DCC GOLD CD GZS 1025: JONI MITCHELL - Court And Spark - 1992 SS
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Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson; November 7, 1943)  is a Canadian musician, singer songwriter, and painter. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965 she moved to the United States and, touring constantly, began to be recognized when her original songs ("Urge for Going," "Chelsea Morning," "Both Sides, Now," "The Circle Game") were covered by notable folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her own debut album in 1968. Settling in Southern California, Mitchell and her popular songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock" helped define an era and a generation. Her more starkly personal 1971 recording Blue has been called one of the best albums ever made. Musically restless, Mitchell switched labels and began moving toward jazz rhythms by way of lush pop textures on 1974's Court and Spark, her best-selling LP, featuring her radio hits "Help Me" and "Free Man in Paris."

Mitchell's wide-ranging vocals and her distinctive open-tuned guitar and piano compositions grew more harmonically and rhythmically complex as she explored jazz, melding it with her influences in rock n roll, R&B, classical music and non-western beats. Mitchell's experimental run of jazz-inspired albums, including 1975's The Hissing of Summer Lawns and 1976's Hejira, confused many and hurt Mitchell's sales at the time, but they are acclaimed today. In the late 1970s, she began working closely with noted jazz musicians, among them Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny and Charles Mingus, the last of whom asked her to collaborate on his final recordings. In her later work Mitchell turned again toward pop, embraced electronic music, and engaged in political protest. Mitchell was also the sole record producer credited on most of her albums, including all her work in the 1970s. With roots in visual art, she designed her own album artwork throughout her career. A blunt critic of the music industry, Mitchell quit touring and released her 17th, and reportedly last, album of original songs in 2007. She describes herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance."

Mitchell has deeply influenced fellow musicians in a diverse range of genres, and her work is highly respected by critics. Allmusic said, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century," and Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever." Mitchell's lyrics have been noted for their developed poetics, addressing social and environmental ideals alongside individual feelings of romantic longing, confusion, disillusion and joy.

Court and Spark is the sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Released in January 1974, the album saw Mitchell infusing her folk-rock style, which she developed throughout her previous five albums, with jazz inflections. A very accessible and commercially appealing album, Court and Spark was Mitchell's commercial and popular triumph—it was not only praised by critics but was also received very warmly by the public, becoming her most successful album. It reached No. 2 in the United States and No. 1 in Canada and eventually received a Double Platinum certification by the RIAA, the highest of Mitchell's career. It was voted the best album of the year for 1974 in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll. In 2003 it was listed at No. 111 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

1973 was the first year since she began recording that Mitchell did not release a new album. Her previous offering, For the Roses, was released in November 1972 to critical and commercial success, and Mitchell decided to spend the whole of the next year writing and recording a new album that revealed her growing interest in new sounds—particularly jazz. During 1973, her stage appearances were fewer than in previous years. She performed in April in a benefit concert at the Sir George Williams University Auditorium and then appeared live again in August, twice at The Corral Club, accompanied by Neil Young. She spent most of the year in the recording studio, creating Court and Spark. Finally, in December, Reprise released a new single, her first in over a year, "Raised on Robbery". The public was surprised as Mitchell had released a rock'n'roll number in the old-fashioned style of the 1950s. The single reached No. 65 on the Billboard Singles Chart.

Court and Spark was released in January 1974. Critics and the public enthusiastically embraced the album, and its success was reaffirmed when the follow-up single "Help Me" was released in March. It received heavy radio airplay and became Mitchell's first and only Top 10 single in the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the first week of June, and reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. Court and Spark went on to be a big seller that year, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard album charts and staying there for four weeks. The album became the pinnacle of Mitchell's commercial success. The album was kept from the top spot by three No. 1 albums—in order Bob Dylan's Planet Waves, Barbra Streisand's The Way We Were and John Denver's Greatest Hits.

