The Hissing of Summer Lawns

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Joni Mitchell evolved from the smooth jazz-pop of Court and Spark to the radical Hissing of Summer Lawns, an adventurous work that remains among her most difficult records. After opening with the graceful "In France They Kiss on Main Street," the album veers sharply into "The Jungle Line," an odd, Moog-driven piece backed by the rhythms of the warrior drums of Burundi -- a move into multiculturalism that beat the likes of Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting to the punch by a decade. While not as prescient, songs like "Edith and the Kingpin" and "Harry's House -- Centerpiece" are no less complex or idiosyncratic, employing minor-key melodies and richly detailed lyrics to ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Joni Mitchell evolved from the smooth jazz-pop of Court and Spark to the radical Hissing of Summer Lawns, an adventurous work that remains among her most difficult records. After opening with the graceful "In France They Kiss on Main Street," the album veers sharply into "The Jungle Line," an odd, Moog-driven piece backed by the rhythms of the warrior drums of Burundi -- a move into multiculturalism that beat the likes of Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting to the punch by a decade. While not as prescient, songs like "Edith and the Kingpin" and "Harry's House -- Centerpiece" are no less complex or idiosyncratic, employing minor-key melodies and richly detailed lyrics to arrive at a strange and beautiful fusion of jazz and shimmering avant pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596060622
  • Catalog Number: 1051
  • Sales rank: 12,708

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joni Mitchell Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Graham Nash Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
James Taylor Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Larry Carlton Guitar, Electric Guitar
Victor Feldman Percussion, Conga, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vibes
Robben Ford Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Joe Sample Keyboards, Electric Piano
Bud Shank Flute, Bass Flute, Saxophone, Wind
Jeff Baxter Guitar, Electric Guitar
Max Bennett Bass
David Crosby Vocals, Background Vocals
Wilton Felder Bass
Chuck Findley Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn
John Guerin Drums, Moog Synthesizer
Dale Oehler Strings
Technical Credits
Joni Mitchell Composer, Producer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
John Guerin Arranger
Jon Hendricks Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Dale Oehler String Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Joni jumps the tracks

    If something is popular with the masses it must not have that quality which makes things " special"..... this is the only explanation for the public's failure to connect with THOSL. Ahead of its time, the treasures contained grow with every spin. " In France They Kiss on The Main Street" is a straight ahead rocker, celebrating the birth of rock and roll with a fevered reverence. " The Jungle Line" is a pioneer in world music, paving the way for Paul Simon and Sting, using the moog and Burundi drums to illustrate the trampling of a hungry society. "Edith and the Kingpin" is not your average character song, but the underworld it represents can easily be pictured, given Mitchell's discerning pen and piano. Each song could have its own description, but suffice to say that anyone interested in expanding his horizons should pick this one up. The exploration of the male/female saga, particularly in " Harry's House/Centerpiece" is worth the cost of admission. Get in on the secret that's been around for over thirty years!

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