Joni Mitchell emerged as a darling of the late 1960s folk scene as a lyrically gifted songwriter and honey-voiced golden girl. In the '70s, she went on to incorporate jazz and confessional pop-rock into her musical vision, ultimately creating a poetic, earthy brand of art song that earned her a legion of admirers. While she has drifted in and out of fashion in her later career, she's among the most talented artists of her generation, and more than a few performers have her to thank for their careers.
You can look at Joni Mitchell from both sides now with two companion anthologies, the first comprised of her most beloved songs, the second of lesser-known songs that should have made the charts but didn''t. Hits includes "Chelsea Morning," "Big Yellow Taxi," "The Circle Game," "Both Sides Now" and "Free Man in Paris." No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: MITCHELL,JONI Title: HITS Street Release Date: 10/29/1996 Domestic Genre: ROCK/POP
She's only had four bona fide Top-40 American hits, and one was a Miles of Aisles live version of "Big Yellow Taxi" that's not included here. But after almost 30 years, she's finally delivered a 15-song compilation of her signature songs that will be a CD point-of-departure for casual fans and newcomers well into the new millennium. The companion Misses volume is an intriguing curio that might rather more generously have been marketed as a bonus disc. --Jeff Bateman