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Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark album

Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark album Performer: Joni Mitchell
Title: Court and Spark
Style: Folk Rock
Date of release: 1974
Size MP3: 1507 mb
Size FLAC: 1882 mb
Rating: 4.2
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Court and Spark is the sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. It was an immediate commercial and critical success-and remains her most successful album. Released in January 1974, it has been described pop, but also infuses Mitchell's folk rock style, which she had developed through her previous five albums, with jazz inflections, to produce a style more akin to jazz fusion.

Joni Mitchell, David Crosby and Graham Nash (on Free Man In Paris), Susan Webb and David Crosby (on Down To You), Cheech and Chong (on Twisted) Electric Guitar - Wayne Perkins (on Car On A Hill), Dennis Budimir (on Trouble Child); Robbie Robertson (on Raised on Robbery), Jose Feliciano and Larry Carlton (on Free. Man in Paris), Larry Carlton on all others

On first listening, Joni Mitchell‘s Court And Spark, the first truly great pop album of 1974, sounds surprisingly light; by the third or fourth listening, it reveals its underlying tensions. The lyrics lead us through concentric circles that define an almost Zen-like dilemma: The freer the writer becomes, the more unhappy she finds herself; the more she surrenders her freedom, the less willing she is to accept the resulting compromise.

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. 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.

Joni Mitchell - Car On A Hill (Live 1974) 3:25. Joni Mitchell Court and Spark (Full Album Vinyl Rip Needle Drop) 37:25. Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark 2:54. Joni Mitchell - People's Parties/Same Situation 5:13. Joni Mitchell - Free Man in Paris 3:10.

Court and Spark sits halfway between Joni Mitchell’s folkie past and her jazz-rock future. Yet the album is no mere transitional affair-not by a long shot. On Help Me and Just Like This Train, she displays a master’s touch, weaving romantic insecurities into arrangements that, decades later, haven’t surrendered their sophistication. The versatile singer/songwriter also finds the time to cut loose, which she does in typically elegant fashion on the wah-wah rocker Raised on Robbery. Try not listening to this album a dozen times in a row. Court and Spark Joni Mitchell.

inger Joni Mitchell had slipped stark saxophone solos into her prior album, For the Roses, and her singing had often hinted at a capacity for bluesier fare than her guitar- and piano-framed confessional ballads offered. None of those hints prepared fans for this sudden, expansive shift toward a much larger canvas-a sleeker, orchestrated pop style pulsing with jazz elements

Tracklist

1 Court And Spark 2:46
2 Help Me 3:22
3 Free Man In Paris 3:03
4 People's Parties 2:15
5 Same Situation 2:57
6 Car On A Hill 3:02
7 Down To You 5:38
8 Just Like This Train 4:24
9 Raised On Robbery 3:06
10 Trouble Child 3:59
11 Twisted 2:22

Companies, etc.

  • Made By – WEA Music K.K.
  • Manufactured By – Warner Bros. Records (Japan) Inc.

Credits

  • Arranged By – Joni Mitchell (tracks: 6, 7), Tom Scott (tracks: 7)
  • Arranged By [Strings] – Tom Scott (tracks: 5)
  • Art Direction, Design – Anthony Hudson
  • Bass – Jim Hughart (tracks: 10), Max Bennett, Wilton Felder (tracks: 3, 4)
  • Chimes – Milt Holland (tracks: 1)
  • Clavinet – Joni Mitchell (tracks: 7)
  • Composed By – Ross* (tracks: 11), Joni Mitchell (tracks: 1 to 10), Grey* (tracks: 11)
  • Drums, Percussion – John Guerin
  • Electric Guitar – Dennis Budimir (tracks: 10), José Feliciano (tracks: 3), Larry Carlton (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 8, 11), Robbie Robertson (tracks: 9), Wayne Perkins (tracks: 6)
  • Electric Piano – Joe Sample
  • Engineer – Henry Lewy
  • Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
  • Painting [Cover Painting] – Joni Mitchell
  • Photography By – Norman Seeff
  • Piano – Joni Mitchell
  • Trumpet – Chuck Findley (tracks: 10, 11)
  • Voice [Backing Vocals] – Cheech & Chong (tracks: 11), David Crosby (tracks: 3, 7), Graham Nash (tracks: 3), Joni Mitchell (tracks: 3), Susan Webb (tracks: 7)
  • Woodwind, Reeds – Tom Scott

