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The Hissing of Summer Lawns

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Joni Mitchell evolved from the smooth jazz-pop of Court and Spark to the radical Hissing of Summer Lawns, an adventurous work that remains among her most difficult records. After opening with the graceful "In France They Kiss on Main Street," the album veers sharply into "The Jungle Line," an odd, Moog-driven piece backed by the rhythms of the warrior drums of Burundi -- a move into multiculturalism that beat the likes of Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting to the punch by a decade. While not as prescient, songs like "Edith and the Kingpin" and "Harry's House -- Centerpiece" are no less complex or idiosyncratic, employing minor-key melodies and richly detailed lyrics to arrive at a strange and beautiful fusion of jazz and shimmering avant pop.
© Jason Ankeny /TiVo

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1
In France They Kiss on Main Street
00:03:19

David Crosby, Backing Vocals - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Victor Feldman, Piano - JOHN GUERIN, Drums - Henry Lewy, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - JAMES TAYLOR, Backing Vocals - Joni Mitchell, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, MainArtist - JEFF BAXTER, Electric Guitar - Graham nash, Backing Vocals - Max Bennett, Bass Guitar - Robben Ford, Guitar - Ellis Sorkin, Assistant Engineer

© 1974 Elektra/Asylum Records ℗ 1975 Asylum Records

2
The Jungle Line
00:04:23

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Henry Lewy, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Joni Mitchell, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Ellis Sorkin, Assistant Engineer

© 1974 Elektra/Asylum Records ℗ 1975 Asylum Records

3
Edith and the Kingpin
00:03:35

WILTON FELDER, Bass Guitar - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Chuck Findley, Horn - JOHN GUERIN, Drums - Henry Lewy, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Joni Mitchell, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, MainArtist - JOE SAMPLE, Electric Piano - Bud Shank, Flute, Saxophone - LARRY CARLTON, Electric Guitar - Ellis Sorkin, Assistant Engineer

© 1974 Elektra/Asylum Records ℗ 1975 Asylum Records

4
Don't Interrupt the Sorrow
00:04:04

WILTON FELDER, Bass Guitar - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Victor Feldman, Congas Drums - JOHN GUERIN, Drums - Henry Lewy, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Joni Mitchell, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, MainArtist - LARRY CARLTON, Electric Guitar - Robben Ford, Dobro - Ellis Sorkin, Assistant Engineer

© 1974 Elektra/Asylum Records ℗ 1975 Asylum Records

5
Shades of Scarlett Conquering
00:04:57

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Victor Feldman, Piano, Vibraphone - JOHN GUERIN, Drums - Henry Lewy, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Joni Mitchell, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, MainArtist - Max Bennett, Bass Guitar - Dale Oehler, String Arranger - LARRY CARLTON, Electric Guitar - Ellis Sorkin, Assistant Engineer

© 1974 Elektra/Asylum Records ℗ 1975 Asylum Records

6
The Hissing of Summer Lawns
00:03:00

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Victor Feldman, Keyboards, Percussion - Chuck Findley, Trumpet - JOHN GUERIN, Drums, Writer, Synthesizer - Henry Lewy, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - JAMES TAYLOR, Acoustic Guitar - Joni Mitchell, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, MainArtist - Bud Shank, Flute, Saxophone - Max Bennett, Bass Guitar - Ellis Sorkin, Assistant Engineer

© 1974 Elektra/Asylum Records ℗ 1975 Asylum Records

7
The Boho Dance
00:03:50

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Chuck Findley, Flugelhorn - JOHN GUERIN, Drums - Henry Lewy, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Joni Mitchell, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, MainArtist - Bud Shank, Flute - Max Bennett, Bass Guitar - Ellis Sorkin, Assistant Engineer

© 1974 Elektra/Asylum Records ℗ 1975 Asylum Records

8
Harry's House / Centerpiece
00:06:48

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Chuck Findley, Trumpet - JOHN GUERIN, Drums - Henry Lewy, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Joni Mitchell, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, MainArtist - JOE SAMPLE, Keyboards - Jon Hendricks, Writer - Graham nash, Backing Vocals - Max Bennett, Bass Guitar - Harry Edison, Writer - Robben Ford, Guitar - Ellis Sorkin, Assistant Engineer

© 1974 Elektra/Asylum Records ℗ 1975 Asylum Records

9
Sweet Bird
00:04:11

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Henry Lewy, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Joni Mitchell, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, MainArtist - LARRY CARLTON, Electric Guitar - Ellis Sorkin, Assistant Engineer

© 1974 Elektra/Asylum Records ℗ 1975 Asylum Records

10
Shadows and Light
00:04:16

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Henry Lewy, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Joni Mitchell, Producer, Organ, Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Ellis Sorkin, Assistant Engineer

© 1974 Elektra/Asylum Records ℗ 1975 Asylum Records

Album Description

Joni Mitchell evolved from the smooth jazz-pop of Court and Spark to the radical Hissing of Summer Lawns, an adventurous work that remains among her most difficult records. After opening with the graceful "In France They Kiss on Main Street," the album veers sharply into "The Jungle Line," an odd, Moog-driven piece backed by the rhythms of the warrior drums of Burundi -- a move into multiculturalism that beat the likes of Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting to the punch by a decade. While not as prescient, songs like "Edith and the Kingpin" and "Harry's House -- Centerpiece" are no less complex or idiosyncratic, employing minor-key melodies and richly detailed lyrics to arrive at a strange and beautiful fusion of jazz and shimmering avant pop.
© Jason Ankeny /TiVo

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