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The Ultimate version...,
This review is from: Blue (Audio CD)
This album was originally released in 1971 and runs at less than 37 minutes long, but on it's own has influenced more singer song writer than any other album, from Prince,Alicia Keys,Gemma Hayes and Kate Bush to name but a few, they all tip their hat to Joni's Blue.
If you are a Joni Mitchell fan and are lucky enough to find a copy of this C.D. just buy it regardless of the cost, you will not be sorry.
This version of Blue offers the listener greater clarity of sound that a standard aluminium pressed compact discs do not offer,this version is pressed in 24 carat Gold.
The playback of the album is nothing short of stunning,the bass is now deeper and the high end is now a lot crisper, this is achieved by the manufacturer(DCC compact classics inc)using the original 2 master tapes on a custom made vacuum tube mastering system for the digital transfer this allows the mastering process to occur without further sonic manipulation.
What you hear is what Joni Mitchell recorded and nothing else,the background hiss caused by the tapes on C.D. before is gone.
This process plus the use of Gold in the pressing creates a musical experience that has to be heard to be believed.
This re-issue even recreates the original American artwork.
The album still opens with the track All I Want as always, and from the first note the listener can tell this isn't the usual sound this album has on C.D.
A high point of this collection for me is the bass and guitar playing by Stephen Stills on the song Carey, that with this version has even greater depth and feeling.
Another guest player of note on this album is James Taylor who plays guitar on the tracks California,All I Want and A Case of You.
The song This Flight Tonight(gave the Scottish band Nazareth a big hit in 70's) still has it's strange middle 8, but even more stand-out in this version of the album.
The centre song of the whole album for me A Case of You with the lines "I would still be on my feet",Oh I am a lonely painter,I live in a box of paints" Ms Mitchell as always is talking about herself and reveals more about herself than most song writers would.
This is why for me this is a timeless classic recording that has more raw emotion than any album of this genre has ever had then or since, every music fan should own a copy in one form or another, but if you can find this version buy it...