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The Gift Goes On....
on 1 September 2017
One of the best albums ever made, in any genre. I borrowed it from a friend at school on release (it was passed around the class, everyone having a good giggle at the photo on the inside cover), eventually bought my own vinyl copy, then got the CD when that came out. I never, ever, tire of listening to it. I believe it slightly has the edge over the also magnificent Court and Spark because of the latter's occasional jazz touches - this is stark and raw from start to finish, with a little commercial detour via the lovely You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio. Every song is stunning, but I will take Ludwig's Tune in my heart to the grave with me. When she cries "Jesus, well then you yell it!" I melt, every time. It's about time Joni's catalogue was given the deluxe reissue treatment. I'm not an audiophile, but how great would a cache of live, alternate or unreleased recordings with each album be?
Finally, you can get For The Roses for a bargain price. If you don't already have it - why not?