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My Favourite Joni Mitchell Album
on 21 May 2005
This has been one of my favourite albums since buying it in 1977 (28 years ago!). Back then I had a slight preference for Court & Spark, but Hejira now seems to fit better with my current tastes.
Along with with Nick Drake and Neil Young, Ms. Mitchell is a singer-songwriter that I don't get bored with. She is close to genius.
What makes this album so good are the beautiful songs and the excellent musicianship. However the spare sound she achieves is like nothing else Joni has recorded before or since. The musicians obviously derserve a lot of the credit.
The album featured Jaco Pastorius, who played with Weather Report. Pastorius was a bass player regarded in the jazz world as being as the best electric player on the scene at the time. His playing here is brilliant. Pastorius died from injuries sustained in a night club brawl in the 1980s.
The drummer was John Guerin, her boyfriend for a time in the 1970s. Guerin had played with Frank Zappa, most notably on Hot Rats, which is another of my favourite albums. I read Guerin's obituary in the New York Times last year.
The guitarist was Larry Carlton, an in-demand session musician of the 1970s. He had also played on Court & Spark as well as on Steely Dan's Aja and Royal Scam album (also great albums).
Maybe it's me, but they don't seem to make them like this anymore.