Joni Mitchell 4/9/21

Coming on June 25th from Joni Mitchell is The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) series. The collection will be available on four-CD’s, four-LP 180-gram vinyl (limited to edition of 10,000 copies), as well as digitally. Included are Mitchell’s first four albums — Song To A Seagull (1968), Clouds (1969), Ladies Of The Canyon (1970), and Blue (1971).

In the case of Song To A Seagull, the original mix has been recently updated by Mitchell and mixer Matt Lee, with Mitchell explaining: “The original mix was atrocious. It sounded like it was recorded under a jello bowl, so I fixed it!”

The new collection features a new essay by singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, who writes in part: “In my opinion Blue is the greatest album ever made. Blue didn’t make me a better songwriter. Blue made me a better woman. . . No matter what we are dealing with in these times we can rejoice and know that of all the ages we could have lived through, we lived in the time of Joni Mitchell.”

A while back, Joni Mitchell spoke about her unique and groundbreaking use of guitar tunings to write her songs: [“Y’know, when David Crosby would pick up a guitar that I just touched, and he’d go ‘blingggg’ — y’know, and he’d go — ‘Oh! The Martians have been (laughs) here!’ And not having studied music, I reinvented the wheel. So, like, being self-taught, I went, ‘Oh, too many of them and it gets uninteresting again.’ But then suddenly if you break to a major or minor (chord) it’s like a good short story. The character goes through a change. I mean, it truly is a change that’s more like what I feel inside.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . I feel inside)

TL; DR

  • Coming on June 25th from Joni Mitchell is The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) series.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • Over the years, Joni Mitchell was romantically linked to David CrosbyGraham Nash, and James Taylor.
  • 5,280 covers of 166 of Joni Mitchell’s songs have been recorded by 3991 different artists.
  • In 2020, Joni Mitchell’s 1969 Clouds album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

SIDE NOTES

  • A white back, writer/director John Sayles has signed on to adapt Girls Like Us: The Story Of Carly SimonJoni Mitchell And Carole King into an upcoming major motion picture for Sony Pictures.
  • The 2008 book wowed critics for its in-depth study of the women’s careers and placement in the singer-songwriter movement.
  • The picture will be directed by Katie Jacobs, best known for her work on Fox’s House. No shoot date has been announced.