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Joni Mitchell|The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) (2021 Remaster)

The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) (2021 Remaster)

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After publishing Archives-Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967), an imposing box set of Joni Mitchell's recordings, running to 119 mostly unreleased tracks that date from before her first official record, there now comes a collection of well-made, overdue remasterings of her studio albums. As its title suggests, The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) brings together the first four of these: Song to a Seagull (March 1968), Clouds (May 1969), Ladies of the Canyon (April 1970) and Blue (June 1971). The first four and nothing else! That means that we dispense with the usual alternative takes and other unreleased demos that we would usually find on this kind of reissue: the focus here is on the essentials. And what is essential here is a young woman gradually extracting herself from a folk idiom (the Canadian always hated being labelled a folk-singer) and creating her own language. This is an identity that takes shape from Songs to a Seagull onwards. The young Mitchell even entrusted the former Byrd, David Crosby, with the production of this first effort, which she divided into two sides: I Came to the City which looks towards the city, and Out of the City and Down by the Seaside, which turns towards nature. Joni Mitchell develops these themes with her open tuning, her high, clear, mesmerising voice, and a certain melodic richness. A big drawback to Songs to a Seagull is its original mix, which sounds almost shameful. This error was rectified for the 2021 re-release by sound engineer Matt Lee. “The original mix was atrocious. It sounded like it was recorded under a jello bowl, so I fixed it!” 

With Clouds, Joni Mitchell ploughs a similar furrow, but with greater harmonic and instrumental richness. The themes she addresses on this second album remain transparent enough, from the personal and introspective (I Don't Know Where I Stand) to the tormented and fearful (The Fiddle and the Drum), but the music has become denser.

This feeling will intensify with Ladies of the Canyon, a hit which boosted her reputation. This third album saw the singer transform her folk sound with richer lyrics and increasingly subtle arrangements. Joni Mitchell was achieving unprecedented sophistication and becoming a unique star in the orbit of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, to whom she was still very much attached. Critics and audiences quickly fell in love with all of these quirks. But in spite of her fame she still yearned for freedom, and to get away from the limelight. So after Ladies of the Canyon was recorded, naturally Joni Mitchell wanted to set out travelling.

One year later, Blue came out. Her fourth album on Reprise, it proved a cornerstone of her introspective, stripped-down folk sound. For all its lack of artifice and repetitive ingredients, this was a work of peerless grace and depth. A masterpiece conceived as a private journal set to music, it marked a real turning point in the career of the 28-year-old musician. This remaster offers up a definitive version. And that is just one more reason why The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) are totally in-dis-pen-sa-ble! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
I Had A King (2021 Remaster)
00:03:38

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1968 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
Michael From Mountains (2021 Remaster)
00:03:41

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Joshua Rifkin, Arranger

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1968 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Night In The City (2021 Remaster)
00:02:26

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1968 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
Marcie (2021 Remaster)
00:04:33

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1968 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

5
Nathan La Franeer (2021 Remaster)
00:03:15

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1968 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

6
Sisotowbell Lane (2021 Remaster)
00:04:04

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1968 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

7
The Dawntreader (2021 Remaster)
00:05:03

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1968 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
The Pirate Of Penance (2021 Remaster)
00:02:44

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1968 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

9
Song To A Seagull (2021 Remaster)
00:03:50

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1968 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

10
Cactus Tree (2021 Remaster)
00:04:36

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1968 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

DISC 2

1
Tin Angel (2021 Remaster)
00:04:09

Paul Harris, Arranger - Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
Chelsea Morning (2021 Remaster)
00:02:35

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
I Don't Know Where I Stand (2021 Remaster)
00:03:14

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
That Song About The Midway (2021 Remaster)
00:04:38

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

5
Roses Blue (2021 Remaster)
00:03:53

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

6
The Gallery (2021 Remaster)
00:04:12

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

7
I Think I Understand (2021 Remaster)
00:04:28

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
Songs To Aging Children Come (2021 Remaster)
00:03:10

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

9
The Fiddle And The Drum (2021 Remaster)
00:02:50

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

10
Both Sides, Now (2021 Remaster)
00:04:34

Joni Mitchell, Composer, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1969 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

