Court and Spark

Court and Spark

by Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

Court and Spark

by Joni Mitchell

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Joni Mitchell reached her commercial high point with Court and Spark, a remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz which stands as her best-selling work to date. While as unified and insightful as Blue, the album -- a concept record exploring the roles of honesty and trust in relationships, romantic and otherwise -- moves away from confessional songwriting into evocative character studies: the hit "Free Man in Paris," written about David Geffen, is a not-so-subtle dig at the machinations of the music industry, while "Raised on Robbery" offers an acutely funny look at the predatory environment of the singles bar scene. Much of Court and Spark is devoted to wary love songs: both the title cut and "Help Me," the record's most successful single, carefully measure the risks of romance, while "People's Parties" and "The Same Situation" are fraught with worry and self-doubt (standing in direct opposition to the music, which is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last). ~ Jason Ankeny

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2023
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227882631
Rank: 15637

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joni Mitchell   Primary Artist,Piano,Guitar,Vocals,Clavinet,Keyboards,Lead Vocals,Vocals (Background)
Tommy Chong   Vocals (Background)
Cheech Marin   Vocals (Background)
Milt Holland   Guest Artist,Chimes,Percussion
Tom Scott   Guest Artist,Oboe,Wind,Reeds,Woodwind
Jose Feliciano   Guest Artist,Guitar,Guitar (Electric),Vocals (Background)
Cheech & Chong   Guest Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist,Vocals (Background)
Joe Sample   Guest Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Piano (Electric)
Robbie Robertson   Guest Artist,Guitar (Electric),Vocals (Background),Guitar
Larry Carlton   Guest Artist,Guitar,Guitar (Electric)
Graham Nash   Guest Artist,Vocals (Background),Vocals,Harmonica
David Crosby   Guest Artist,Vocals,Vocals (Background)
Max Bennett   Bass,Guitar (Bass)
Wilton Felder   Bass
John Guerin   Drums,Percussion
Dennis Budimir   Guitar,Guitar (Electric)
Jim Hughart   Bass
Susan Webb   Vocals,Vocals (Background)
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Chong   Vocals (Background)
Wayne Perkins   Guitar,Guitar (Electric)
Victor Feldman   Keyboards,Percussion
Dennis Dudimir   Guitar (Electric)

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Audio Production,Artwork,Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Henry Lewy   Audio Engineer,Engineer,Producer
Annie Ross   Composer,Lyricist
Tom Scott   Arranger,String Arrangements
Andy Paley   Mastering Supervisor
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Norman Seeff   Photography
Anthony Hudson   Art Direction
Vince Mendoza   Arranger
Wardell Gray   Composer
Annie Ross Quartet   Composer
Ellis Sorkin   Engineer
Joe Gastwirt   Mastering
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