Court and Spark

Court and Spark

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by Joni Mitchell
     
 

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Joni Mitchell reached her commercial high point with Court and Spark, a remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz which stands as her best-selling work to date. While as unified and insightful as Blue, the album -- a concept record exploring the roles of honesty and trust in relationships, romanticSee more details below

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Joni Mitchell reached her commercial high point with Court and Spark, a remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz which stands as her best-selling work to date. While as unified and insightful as Blue, the album -- a concept record exploring the roles of honesty and trust in relationships, romantic and otherwise -- moves away from confessional songwriting into evocative character studies: the hit "Free Man in Paris," written about David Geffen, is a not-so-subtle dig at the machinations of the music industry, while "Raised on Robbery" offers an acutely funny look at the predatory environment of the singles bar scene. Much of Court and Spark is devoted to wary love songs: both the title cut and "Help Me," the record's most successful single, carefully measure the risks of romance, while "People's Parties" and "The Same Situation" are fraught with worry and self-doubt (standing in direct opposition to the music, which is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last).

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596059329
catalogNumber:
1001
Rank:
5065

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Performance Credits

Joni Mitchell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet
Cheech & Chong   Vocals,Background Vocals
José Feliciano   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Graham Nash   Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robbie Robertson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Larry Carlton   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Keyboards
Joe Sample   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Tom Scott   Reeds,Wind,Multiple Reeds,Woodwind
Max Bennett   Bass
Dennis Budimir   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tommy Chong   Background Vocals
David Crosby   Vocals,Background Vocals
Wilton Felder   Bass
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
John Guerin   Percussion,Drums
Milt Holland   Percussion,Chimes
Jim Hughart   Bass
Cheech Marin   Background Vocals
Wayne Perkins   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Susan Webb   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dennis Dudimir   Electric Guitar
Chong   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Arranger,Composer,Artwork,Audio Production
Annie Ross   Composer
Tom Scott   Arranger
Dave Lambert   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Henry Lewy   Engineer
Anthony Hudson   Art Direction

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