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A Tribute To Joni Mitchell

Various Artists Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Free Man In ParisSufjan Stevens 5:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Boho DanceBjork 5:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. DreamlandCaetano Veloso 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Don't Interrupt the SorrowBrad Mehldau 5:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. For the RosesCassandra Wilson 5:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. A Case of YouPrince 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. BlueSarah McLachlan 2:47Album Only
listen  8. Ladies of the Canyon (fix)Annie Lennox 3:39Album Only
listen  9. Magdalene Laundries (fix)Emmylou Harris 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Edith and the KingpinElvis Costello 5:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Help MeK. D. Lang 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. RiverJames Taylor 3:36Album Only

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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000NJXCG2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Tribute records live or die by the performers' ability to interpret the subject's work in new and inventive frameworks, or by how well they evoke the spirit of the original recordings. Joni Mitchell's poetic folk and jazz offers infinite possibilities for the former, which makes the notion of this collection by indie rockers, pop divas, and country and folk practitioners most appealing. Not surprisingly, for most of the men it turns out to be more of an intellectual exercise than an emotional foray (Elvis Costello's harder take on "Edith and the Kingpin," Sufjan Stevens's jumbled sonic landscape on "Free Man in Paris"). But there are some breathtaking performances from the women, starting with Björk's wide-eyed cover of "The Bojo Dance" and moving on to Cassandra Wilson's mahogany-voiced "For the Roses," Emmylou Harris's devastating reading of "The Magdalene Laundries," and Sarah McLachlan's goosebump-raising "Blue," where her vocals approximate Mitchell's so thoroughly some folks might be fooled. Hands down, the most peculiar track is Prince's doo-woppy "A Case of You," which nearly defies description. The project got started in the late '90s and was finished only recently, which probably accounts for a stilted unevenness and seeming lack of continuity. Think of this as an interesting companion to Mitchell's vast and vital body of work. But the revered Lady of the Canyon doubtless deserves a far more comprehensive and well-executed homage. --Alanna Nash

