Dreamland

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 081227652029
  • Catalog Number: 76520
  • Sales rank: 92,872

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Free Man in Paris (3:03)
  2. 2 In France They Kiss on Main Street (3:19)
  3. 3 Dreamland (4:38)
  4. 4 The Jungle Line (4:24)
  5. 5 Furry Sings the Blues (5:06)
  6. 6 You Turn Me on I'm a Radio (2:39)
  7. 7 Carey (3:04)
  8. 8 Big Yellow Taxi (2:17)
  9. 9 California (3:51)
  10. 10 Help Me (3:24)
  11. 11 Nothing Can Be Done (4:51)
  12. 12 Dancin' Clown (3:51)
  13. 13 Come in from the Cold (7:30)
  14. 14 Amelia (6:46)
  15. 15 For the Roses (7:29)
  16. 16 Both Sides Now (5:46)
  17. 17 The Circle Game (4:51)
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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
Stephen 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
Bob 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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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Excellent, Joni has such a pure voice..

    Excellent, Joni has such a clear pure voice..... I had forgotten how rich Joni's voice is. This CD is Pure Pleasure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still the best.....

    Some of the best music ever made during the past 50 years, these songs will live on for generations. Outstanding tracks throughout. I really doubt Joni is ever going to get rich off these wonderful compilations she's recently released, but maybe some young kids looking for something different just might stumble on to one of these and open up their minds about music. This is timeless stuff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Joni Mitchell never lied

    Who can give the most influencial woman in popular music any more than 5 stars. Only Dylan himself can touch Joni lyrically. Most of these are her more popular assessible songs but even then they will stretch you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Five stars for the music - ONE STAR FOR THE CONCEPT!

    I am a big fan of Joni Mitchell, and I know that if you own Hits at the very least, then you don't need to buy this CD at all! The previous Geffen compilation, The Beginning of Survival (title?), is a rather important one because the songs deal with the world we live in now. Sadly, this "new" CD places the songs in a bad order, and on the other hand, all of these tracks are on Hits and Misses. This CD is just Unthrown Darts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice if Brief Overview of the Greatest

    A really thorough collection spanning Joni Mitchell's amazing and diverse body of work would require at least three CDs. But, for the uninitiated or the seasoned fan wanting a quicker overview, Dreamland hits the target. Not all of the hits or classics are here (Woodstock, Chelsea Morning, Raised on Robbery and A Case of You aren't included), but there are some gems that provide a glimpse of the scope of Mitchell's musical adventure (Dreamland, The Jungle Line, and, from the magnificent album "Hejira," Furry Sings the Blues). Also included are four late-career reinterpretations featuring the London Symphony Orchestra. Three of these four succeed, particularly the stunning Both Sides Now and Amelia. Mitchell fans will no doubt debate some of the song choices, but with a large and diverse catalog to choose from, this is inevitable (and, by the way, all of these songs were NOT included on the earlier compilations "Hits" and "Misses.")

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