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4.0 out of 5 stars Neglected triumph
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...
Published on 21 July 2005 by Lozarithm

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3.0 out of 5 stars joni's white album?
I discovered Joni with 'Hissing' and 'Hejira', so this seemed like the next logical step. After a few listens, I couldn't help thinking what a perfect album it would have been as a single, not a double. It contains some of the most essential and some of the most throwaway songs of her entire career. 'Jericho' and 'Silky Veils of Ardour' are just melodically and lyrically...
Published on 6 Sep 2005 by The Rookie


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5.0 out of 5 stars Neglected Classic, 24 Jun 2007
This review is from: Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (International Release) (Audio CD)
I think this was Joni's last great record. She followed this up with Mingus which is still feel is unlistenable and then with what is definitely her worst album - Wild Things Run Fast - where she tried to reclaim some commercial clout after the critical and commercial failure that was Mingus. An album best served by repeated playings; it is the last record in what is an unprecedented run of great albums: Blue; For The Roses; Court and Spark; Hissing of Summer Lawns; Hejira and Don Juan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joni Mitchell's masterpiece, 11 Aug 2010
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'Don Juan's Reckless Daughter' is probably the most underrated of all the recordings in rock history. It is a piece that in its totality is a mature work of beauty that works on every emotional and intellectual level. Above all else the encapsulation of the synergy between music and poetry is unsurpassed.

The strident symphonic overtones that embelish 'Paprika Plains' is a work of eloquence and restraint - a wonderous piece that evokes a time and a place which appear suspended and disclocated from gravity. Dream-like abstractions and mysticism is a running theme throughout the album. This is a work that rewards the attentive listener with un-ending pleasure - a timeless masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her finest work ever...., 10 July 2014
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Mr. R. A. Bones "Bob" (Norfolk United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Probably my favourite alum of all time.. The combination of Joni and Jaco is mesmerising.. Magnifican..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, 4 July 2014
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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. The instrumental pieces are phenomenal.
I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good cd in perfect condition, 23 Jun 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars queen joni, 26 May 2013
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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 world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius album, 22 Feb 2013
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B. J. du Cille (West Bromwich, West Midlands United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Bought as a gift for a friend.I already have it and it is a marvellously idiosyncratic album by a musical genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 30 July 2012
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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. You can't beat Joni Mitchel!!!! Love it|!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please give it a chance!, 18 May 2001
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Along with 1991's 'Night Ride Home', this is one of Joni's two most under-rated albums. Apart from that, though, the two albums have nothing in common. Whereas 'Night Ride Home' is more traditional, folksy/bluesy, 'Don Juan' is Joni at her most experimental, moving on the same disk from acoustic to tribal and back again.
This is certainly one of Joni's least accessible albums, but it without a doubt rewards repeated listening. The title track is absolutely superb - the lyrics pure poetry - and her rip off of The Star Spangled Banner halfway through is tongue-in-cheek brilliance. Other highlights include the gliding Jericho (written in 1974 and so has more in common with her earlier albums than the other tracks on the album) and the woundingly resentful Off Night Backstreet. Ok, so the orchestration on Paprika Plains sounds a bit dated now, but the brilliance of the first 3 and last 3 tracks on this disk make this, in my view, one of the most under-rated albums ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joni's Most Intriguing Album, 7 July 2000
I first came across this album in 1983 and immediately fell in love with it. The whole album shows Joni's amazing ability to turn life into music and music into art. When you add the late Jaco Pastorius at his mesmerizing best on bass guitar you are left with an album that gives you a new experience every time you listen to it. As a long time Joni fan I would have to rate this as one of her best. Its inventive,innovative, and proof that Joni Mitchell is a musician who willingly takes new directions just to see where they go. I don't know how the lady does it but I hope she never stops.
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