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Don Juans Reckless Daughter

Joni MitchellAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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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 (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002GXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 07/07/1987

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting February 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have loved this 1977 album ever since I first heard it, which was about 4 years ago. It has a very different feeling than the 1976 album "Hejira" or the 1979 "Mingus" album. Jaco Pastorius' bass lines and fills (often brief overdubs of several basses filling) are dominant on most of the album. I love how the bass harmonics and high-pitched fills meet and complement Joni Mitchell's vocal effects. The overture in this sense is chilling.
Jaco uses a very rich and unusual sound on his bass here. This is an absolute MUST-LISTEN for Jaco fans.
A lot of overdubbed voicings by Mitchell sneak in here and there. This had not been typical of her earlier albums, and is one of the elements which lends to the somewhat richer atmosphere than its precursors have. Another strength is of course the musicians. Mitchell is backed up by extraordinary artists here, most of whom are best known from jazz and/or jazz-fusion bands. In addition to Jaco, Wayne Shorter (on soprano sax,) drummer John Guerin, Alex Acu?a, Don Alias, Manolo Badrena, and Airto (all on percussion) also contribute. Guitarist Larry Carlton guests on "Otis and Marlena," and Chaka Kahn sings back-up on "The Tenth World" and "Dreamland." Joni plays guitar and piano equally on this album. Something that really distinguishes this from all her other 70's albums, is the 16+ minute "Paprika Plains;" it features (in addition to Joni's voice, piano, and the band) an orchestra conducted by Michael Gibbs. The mood of the whole recording is really special. I believe the cover art suits the feeling very well. There's an interesting combination of freedom and what's obviously arranged, as well as an interesting balance between gravity and humor. The performance is freer here than on "Hejira," but still strongly recommended to fans of that album and to people interested in enchanting musical performances and sounds.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars historical achievement December 19, 2003
By tompan
Format:Audio CD
There is a lot to this album. First the cover: Joni in black male pimp drag. It's a character she played in a movie "Love" that was never released. (Her "Love" on Wild Things Run Fast was suggested by other contributors to the movie)
The whole format is done in a concerto style. Originally this was a 4 sided album. Side 1 held the main theme. Side 2 was the adagio, Paprika Plains. Side 3 was a theme-varie. Side 4 was a return to the main theme. Now on cd the whole musical landscape is uninterrupted. It should be remastered to bring out the full sound.
The title track is a continuation of Hejira with it's travel theme and just as she did on Hejira, she hid the melodies. It takes a few listenings to HEAR the music. There is a melody here and a message that culminates what she was saying on Hejira.
Paprika Plains is a full sonic adventure. It's never been appreciated, I think, because it's too far above most peoples' understanding. This is Joni the painter painting with music. Her improvised style piano on this piece is also what brought Charles Mingus to contact her and form their collaboration--He heard the painting!
And yes, she played around with "world" music and it became vogue with other artists--just like she was decried when she went full into jazz with the Mingus album and then a few years later when Sting did jazz, it was now cool.
Joni is that eagle that soars and sees all from above; and the snake that experiences the earth up close, first hand.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless journey November 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It's not "Blue," or "The Hissing of Summer Lawns," it's better. But if you adore the cute folky love torn Joni of those days give this journey a chance. And if you've never heard anything by Joni buy this album. The musical compositions are beautiful, incorporating jazz and world beat sounds from some of the travels about which she sings. The lyrics are tight and equally poignant now as they were then ('77,) if not more. Joni has always been a writer who was not afraid to say what's on her mind. She explores love, racism, friendship, politics, and so much more, all from her very own and interesting perspective as a woman, a musician, an artist. Any American Woman who calls herself a lover of music must have this album in her collection. Jazz fans please don't let her ego-centric and pretentious comments of the day (about "progressive musicians not being progressive enough") detract from your appreciation of this work. Are we not allowed to make mistakes once in awhile? Was she really that far off base? The fact is this album is STILL progressive today and will be always while there are Britneys and Christinas running around getting all the magazine covers. You wanna hear a real woman sing and play? Someone reckless and polished at the same time? I dare you. And don't miss the wonderful singing of a young Chaka Khan. The perfect accompaniment of Wayne Shorter on sax. And the fabulous bass of Jaco Pastorius.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joni's Treasure Chest of Oddities... June 30, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This album is generally considered to be Joni Mitchell's most daring, her most ambitious, and the one her fans are most opinionated about--you either love it or you hate it, but chances are, if you're a true fan of Joni's you can appreciate it on one level or another. As it stands, it's not nearly as good as some of her masterpieces, but it is a good, strange little album with some phenomenal moments. The highlights? "Talk to Me," which has some of Joni's best dark-humored lyrics. "Jericho," an embittered, cutting, almost wrenching song. "Paprika Plains," certainly the most ambitious song on the album (it's 16 minutes long and features a full symphony orchestra). "Otis and Marlena," which of all Joni's "decay of civilization songs" (see also "Harry's House," "Everything for Nothing," "The Arrangement," "Furry Sings the Blues," etc.) has one of her most inexpressibly beautiful melodies. And the final song on the album, "The Silky Veils of Ardor," is simply radiant and perfectly haunting; its simple, poetic lyric and gorgeous guitar playing are so pure and fine and sorrowful that they could feel right at home on BLUE. Other interesting moments on the album include "The Tenth World," an voodoo-like instrumental piece that has been perfectly described in a review as sounding like a Haitian exorcism. So, that said, DON JUAN never achieves the fullness that some of Joni's other albums have, like HEJIRA, BLUE, and THE HISSING OF SUMMER LAWNS, but it does have some very nice points and is worth checking out for anyone who calls himself a true Joni fan. (And yes, that is Joni herself on the controversial cover, dressed up like a black pimp.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Jamie loves this album.
Published 20 days ago by R. P. Henerey
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM
Published 1 month ago by zena
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Joni
No music collection is complete without Joni Mitchell, and
this is one of the best. Can't say enough about it.
Published 5 months ago by R. M. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Lovely music - especially Dreamland and the title song. This has been in my collection and worn out, replaced and worn out again.....
Published 12 months ago by Flowersnknuckleheads
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Good Record
Although not an afficionado of jazz or someone who welcomed Joni Mitchell's overt change in musical direction back in the mid-seventies, this seems to me to be the best album of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by TBecker
4.0 out of 5 stars underrated
While not as fully realized or consistant as her prior albums (hissing of summer lawns, or heijra), if you liked the direction those albums were moving than you will like this one... Read more
Published 15 months ago by mars
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, great delivery
A must for any Joni Mitchell fan. Additionally, MovieMars-CDs always provides quick service and satisfaction. It's a win-win all the way around
Published 16 months ago by elgreco
4.0 out of 5 stars I had this as a record album back in the seventies.
I like most of the music on this CD. One song (Paprika Plains) is too long and drawn out and becomes boring to listen to it.
Published 17 months ago by David cordrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Minor Masterpiece
It is properly described as 'experimental' and there are more drumming segments than the typical pop music fan would expect. Read more
Published 17 months ago by P. Adel
5.0 out of 5 stars No word
Joni and Jaco and others are my favorite blend of music. This is the last piece of their time, ending by my lifetime best Shadows and Lights. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Katsuyuki Machida
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