DISC 3

1
Morning Morgantown (2021 Remaster)
00:03:13

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
For Free (2021 Remaster)
00:04:32

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Conversation (2021 Remaster)
00:04:27

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
Ladies Of The Canyon (2021 Remaster)
00:03:33

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

5
Willy (2021 Remaster)
00:03:01

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

6
The Arrangement (2021 Remaster)
00:03:34

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

7
Rainy Night House (2021 Remaster)
00:03:25

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
The Priest (2021 Remaster)
00:03:41

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

9
Blue Boy (2021 Remaster)
00:02:54

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

10
Big Yellow Taxi (2021 Remaster)
00:02:15

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

11
Woodstock (2021 Remaster)
00:05:30

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

12
The Circle Game (2021 Remaster)
00:04:53

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

DISC 4

1
All I Want (2021 Remaster)
00:03:34

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
My Old Man (2021 Remaster)
00:03:35

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Little Green (2021 Remaster)
00:03:28

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
Carey (2021 Remaster)
00:03:04

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

5
Blue (2021 Remaster)
00:03:01

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

6
California (2021 Remaster)
00:03:51

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

7
This Flight Tonight (2021 Remaster)
00:02:53

Joni Mitchell, Composer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
River (2021 Remaster)
00:04:05

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

9
A Case Of You (2021 Remaster)
00:04:23

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

10
The Last Time I Saw Richard (2021 Remaster)
00:04:15

Joni Mitchell, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company., © 2021 Reprise Records, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

Album review

After publishing Archives-Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967), an imposing box set of Joni Mitchell's recordings, running to 119 mostly unreleased tracks that date from before her first official record, there now comes a collection of well-made, overdue remasterings of her studio albums. As its title suggests, The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) brings together the first four of these: Song to a Seagull (March 1968), Clouds (May 1969), Ladies of the Canyon (April 1970) and Blue (June 1971). The first four and nothing else! That means that we dispense with the usual alternative takes and other unreleased demos that we would usually find on this kind of reissue: the focus here is on the essentials. And what is essential here is a young woman gradually extracting herself from a folk idiom (the Canadian always hated being labelled a folk-singer) and creating her own language. This is an identity that takes shape from Songs to a Seagull onwards. The young Mitchell even entrusted the former Byrd, David Crosby, with the production of this first effort, which she divided into two sides: I Came to the City which looks towards the city, and Out of the City and Down by the Seaside, which turns towards nature. Joni Mitchell develops these themes with her open tuning, her high, clear, mesmerising voice, and a certain melodic richness. A big drawback to Songs to a Seagull is its original mix, which sounds almost shameful. This error was rectified for the 2021 re-release by sound engineer Matt Lee. “The original mix was atrocious. It sounded like it was recorded under a jello bowl, so I fixed it!” 

With Clouds, Joni Mitchell ploughs a similar furrow, but with greater harmonic and instrumental richness. The themes she addresses on this second album remain transparent enough, from the personal and introspective (I Don't Know Where I Stand) to the tormented and fearful (The Fiddle and the Drum), but the music has become denser.

This feeling will intensify with Ladies of the Canyon, a hit which boosted her reputation. This third album saw the singer transform her folk sound with richer lyrics and increasingly subtle arrangements. Joni Mitchell was achieving unprecedented sophistication and becoming a unique star in the orbit of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, to whom she was still very much attached. Critics and audiences quickly fell in love with all of these quirks. But in spite of her fame she still yearned for freedom, and to get away from the limelight. So after Ladies of the Canyon was recorded, naturally Joni Mitchell wanted to set out travelling.

One year later, Blue came out. Her fourth album on Reprise, it proved a cornerstone of her introspective, stripped-down folk sound. For all its lack of artifice and repetitive ingredients, this was a work of peerless grace and depth. A masterpiece conceived as a private journal set to music, it marked a real turning point in the career of the 28-year-old musician. This remaster offers up a definitive version. And that is just one more reason why The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) are totally in-dis-pen-sa-ble! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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