Dreamland

Dreamland

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by Joni Mitchell
     
 

While The Beginning of Survival compiles Joni Mitchell’s politically charged work from late in her career, Dreamland’s canvas is wider, encompassing all phases of Mitchell’s diverse canon. The 77-minute compilation, selected by the artist herself, overlaps slightly with 1996’s Hits collection, but it offers a better representation of theSee more details below

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While The Beginning of Survival compiles Joni Mitchell’s politically charged work from late in her career, Dreamland’s canvas is wider, encompassing all phases of Mitchell’s diverse canon. The 77-minute compilation, selected by the artist herself, overlaps slightly with 1996’s Hits collection, but it offers a better representation of the complexity and variety of the peerless singer-songwriter. The early signature tunes are here, of course: “Carey,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” and “Help Me” in their original versions; “For the Roses” and “Both Sides Now” in their recent orchestral re-creations. But Dreamland also makes room for more adventurous choices, such as the rhythmic “The Jungle Line,” the stark “Furry Sings the Blues,” and the pulsing “Nothing Can Be Done.” Only one of the 17 tracks hasn’t aged well: The poppy “Dancin’ Clown” suffers from the slick and busy production typical of the late ‘80s. But that’s a quibble -- throughout her career, Mitchell’s uncompromising vision, whether as a lyricist or a composer/arranger, allowed her songs to stand outside the mainstream even while she was influencing it, and Dreamland is an excellent single-disk overview of a massive, and massively important, body of work.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Dreamland is the second volume in Joni Mitchell's self-compiled series of "theme" retrospectives. The first, issued on the Geffen label, was entitled The Beginning of Survival. It focused on songs that dug deep into social, cultural, political, and environmental themes, as "commentaries on the world in which we live." Dreamland was compiled from her Asylum, Reprise, and Nonesuch years and focuses, for lack of a better term, on the jazzier side of her catalog musically, including songs with lyrics are all highly imagistic in their makeup. Most are dealing with love and life in the process of moving through it. From "Free Man in Paris" and the title track, to "In France They Kiss on Main Street," "Come in From the Cold," "Help Me," and of course, "You Turn Me on I'm a Radio," these songs turn the tide for the listener from the place of observing love to the terrain of being caught up in it, where everything is hyperreal and the senses are heightened. The other, tempered side of love is offered with the orchestral version of "Both Sides Now" and "For the Roses." But there are other songs, too, like "Furry Sings the Blues," which paints a nocturnal landscape of the blues past, as visited by the protagonist in dreaming, or travel as an other reality in the orchestral reading of "Amelia," or in "California." In each instance, the view of reality presented is distorted, either by memory, the acute hypersensitivity of the heart, or by the notion of displacement. All of these strains weave a new terrain from Mitchell's oeuvre. The package is, once again, a delight, featuring a fine appreciation by Cameron Crowe, and reproductions of ten of Mitchell's paintings. While the material here has all been released before, as has always been the case with Mitchell's work, context is everything. This bold new context offers a startling view of the artist as auteur.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0081227652029
catalogNumber:
76520
Rank:
40582

