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#21 OFFLINE   YUNGATA

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 04:46 AM

I’ve been anticipating that one, but I’m nervous because I don’t want to run out of her more beloved albums yet :eek:

 

That's fair. Honestly though I don't think Joni has any bad albums, just a lot that cater to different tastes. Like a lot of people I know cite Mingus as her weakest body of work but I strongly disagree. Basically what I mean is don't put too much emphasis on the fan favourite albums because Joni is so eclectic and everyone enjoys different aspects of music~


Omg the taste of all of you. Joni Mitchell is tucking amazing. Blue through Hejira is just all perfection 100%. Hejira might be my favorite. Amelia is devastating.

Dive right into the hissing of summer lawns.

 

 

The only thing I dislike about Hejira is how confusing the album art is to look at   :deadbanana: why does she look so wide it gets more uncomfortable the longer I look at it. Otherwise a perfect album  :creep:


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 05:06 AM

 
 
The only thing I dislike about Hejira is how confusing the album art is to look at   :deadbanana: why does she look so wide it gets more uncomfortable the longer I look at it. Otherwise a perfect album  :creep:


I’m not certain I’ve ever noticed. Lol. I’ll have to look. More random Joni feelings as this is the first I’ve ever posted in this thread: peoples parties into the same situation is fucking perfect. Down to You is in my top 10 songs ever. Have we all seen the recent Joni Birthday concert? Rufus singing blue is amazing. Brandi singing Down to You is great. Diana Kralls Amelia is quirky and beautiful.

Anyways, I love Joni and finding Joni/Lana fans is amazing.
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Posted 26 May 2019 - 12:32 PM

Tin Angel, I Don’t Know Where I Stand, and That Song About the Midway are such gems :defeated:
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Posted 26 May 2019 - 01:51 PM

I’ve been anticipating that one, but I’m nervous because I don’t want to run out of her more beloved albums yet :eek:


If it makes it easier, Summer Lawns wasn’t considered beloved my the gp, so it’s definitely a treat. But if you don’t wanna run out of the best stuff so soon, take a detour into her 80s albums for a bit then take a step back to finish her best ones.
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Posted 26 May 2019 - 01:59 PM

I’m not certain I’ve ever noticed. Lol. I’ll have to look. More random Joni feelings as this is the first I’ve ever posted in this thread: peoples parties into the same situation is fucking perfect. Down to You is in my top 10 songs ever. Have we all seen the recent Joni Birthday concert? Rufus singing blue is amazing. Brandi singing Down to You is great. Diana Kralls Amelia is quirky and beautiful.

Anyways, I love Joni and finding Joni/Lana fans is amazing.


People’s Parties to The Same Situation is def one of my favourite transitions of all time. The Boho Dance to Harry’s House is another one of my favourites. In general Joni’s For The Roses, Court and Spark, and Hissing of Summer Lawns are some of the best albums for songs transitioning into each other.

And I still need to see the birthday concert. At the time I was kind of disappointed there weren’t really experimental musicians doing tributes because Joni would’ve loved that but I still need to watch it eventually.
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Posted 08 June 2019 - 01:06 PM

Shades of Scarlett Conquering.... wow.... :legend:
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Posted 08 June 2019 - 02:36 PM

Shades of Scarlett Conquering.... wow.... :legend:


Omg did you just check out Summer Lawns????

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 01:23 PM

Omg did you just check out Summer Lawns????


Yessir!
Some of the songs are still growing on me, but I really like these ones: In France They Kiss on Main Street, Edith and the Kingpin, Shades of Scarlett Conquering, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, and Harry’s House/Centerpiece.
I think this album is less suited to my personal taste but I can still appreciate it for the most part. I’m gonna try to take my time to listen to it for a month or so before I move on to another album.

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 02:11 AM

If you had to make an "Essential Joni" playlist of say 12-15 songs, what would you add?

 

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 02:43 PM

If you had to make an "Essential Joni" playlist of say 12-15 songs, what would you add?

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This might be biased and more based on what I like best but there’s also plenty of obvious ones (no Big Yellow Taxi, sorry too obvious)

-I Had a King
-Both Sides Now
-The Song About the Midway
-Rainy Day House
-Woodstock
-A Case of You
-Barangrill
-Blonde in the Bleachers
-Trouble Child
-Down to You
-Harry’s House/Centerpiece
-Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow
-Furry Sings the Blues
-Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter
-Jericho
-The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey
-Solid Love

I tried to pick 1 (some 2) songs from her first 11 albums. I tried to avoid lots of the obvious ones but some like Both Sides Now and A Case of You are classics for a reason. It was very hard keeping the list short so I have more suggestions if you need them
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 08:32 PM

