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February 12, 2013

  Song Title
Urge For Going
Chelsea Morning
Big Yellow Taxi
The Circle Game
You Turn Me On I'm A Radio
Raised On Robbery
Help Me
Free Man In Paris
Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody
Come In From the Cold
Both Sides Now

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  • Original Release Date: October 29, 1996
  • Release Date: October 29, 1996
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 1996 Reprise Records
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  • Total Length: 1:00:42
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  • ASIN: B00B2WQUB8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,868 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joni Mitchell 101 July 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's never too late to get into Joni Mitchell, and if you're a novice curious about the strengths of one of music's most revered artists, "Hits" is the perfect place to start. This collection covers all of her incarnations and vocal tones: there's the high-pitched chirp that accompanied her folky social commentator days ("Big Yellow Taxi," "Woodstock"), the earnest delivery on confessional pop songs ("Both Sides Now," "Carey"), a maturing voice on her jazzy experiments ("Help Me," "Chinese Cafe") and the nicotine-enhanced smokiness of her 90's pop ("Come in from the Cold"). Largely chronilogical, the artistic evolution the set shows is breathtaking, but the one common thread running through all of the genres and decades is Mitchell's power of lyric and obvious love of her art...she is one of her generation's most respected artists for no minor reason.
The set could have been a touch more complete, however; at an hour's length, there's plenty of room leftover for FM staples like "In France They Kiss on Main Street" and "Coyote," certainly hits in their own right. The title track from "Night Ride Home" might have also been included, as it made a significant dent on contemporary jazz radio upon its release in the early 90's. Still, "Hits" tidily sums up one of the most important bodies of work in popular music. Anyone wondering why Mitchell is so widely respected need look no further than this compilation.
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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Well Chosen Anthology April 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As single discs Best Of albums go, Joni Mitchell's "Hits" is very well done, collecting 15 of the best and most well known songs of Mitchell's long career. Mitchell is primarily known as a folk singer, but she's always had a rock and roll heart as she shows most particularly on "Big Yellow Taxi" (recently remade to excellent effect by The Counting Crows), the tropical paradise evoking "Carey" and the sweet love song "Help Me" that was one of her biggest hits.
On the folkier side of things, there is the standard "Both Sides Now," which for my money is more tuneful and superior to Judy Collins's hit version of the song. "Woodstock" is a postcard from another era, while the childhood memory-evoking "The Circle Game" is as poigniant as it is sweet. The collection gets a bonus star for including Mitchell's 1991 "comeback" tune "Come in from the Cold," which evokes the strain of being a flower child at heart growing up in the McCarthy-ite 1950s. The CD booklet is also excellent, containing a full lyrics sheet.
Overall, an outstanding single disc anthology album from an important American popular music artist.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So you wanna know Joni... August 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Joni Mitchell is a musician of surprising breadth. She's experimented with everything from folk to rock to jazz. This CD provides a sampling of just about all of her phases, from the "what was popular" viewpoint.
There are some very familiar songs here. All of us who were conscious during the 1970s have heard "Help Me", "Both Sides, Now" (though probably the Judy Collins version) and "Big Yellow Taxi" (which seems to produce a new cover version every few years, all of them forgettable compared to the version on this CD) numerous times. If you run in folk music circles you know that "The Circle Game" is almost an anthem of folk music (you're almost guaranteed to hear it once at any coffee house open stage).
Some of the absolute highlights are the songs from her album "Blue" (arguably her best): "Carey", "California", and "River". If you enjoy this album, "Blue" is a good album to pick up next. "Hits" is a typical "greatest hits" collection: it provides a glimpse into the oeuvre of an artist, but leaves out a lot.
Joni Mitchell is an argument against those who think that women artists are "just for women" or "too emotional" or "sappy". Being a man, and having a typical male musical upbringing, high female voices were for a long time considered off-limits. That was purely my loss, and I'm glad to be past that phase. Which brings up another point, Joni Mitchell has succeeded in not selling her music with sex (in spite of the infamous Rolling Stone swimming pool pictures, which were an anomaly). There are few female muscians today, or ever, who have succeeded in this. In today's pop market it seems that if you don't flaunt it you won't get it.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Urge for Going" on CD Makes "Hits" Worthwhile November 19, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
As a greatest hits album, there would normally appear to be little incentive to buy Joni Mitchell's "Hits" if one were already a die-hard fan, possessing all her previous work. But one song, "Urge for Going", unavailable on CD until this release, makes it all worthwhile. Covered by dozens of artists, "Urge" has a beautiful simplicity that is characteristic of Mitchell's early work (indeed, the song is from the late '60s). But make no mistake: this is far from being a collection of her true best work. For that, one must listen through her first dozen albums (including the ones from the Jaco Pastorius years, such as "Hejira"), then take on the impossible task of choosing the best ten songs. Joni Mitchell was not a producer of "hits"; she was and is simply a great musician.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
This was a gift for my mom and she absolutely loves it-- that is when I'm not "borrowing" them. High quality sound, nice packaging, good selection of songs.
Published 1 month ago by Sierra E Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Joni at Her Prime
The crisp sound of Joni in her youth. The selections include her biggest hits and the sound engineering is terrific. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas M. Hauwiller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
It has every song, I like in one album, it's one stop shopping! Also, $5.00 come on! This is Joni Mitchell! I love it, every song brings me back to a wonderful time in my life.
Published 1 month ago by Retro Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Joni on a budget!
Most all of Joni's big ones are in this collection. Although you miss the themes associated with each album (Blue, for example), you save $$$ and still have a brilliant sampling of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Ortiz Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars A step back in time
Nostalgia is the word with songs that take me back. Woodstock is a haunting reminder of a time gone by.
Published 1 month ago by Lenny L. Kouma
5.0 out of 5 stars It's probably not a fair comparison
When I read about the latest Pop Princess [surrounded by their music machine promoters] announcing a tour or new release to satisfy the demand of their fans, I wish I could make... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. J. Benson
3.0 out of 5 stars HELP
I bought this MP3 music on February 23, 2014. But when I searched for it in my itunes library or on my computer I can't find it.
HELP! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jill Schrift
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Greatest Hits" Album That Delivers
Being a big Joni Mitchell fan, I already have several for her albums on my iPod and iPhone. The collection runs the gamut from the early folk songs such as "Chelsea... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JohnnyK4372
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back to Woodstock
Joni Mitchell has some of the greatest music going. This music brings back good memories. The (used) CD was in great shape, and I received it quickly.
Published 2 months ago by Philip D. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS CD
I grew up with her songs all around me, but I was never a huge fan. This CD has made me a fan. Seven or eight of these songs are now stuck in my head forever… and I'm the better... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Wilson
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