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Night Ride Home

Joni MitchellAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 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 (March 5, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000ORX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'return' to center for Joni April 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Historically, "Night Ride Home" has been called Joni Mitchell's return to form. It was her first album in the 90's and the aural atmosphere surrounding the songs seemed like a welcome relief from her turgid 80's material. I have been and remain an avid fan; even so, "Dog Eat Dog" and "Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm" are not particularly favorite's of mine. So when "Night Ride Home" appeared it seemed as if Joni (and Larry, of course) had begun to feel that an uncluttered approach to her music was best. And they were right! "Night Ride Home" is just another example of Mitchell's stunning range as songwriter, guitar player and singer. The title track is a lovely ballad, all the more enjoyable since it reflects on a small cherished moment between Joni and Larry. Her reworking of Yeates' "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" is terrific: her plaintive guitar work is surrounded by thunderous percussion and siren wails. It's sense of the coming 'revelation' is ominous. And who -- but Joni Mitchell -- would have the nerve (and good sense) to change Yeates' original text? "Come In From the Cold" offers Joni's slightly middle-aged perspective on romance & relationships. Gone is the doomed folkie from "Blue" which kind of cast her as the "Sarah Bernhardt" of the '70s; now she assumes a more mature and realistic (while not overtly cheery) stance on matters of the heart. Two songs regarding Joni's childhood also appear: "Cherokee Louise" recounts the story of a sexually abused girlfriend while "Ray's Dad's Cadillac" concerns itself with slightly less weighty matters (a la "In France They Kiss On Main Street"). Read more ›
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid musical genius. May 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Upon hearing the name "Joni Mitchell", the everyday joe thinks back to the early and mid-1970's, when breakthrough albums like Blue and Court And Spark nearly made her a household name in the music industry. What the everyday joe doesn't know, however, is that one of her most flavorful and deep albums to date was recorded far after her heyday. When the 1990's were drawing their infant breaths, under the grunge and teen-pop, Night Ride Home was released.
Joni's voice had gotten deeper along with her music. The now sharp and enigmatic singing blended with the haunting and mysterious guitar work, a far cry from the blissful and soaring songs she had written over 15 years earlier. The opening track, "Night Ride Home", is a swayable sensation written about a colorful 4th of July twilight (elaborated by crickets chirping in the background).
The title track is followed by the sophisticated "Passion Play", and the spine-chilling story of "Cherokee Louise". "The Windfall" and "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" are powerful, edgily-spoken songs that dive as dark as folk music can go.
"Come In From The Cold" is one of the album's most defining moments. The 7-minute opus is full to the brim of full-bodied acoustic guitar, soft percussion, and Joni's voice as powerful and radiant as ever. The song serves a story, with spellbinding lyrics ("We had hope, the world had promise for a slave to liberty. Freely, I slaved away for something better, and I was bought and sold. And all I ever wanted was to come in from the cold.")
The album concludes with four more tracks of the album's signature huskiness.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Return To Form By Miss Joni! February 9, 2001
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No one made more impact on the sixties and early seventies folk-rock scene with her deeply personal songs than Joni Mitchell. So, when she returned to the same style and presentation after a long absence in the early nineties with this album, it certainly galvanized our collective consciousness by provocatively presenting a number of songs that are both representative of and yet quite superior to a lot of what she had done before. Here Joni presents a song writing that is both mature and serious, and yet showing her mischievous side with a few songs like "Come In From The Cold", which is probably the most accomplished and popular of the tunes collected here.
Yet we linger over other songs as well, such as the title cut of "Night Ride Home", which is a memorable glimpse into her private and personal world with her husband in some moments alone out on the road. A lot of similar cues to her aversion to being a public personality are here; the hope for quiet, the reference of "no phones till Friday", etc. So, while this is no outrageously autobiographical tour of the state of her psyche as some previous albums had been, it does represent a return to her habit of speaking loudly and clearly about a number of personal and social issues she has in mind. Another memorable effort is "Passion Play", with its provocative verses and interesting arrangement, and one must mention a quite lovely "Nothing Can be Done". All of the songs make for a worthwhile listening experience.
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 life in the nineties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic journey with Joni
Joni Mitchell ended her tenure with Geffen Records with the lovely and understated Night Ride Home. The album is a stark contrast to its predecessor, 1988’s Caulk Mark In A... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Preston M. Frazier
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen to Night Ride Home
No matter what kind of songs Joni writes and sings about they ALL seem to grow on me eventually, underline the eventually. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mare Cee from Chi-town!
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
she is a very talented musician & songwriter, and I love her style. her albums are always a good listen, entertaining, and enjoyable
Published 9 months ago by pen name
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Ride Home
Joni Mitchell's 14th album Night Ride Home is one of my all-time favorite albums alongside Van Morrison's Saint Dominic's Preview, David Bowie's Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by L. Carey
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling?
Sure Ms. Mitchell is a great poet, artist and musician, with a long history of evolution. This is my favorite work. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Chazz at Jefferson's U
5.0 out of 5 stars Really a wonderful thing to listen to
Combines all the facets that make Joni a true master. Seeming simplicity combined with dense musicality and interesting and meaningful lyrics. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Wellpoint
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
There is nothing that I could possibly say about this Joni Mitchell record that it does not say for itself.
Published 20 months ago by Leonard Spicer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put...a masterpiece!
This is the album I play for people when I want to share with them the pure genius-beauty-spirit that is Joni Mitchell.
Simply put...this is a masterpiece. Read more
Published on July 15, 2010 by B
5.0 out of 5 stars Some say Dylan was THE spokesperson, I say it was JONI!
In high school (I'm thirty now), I went through a phase, after hearing Blue, during which I had to hear everything this woman recorded. Read more
Published on December 4, 2009 by M.C
5.0 out of 5 stars My Introduction to Joni Mitchell
I've recently been wanting to discover different types of music & artists from legendary female singers and Joni Mitchell was mentioned to me. Read more
Published on June 29, 2009 by Tenchi Masaki
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