Joni Mitchell

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Legal name: Roberta Joan Anderson


Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell, CC (née Anderson; born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and painter. Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever", and AllMusic has stated, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century". Drawing from folk, pop, rock and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment and joy.

Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and western Canada before busking in the streets and shoddy nightclubs 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 folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her 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", the highest entry by a female artist. 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".

Around 1975 her vocal range began to shift from mezzo-soprano to more of a wide-ranging contralto. Her distinctive piano and open-tuned guitar compositions also 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, who 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 producer credited on most of her albums, including all her work in the 1970s. A blunt critic of the music industry, she quit touring and released her 17th, and reportedly last, album of original songs in 2007. With roots in visual art, Mitchell designed her own album covers. She describes herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Song to a Seagull Joni Mitchell 4 4
1969 Clouds Joni Mitchell 4 7
1970 Ladies of the Canyon Joni Mitchell 3.5 9
1971 Blue Joni Mitchell 4.25 11
1972 For the Roses Joni Mitchell 4 7
1974 Court and Spark Joni Mitchell 5 12
1975 The Hissing of Summer Lawns Joni Mitchell 4 9
1976 Hejira Joni Mitchell 3.5 9
1977 Don Juan's Reckless Daughter Joni Mitchell 7
1979 Mingus Joni Mitchell 3 5
1982 Wild Things Run Fast Joni Mitchell 4 5
1985 Dog Eat Dog Joni Mitchell 4 6
1988 Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm Joni Mitchell 4
1991 Night Ride Home Joni Mitchell 5
1994 Turbulent Indigo Joni Mitchell 4 2
1996 Blue Joni Mitchell 1
1996 Ladies of the Canyon Joni Mitchell 1
1998 Taming the Tiger Joni Mitchell 3 2
2000 Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell 3 8
2000 Miles of Aisles Joni Mitchell 1
2002 Travelogue Joni Mitchell 2
2007 Shine Joni Mitchell 4 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Misses Joni Mitchell 1
1996 Hits Joni Mitchell 4 4
1999 Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell 1
2003 The Complete Geffen Recordings Joni Mitchell 1
2004 Beginning of Survival Joni Mitchell 2
2004 Dreamland Joni Mitchell 2
2005 Songs of a Prairie Girl Joni Mitchell 1
2006 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell 1
2013 The Studio Albums: 1968-1979 Joni Mitchell 1
2014 Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced Joni Mitchell 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Second Fret Sets 1966-1968 Joni Mitchell 1
1972 Live at the BBC 1972 Joni Mitchell 1
1974 Miles of Aisles Joni Mitchell 7
1980 Shadows and Light Joni Mitchell 4
2009 Amchitka: The 1970 Concert That Launched Greenpeace Joni Mitchell, James Taylor & Phil Ochs 1
2014 Live at the Second Fret 1966 Joni Mitchell 1
Close Your Eyes Joni Mitchell & James Taylor 3 2
Live at Wembley Arena, 4/24/83 Joni Mitchell 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 My Secret Place Joni Mitchell 1
1996 Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell 2
1997 Got ’til It’s Gone Janet feat. Q‐Tip & Joni Mitchell 4

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