Joni Mitchell

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Legal name: Joan Anderson

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Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson; November 7, 1943), is a Canadian musician, singer songwriter, and painter. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs ("Urge for Going", "Chelsea Morning", "Both Sides, Now", "The Circle Game") were covered by notable folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her own debut album in 1968.

Settling in Southern California, Mitchell, with popular songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock", helped define an era and a generation. Her 1971 recording Blue was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Mitchell switched labels and began moving toward jazz rhythms by way of lush pop textures on 1974's Court and Spark, her best-selling LP, featuring the radio hits "Help Me" and "Free Man in Paris".

Her wide-ranging vocals and distinctive open-tuned guitar and piano compositions grew more harmonically and rhythmically complex as she explored jazz, melding it with influences of rock and roll, R&B, classical music, and non-western beats. In the late 1970s, she began working closely with noted jazz musicians, among them Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and Charles Mingus; the latter asked her to collaborate on his final recordings. She turned again toward pop, embraced electronic music, and engaged in political protest.

She is the sole record producer credited on most of her albums, including all her work in the 1970s. With roots in visual art, she has designed her own album artwork throughout her career. A blunt critic of the music industry, she quit touring and released her 17th, and reportedly last, album of original songs in 2007. She describes herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance".

Mitchell has deeply influenced fellow musicians in a diverse range of genres, and her work is highly respected by critics. AllMusic said, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century", and Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever". Her lyrics are noted for their developed poetics, addressing social and environmental ideals alongside personal feelings of romantic longing, confusion, disillusion, and joy.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1968 Song to a Seagull Joni Mitchell 4
1969 Clouds Joni Mitchell 4 7
1970 Ladies of the Canyon Joni Mitchell 3 7
1971 Blue Joni Mitchell 4 7
1972 For the Roses Joni Mitchell 4
1974 Court and Spark Joni Mitchell 5 9
1975 The Hissing of Summer Lawns Joni Mitchell 4 7
1976 Hejira Joni Mitchell 2 7
1977 Don Juan's Reckless Daughter Joni Mitchell 4
1979 Mingus Joni Mitchell 3 4
1982 Wild Things Run Fast Joni Mitchell 5
1985 Dog Eat Dog Joni Mitchell 4 5
1988 Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm Joni Mitchell 4
1991 Night Ride Home Joni Mitchell 5
1994 Turbulent Indigo Joni Mitchell 2
1998 Taming the Tiger Joni Mitchell 2
2000 Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell 5
2002 Travelogue Joni Mitchell 1
2007 Shine Joni Mitchell 2
Close Your Eyes Joni Mitchell & James Taylor 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 Misses Compilation Joni Mitchell 2
1996 Hits Compilation Joni Mitchell 4 3
2003 The Complete Geffen Recordings Compilation Joni Mitchell 1
2004 Beginning of Survival Compilation Joni Mitchell 1
2004 Dreamland Compilation Joni Mitchell 2
2005 Songs of a Prairie Girl Compilation Joni Mitchell 1
2006 Joni Mitchell Compilation Joni Mitchell 1
2013 The Studio Albums: 1968-1979 Compilation Joni Mitchell 1
Big Yellow Taxi Compilation Joni Mitchell 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1968 Second Fret Sets 1966-1968 Live Joni Mitchell 1
1972 Live at the BBC 1972 Live Joni Mitchell 1
1974 Miles of Aisles Live Joni Mitchell 5
1980 Shadows and Light Live Joni Mitchell 4
2014 Live at the Second Fret 1966 Live Joni Mitchell 1
1970-10-28: Royal Albert Hall, London, UK Live Joni Mitchell & James Taylor 1
Live at Wembley Arena, 4/24/83 Live Joni Mitchell 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1988 My Secret Place Joni Mitchell 1
1996 Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell 2

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Beginning of Survival Joni Mitchell 1

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