If anyone’s interested in Bob Dylan, his Rolling Thunder Revue is now on Netflix. I thought I’d post about it in here because there’s some footage of Joni jamming with everyone and teaching Bob to play her new song at the time (Coyote) and a bit of her talking about Ginsberg and stuff. I was surprised to see quite a few clips of her since she wasn’t on the tour very long. She joined that tour spontaneously just after releasing Summer Lawns (like the same month). She wrote the Hejira album on that tour. But in general any Lana fans would probably enjoy it because it is Bob Dylan and a group of travelling musicians and poets.
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Posted 14 June 2019 - 02:00 PM

Nobody told me that Wild Things Run Fast is such a good album!!! I think I will always prefer her older music, but I am so pleasantly surprised by some of her newer work :heart: :dance:

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 07:15 PM

Nobody told me that Wild Things Run Fast is such a good album!!! I think I will always prefer her older music, but I am so pleasantly surprised by some of her newer work :heart: :dance:


Yes, it’s definitely her best 80s album! I’m glad you liked it! I’m kinda surprised you liked Wild Things so much more than Summer Lawns though because I always saw them as like her most similar sonically, like both kinda jazz rock. But yeah her later albums are often called “bad” because they’re so different from her early stuff, but they’re really not bad at all.
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Posted 14 June 2019 - 08:19 PM

If you had to make an "Essential Joni" playlist of say 12-15 songs, what would you add?

 

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this is hard because it feels like there are so many different Jonis. going on memory right now.

 

Song for Sharon

-one of her best in terms of telling a whole vivid story in a song

 

Help Me

-one of my favorite pop songs of Joni, but still feels very Joni--also crazy vocal range

 

Refuge of the Roads 

-a song about independence and taking your own path--very Joni

 

If

-rewriting Rudyard Kipling because she didn't agree with/like the writing feels like a very Joni thing to do

 

Paprika Plains 

-16 minute complex song that really shows her musicianship 

 

The Last Time I Saw Richard

-one of my favorite songs of hers 

 

The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey 

-strange, experimental. 

 

People's Parties

-introspective, social observations, and the crazy vocal harmonies. 

 

Woodstock 

-capturing a generational moment and speaking on bigger themes while also keeping it more pop

 

Blue

-can't have this list without this song

 

A Case of You

-same reason as Blue

 

The Beat of Black Wings

-storytelling about the cost of war 

 

Twisted

-technically she's singing a cover, but I like the way she sings it. Her humor is underestimated I think. 


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 01:20 AM

I love the introspective human behavior analyst side of her music because I relate and it’s so rare to see that kind of thing portrayed well
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Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:32 PM

No one asked but here’s my ranking of the songs from Court and Spark lol. This was way more difficult than I expected because I love most of the songs except maybe Twisted, but I do still appreciate her sense of humor in that one. Looking at this list I’m still not satisfied :crai:

Free Man in Paris
Help Me
Car on a Hill
Trouble Child
Raised on Robbery
The Same Situation
People’s Parties
Court and Spark
Down to You
Just Like This Train
Twisted
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 04:04 PM

No one asked but here’s my ranking of the songs from Court and Spark lol. This was way more difficult than I expected because I love most of the songs except maybe Twisted, but I do still appreciate her sense of humor in that one. Looking at this list I’m still not satisfied :crai:

Free Man in Paris
Help Me
Car on a Hill
Trouble Child
Raised on Robbery
The Same Situation
People’s Parties
Court and Spark
Down to You
Just Like This Train
Twisted


I love this! We should do song rankings for all her albums to get to know each other better.

Anyway this would be mine:
Trouble Child
Just Like This Train
Court and Spark
The Same Situation
Raised on Robbery
Down to You
Help Me
Free Man in Paris
People’s Parties
Car on a Hill
Twisted
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Posted 13 July 2019 - 10:54 PM

I love this! We should do song rankings for all her albums to get to know each other better.


I like this idea! Which album next?

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 11:00 PM

I like this idea! Which album next?


My next choice would be Summer Lawns, but Blue or Ladies of the Canyon are obvious choices. Whichever is easiest to do next I guess.
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Posted 14 July 2019 - 02:06 AM

My ranking for Summer Lawns:

In France They Kiss on Main Street
Shades of Scarlett Conquering
Harry’s House/Centerpiece
The Hissing of Summer Lawns
Edith and the Kingpin
The Boho Dance
Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow
Sweet Bird
Shadows and Light/The Jungle Line (tied)

I’m not super familiar with a few of these songs because I haven’t listened to this album as much as some of her others, but the top 3 songs on my list are definitely favorites of mine for her entire discography.
I love the lyrics on this album especially.
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