Joni Mitchell Songs of A Prairie Girl
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- Released: April 26, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Elektra / WEA
Uncut - p.1204 stars out of 5 - "[A]n esoteric yet oddly enthralling route into her oeuvre..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1304 stars out of 5 - "[With] a previously unreleased, cinematic update of 'Paprika Plains'."
- 1.Urge For Going
- 2.Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms)
- 3.Cherokee Louise
- 4.Ray's Dad's Cadillac
- 5.Let The Wind Carry Me
- 6.Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
- 7.Raised On Robbery
- 8.Paprika Plains
- 9.Song For Sharon
- 11.Chinese Cafe / Unchained Cafe
- 12.Harlem In Havana
- 13.Come In From The Cold
Personnel: Joni Mitchell (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Joni Mitchell; Larry Klein (guitar, keyboards, bass instrument, electric bass, bass guitar, percussion); Michael Landau (guitar); Robbie Robertson (electric guitar); Skaila Kanga , Helen Tunstall, Hugh Webb (harp); Jacob Heringman (lute); Julian Leaper, Perry Mason, Warren Zielinski, Liz Edwards, Mark Berrow, Katherine Shave, Michael McMenemy, Simon Fischer, Douglas Mackie, Benedict Cruft, James McLeod , David Woodcock, Dave Tombling, Rebecca Hirsch, Helen Hathorn, Antonia Fuchs, Jonathan Evans-Jones, Paul Willey, Peter Hansen, Dermot Crehan, Jonathan Strange, David Emanuel, Patrick Kiernan, Boguslav Kostecki, Rita Manning, Everton Nelson, Johnathan Rees, Cathy Thompson, Jackie Shave (violin); Donald McVay, Robert Smissen, Timothy Grant , Ohil Dukes, Catherine Bradshaw, Zoe Lake, Justin Ward, Rachel Bolt, Gustav Clarkson, Garfield Jackson, Peter Lale, Bruce White (viola); Helen Keen, Anna Noakes , Andy Findon (flute); David Fuest, Heather Nicholl, Nick Bucknall (clarinet); Susan Bohling (oboe, cornet); Chris Cowie, John Anderson (oboe); Julie Andrews , Robin O'Neill , Gavin McNaughton (bassoon); Richard Skinner (contrabassoon); Philip Todd (soprano saxophone); Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone); John Barclay, Andrew Crowley , Paul Archibald, Stuart Brooks, Derek Watkins, Simon Gardner (trumpet); Pete Beachill, Michael Hext, Peter Davies , Richard Edwards , Roger Harvey (trombone); David Stewart (bass trombone); Owen Slade (tuba); Michael Thompson , Phillip Eastop, Richard Bissell, Simon Rayner, Richard Berry , John Pigneguy, David Pyatt , Richard Watkins (horns); John Lenehan (piano); Billy Preston (Hammond b-3 organ); Jaco Pastorius (bass instrument); Chuck Berghofer (acoustic bass); Chris Baron, Glyn Matthews, William Lockhart, Stephen Henderson , Frank Ricotti (percussion); Steve Lukather (electric guitar); Tom Scott (woodwinds, horns); Wayne Shorter (saxophone, soprano saxophone); Kenny Wheeler (trumpet, flugelhorn); Herbie Hancock (piano); John Guerin, Manu Katch‚ (drums, percussion); Brian Blade, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Don Alias (shaker); Alex Acu¤a (percussion, bells); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin, Brenda Russell (background vocals).
Audio Remixer: Al Schmitt.
Liner Note Author: Joni Mitchell.
Photographer: Joel Bernstein.
Arrangers: Joni Mitchell; Vince Mendoza.
SONGS OF A PRAIRIE GIRL could not even remotely be described as a "hits" collection, nor is it a career summary, or even an examination of a particular period in Joni Mitchell's discography. Rather, it's an esoterically compiled anthology whose ostensible theme is a wintry feel evocative of Mitchell's Canadian homeland. Ultimately, the effect is simply one of putting some of Mitchell's most interesting songs in one place regardless of era, style, or relative popularity. How else to describe a disc that encompasses the murky noir of the late-1990s track "Harlem in Havana;" the quirky, fusion-tinged '70s tune "Don Juan's Restless Daughter;" and the poignant, folkie song poetry of "Urge for Going," a '60s single never before included on an album? There are a couple of more well known songs here ("Raised on Robbery," "River"), but they're surrounded by just as many fascinating obscurities. Assembled by Mitchell herself, this collection is an intriguing snapshot into the complex world of a mercurial talent.
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