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Blue

Joni Mitchell Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
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1. All I Want
2. My Old Man
3. Little Green
4. Carey
5. Blue
6. California
7. This Flight Tonight
8. River
9. A Case Of You
10. The Last Time I Saw Richard

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Blueest l'album de la maturité, certainement l'un des sommets de la carrière de Joni Mitchell avec Hejira. Autant ce dernier, réalisé à quelque six ans d'écart, sera fouillé, autant celui-ci est recueilli et dépouillé. L'accompagnement (une guitare, un piano) est réduit au strict minimum même si quelques amis dont Stephen Stills et James Taylor, son amant du moment, sont venus prêter main forte ; plus tard, la dame s'entourera des grands noms du jazz, étoffant ses arrangements de façon considérable, tournant sensible à partir de Court And Spark réalisé en 1974. Pour l'heure, chaque thème est chanté sur le ton de la confidence, mêlant dans un même élan préoccupations intimes et sociales d'un point de vue féminin qui marquera jusqu'aux plus engagées des riot grrrls dont Kim Gordon de Sonic Youth. Les retombées se feront d'ailleurs ressentir jusque chez le pianiste de jazz Keith Jarrett qui reconnaît en Blue un album marquant. --Philippe Robert

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JONI MITCHELL Blue (1988 UK 10-track remastered CD issue of the 1971 album this album is often considered Jonis best work. Housed in a picture sleeve)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece May 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Joni Mitchell album I ever heard. It was 1992, and I was in grade 10. My vocal music teacher brought it in to play us a sample...and I felt a whole new world of music opening up for me. I have been a Joni Mitchell fan ever since.
"Blue" is an album that has Joni bearing her soul...leaving no stone unturned, no walls or curtains to hide behind. It is intensely emotional, and lets the listener get closer to her than any other album. This album is so special for that reason. Her playing is stellar...she makes it sound so easy. Her voice is in top form; singing with such clarity and young wisdom. I never get sick of this album...from "All I Want" to "The Last Time I Saw Richard." Is it folk music? No...I wouldn't say so. Has it ever claimed to be a folk album? If you want "Tom Dooley", then listen to The Kingston Trio...if you want something deeper and encompassing, listen to Joni Mitchell...no simple 3 chord wonders here.
I have read the bad reviews of this album (and also those for "Court and Spark"...yet another piece of Mitchell magic) and I just don't understand it. Someone reviewing "Court and Spark" said that they didn't like Joni Mitchell's voice...hmmmm...a matter of opinion...from a person who couldn't possibly give a good review of ANY of her albums since she has the AUDACITY to sing on them. It is the same for "Blue"...Joni needed Prozac...why couldn't she crack a smile...the album is dull and boring...her voice is awful...these negative reviews (for Joni Mitchll albums, they tend to be extremely short, and lacking in any real detail...as different from Joni Mitchell's writing as day is from night...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most addicting album ever July 15 2004
By J. Dyer
Format:Audio CD
"Just before our love got lost you said, I am as constant as a northern star, and I said, constant in the darkness,
where is that at? If you want me I'll be in the bar..." -Case of You, Blue
It takes alot for me to listen to an album over and over and over and over... and still not get sick of it.
i've had "Blue" for about 3 years and Joni still makes it into my cd player more than once every few days.
There are at least 2 songs that most passerbyers would recognize: "California" and "River", but many more to be appreciated.
This album has a beautiful balance of alternating very rich, almost sorrowful songs and whimsical upbeat songs...
"My Old Man" exhibits such simplisticly passionate poetry-
'...but when he's gone me and them lonesome blues collide; the bed's too big the frying pan's too wide...'
"All I Want" gives us an all-around bold, declarative statement that shows her desire to be a part of the grand 'adventure'/excitement that life offers through loving.
'..alive alive! I wanna get up and jive, i wanna wreck my stockings in some jukebox dive. do you want, do you want, do you want to dance with me baby? do you wanna take a chance in maybe finding some sweet romance with me...?'
With the occasional accompaniment from James Taylor and Stephen Stills, this album is worth much more than it's priced.
And as always, the mixture of Joni's voice, her beautiful piano playing, and her amazing lyrics are pure proof
that she is a true uninhibited musician... and she's still going strong.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Oh Carey, get out your cane." June 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
There have been arguements over what was the greatest year in Rock and Roll history. Some will say 1964, others 1967, 1969, 1975, 1991, 1983, 1968, or even 1977. But for me 1971 is hands down the greatest year ever. Just look at the albums that were released:
Led Zeppelin-LED ZEPPELIN IV
The Who-WHO'S NEXT
Carole King-TAPESTY (Amazingly, won Grammy for Album of the Year)
The Rolling Stones-STICKY FINGERS
Rod Stewart-EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY
Traffic-THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH-HEELED BOYS
John Lennon-IMAGINE
James Taylor-MUDSLIDE SLIM AND THE BLUE HORIZON
Chicago-CHICAGO III and AT CARNEGIE HALL
Elton John-TUMBLEWEED COLLECTION and MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER
The Altman Brothers Band-AT FILLMORE EAST
Carly Simon-CARLY SIMON and ANTICIPATION
Yes-THE YES ALBUM
Alice Cooper-LOVE IT TO DEATH and KILLER
And at the heart of these remarkable landmarks was Joni Mitchell's BLUE. What she does to the songs CAREY and CALIFORNIA are truly amazing. There were a couple of X factors as to why I think '71 is the greatest ever: It was the first full year that there wasn't a song by The Beatles and it marked Rock's unsolved mystery with the mysterious demise of The Doors' Jim Morrison(Did he really fake his death in Paris to escape prison like what happened to Roman Polaski?). Could it be possible that the incident inspired Mitchell to write "Free Man in Paris" three years later? ("But for the work I've taken on/Stoking the star maker machinery/Behind the popular song) Above all, BLUE was the beginning of what made Joni Mitchell great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Canadian Gem! June 3 2012
Format:Audio CD
Joni Mitchell has a totally unique voice & musical interpretation style. For lovers of Joni Mitchell I would actually rate this CD as a 5 star. I love her but the reason I gave it a 4 star is because I regard this music as "The Classics". It doesn't mean that some of you won't appreciate it; because you will but for current listener's of music it might not fall into the category of music you would want to be playing repeatedly today. Having said that she is an original in 60's folk music and has had a lengthy career; still producing albums so there is a fan base there for sure. These are my favorite tracks from this CD.