Product Description

A Tribute to Joni Mitchell features a strikingly eclectic roster of artists who share Mitchell's fierce intelligence, musical sophistication, and boundary-pushing experimentalism. The creative interpretations of some of her best-known songs illustrate Mitchell's breadth as a composer and lyricist while putting something of a unique flavor on the chosen songs.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the strange beauty of this CD! May 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I came across this CD at a listening station at Virgin Megastore in Chicago. I LOVE this CD. To me the worst crime of a tribute CD is to impersonate the artist being featured. All of the artists on this CD bring their own strange beauty to these songs. My favorites -- Prince's A Case of You (I'm surprised some object his to take on this song. His falsetto combined with his multi-tracked lower notes is lovely). Bjork's Boho Dance (Makes the lyrics totally come alive; the clarity of Bjork's voice matched by the lyrics makes me appreciate Bjork's voice in a whole new way, this is a warmer more accessible Bjork). Emmylou Harris' Magadalene Laundries (Much has been said about this version; and I agree it is sad and heartfelt). Elvis Costello's Kingpin (I really like the smooth sound of Costello with the vibraphone -- very film noir). And all throughout Robert Hurwitz' musical production choices are stunning, surprising and fresh. Musical settings that are both modern and evocative at the same time. Joni should be smiling. This will hopefully bring her music to a younger generation, and lead them back to her originals. Also it's cool to have an instrumental cover in here (piano by Bard Mehldau).
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, low-key tribute to Ms. Mitchell June 6, 2007
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[...]Putting all that aside, it's important to recall that (as many of my friends told me at the time) many of Mitchell's songs are "downers." Moreover, her output made a remarkable transition from early folky crooners to the jazz-inspired work of her middle albums, and the more straight-forward pop of later discs. She was also one of the first pop stars to make a free-verse lyric actually work in a song. Nowadays, when we take unrhymed, self-referential lyrics for granted, it's easy to forget how genuinely different these songs seemed 30 years ago. The artists included here are apt by virtue of being quirks (and sometimes downers) in their own rights. Sufan Stevens, who owes Mitchell a huge debt, daringly turns one of her most popular songs into his own. Bjork's adorably twisted take on "Bojo Dance" finally made that song tolerable for me (I never liked Mitchell's version). Brad Mehldau often includes Mitchell songs in his sets, and Casandra Wilson's understated cover of "For the Roses" is haunting. Prince turns a folk song into electric gospel, and Annie Lennox finds the psychedelia lurking in "Ladies of the Canyon." Emmylou Harris could have written "The Magdelene Laundries," and Elvis Costello's take on "Edith and the Kingpin" makes it seem like it was written for him. k.d. lang's note-perfect cover of "Help Me" must ride home on some deep, Canadian connection. And somehow Sarah McLachlan and James Taylor almost don't need comment, do they? Taylor sang backups on the original "Blue" album, and McLachlan seems to have absorbed it into her DNA. And who else but Caetano Veloso could pull off the bizarre "Dreamland," from what is arguably Mitchell's most weird-ass album. This is a CD that I am finding it easy to live with, reminding me of how rich and varied Ms. Mitchell's "downers" really are (and always have been).
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interupting the Sorrow... August 3, 2007
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When I first saw this on Amazon, I considered not buying it because the reviews were so low. I know better, so I bought it anyway and I am so glad! I have to "interupt the sorrow" for all those of you who didn't get it or didn't like this album. Personally, I find it sounds more like Joni than anything I have heard in years, although she does not sing a song. Joni's brillance shows through, and is augmented by those artists who cover them, and particularly those who choose to make these songs their own. If you have a history with Joni's music and painting, you will be thrilled. A Free Man in Paris, is a post-modern interpretation of her original, and will stick in your head with its off-beat melody. The horn section is amazing, and worth the listen, just by itself. Princes interpretation of A Case of You is even better than the one that K.D. Laing did - and I loved her version. The Brad Mehldau's cover of Don't Interupt the Sorrow is reminiscent of Keith Jarrett's piano style and gives a historical context, that adds yet another layer of depth to the track. Bjork blew me away with her magical version of the Boho Dance. Just her vocalization of the term "boho" gives it form and depth. Her accent lends a sense of the international - and suggests that this is the nature of the boho dance; that it is a universal condition of humanity. This "undercover" marketing of Joni is fabulous critique on the music industry that scorns anyone over thirty, not making white bread music. And, like the complex compilation it is, the song For the Roses gives us the other side of the coin - "Just when you get a taste for worship, they start bringing in the boards and the nails..." says it all. This album's arrangement is a tribute to Joni's unique understanding of jazz. Anyone who embraces Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, will find it hard to stop listening. I guess it is possible to "paint a starry, starry night, again, man."
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed. Where are the other cuts? April 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This tribute was announced almost ten years ago, and it seems to have undergone a transformation since then. To be fair, there are some interesting additions such as the Sufjan Stevens and Brad Mehldau tracks. And Emmylou Harris is brilliant. But Sarah McLachlan's "Blue" has been heard before as has Prince's "A Case of You." Earlier reports indicated contributions from heaviweights like Steely Dan and Lindsey Buckingham. I sure would like to have heard what they would have done. Even more disappointing is that Joni's Hejira-Mingus era albums are mostly ignored - and that was her best music, in my opinion. As a final indignity, it sounds to me that too much compression was added in the mastering phase, and hence the overall sound quality of the CD is lacking in dynamics.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 1 month ago by Saranah Tandberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tribute To Joni Mitchell
I have loved Joni Mitchell since I was fourteen years old, and I have never stopped loving her music since that time.
Published 14 months ago by Susan J. Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars good range but a few less than impressive
Not all artists add that something extra expected in a tribute album; okay but I won't be giving away my originals
Published 17 months ago by Anthony Hindmarsh
5.0 out of 5 stars tribute to Joni
perfect I'm very glad, the cd is like new.... it's all ok ;-) thanks a lot ;-) (I dont have study english, sorry....!)
Published 20 months ago by stefi
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tribute To Joni Mitchell
I love Joni Mitchell. This Album was excellent. The different artists are wonderful. If you are a Joni Mitchell fan, I feel you will appreciate the "Tribute". Listen On!!
Published on March 8, 2011 by Debrah127
5.0 out of 5 stars A real tribute
"A Tribute to Joni Mitchell" is the only artistically satisfying tribute album I have come across. It celebrates the music of a unique, uncompromising musician by including very... Read more
Published on March 1, 2011 by R. Ahlmark Jensen
4.0 out of 5 stars uneven, but some wonderful music
When I listen to a cover album, I expect that interpretations of songs by other musicians will open up new facets of a songwriter's music, and this album has quite a few good ones. Read more
Published on January 16, 2011 by M. Bouchard
4.0 out of 5 stars If you Love Joni the way I love Joni
When I was young in the 60's, of course, we all heard Joni and loved her...she was big, she was everywhere and a hero. Read more
Published on August 30, 2009 by Mary L. Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent: A Must for Every Fan of Joni's Pre-Hejira Period
This album is excellent. I recommend it highly. Every fan of Joni Mitchell's early (i.e., pre-Hejira) work should hear this. Read more
Published on August 28, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent (7 out of 12 cuts)
The 1st 5 cuts are boring uncreative fare.

Wow, do things take off on Prince's cut - contemp R & B / gospel / jazz but what a vocal performance and such an original... Read more
Published on February 23, 2009 by James E. Anderson
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