Court & Spark CD (1994)

Artist: Joni Mitchell

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Label Wea/elektra Entertainment
SKU 60078034
UPC 075596059329
UPC 14 00075596059329
Format CD
Release Date 2/11/1994
Author Joni Mitchell
Associated Artist/Work Lahm, David
Associated Artist/Work Rachel Z
Associated Artist/Work Shaw, Ian
Artist Influence Annie Ross
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Charles Mingus
Artist Influence Chris Connor (Vocals)
Artist Influence Eric Andersen
Artist Influence Fred Neil
Artist Influence Hank Williams
Artist Influence Ian & Sylvia
Artist Influence Joan Baez
Artist Influence John Coltrane
Artist Influence June Christy
Artist Influence Karen Dalton
Artist Influence Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Artist Influence Love
Artist Influence Paul Simon
Artist Influence Peggy Seeger
Artist Influence Pete Seeger (Folk)
Artist Influence Richard & Mimi Fari¤a (Duo)
Artist Influence Thelonious Monk
Artist Influence Woody Guthrie
Artist Contemporary Bonnie Raitt
Artist Contemporary Carly Simon
Artist Contemporary Carol Kleyn
Artist Contemporary Carole King
Artist Contemporary Crosby, Stills & Nash
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Artist Contemporary Eric Andersen
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Artist Contemporary Jackie DeShannon
Artist Contemporary Jackson Browne
Artist Contemporary James Taylor (Soft Rock)
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Technical Info
Engineer Henry Lewy; Henry Lewy
Producer Joni Mitchell
CatalogID 7559605932
Lable Name Elektra (Label)
Released 03/21/2000
Original Release 1974
Number of Discs 1
Length 36m : 52s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075596059329
Musical Guests
David Crosby
Graham Nash
Larry Carlton
Robbie Robertson
Joe Sample
Cheech & Chong
Jose Feliciano
Tom Scott
Milt Holland
Album Notes and Credits
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).
All songs written by Joni Mitchell except "Twisted" (Ross/Grey).
Composer: Joni Mitchell.
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).
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Photographer: Norman Seeff.
Arrangers: Joni Mitchell; Tom Scott.
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.
"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.
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.
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..."
Disc 1
1 Court And Spark
2 Help Me
3 Free Man In Paris
4 People's Parties
5 Same Situation
6 Car On A Hill
7 Down To You
8 Just Like This Train
9 Raised On Robbery
10 Trouble Child
11 Twisted

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