1.All I Want: Just take a listen to the guitar work in this song; it is outstanding. You can't manufacture that no matter what the technology used. The lyrics are so creative...the telling of a love story...a love/hate relationship....one where like many women back in the day...lost themselves in relationships over who they were as individuals. This song is so reminiscent Joni Mitchell; heartfelt interpretations of relationships & what they encompass.

2.Carey: To me this song will remind those that grew up in the 60's of when this song came out. It has a dated quality about it so might not appeal to all today. Many of the words used are ones that were used in the 60's....(some of which have come back from decade to decade) in the lyrical content. The guitar work is always impeccable as is the writing compositions. Her voice is like silk....a voice that has never been re-created to date.

3.Blue: Many artists have done renditions of this Joni Mitchell classic but I still think her version is the best. The piano work is so good and her vocal defines the song and takes us on a journey as imparted in the lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!
This CD is amazing. It has some pretty powerful songs on it. Blue and River are two of the best tracks on here. Read more
Published on May 13 2012 by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably sweet
Although it's almost forty years old, this album sounds so fresh. Mitchell's guitar and piano is wonderfully fluid. And then there's her voice. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2008 by Peng!
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Greatest Album.. Ever.
Joni Mitchell sings a lot of jazz and her songs are so often layered with whimsy and flutes and seem quite thick. Read more
Published on July 5 2008 by momo_adachi
2.0 out of 5 stars Blue ....The most overrated album of all time!
It may very well be one of the most overrated albums of all time.
Yes, Joni is a legend, yes she is a great lyricist and a great musician but after all the accolades, I have... Read more
Published on May 1 2008 by Bertmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert island record
On CBC radio there once a program on which people chose the 5 records or books they would take with them if the were lost on a desert island for the rest of their lives. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2007 by natseeker
1.0 out of 5 stars housewife mediocrity
this album might fly when the hippy flag was not yet torn to complete shreds and everyone was feeling a little blue but i'm sorry joni i just don't care about you and your songs... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Xiao
2.0 out of 5 stars Where was Prozac when Joni needed it!!!
I feel so sorry for Joni. If only prozac were available in the early seventies, everyone would have been spared the misery that is this album. Read more
Published on March 8 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars RAW, UNMITIGATED EMOTION SET TO MUSIC
THIS IS IT: MOSTLY, WHEN YOU MENTION JONI MITCHELL, THIS, WITHOUT QUESTION, IS MOST LIKELY THE FIRST ALBUM THAT'LL POP INTO PEOPLE'S HEADS (ALONG WITH THE EQUALLY CLASSIC COURT AND... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Brandon Fields
1.0 out of 5 stars dull and boring
i read the reviews of people who bought this and said buy this cd it's great and i went out and did it and i regret doing it after listening to this cd i can understand why no... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by J. Aguilar
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