are among the main contributors but are all held very much in a supporting role to Joni's controlling vision. Jericho and the superb Dreamland were already familiar in other versions, but there had never been anything like Paprika Plains before - a 16-minute suite orchestrated by Michael Gibbs which begins as a conventional song but spirals into an impressionist painting in sound, with libretti not sung but printed in the accompanying booklet. The African drumming led by Airto, which informs Dreamland, also propels The Tenth World, the album's most unusual cut, on which Airto again plays surdo, Jaco Pastorius plays bongos and Manola Badrena plays congas and coffee cans and leads the wordless chorus consisting of Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan and percussionists Don Alias and Alejandro Acuna.
The album is equally effective on unadorned songs such as the beautiful, traditional sounding closer, Silky Veils Of Ardor, on which Joni is accompanied only by her own guitar.
That this album is not considered a masterpiece can only be because of the very strong competition offered by some of her other, more commercially successful albums.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to love... 28 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
I’ve never really understood why this album gets such a bad press. Okay, it's not as accessible as much of Joni Mitchell's other work but give it a chance and you'll learn to love it. There is such passion and mystery in the lyrics, and the subtlety of the guitar, which, coupled with Jaco Pastorius' orchestral bass sound, rings through on every song - bar the one predominantly solo piano one.
Some criticize it technically for borrowing riffs from "Hejira" but I’d say, so what, she wrote them in the first place and when your’e picking on an open or DADGAD tuning, there's only so many new shapes you can come up with.
She released the album in 1977 and much of what came after is lightweight, lacking both the melodic and poetical depth of this out-on-a-limb work.
Go on, let it grow on you!
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joni's highest art... 2 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
In Don Juan's we find Joni has reached the climax of her journey combining the outstanding wordsmith-ery of folk, and the improvisational soulfulness of jazz. This album, understandably, is not anywhere near as accessable as Joni's earlier work, but like the best art, it is something to be unlocked, to be discovered, and one's efforts reap massive rewards!
For me, Joni has never written better lyrics than on Don Juan's, take for example the song 'Talk to me', decribed in an earlier review as 'banal', it is a song of pleading, from Joni to a taciturn lover:
Is your silence that golden?
Are you comfortable in it?
Here Joni takes the phrase 'silence is golden', and develops it wonderfully, with a continuing reference to 'gold':
Are you gagged by your ribbons,
Are you really exclusive or just miserly?
You spend every sentence as if it were marked currency,
Come and spend some on me;
Shut me up and talk to me!
Here is poetry, poetry not matched by Dylan, or Cohen, and originality above and beyond her peers. Other lines, in the symphonic 'Paprika Plains', are worthy of being quoted alongside the work of the greatest of poets:
When I was three feet tall
And wide eyed open to it all
The rain retreats, Like troops
To fall on other fields and streets
Joni is undoubtedly at the height of her lyrical ability here. And as if that weren’t enough, she sets her poetry to music, and what music! I know of no other popular musician who has the architectural vision of Mitchell when constructing her songs and albums.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling,strange,enigmatic,bizarre!!!! 15 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
Joni's creative peak arguably started with "Court and Spark" to the beautiful "Hejira". What came next is "Don Juan's...". On first hearing one felt that Joni's songcraft started to take a little tumble, creating an impression that her muse had taken leave for a while (two songs here are mere recycles of the "coyote" guitar riff) Nevertheless, what we have here is still worth investigating, and over time you'll find that you'll can't help but give it a spin, purely on the basis of its strangeness, rather like a moth to a light. There are many songs that shine here: "cotton avenue", "talk to me" "off night backstreet" and while "paprika plains" is maybe 6 minutes too long, it still has a magnetic charm with its cinematic scope (despite the odd cumbersome piano and under-rehearsed strings!!) Joni at times sounds languid,worn-out,cynical... as if her previous three albums squeezed out every drop of emotion and inspiration. But, that said, she sounds as if she's still giving it her best under the circumstances. Her vocals, and Jaco Pastorius gorgeous bass, is enough to swoon over and encourage you to keep listening. Overall, this album is a must-buy for the fan, even the casual ones. Though make sure you part your money with "the hissing of summer lawns", "hejira" and "blue" first before you get acquainted with this reckless daughter. Chances are though,since you're reading this, you probably have already done so. In that case, go and buy it and prepare yourself for sixty minutes on a strange,bizarre,compelling,enigmatic,world-weary journey. You'll get the drift of it all eventually, and you'll reach out for it again and again!! You could do worse and buy "dog eat dog" after all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her finest work ever....
Probably my favourite alum of all time.. The combination of Joni and Jaco is mesmerising.. Magnifican..
Published 1 month ago by Mr. R. A. Bones
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
I already had a copy of this and was never happy with it. Joni doesn't deserve a copy!
This is a brilliant, under rated CD. One of her best. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully laid-back record
This album was the last of Joni's seventies period albums that i bought several years ago. I had heard a lot of bad about this particular album and didn't really know what to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good cd in perfect condition
One of my favourite artists and can now keep up with more of her material . Hope to get around to buying more of her past work.
Published 14 months ago by alan carter
5.0 out of 5 stars queen joni
nothing much to say, she can't do any wrong. was, is and always will be an absolute icon in the music world, voice, song writing, sense of fun, she is top royalty in the music... Read more
Published 15 months ago by roy bebbington
4.0 out of 5 stars One track redeems the rest
It's a horrible LP, full of meandering noise, until you come to the last, acoustic track, which is absolutely beautiful.
Published 16 months ago by Mr. H. J. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius album
Bought as a gift for a friend.I already have it and it is a marvellously idiosyncratic album by a musical genius.
Published 18 months ago by B. J. du Cille
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
all of joni albums are great ,from her first 'song to a seagull ' right through to 'night ride home'. unfortunately after that i think she goes off the ball. this album is great . Read more
Published 19 months ago by mark alexander warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Had this on Vinyl many moons ago and finally got around to replacing it with a CD. A Wonderful mix of jazz, funk, and traditional music from Australia. Read more
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