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    Court and Spark (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 111/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    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. The album's accessibility made it Mitchell's most commercially successful, yet the personal intensity and insight of her songwriting never wavers. Court And Spark confirmed her standing as one of the most important and subtle talents of the rock era.

    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
    Joni Mitchell
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    The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

    Originally released in 1975, The Hissing Of Summer Lawns is a stunning work of art conceived graphically, musically and lyrically as a whole. Leaning even more towards the jazz idiom than her previous release, Court and Spark, the collection features the introduction of the great Burundi on drums and is highlighted by the excellent guitar playing of frequent session collaborators Larry Carlton and Robben Ford. As adventurous and lyrically deep as anything Joni Mitchell has ever done.
    1. In France They Kiss On Main Street
    2. The Jungle Line
    3. Edith And The Kingpin
    4. Don't Interrupt The Sorrow
    5. Shades Of Scarlett Conquering
    6. The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
    7. The Boho Dance
    8. Harry's House-Centerpiece
    9. Sweet Bird
    10. Shadows And Light
    Joni Mitchell
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    IV

    Records like Psychic Temple IV aren't made anymore. Maybe they never were. There is a magic present that some mistake for tubes or tape but it's no more complicated than putting the right musicians together with the right songs.

    Produced and composed by band/cult leader Chris Schlarb, Psychic Temple IV is what happens when 87-year old Max Bennett (bassist on Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark and Hissing of Summer Lawns) plays with 26-year old drummer Tabor Allen (of Cherry Glazerr). British rock legend Terry Reid sings a trio of duets written and arranged for the only artist nicknamed Superlungs. When keyboardist Mick Rossi wrote to say he would be in town with the Philip Glass Ensemble, songs were composed and a new date was put on the calendar.

    Psychic Temple IV was recorded in Los Angeles over a series of eight large scale sessions. In the spirit of the classic Wrecking Crew sessions for Phil Spector and the Beach Boys, the band was often tasked with recording four songs per session. Vocals were added as soon as the rhythm section tracks were cut with Terry Reid, Arlene Deradoorian, and Nedelle Torrisi joining Chris in the studio to work out harmony parts and sing live together.

    After making his vocal debut on III, Schlarb toured the country twice over. His voice is assured and he seems to have lived with these songs (and the idea of singing) for some time. His melodies are soulful yet unpredictable having transferred his ability to write for instrumental ensembles to pop music. And yet the exploratory spirit of the first Psychic Temple album still abides. The music has been poured over with both care and abandon. There is magic in Psychic Temple IV. It's no more complicated than that.

    1. Spanish Beach
    2. Wait For Me
    3. Dream Dictionary
    4. Turn Off The Lights
    5. Nazarene Dream
    6. SOS
    7. Paper Tiger
    8. If I Don't Leave They'll Take Me Away
    9. The Art Of Giving Up
    10. Isabella Ocean Blue
    Psychic Temple
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    Hejira

    After the expanded instrumental scale and sonic experimentation of Court & Spark and The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Joni Mitchell reverses that flow for the more intimate, interior music on Hejira, which retracts the arranging style to focus on Mitchell's distinctive acoustic guitar and piano, and the brilliant, lyrical bass fantasias of fretless bass innovator Jaco Pastorius. Known for his furious, sometimes rococo figures beneath the music of Weather Report, Pastorius is tamed by Mitchell's cooler, more deliberate ballads: these meditations coax a far gentler, subdued lyricism from Pastorius, whose intricate bass counterpoints Mitchell's coolly elegant singing, especially on the sublime Amelia, which transforms the mystery of Amelia Earheart into a parable of both feminism and romantic self-discovery. This isn't Mitchell at her most obviously ambitious, yet the depth of feeling, poetic reach, and musical confidence make this among the finest works in a very fine canon. --Sam Sutherland
    1. Coyote
    2. Amelia
    3. Furry Sings The Blues
    4. A Strange Boy
    5. Hejira
    6. Song For Sharon
    7. Black Crow
    8. Blue Motel Room
    9. Refuge Of The Roads
    Joni Mitchell
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  • Hearts Hearts Quick View

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    Hearts

    1. Let's Get High
    2. We Were All Uptown Rulers
    3. Birmingham to Blackhorse Road We Wandered
    4. Oyster Is a Wealthy Beast [Instrumental]
    5. Capaldi
    6. Milk White Flag [Instrumental]
    7. Berliners
    8. Smoke Signals [Instrumental]
    9. Your Mother Was the Lightning
    10. High Life
    11. Gatesnakes [Instrumental]
    12. Ballad of Horselover Fat
    Court & Spark
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    Tightropes

    Tall Tales And The Silver Lining is a Los Angeles based band led by songwriter Trevor Beld Jimenez. Beld Jimenez grew up on the sounds of '70's AM radio, along with L.A. classics like Jackson Browne, Court and Spark-era Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Crazy Horse and the Byrds. His music incorporates all of that -- classic songwriting, great playing, simple, hook-heavy arrangements and thoughtful production -- but updates the sound for today. It's straightforward, heartfelt rock & roll, ten songs of love and loss, ocean-scented breezes and the hum of the open road beneath your wheels.
    1. Something To Believe In
    2. Afraid To Love Again
    3. Let It Go
    4. Both Alive
    5. Tightropes
    6. Harder For You
    7. Unknown Forces
    8. Wade Through The Storm
    9. Waves
    10. Losing It
    Tall Tales And The Silver Lining
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    High, Low And In Between

    High, Low And In Between was Townes Van Zandt's fifth album, originally released by Poppy Records in the fall of 1971. It was a release that saw Townes becoming the songwriter revered today. An album full of brilliant original material including "You Are Not Needed Now," Blue Ridge Mountains," and "To Live Is To Fly," it opened eyes and ears to his abilities. His backing band included folks like Larry Carlton-who would play on Joni Mitchell's Court & Spark, accompany Steely Dan on The Royal Scam (playing that solo we all know and love on "Kid Charlemagne"), and who was a member of Jazz's elite Crusaders.


    High, Low And In Between is-in the end-a classic Townes Van Zandt album. And one that should be reexamined. This gloriously remastered edition comes with liner notes from award-wining scribe Colin Escott, as well as on 180-gram vinyl-with the first 1,000 pressed on orange colored stock. (Future pressings will be on standard black vinyl).

    1 Two Hands
    2 You are Not Needed Now
    3 Greensboro Woman
    4 Highway Kind
    5 Standin'
    6 No Deal
    7 To Live Is To Fly
    8 When He Offers His Hand
    9 Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold
    10 Blue Ridge Mountains
    11 High, Low and In Between
    Townes Van Zandt
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    180 Gram Audiogram Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Salt

    For an LP likely to be placed in the R&B aisle, Shy Girls' debut album Salt is noticeably impressionistic. At times it bears the painterly, frank essence of a Blue/Court and Spark Joni Mitchell. At others, it strides toward the progressive and cinematic. There is a striking viscerality in the crashing percussion and detuned piano of "I Am Only A Man" and in the hypnotic woodwind outro of "What If I Can." The mournful guitar dressing "Watercolor Dreams" seems to nod to Ennio Morricone -- like a future-Western ballad. And even in the stark songs that bookend the album, Vidmar delivers swelling sentiment fit for the screen.
    1. Intro
    2. You Like the Pain Too
    3. Watercolor Dreams
    4. Trivial Motion
    5. Why I Love
    6. Say You Will
    7. What If I Can
    8. Time (Hell Won't Wait for Us)
    9. I Am Only a Man
    10. Collecting
    Shy Girls
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