Don Juan's Reckless Daughter

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A big chunk of the pop audience Joni Mitchell had earned with Court and Spark in 1974 deserted her in 1975 and 1976 when the follow-ups, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Hejira, proved more difficult works. With this pretentious double album, Mitchell lost many of the loyal fans who'd stuck with her from the beginning but who now, as she spread her obscure poetic observations and thin melodies across whole sides of the album, found her disengaged from the close, personal observations that filled her best songs. This was Mitchell's last album to go gold.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A big chunk of the pop audience Joni Mitchell had earned with Court and Spark in 1974 deserted her in 1975 and 1976 when the follow-ups, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Hejira, proved more difficult works. With this pretentious double album, Mitchell lost many of the loyal fans who'd stuck with her from the beginning but who now, as she spread her obscure poetic observations and thin melodies across whole sides of the album, found her disengaged from the close, personal observations that filled her best songs. This was Mitchell's last album to go gold.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
  • UPC: 081227466428
  • Catalog Number: 274664
  • Sales rank: 299,920

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joni Mitchell Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Larry Carlton Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jaco Pastorius Bass
Wayne Shorter Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Don Alias Bongos, Conductor, Conga, Claves
Airto Moreira Percussion, Drums
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Alex Acuña Percussion, Conga
Manolo Badrena Percussion, Conga
Chaka Khan Vocals
Michel Colombier Piano
John Curtis Drums
Glenn Frey Vocals
Mike Gibbs Conductor
John Guerin Drums, Snare Drums
J.D. Souther Vocals
El Duryd Voices
Technical Credits
Manolo Badrena Contributor
Henry Lewy Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don Juan's Reckless Daughter ate all of my Doritos

    Experimentation in music is certainly not an easy taste to acquire, particularly if it's a singer who made the public smile in the early 70's. That singer is Joni Mitchell, the female singer-songwriter best known for her much-covered song "Both Sides Now." When she hit the big time with her 1974 album Court And Spark, it was her most commercial (and commercially successful) album. Just like three three albums David Bowie recorded in the late 70's under the guidance of Brian Eno, Ms. Mitchell had a trilogy of albums under her belt that had uncommercial sound. If Low, Heroes and Lodger were the three Bowie albums frequently misunderstood by fans and critics, then Hejira, Don Juan's Reckless Daughter and Mingus would be Joni's equivalents. (She returned to her popular form in 1982 with Wild Things Run Fast---a big seller---and about a year later, Bowie released his biggest-selling album Let's Dance, which was full of pop songs.) If there's anybody else on this album who deserves second credit, it would definitely be Jaco Pastorius. The former bassist from Weather Report plays on many of the songs, and practically dominates the album itself. The opening track, titled "Overture-Cotton Avenue," has about three minutes of guitar licks and wordless vocals, and some fretless bass playing from Pastorius. Other noteworthy tracks include the male-female conversation theme of "Talk To Me" (which consists of only Mitchell and Pastorius) and the title track, which might be considered the best Joni Mitchell song the public has never heard. The ambitions build on a 16-minute opus, which took up the entire side 2 on the vinyl release, entitled "Paprika Plains." With a piano and orchestral accompaniment, the lyrics and long instrumental section paint a vivid picture in the listener's mind of peace and happiness, which is why most of the printed lyrics are not sung. The seven-minute, percussion-laden "The Tenth World" is a fantasy sequence that somewhat sounds like Afro-Brazilian exorcism. The following track, "Dreamland," has Joni waking up from her dream in the last cut and explaining what she had seen. The album starts to run out of gas near the end, particularly on "Off Night Backstreets" (which is probably only notable for its backing vocals from the Eagles' Glenn Frey). "The Silky Veils of Ardor," the closing song, is a return to her popular form, since it's basically Joni and her guitar, and it contains one of her most aweing lyrics: "In my dreams, we fly." All in all, even though it is the most ambitious Joni Mitchell album yet, Don Juan's Reckless Daghter never got the respect or attention it deserved from fans and critics; it's not a flawless album, but it has enough high points to make it one of her best.

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