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Court & Spark (1974)

Artist: Joni Mitchell
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Format: CD
Sku: 60078034
UPC: 075596059329
UPC 14: 00075596059329
Release Date: 2/11/1994
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Court And Spark ~ Joni Mitchell
2. Help Me ~ Joni Mitchell
3. Free Man In Paris ~ Joni Mitchell
4. People's Parties ~ Joni Mitchell
5. Same Situation ~ Joni Mitchell
6. Car On A Hill ~ Joni Mitchell
7. Down To You ~ Joni Mitchell
8. Just Like This Train ~ Joni Mitchell
9. Raised On Robbery ~ Joni Mitchell
10. Trouble Child ~ Joni Mitchell
11. Twisted ~ Joni Mitchell
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Joni Mitchell (vocals, piano, Clavinet); Larry Carlton, Dennis Budimir, Robbie Robertson, Jose Feliciano (guitar); Tom Scott (woodwinds, reeds); Chuck Findley (trumpet); Joe Sample (electric piano); Max Bennett, Jim Hughart, Wilton Felder (bass); John Guerin (drums, percussion); Milt Holland (chimes); David Crosby, Graham Nash, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Susan Webb (background vocals).
Muze PNote All songs written by Joni Mitchell except "Twisted" (Ross/Grey).
Muze PNote Composer: Joni Mitchell.
Muze PNote Personnel: Joni Mitchell (vocals, guitar, piano, Clavinet, keyboards, background vocals); Joni Mitchell; Cheech & Chong (vocals, background vocals); Dennis Dudimir (electric guitar); Victor Feldman (keyboards, percussion); Jim Hughart, Max Bennett, Wilton Felder (bass instrument); Chong, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin (background vocals); Graham Nash (vocals, harmonica, background vocals); David Crosby, Susan Webb (vocals, background vocals); Dennis Budimir, Jos? Feliciano, Larry Carlton, Robbie Robertson, Wayne Perkins (guitar, electric guitar); Tom Scott (reeds, woodwinds, wind); Chuck Findley (trumpet); Joe Sample (electric piano, keyboards); John Guerin (drums, percussion); Milt Holland (percussion, chimes).
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Muze PNote Photographer: Norman Seeff.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Joni Mitchell; Tom Scott.
Muze PNote COURT AND SPARK completed Joni Mitchell's transition from folk-singer to sophisticated rock auteur. In addition to her meticulously crafted melodies and evocative, image-rich lyrics, the songs here are breezy and immediately appealing. This is in part due to Tom Scott's L.A. Express, a sinuous jazz-based combo, but also to Mitchell's knack for pop hooks, which abound on COURT AND SPARK. The album's accessibility made it Mitchell's most commercially successful, yet the personal intensity and insight of her songwriting never wavers.
Muze PNote "Help Me" was a hit single, as was "Free Man in Paris," an expansive pop frolic that is reputedly a dig at industry mogul David Geffen. Mitchell returns to the terrain of piano balladry on "The Same Situation" and "Down to You"; yet even on these, as on the excellent social satire "People's Parties," one can hear the influence of jazz on her vocal phrasing and intonations. The rock-&-roll romp "Raised on Robbery" and the bluesy, comic swing of "Twisted" mix things up a bit, showing the artist's increasing ability to master and manipulate any form. COURT AND SPARK is one of Mitchell's finest albums, confirming her standing as one of the most important and subtle talents of the rock era.

Producer: Joni Mitchell

Engineer: Henry Lewy; Henry Lewy

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist David Crosby
Muze Guest Artist Graham Nash
Muze Guest Artist Larry Carlton
Muze Guest Artist Robbie Robertson
Muze Guest Artist Joe Sample
Muze Guest Artist Cheech & Chong
Muze Guest Artist Jose Feliciano
Muze Guest Artist Tom Scott
Muze Guest Artist Milt Holland

Artist Overview

Joni Mitchell emerged as a darling of the late 1960s folk scene as a lyrically gifted songwriter and honey-voiced golden girl. In the '70s, she went on to incorporate jazz and confessional pop-rock into her musical vision, ultimately creating a poetic, earthy brand of art song that earned her a legion of admirers. While she has drifted in and out of fashion in her later career, she's among the most talented artists of her generation, and more than a few performers have her to thank for their careers.
Artist Followers
10,000 Maniacs | America | American Music Club | Ane Brun | Ani DiFranco | Annie Lennox | Ashley Cleveland | B?la Fleck | Ben Folds | Beth Orton | Bj?rk | Bruce Cockburn | Cassandra Wilson | Cat Power | Colbie Caillat | Cyndi Lauper | Dar Williams | David Gray | Donald Fagen | Eddi Reader | Elizabeth & the Catapult | Emmylou Harris | Eva Cassidy | Everything But the Girl | Feist | Fiona Apple | Heidi Berry | Holly Cole | Ian Matthews | India.Arie | Indigo Girls | Ingrid Michaelson | Jackson Browne | Jakob Dylan | James Blake (Dubstep) | Jamie Cullum | Jane Monheit | Jane Siberry | Janis Ian | Jason Mraz | Jesca Hoop | Jewel | Jill Scott | Jill Sobule | Jimmy Webb (Songwriter/Producer) | Joan Armatrading | John Mayer (Adult Alternative) | Julia Fordham | k.d. lang | Karrin Allyson | Kate & Anna McGarrigle | Kate Bush | Kate Voegele | Katie Melua | Keren Ann | Kristin Hersh | Laura Marling | Leo Sayer | Linda Lewis | Linda Perhacs | Linda Thompson | Lisa Germano | Liz Phair | Lloyd Cole | Lori McKenna | Lucinda Williams | Luka Bloom | Madeleine Peyroux | Marc Cohn | Maroon 5 | Mary Chapin Carpenter | Mary Lou Lord | Mary Margaret O'Hara | Melanie | Melissa Etheridge | Melody Gardot | Meshell Ndegeocello | Michelle Shocked | Nanci Griffith | Norah Jones | Once Blue | Patti Smith | Phoebe Snow | Pretenders | Ray LaMontagne | Regina Spektor | Rickie Lee Jones | Rosanne Cash | Roy Harper | Sam Phillips (Singer) | Sandy Denny | Sara Bareilles | Sarah McLachlan | Sean McConnell | Shawn Colvin | SHeDAISY | Sheryl Crow | St. Vincent | Steve Forbert | Sting | Suzanne Vega | Tegan and Sara | The Blue Nile | Tift Merritt | Tori Amos | Tracy Chapman | Tristan Prettyman | Tuck & Patti | Victoria Williams

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Last Waltz (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Seal II
Muze Music Compilations Velvet Rope
Muze Music Compilations Love Actually
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Vocalists: Hear & Now
Muze Music Compilations 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection (Eco-Friendly Packaging)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Jaco Pastorius
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Herbie Hancock
Muze Music Compilations Kids Are Alright (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Last Waltz
Muze Music Compilations Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998
Muze Music Compilations No 1'S

Associated Artists and Works

Lahm, David
Moon at the Window ~ Rachel Z
Shaw, Ian

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/21/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1974
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7559605932
Music Label Name Label : Elektra (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00075596059329

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.120)
- Ranked #111 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "Mitchell settles into a folk-pop-jazz groove that remains a landmark of breezy sophistication..."

Rolling Stone (6/22/00, p.134)
- 5 stars out of 5 - "...An album that not only represents the culmination of Mitchell's folk-rock period but also signals the many musical experiments in her future....[It] was - and still is - [her] most commercially successful album..."

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