Top two are BLUE, and COURT AND SPARK
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I really like her live double album "Miles of Aisles". It incorporates alot of stuff off of years of studio albums. She does a real good job with the live performances.
Also, there is a CD compilation called Joni Mitchell "Hits" that has the song "Urge for Going" that was never released on any album. It is worth getting that song, if you're a Joni fan.
Ditto: Blue and Court and Spark
also a personal favorite is Ladies of the Canyon which is very simple and quiet with thoughtful little melodies, a real gem IMO.
I remember TAS liking Wild Things Run Fast for the music and sound quality but probably not what you are looking for as it is as close to a rock album as she made.
As a long time Joni Mitchell fan ( I first saw her in 1967) it's always hard to pick the "Best" album but I find myself playing "Hejira" more than the rest. It came out in 1976 and was recorded quite well, as a matter of fact I use two tracks, Song For Sharon and Amelia to evaluate equipment changes in my system. There is wonderful delicate guitar playing on both tracks as well as Joni's beautiful clear voice that changes into smokey blues on other tracks. The remastered HDCD is quite good but the lp is King or in this case, Queen. Joni Mitchell is an artist, songwriter, musician, poet and arguably one of the best.
I have a thing about playing Hejira, I play it during the first snowfall of the year. Somehow seems appropriate. I have the Nautilus "Court and Spark" also my favorite. Hejira and Court and Spart are my two favorites. I have a Japanese pressing of Hejira, too bad MFSL didn't do a vinyl pressing of it.
Wonderful Joni Mitchell fans. But it took until the 12th post to get the real jewel of her crown: For The Roses. Thanks to Musicslug for opening the door.
Kind of agree on Court and Spark -- a bit sellout but really entertaining. Blue is in a class by itself but not at the level of For the Roses. As for Hissing of Summer Lawns -- solid but not on the top tier.
For the Roses -- contents: Neil Young angst (Blonde in the Bleachers); fame angst (Judgment of Moon and Stars; more romance angst (Woman of Heart and Mind) and some truly edgy stuff (Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire). I realize I'm in a minority here but the lyrics and chord work of this album are worth taking the time to really listen to.
Anway, JM2C. If you have to listen to in on digital -- find yourself an HDCD decoder and the HDCD version. Otherwise -- vinyl all the way.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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BTW: Vocally off of the For the Roses album she poses some real interesting challenges to the crossovers in any speaker you wish to audition. There is also that wonderful potential to demonstrate what "digititis" is when components and cables reveal too much of what the digital realm hath wrought. That's why I use this album (aside from the fact that I know what it's supposed to sound like off vinyl) for all equipment auditions. When it comes off right, the experience for me is literally a "hair on the back of your neck standing" experience.