In a July 1979 interview with Cameron Crowe for Rolling Stone, Mitchell recounted an anecdote in which she played a copy of the then-just completed Court & Spark to Bob Dylan, during which Dylan fell asleep. Mitchell later suggested that Dylan was probably trying to be "cute" in front of label boss David Geffen, who was also present.

COURT AND SPARK completed Joni Mitchell's transition from folk-singer to sophisticated rock auteur. In addition to her meticulously crafted melodies and evocative, image-rich lyrics, the songs here are breezy and immediately appealing. This is in part due to Tom Scott's L.A. Express, a sinuous jazz-based combo, but also to Mitchell's knack for pop hooks, which abound on COURT AND SPARK. The album's accessibility made it Mitchell's most commercially successful, yet the personal intensity and insight of her songwriting never wavers."Help Me" was a hit single, as was "Free Man in Paris," an expansive pop frolic that is reputedly a dig at industry mogul David Geffen. Mitchell returns to the terrain of piano balladry on "The Same Situation" and "Down to You"; yet even on these, as on the excellent social satire "People's Parties," one can hear the influence of jazz on her vocal phrasing and intonations. The rock-&-roll romp "Raised on Robbery" and the bluesy, comic swing of "Twisted" mix things up a bit, showing the artist's increasing ability to master and manipulate any form. COURT AND SPARK is one of Mitchell's finest albums, confirming her standing as one of the most important and subtle talents of the rock era.

GOLD CD - DCC RECORDINGS // ASYLUM series CD item - this item is FACTORY SEALED and in MINT condition
GOLD CD was made in JAPAN
GOLD CD pressing is in STEREO
GOLD CD pressed and Issued by DCC RECORDINGS under license from ASYLUM
GOLD CD issued in: 1992
GOLD CD Record Catalog Number: GZS 1025

Featured on this GOLD CD -

JONI MITCHELL

Performers on this disc include -
Joni Mitchell – vocals, including background; acoustic guitar; piano; clavinet on "Down to You"
John Guerin – drums and percussion
Wilton Felder – bass
Max Bennett – bass on "Trouble Child"
Jim Hughart – bass on "People's Parties" and "Free Man in Paris"
Milt Holland – chimes on "Court and Spark"
Tom Scott – woodwinds and reeds
Chuck Findley – trumpet on "Twisted" and "Trouble Child"
Joe Sample – electric piano, clavinet on "Raised on Robbery"
David Crosby – background vocals on "Free Man in Paris" and "Down to You"
Graham Nash – background vocals on "Free Man in Paris"
Susan Webb – background vocals on "Down to You"
Larry Carlton – electric guitar
Wayne Perkins – electric guitar on "Car on a Hill"
Dennis Budimir – electric guitar on "Trouble Child"
Robbie Robertson – electric guitar on "Raised on Robbery"
José Feliciano – electric guitar on "Free Man in Paris"
Cheech Marin – background voice on "Twisted"
Tommy Chong – background voice on "Twisted"

GOLD CD Title -
COURT AND SPARK

Track Listings -
1. Court and Spark
2. Help Me
3. Free Man in Paris
4. People's Parties
5. Same Situation
6. Car on a Hill
7. Down to You
8. Just Like This Train
9. Raised on Robbery
10. Trouble Child
11. Twisted

CONDITION Details:
The GOLD CD is from the very rare DCC Recordings series of audiophile CD titles.

GOLD CD re-mastered by Steve Hoffman
Pictures with this listing are of the actual item
Jewel Case IS the original flip up type
This item DOES come with the paper outer slip cover - it is complete and near perfect.
The original LP was issued on the ASYLUM record label, in 1974

The GOLD CD, Jewel Case and INSERTS are all in MINT condition. The CD is actually FACTORY SEALED!!

The GOLD CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: DCC GOLD CD GZS 1025 SS
  • Manufacturer: DCC - Digital Compact Classics Recordings
  • Condition: New

DCC GOLD CD GZS 1025: JONI MITCHELL - Court And Spark - 1992 SS

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