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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding,
I love this carefully chosen selection of Joni Mitchell's 'hits.' Of course, 'River' really needs to be heard in its place on the 'Blue' album for it to have its full, devastating impact, and the cohesion that I'm used to on a Joni Mitchell album is lacking. But that's a given considering that these songs come from throughout her long and illustrious career.
Thank you, Joni, for the fantastic music over the years.
This is a brilliant introduction to Joni's music. Special enjoyment to be found in the inclusion of the full version of 'Come in From the Cold,' and of course the beautiful first track, 'Urge for Going,' which I had never heard before.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Joni Mitchell Album,
This is the very best on one album, best get it while you can, don't think it'll be around forever.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album,
I bought this as I'd been meaning to listen (properly!) to some Joni for some time. I'm loving this so far as it has all the songs I knew already and some fantastic ones I hadn't. A great introduction to a legendary singer and writer.
5.0 out of 5 stars cd,
another brilliant album from a top lady singer song writer. A great list of hit records on the one album
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous,
A wonderful compilation. Sheer poetry set to wonderful tunes. I must have played this dozens of times. I use my MP3 most nights whilst my wife is snoring and I never get tired of hearing many of these tracks. Worth every penny!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
I had not listened to Joni Mitchell for over 25 years when I didnt fully appreciate the music. Now, olderand more relaxed, I saw this album for sale and for less than a fiver bought it.
It is quite brilliant, the songs are thoughtful and Mitchells voice is not what I had heard all those years ago.
A superb set and I would recommend to anybody looking for something different and wonderful!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Fine,
Joni Mitchell is one of the finest songwriters of her generation and certainly one of the very finest lyricists, Dylan not excepted. In fact, Urge For Going stands as a very fine poem in its own right.
Joni does not have as clear and tuneful a voice as Joan Baez or Judy Collins, her most notable peers and rivals, but she is a more accomplished musician. And her voice has a quirky, lyrical lilt to it that is very appealing and perfectly suited to songs like Chelsea Morning. Although the Judy Collins version is more famous -- and was the one that inspired the Clintons to name their daughter -- Joni's version has a special playfulness and charm about it. Her Canadian accent, especially notable on The Circle Game ("Rownd and rownd...") adds to the charm.
Her rendition of Woodstock is not so good. It is out of her range and degenerates at the end into wailing that is painful to listen to. It is worth pointing out also that she never made it to Woodstock.
Despite that caveat, this is a thoroughly enjoyable album. Joni has had a long and varied career and has not been shy about repackaging songs, but if you want to sample her music, or want her most famous songs, this CD will suit you just fine.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not totally brilliant but worth having,
Features some classic tracks that brought back a lot of memories. Not totally brilliant but worth having.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both Sides Now,
Joni's music is wonderful. It was conceived at a time when folk perfomers were experimenting with style and content, both of which were unique in Joni's case. 'Both Sides Now' is the perfect vehicle both for the songwriter's often sad but clever slant on things and for her amazing voice. 'Big Yellow Taxi' is a kind of anti-Modern protest song, beatifully and humorously expressed. It all still works.
4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great songs but not as good as i thought it would be,
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I thought that I would like this cd a lot more than I do. One of my favorites here is "Big Yellow Taxi" and one of the reasons it came to my attention again recently was due to Janet Jackson's "Got 'Til It's Gone" which actually features Joni Mitchell. This is a good cd and you will certainly be surprised at the number of songs you did not realize were by Joni Mitchell. Very folksy and very much of the "peace and love" era, although Joni has written quite a few songs for other performers.
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