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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Asylum
  • ASIN: B000I1V3KC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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JONI MITCHELL Don Juans Reckless Daughter (1977 US 10-track double LP gatefold picture sleeve with illustrated inners. The sleeve shows some mild scuffing & a couple of tiny splits in the thin inner sleeves & both vinyl discs appear in Excellent condition with few signs of play BB-701)

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By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 21 July 2005
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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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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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Joni Mitchell`s no more an old folkie than Bjork, Kate Bush or Rickie Lee Jones. Her first LP was a slightly twee but lovely collection of lyrical songs, while her next few albums gave notice that here was a unique talent.
Later on we got such marvellous offerings as The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Hejira - and then, in 1977 (so long ago!) this often exquisite album of enchantments.
Joni casts a rare spell. She always has. She is a supremely intelligent, lyrically brilliant, musically beyond reproach artist whose genius has merely become more unarguable as the years have gone on.
This is not my favourite Joni album, but it has its own charms and dazzling digressions. Following Hejira was no easy call, and you get the impression she was on a roll after the `strangeness` of that wondrous album and Summer Lawns, pushing one or two boats out.
I don`t find that this one has quite the immediacy of its predecessors, but it`s still an essential work in the Mitchell canon.
After three rather beautifiul songs, we have the audacious sixteen minutes of Paprika Plains, and I wouldn`t have it any other way. Joni had toyed with lengthy numbers before - particularly on Hejira - but nothing on this scale. It comes off triumphantly.
The only track I could have done without is the seven-miniute The Tenth World, an instrumental relying on an array of percussion to make its somewhat laboured point. There`s no reason why a singer shouldn`t include an interlude such as this in the middle of an album, but I`m not a great fan of untrammelled percussion, and I can`t help feeling the album would have been just as succinct and coherent without it.
The rest of the songs are pretty much vintage Joni, in her `voodoo princess` role, if you will.
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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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