A Tribute to Joni Mitchell

A Tribute to Joni Mitchell

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A Tribute to Joni Mitchell

This experimental tribute to revered folk singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell features a mix of well-appointed pop, jazz, and rock artists. Highlights include Cassandra Wilson's warm reading of "For the Roses," k.d. lang's breathtaking "Help Me," Sarah McLachlan's eerily-Mitchell-reminiscent version of "Blue," and Prince's plaintive, gospel-inspired take on "A Case of You."

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2007
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597998955
catalogNumber: 122620

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Caetano Veloso   Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Elvis Costello   Vocals
Larry Goldings   Piano
Cassandra Wilson   Vocals
Sarah McLachlan   Piano,Vocals
Annie Lennox   Vocals
Baluji Shrivastav   Sitar
Brian Ahern   Bass
Roy Babbington   Bass Guitar
John Barclay   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Blackwell   Drums
Teddy Borowiecki   Keyboards
Dave Carpenter   Bass
Wilson DasNeves   Bass Drums,Cuica,Tamborim
Marius de Vries   Keyboards
Bill Dillon   Bass,Electric Guitar
Andy Findon   Flute
Jeff Haynes   Percussion
Dave Kershaw   Organ
k.d. lang   Vocals
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Brad Mehldau   Piano
Ben Mink   Guitar,Violin,Viola,Mandola
David Piltch   Bass
Paul Pritchard   French Horn
Brandon Ross   Guitar
Guy Sigsworth   Celeste
Randall Stoll   Drums
Pete Thomas   Drums
Louis Jardim   Bass,Percussion
Dinesh   Tabla
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Kenny Davis & The Melodyaires   Acoustic Bass
Moreno Veloso   Acoustic Guitar,Cello,Tambourine,Hand Clapping
Anthony Kerr   Vibes
Hugh Seenan   French Horn
Stephane San Juan   Hand Clapping,Snare Drums,Shaker,Tamborim
Sufjan Stevens   Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Grégoire Maret   Harmonica
Zero   Drums,Tom-Tom,Hand Clapping,Repique,Snare Drums,Agogo,Shekere,Candombe Drum
Império Serrano   Hand Clapping,Agogo,cowbell
James McAlister   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Background Vocals
Matthew Cooper   Keyboards
Craig Montoro   Trumpet
Chris Caldwell   Bass Clarinet
Domenico Lancelotti   Hand Clapping,Snare Drums,Shaker,Tamborim
Rob Moose   Violin
Pete Whyman   Saxophone
James Taylor   Guitar,Vocals
C.J. Camerieri   Trumpet
Ben Lanz   Trombone
Naho Tsutsui   Violin
Katie Schlaikjer   Cello

Technical Credits

Caetano Veloso   Arranger
Elvis Costello   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Prince   Audio Production
James Taylor   Audio Production
Cassandra Wilson   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Björk   Audio Production
Brian Ahern   Producer,Audio Production
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Marius de Vries   Programming
James Farber   Engineer
Benedict Tobias Fenner   Engineer
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
k.d. lang   Producer,Audio Production
Stephen Lipson   Producer
Pierre Marchand   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Brad Mehldau   Producer,Audio Production
Ben Mink   Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Heff Moraes   Engineer
Charles Paakkari   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Marc Ramaer   Engineer
Brandon Ross   Arranger
Guy Sigsworth   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Femi Jiya   Engineer
Matthew Cullen   Engineer
Paul Starr   Cover Photo
Moreno Veloso   Arranger,Producer
Robbie Cavolina   Art Direction,Cover Illustration
Damian Taylor   Programming
Daniel Carvalho   Engineer
Sufjan Stevens   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Zero   Contributor
James McAlister   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Domenico Lancelotti   Arranger
Robert Edridge Waks   Editorial Coordinator
James Taylor   Producer
Joe Lipinski   Engineer
Stephen Lipson   Audio Production

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A Tribute to Joni Mitchell 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As it should be , A tribute to Joni Mitchell should be done with class. Sufjan Stevens is as original as Mitchell on "Free Man." The pure and unadorned "River" by James Taylor is raw Joni. Brad Melhldau captures the essence of the creativity of this underappreciated artist. The quality of performers and perfomances are not the same as the real thing, but it's the thought that counts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tributes are always recorded versions of peer produced interpretations. An artist of Mitchell's stature surely deserved such an honor, given that she has inspired imitators for over a quarter century. Yet nobody can replicate the real thing. Mitchell is peerless in her ability to distill an experience, a feeling, a thought process into poetry set to intriguing music. This tribute contains some worthy renditions, others, well, not so much. It seems that people either love Prince's " A Case of You" or hate it. I happen to love it. It is a faithful reading on a timeless classic, but Prince takes it and makes it his own by wrapping it in a soulful, swing style. Emmylou Harris pays proper homage with her version of " The Magdelene Laundries", excellent choice for such a melancholy, gorgeous song. Sarah McLachlen delivers a fair interpretation of "Blue", save the ill-suited synthesizer that replaces the more poetic piano. Now for the offenders. Annie Lennox, a brilliant artist, completely robs " Ladies of the Canyon". This song's charm is the warm, pastoral quality that plants one square in the middle of Laurel Canyon. Lennox takes you out on an iceberg, supplying WAY too much synth, a device that shouldn't be used at all on music this delicate. Elvis Costello disappoints as well, conjuring some overwrought slant on " Edith and the Kingpin". The song would have been better served with a soft, understated musical backing to maintain the mystery as opposed to this overblown take. James Taylor caps the CD with " River", performing it in a way that one would expect from JT. He adopts it and changes the dressing, but that is where the question comes. Is an effort like this homage or defamation? Interesting for its concept, " Tribute" is not of Joni, but does offer a few songs that are steeped in Joni.