Stardust – Joni Mitchell 1982-2007


While there may not be quite as many highs as from her California days, there’s still much to be gleaned from Joni Mitchell’s often overlooked post-Mingus period. Even her more forgettable albums from the 1980s offer something to behold, while the mid-1990s volley of Turbulent Indigo and Taming The Tiger  have aged surprisingly well. Yet it is the duo of  Both Sides Now and Travelogue that stand as tall as any of Joni’s earlier work–her matured voice paired with orchestral arrangements in a stunning exploration of both jazz standards and her own songbook. “Sweet Joni from Saskatoon / Don’t go, don’t go too soon.”

Harlem In Havana
Solid Love
Face Lift
Cool Water
Smokin’ (Empty, Try Another)
Man From Mars (Piano Version)
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
One Week Last Summer
Sunny Sunday
A Bird That Whistles (Corrina, Corrina)
Both Sides Now

words / k evans – art /   b hettinga

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12 thoughts on “Stardust – Joni Mitchell 1982-2007

  1. Extraordinary ugly portrait on the cover picture. Who’s the sponsor, American Tobacco? Sad times. Smoking’? Empty? Stop it! No-one smokes the dread weed anymore, time to shape up and face your last addiction before it finishes you off Ms Mitchell

  2. Jesus christ, Swappers. Just relax. Not every photo with a cigarette is a promotion for smoking. Perhaps, it’s just an honest portrait.

  3. If you can’t see it Mr Oliver I can’t help you and it sure doesn’t bother me. Just as relaxed as can be thank you. As for the ugly picture of someone too dumb to stub out that shit I can’t help her either. Just disappointed. Bad enough with the coke induced Morgellons without sticking a fag in her gob. Just stating it looks ugly and the emperor’s new clothes finds us all out in the end. Just a shame when our previous heroes are revealed as less than delusional ego driven madmen and women. It took me years to find out about smoking so know whereof I speak if you choose otherwise, well that’s just fine, just don’t smoke in my face and don’t advertise that shit anywhere near me and I won’t download anything that promotes it. That’s it. Never been so relaxed, giving up nicotine will do that. As for Jesus Christ don’t even! Thanks 😉

  4. Geez, Swappers, the article is a music review, not a health page. Few musicians of Joni’s era led a healthy life, and a good handful were dead by 27. Joni endures. Let her alone. IMO while that era gave us superb music, 3 names rise to genius level: Dylan, Van Morrison, and Joni Mitchell, the latter two most especially for their ability to continually evolve, even adapt as their voices aged. Bless Joni for pursuing her visual artwork in her later years, and kudos to Van for still rocking out or singing the blues.

  5. I don’t smoke but I’m so over other people shaming those who do. FFS, just concentrate on your own shit and stop judging all the time.

    Also, yay Joni. Nice to see her later work getting some attention.

  6. You’ve really opened my ears (and mind) to a side of Joni I had overlooked. Thank you. Truly gorgeous. “Both Sides Now” brought tears to my eyes — loved that arrangement.

  7. Agree 100% with Kit and Spike! This era of Joni Mitchell’s recordings are also something I never put much time into although I’ve often seen that 2000 Both Sides Now LP many many times throughout the years.

  8. Thanks for another mixtape in the massive collection. I hope Joni will thrive for years to come.

  9. The lyrics of Borderline feel very apt right now. Really enjoyable mix. There’s just the one track from Shine on this mix but that whole album’s right up there with the earlier stuff for me. Great stuff

  10. It’s a portrait that says it…the voice of an angel gradually depleted until it has been silenced. And Father Time ain’t the culprit.
    Heard her sing lately? Heard her do much of anything lately? Yeah, yeah she had a stroke pr whatever. But what got her there is right in the portrait.

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