Blue

Blue

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by Joni Mitchell
     
 

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On 1971's, Blue, Joni Mitchell took a poetic look inside and produced some of her most enduring work. The first song, "All I Want" begins "I am on a lonely road and I am traveling/Looking for something to set me free," and those sentiments set the tone for the recording. With great eloquence, she examines the expectations of romance, the cost of wanderlust, and

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On 1971's, Blue, Joni Mitchell took a poetic look inside and produced some of her most enduring work. The first song, "All I Want" begins "I am on a lonely road and I am traveling/Looking for something to set me free," and those sentiments set the tone for the recording. With great eloquence, she examines the expectations of romance, the cost of wanderlust, and the discipline of art. On the title track she sings "Hey Blue/here is a shell for you/Inside you'll hear a sigh/A foggy lullaby/There is your song from me." Featuring remarkably spare accompaniment by Mitchell, and guests, James Taylor and Stephen Stills, Blue highlights Mitchell's maturity as a singer. When people speak of Mitchell as the godmother of Lilith Fair, this is the Joni they speak of.

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Sad, spare, and beautiful, Blue is the quintessential confessional singer/songwriter album. Forthright and poetic, Joni Mitchell's songs are raw nerves, tales of love and loss (two words with relative meaning here) etched with stunning complexity; even tracks like "All I Want," "My Old Man," and "Carey" -- the brightest, most hopeful moments on the record -- are darkened by bittersweet moments of sorrow and loneliness. At the same time that songs like "Little Green" (about a child given up for adoption) and the title cut (a hymn to salvation supposedly penned for James Taylor) raise the stakes of confessional folk-pop to new levels of honesty and openness, Mitchell's music moves beyond the constraints of acoustic folk into more intricate and diverse territory, setting the stage for the experimentation of her later work. Unrivaled in its intensity and insight, Blue remains a watershed.

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Release Date:
03/06/2007
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227479527
catalogNumber:
74795

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Blue 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is joni's most personal album to date. her painful journey through this album is heartfelt, and emotional. 'blue' has been hailed as a masterpiece. and if you buy it and listen to it, you'll readily agree.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taught me about love and desire. the music draws me close to listem to my own heart and asks '' what does it mean to be in love, in grief, in longing...''
Guest More than 1 year ago
....anything more to be said
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe I wasn't alive in the 60's or 70's, but I recently discovered Joni Mitchell. Blue is her best album that I've heard. The lyrics are wonderful, they really hit home. Amazing honesty. Listening to Joni is a very personal experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is probably her most personal, emotional one.It's unbelievable that it was made long before I was born, it sounds incredibly up-to-date, like a textual quintessence of Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Belle and Sebastian and Jonatha Brooke, with very sparse and beautiful, gloomy and sorrowful arrangments! If this is depression, you'd almost crave it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
JONI MITCHELL'S BLUE IS MY FAVORITE ALBUM. THE FIRST TIME I HEARD THIS ALBUM I WAS AMAZED LIKE SOME OF TODAYS ARTIST LIKE MADONNA,TORI AMOS,PRINCE ,ANNIE LENNOX AND OTHERS WHO CLAIM THIS ALBUMS INFLUENCED THEIR MUSIC.THE FIRST SONG " ALL I WANT TAKES ALONG WITH MY OLD MAN LITTLE GREEN CAREY AND BLUE. CALIFORNIA BEGINS A NEW ROAD. RIVER MAKES ME CRY. A CASE OF YOU AND LAST TIME I SAW RICHARD BRING STORIES OF HER LIFE IN CANADA. JONI HAS ADMITTED THIS IS HER FAVORITE ALBUM TOO. ALL I WANT TO SAY IS JONI MITCHELL YOU A WINNER HERE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let this CD amaze you from the first hopeful line of "All I Want" to the last beautifully tragic chord in "The Last Time I Saw Richard". This CD is a classic through and through. Every song is as powerful as the last. Each drip with beauty, fragility, happiness, and personal reflections. Each tell a story from start to finish. I hope Blue captivates you the way it does me. Hands down, one of the best acomplishments by an artist in our time.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Introspection and personal grief don't always combine to make a good album and even the best of music writers have come up short in making a listenable representation of that sorrow. But Joni Mitchell tackles those issues so perfectly in this album that she transports us to our own sorrows even as she exposes the pain in her own soul. This is truly a remarkable achievement. This album must be considered one of the greatest works of music from the twentieth century.
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