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Joni MitchellAudio CD
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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 29, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002NAX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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1. Passion Play (When All The Slaves Are Free)
2. Nothing Can Be Done
3. A Case Of You
4. The Best Of Black Wings
5. Dog Eat Dog
6. The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey
7. The Magdalene Laundries
8. Impossible Dreamer
9. Sex Kills
10. The Reoccurring Dream
11. Harry's House/Centerpiece
12. The Arrangement
13. For The Roses
14. Hejira

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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No one made more impact on the sixties folk-rock scene with her deeply personal songs than Joni Mitchell. Certainly with songs like "Woodstock" and "The Circle Game" her albums galvanized our collective consciousness by quite deliberately turning toward both social consciousness and personal intimacy with a fresh, poetic, and unique approach.. Of course, no one as observant and perceptive as Mitchell can help but make shrewd side remarks at the inanity of social circumstance or political happenstance along the way, and we laugh along while accompanying her on this soulful journey through the risky, crater-filled landscape of cultural change and personal adventure in the sixties, seventies and beyond. Here we have her own favorites over the years, as opposed to those particular efforts which were more popular and commercially successful, which she has in another album labeled "Hits". Here then, are the songs she personally considers her best even though they were not commercially successful. Yet that is a terrific album as well.
From the opening "Passion Play", included a wonderful and very successful album made in the early 1990s, to "A Case Of You", from her immensely popular "Blue" album, we find many of her own favorites are much more complex and layered than the hits she is more famous for. Many of these songs take a little getting used to before one appreciates them., In general, they are not as immediately accessible or as apparently wonderful as are her more popular works. Yet, this is an artist who is capable of many moods, flavors of expressions, and abilities to communicate. Here is a sampling of an amazingly talented artist who is willing to share what she thinks is her most accomplished and meaningful work. This is almost a no-brainer, folks. Listen and enjoy!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misses Hits the Mark June 21, 1999
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A companion to the more popular Hits collection, Misses more thoroughly demonstrates Mitchell's depth, versatility and, yes, genius. This collection surveys, mainly, Joni's post-1980 work (highlights: Sex Kills, Magdalene Laundries, Passion Play), which has been largely overlooked by radio and her early-career fans. Another stand-out is Impossible Dreamer, a dreamy and pretty (yet powerful) cut from Dog Eat Dog. Joni's body of work is deserving of a larger, deeper anthology, but Hits and Misses will do for now. If you're unfamiliar with Joni's work and you wonder why countless musicians and fiercely dedicated fans worship La Mitch, pick up this set and find out.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More than just a curio November 29, 1998
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A companion to the Hits collection, Misses gives you 14 songs picked by Joni herself, that she felt missed out on some of the popularity and acclaim she thought they deserved. I picked it up purely out of curiosity. I didn't need Hits, I already had most of those on the original CDs (Court and Spark, Blue, etc.).
Misses makes for a nice sampler, leaning a little more heavily on the post-70s Joni. Great music, imagery, and some biting social commentary (it wouldn't be Joni without it!)
If you are new to Joni Mitchell, or just want the popular stuff, you might want to pass this one up. But if you have more than a causual interest in her music, it's worth getting.
Some of the best are Beat of Black Wings, The Magdeline Laundries, Sex Kills, The Reoccurring Dream.
Joni lobbied against putting this one in a jewel case. It says so right in the liner notes.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A intriguing compliation than Hits January 18, 2000
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Hits was simply that: A collection of Joni's greatest hits. This compliation includes cuts from her Jazz experiments of the Seventies (including Wolf in Lindsey from her Mingus album, named after Jazz bassist Charles Mingus who she worked with before his death), her forays into electronic music in the '80s(e.g. Impossible Dreamer, and Chalk Mark In a Rainstorm), and her return to her folk roots in the '90s (e.g. Sex Kills). It's one of the most interesting compilations I've listened to in a long time.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice mix August 24, 2001
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Being a huge Joni fan, I already owned "Hits" along with nine other of her albums ranging from the popular ("Blue," "Court and Spark," "Ladies of the Canyon") to her lesser known works ("Song to a Seagull," "Dog Eat Dog," "Night Ride Home"). I decided to buy "Misses" even though I already owned half of the songs from my other albums. It was pretty much what I'd imagined...some of the songs were great, others were real "misses" indeed. "A Case of You," for example, is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. I think it is one of Joni's very best songs. Some of the other songs are a little goofy--I hesitate to say that they are "bad," although many other people not so committed to Joni may not be so kind. "The Beat of Black Wings," for example, is a little strange. I was impressed, though, with "The Wolf that Lives in Lindsey"--a very haunting song. I also really loved "For the Roses" and now want to own that album. If you are a die-hard Joni fan, you should get this one. If you're looking for her more mainstream music, however, go with "Hits"--it really does a nice job of capturing all of her "popular" music. "Misses," on the other hand, is like Joni's dark, evil twin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great window into the mind and heart of the Joni Mitchell
Misses addresses the fact an artist's favorites may not be their popular works. Seeing what Joni Mitchell feels are top works that missed the popular mark gives this fan a window... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stephanie Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars great compilation
Many of my favorites in a nice compilation of her excellent songs. It was easy to download from the Amazon Cloud.
Published 15 months ago by Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection
You can't go wrong with Joni Mitchell no matter what the album is, but this collection is especially good. She just keeps getting better and better.
Published 17 months ago by M. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A Miss is as Good
These are songs Joni insisted on compiling that represent a divergence from the pigeonhole the music biz - and many of her fans - insisted on shoving her music into: the beautiful,... Read more
Published on July 4, 2012 by Gridley
3.0 out of 5 stars Joni Mitchell - Misses
This one was a miss for me. For more casual JM fans like me, stick with the Hits collection, or my favorite of her studio albums from 1974, Court and Spark.
Published on December 12, 2010 by Maverick 86
5.0 out of 5 stars More Interesting than the Hits
I really love her choice of material here. These probably constitute a collection of "hits" for fans who gravitate toward her edgier, more emotionally raw material. Read more
Published on February 14, 2008 by Elen Pass Brandt
5.0 out of 5 stars Christine
The more I listen to this, the more I hear. The more I hear, the more I like. The more I like, the more I listen, and so on ...
Published on May 13, 2007 by C. M. Strzelecki
5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable compilation.
It's hard to believe that these are the misses! Such well crafted songwriting is very much underappreciated. Read more
Published on November 12, 2005 by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Joni
Only Joni Mitchell can have an album called "Misses" with songs so powerful and meaningful as Hejira, Beat of Black Wings and Dog Eat Dog. Read more
Published on September 4, 2004 by Tim Hodge
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful stand-alone album
This was the first album of Joni's that I ever bought. I have to say that I wanted to see what an album of her "not-hits" was like. Read more
Published on May 6, 2004 by Morphea
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