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When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century. Uncompromising and iconoclastic, Mitchell confounded expectations at every turn; restlessly innovative, her music evolved from deeply personal folk stylings into pop, jazz, avant-garde, and even world music, presaging the multicultural experimentation of the ... Read more in Amazon's Joni Mitchell Store

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B0002MPQ50
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Free Man In Paris
2. In France They Kiss On Main Street
3. Dreamland
4. The Jungle Line
5. Furry Sings The Blues
6. You Turn Me On I’m A Radio
7. Carey
8. Big Yellow Taxi
9. California
10. Help Me
11. Nothing Can Be Done
12. Dancin’ Clown
13. Come In From The Cold
14. Amelia
15. For The Roses
16. Both Sides Now
17. The Circle Game

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Without doubt one of the most important & influential artists in all of contemporary music, Joni Mitchell is much more than a legendary icon of the singer-songwriter art form. Since her 1968 debut LP, Mitchell has released a long string of stellar albums as emotionally powerful as they are stylistically diverse. The 5X Grammy winner assisted in the compilation of this new Rhino release, an in-depth career overview more complex than a simple hits collection DREAMLAND offers a glimpse of the timeless innovation she has continued to pursue at each stage of her career.

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Compressing the diverse highlights of Joni Mitchell's four-decade career into the hour-and-change confines of a single CD seems like an unfair challenge. But with Mitchell herself tackling the anthologizing, Dreamland plays like a warm reintroduction to an old, if ever mercurial, musical friend. Taking nothing for granted, Mitchell shrewdly anchors the set with two of her early jazz-infused commercial breakthroughs, "Free Man in Paris" and "In France…," before charting an elliptical course through one of the most consistently inspired song canons in all of pop music. While familiar hits are well-represented, the collection also widens to include her forays with Afrocentric rhythms ("The Jungle Line," title track) and her tribute to a beloved blues legend ("Furry Sings the Blues"). Indeed, the choices here are often as playfully surprising as the tantalizing omissions: "Dancin' Clown," her unlikely '80s collaboration with Tom Petty and Billy Idol, is included yet there's nothing from the sublimely challenging Mingus. It all wends to an elegiac triptych from her latter-day symphonic reinventions (Travelogue and Both Sides Now), their postmodern elegance informed by the bittersweet knowledge that Mitchell undertook a self-imposed recording hiatus thereafter. Richly illustrated with the musician's own distinctive paintings, the 17-track collection also includes new liner notes by writer-director Cameron Crowe. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

If nothing else, make that your next one.
Scott Davis
Joni's intricate & lovely paintings are displayed as seen on most of her albums.
Anthony
This CD would make a great gift if one would like to introduce Joni Mitchell.
Gustavo

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Siriam on November 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After the mixed blessings of the prior separate CDs "Hits" and "Misses" one might wonder what this latest compilation will achieve. The answer (with some personal doubts) is a great one stop compilation of Joni's best cuts as chosen by the lady herself and remixed with great clarity (especially in the instrument separation). Combined together with a neat package of her paintings (better than the usual good and bad mix), notes by Cameron Crowe and full lyrics and track details this is the best starting point if you are new to the music and for longtime fans I would venture a better memory than her recent boxed set of Geffen recordings.

The order of the tracks is great in showing what an adventursome musical journey she has made, covering all her best known recordings though the choice of specific tracks will inevitably see indivdual longtime fans disappointed (how they could ignore anything from "Turbulent Indigo" plus use the recent orchestral version of "Both Sides Now" in preference to the original would be my doubts).

Best of all it shows the range of consistent and varied songwriting Joni achieved and will hopefully be a very simple answer to refute the "ice lady" image she has unfairly been tainted with over the years.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on November 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This 2004 retrospective plays like a wonderful audio tapestry! It is the 2nd of two retrospectives released in 2004, the first being the political euphoria of "The Beginning Of Survival." But "Dreamland" features many of her more popular work (Free Man In Paris, Big Yellow Taxi, Both Sides Now, Etc.) as well as a few underrated gems (Nothing Can Be Done, Dancin' Clown, The Jungle Line, Etc.) And of course it includes extreamly beautiful packaging. Joni's intricate & lovely paintings are displayed as seen on most of her albums. It's an overall beautiful listen & great addition to any diehard fan's collection. Highly recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Siquomb on September 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Dreamland is an overview of one of the finest bodies of work in popular music. It is not necessarily, in my opinion as a long-time Joni Mitchell fan, the best of the best, but it does offer a pleasing and, especially for the casual fan, more than adequate sampling of Mitchell's indescribably eclectic musical adventure. The most essential hits (Help Me, Free Man in Paris and Big Yellow Taxi) are here, along with two songs originally from Mitchell's magnificent masterwork Hejira (Furry Sings the Blues and Amelia, the latter being a beautiful and lushly arranged reinterpretation from the Travelogue album). The majority of the tracks here are upbeat, sing-along tunes, just the sort one would expect on a best-of collection. While some long-time fans are whining about the release of another compilation, they should note Dreamland is not produced for them as much as for the broader public, for people who don't already own every last Joni Mitchell album (yet). This Rhino collection is about exposing more people to Joni Mitchell's music, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Bilby on September 14, 2004
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Get with the real world.....this is a fantastic reminder of

what is sorely missing in music these days. This collection

spans so many memories, what a treasure chest of some

of the greatest music that came from such simple beginnings and evolved into one of the greatest musical

geniuses male or female but she's done this her way and

has lived the ups and downs of the music world. Its nice

to get to revisit an old friend and these choice nuggets

although I could piece them all together with my Mitchell

collection, its nice to see Joni's name on the hot sellers

list again and getting what she deserves. With so many

so so artists selling millions of records with one song

Joni gave us millions of memories, so many songs, year after year and never really exploded except for Court and Spark? she did it her way and

paved the way for so many, she deserves the respect of

all the greats from the past.. If you have all the songs and

it bothers you do see Joni Mitchell reintroducing herself

to a whole new generation of music lovers, don't buy it

but if you seek out some of the freshest, interesting, melodic

music you can buy, this is as good a place as any to

experience Joni Mitchell. Give her a break. Joni Mitchell

doesn't have to prove anything to anyone, these chestnuts

speak for themselves!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Huge Joni Fan on October 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you were wondering why so many musicians and critics (and fans) think so highly of Joni Mitchell's work, or if you've heard a few songs and would like to hear a broader sampling, Dreamland is the answer. It offers the heyday pop hits (Free Man in Paris, Help Me) some early folky touchstones, (Big Yellow Taxi, Circle Game), a selection from the fantastic jazz-rock masterpiece Hejira (Furry Sings the Blues), a delightful 80s comedy-drama with Billy Idol and Tom Petty in guest roles (Dancin' Clown) and much more, including some late career orchestral reinventions of earlier songs (Amelia, Both Sides Now). Dreamland is a delicious taste of the diverse and delightful Joni Mitchell catalog.
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