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on 16 January 2018
This is the genesis of all modern songwriting.Beguiling beautiful poetry in the form of lyrical song, created by a master wordsmith enhanced by the finest musicians of the era.Hejira is the word used for flight from disappointment and heartache, written on Joni's retreat from New York back to California by road. If you are a traveler or fleeing into the unknown this is the finest companion you can take.Played it endlessly on my travels, Love it to bits.40years old now but just as relevant, the human experience simply does not change.
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on 7 April 2015
I bought this album when it first came out in 1976 and thought at the time what a change of direction this was to the superb "Hissing of Summer Lawns". Over the years I grew to regard it as one of Joni's finest works as it features the late Jaco Pastorius on bass on some of the tracks. I was lucky enough to see Jaco live. He is probably my favourite bass player whose own first album is a masterpiece.
So I bought this again on 180gm vinyl and the quality of the re-pressing brings out the sound in a new vibrant way. I always buy analogue recordings on 180gm vinyl now as CD just doesn't seem to ever do analogue product justice.
If you haven't heard it before, it may take some plays to really shine, but then you will want to play it again and again, as I do.
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on 3 May 2014
When I was young I bought Joni's first half dozen albums, but somehow never got round to listening to the next two ...'The Hissing Of Summer Lawns' and 'Hejira' , as someone told me they were too infused with jazz to really build on her excellent early work. How wrong that advice was! 'Summer Lawns' was a revelation, and I did not think that Joni could ever top it, but she does with this sublime album. It recounts a car journey she made across the States and like a true artist, she uses her words and music to paint a wonderful picture of her own experiences and the American way of life. The album has an almost dream-like quality about it and the music is so moving that it takes you into Joni's own world in a way very few songwriters can equal. My personal favourite track is the final one: 'Refuge Of The Roads', a brilliant ode to those who have made travelling a way of life. Joni has left a legacy of superb recordings, but she has never bettered this...a true masterpiece.
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on 10 November 2000
From the first bars of its opening track - "Coyote" - the uplifting interaction between Jaco Pastorius' bass, Larry Carlton's lead guitar, Bobbye Hall's percussion, Joni Mitchell's driving rhythm guitar and her beautifully metered lyrics, send a clear message: this album demands attention. And that, as they say, is only the start.

What follows is one of the best examples of how superb musicianship (in particular Jaco Pastorius' wonderfully drifting jazz bass lines) and innovative arrangements can push a potentially "tired" format - i.e. mid 1970's "folk" music - onto a wholly different plane. And... rising above it all is the sheer quality of the songs. "Amelia" and "Song For Sharon" are absolutely stand-out numbers... perfect examples of how to place thought provoking poetry within a wholly apt musical context. The rest - first class on any normal album - compete for space.

Musically complex, highly reflective and often overlooked when reviewing her more popular output over so many years, "Hejira" is not only Joni Mitchell's most satisfying album but one that pays out enormous rewards for repeat listening.
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VINE VOICEon 6 July 2006
Joni has never bettered this. Writing while travelling, Joni ruminates on life as a travelling musician and as a woman, finding and sometimes leaving rather than losing love. This is art turning personal and deeply affecting.

It took me a long time to get round to this album, and now I'm scolding myself for wasting time! The addictive moods, daring musicianship and sublime poetry have conspired to make this, at last, my favourite Mitchell album.

For me, the highlights are the almost deslolate yet warm 'Amelia', and the long but deliciously detailed study of women's choices between making a family or a career, 'Song For Sharon'. I defy any woman to listen to these and not find herself connecting with Joni's ambilvalence and/or defiance!

A wonderful career high, and a major acheivement by anyone's standards.
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on 31 January 2018
.A gift for a friend ,and I don't know what she thinks of it yet.I think it's superb,which is why I gave it as a gift.Prompt delivery,arrived before estimated date.win win win
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on 9 April 2018
Joni's finest. The songs and the voice are unique. The lyrics portray a dreamy journey across America and adventures of the road. 'A prisoner of the white lines on the freeway'. And nice to see the the original artwork. Including the full photo insert. Just found the lyrics printed inside a little fuzzy in places. 5 stars all the way until journeys end.
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on 23 January 2018
Joni Mitchell and Jaco Pastorius - wow - the perfect combination. Probably the most expressive bass player who ever lived and Joni's genius. Doesn't get much better.
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on 29 May 2016
Love this album, the earworms have entered my head and are still there in the morning. Just want to drive across America now to get the full flavour - I would prefer to time travel back to the 70s of course to do it. But, still such great evocative music.
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on 12 January 2004
At some point in her life Joni Mitchell went travelling, not only physically but away from her musical roots and out into a brave new territiory all her own.
'Hejira' is steeped in roads, big skies and movement. Alternately snowbound and desert dry, the songs are richly melodic, if at first a touch oblique.
It's Joni's finest set of lyrics too, creating striking images and capturing the bliss of independance and the loneliness of regret.
All this is highlighted by the mournful, swooping soulful fretless bass of that other great musical nomad, the very great and late lamented Jaco Pastorius. It was a musical marriage made in a wilderness.
One of those CDs that defines the word 'essential'.
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