Notes

Made In Japan.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4 988014 739559
  • Matrix / Runout: WPCP-3955 2
  • Matrix / Runout (On HUB): SMJ
  • Mastering SID Code: none
  • Mould SID Code: none
  • Rights Society: JASRAC

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
7E-1001 Joni Mitchell Court And Spark ‎(LP, Album, San) Asylum Records 7E-1001 US 1974
TP-1001 Joni Mitchell Court And Spark ‎(8-Trk, Album) Asylum Records TP-1001 US 1974
CD 1001 Joni Mitchell Court And Spark ‎(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Asylum Records CD 1001 Canada 2003
1001-2 Joni Mitchell Court And Spark ‎(HDCD, Album, RE, RP) Asylum Records 1001-2 US Unknown
7E-1001 Joni Mitchell Court And Spark ‎(LP, Album, Club, RE, Gat) Asylum Records 7E-1001 US Unknown

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Court And Spark
Chimes – Milt Holland
2:46
A2 Help Me 3:22
A3 Free Man In Paris
Backing Vocals – David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joni MitchellGuitar – Jose Feliciano*
3:02
A4 People's Parties 2:20
A5 The Same Situation
Arranged By [Strings] – Tom Scott
3:05
B1 Car On A Hill
Arranged By – Joni MitchellGuitar – Wayne Perkins
2:58
B2 Down To You
Arranged By – Joni Mitchell, Tom ScottBacking Vocals – David Crosby, Susan WebbClavinet – Joni Mitchell
5:36
B3 Just Like This Train 4:23
B4 Raised On Robbery
Guitar – Robbie Robertson
3:05
B5 Trouble Child
Bass – Jim HughartGuitar – Dennis BudimirTrumpet – Chuck Findley
3:57
B6 Twisted
Backing Vocals – Cheech & ChongTrumpet – Chuck FindleyWritten-By – Ross*, Grey*
2:18

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Asylum Records
  • Copyright (c) – Asylum Records
  • Manufactured By – WEA Music Of Canada, Ltd.
  • Distributed By – WEA Music Of Canada, Ltd.

Credits

  • Art Direction, Design – Anthony Hudson
  • Bass – Max Bennett (tracks: A1, A2, A5 to B4, B6), Wilton Felder (tracks: A3, A4)
  • Drums, Percussion – John Guerin
  • Electric Piano – Joe Sample
  • Engineer [Mastering] – Bernie Grundman
  • Engineer [Sound] – Henry Lewy
  • Guitar – Larry Carlton (tracks: A1 to A5, B2, B3, B6)
  • Painting [Cover] – Joni Mitchell
  • Photography By – Norman Seeff
  • Producer, Vocals, Piano – Joni Mitchell
  • Woodwind, Reeds – Tom Scott
  • Written-By – Joni Mitchell (tracks: A1 to B5)

Notes

℗&© 1974 Asylum Records, a Division of Warner Communications Inc
On Labels: ℗ 1973 Asylum Records
Black and orange label with Asylum script logo

Inside Gatefold: Lyrics, Portrait

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Runout): 7ES-1001-A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Runout): 7ES-1001-B2-1A 2-KD DM

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
7E-1001 Joni Mitchell Court And Spark ‎(LP, Album, San) Asylum Records 7E-1001 US 1974
TP-1001 Joni Mitchell Court And Spark ‎(8-Trk, Album) Asylum Records TP-1001 US 1974
CD 1001 Joni Mitchell Court And Spark ‎(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Asylum Records CD 1001 Canada 2003
1001-2 Joni Mitchell Court And Spark ‎(HDCD, Album, RE, RP) Asylum Records 1001-2 US Unknown
7E-1001 Joni Mitchell Court And Spark ‎(LP, Album, Club, RE, Gat) Asylum Records 7E-1001 US Unknown