- 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); Larry Klein (guitar, keyboards, bass instrument, bass guitar, percussion); Steve Lukather (electric guitar); Tom Scott (woodwinds, horns); Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone); Kenny Wheeler (trumpet, flugelhorn); Herbie Hancock (piano); Billy Preston (Hammond b-3 organ); Jaco Pastorius (bass instrument); John Guerin, Manu Katch‚ (drums, percussion); Brian Blade, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Don Alias (shaker); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Alex Acu¤a (bells); Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin, Brenda Russell (background vocals).
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.