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joni Mitchell   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
José Feliciano   Electric Guitar
David Baerwald   Vocals
Thomas Dolby   Marimbas
Graham Nash   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Billy Preston   Hammond Organ
Steve Stevens   Guitar
Steve Stills   Bass,Guitar
James Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Neil Young   Harmonica
Larry Carlton   Electric Guitar
Peter Erskine   Drums
Victor Feldman   Electric Piano
Robben Ford   Electric Guitar
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Vince Mendoza   Conductor
Jaco Pastorius   cowbell
Joe Sample   Electric Piano
Tom Scott   Horn,Woodwind
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Derek Watkins   Trumpet
Kenny Wheeler   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Richard Berry   Horn
Tony Lewis   Celli
Don Alias   Snare Drums,Blocks
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Stan Sulzmann   Clarinet,Flute
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Shaker
Paul Archibald   Trumpet
Manolo Badrena   Conga
John Barclay   Trumpet
Jeff Baxter   Electric Guitar
Pete Beachill   Trombone
Max Bennett   Bass
Chuck Berghofer   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Mark Berrow   Violin
Brian Blade   Drums
Leon Bosch   Bass
Mike Brittain   Bass
Stuart Brooks   Trumpet
Chaka Khan   Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Ben Cruft   Violin
Bill Dillon   Guitar
Liz Edwards   Violin
Richard Edwards   Trombone
David Emanuel   Violin
Wilton Felder   Bass
Andy Findon   Flute
Robin Firman   Celli
Simon Gardner   Trumpet
Roger Garland   Violin
Wilfred Gibson   Violin
John Guerin   Percussion,Drums
Steve Henderson   Percussion
Milt Holland   Percussion
Jim Hughart   Bass
Garfield Jackson   Viola
Skaila Kanga   Harp
Manu Katché   Percussion,Drums
Paul Kegg   Celli
Larry Klein   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass,Keyboards
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Michael Landau   Guitar
Chris Laurence   Bass
Helen Liebmann   Celli
John Lenehan   Piano
Martin Loveday   Celli
Rita Manning   Violin
Jim McLeod   Violin
Peter Oxer   Violin
Anthony Pleeth   Celli
Gerard Presencer   Trumpet
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
Simon Rayner   Horn
Johnathan Rees   Violin
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Godfrey Salmon   Violin
Saskatunes   Vocals
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
Jonathan Strange   Violin
Jamie Talbot   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Philip Todd   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Chris Tombling   Violin
Justin Ward   Viola
Hugh Webb   Harp
Kate Wilkinson   Viola
Dave Woodcock   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Violin,Concert Master
Philip Eastop   Horn
Dave Arch   Piano
Bill Benham   Viola
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Steven Orton   Celli
Mary Scully   Bass
Katherine Shave   Violin
Helen Tunstall   Harp
Vaughan Armon   Violin
Peter Lale   Viola
Paul Willey   Violin
Richard Bissell   Horn
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Lookout Mountain United Downstairs Choir   Background Vocals
Frank Schaefer   Celli
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Peter Hansen   Violin
David Fuest   Clarinet
Andrew Crowley   Trumpet
John Anderson   Oboe
Peter Davies   Trombone
Susan Bohling   Cornet,Oboe,Cor anglais
Philip Dukes   Viola
Jacob Heringman   Lute
Mike Hext   Trombone
Helen Keen   Flute
Julian Leaper   Violin
Gavin McNaughton   Bassoon
Donald McVay   Viola
John Pigneguy   Horn
Anthony Pike   Bass,Clarinet
Robert Smissen   Viola
Ivo Jan Vanderwerff   Viola
Michael McMenemy   Violin
Richard Skinner   Contrabassoon
Richard Watkins   Horn
Richard Henry   Bass Trombone
Tim Grant   Viola
Everton Nelson   Violin
Perry Mason   Violin
Rebecca Hirsch   Violin
Nigel Black   Horn
Mike Thompson   Horn
Simon Benson   Bass
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Jonathan Tunnell   Celli
Iain Dixon   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Anna Noakes   Flute
Hugh Seenan   Horn
Dave Stewart   Bass Trombone
David Bucknall   Celli
Warren Zielinski   Violin
David Pyatt   Horn
Jonathan Evans Jones   Violin
David Ayre   Bass
Nick Bucknall   Clarinet
Chris Cowie   Oboe
Antonia Fuchs   Violin
Paddy Lannigan   Bass
Christopher Baron   Percussion
Simon Fischer   Violin
Robin O' Neill   Bassoon
Airto   Surdo
Roger Harvey   Trombone
Helen Hathorn   Violin
Marc Scully   Bass
Catherine Bradshaw   Viola
Gustav Clarkson   Viola
Owen Slade   Tuba
Crosby, David & Graham Nash   Background Vocals
Zoe Lake   Viola
Julie Andrews   Bassoon
Bill Lockhart   Percussion
Matthew Scrivener   Violin
Paulinho DeCosta   Percussion
Paul Gradham   Horn
Douglas Mackie   Violin
Glyn Matthews   Percussion
Heather Nicholl   Clarinet
David Daniels [cello]   Cello

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Arranger,Producer,Contributor,Art Direction,Paintings
Vince Mendoza   Arranger
Larry Klein   Producer
Jerry Solomon   Contributor
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Cameron Crowe   Liner Notes
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Mike Engstrom   Executive Producer
Robin Hurley   Executive Producer
Masaki Koike   Art Direction
Berie Grunman   Remastering

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