September 1, 2021

Albums That Changed Music: Joni Mitchell - Blue 2


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➡️➡️Watch our other Songs, Artists, and Albums That Changed Music videos here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnLOmVwRMCqSQn4II8mF-VFiIujzkyQRE In 1971, Joni Mitchell released one of the most influential and powerfully introspective albums of all time, Blue. In a tumultuous period of her young life, learning to balance fame alongside changing personal relationships, Mitchell held nothing back. She shared an incredible vulnerability that not only tapped into the spirit of her own generation at the start of the seventies, but that also inspired generations of aspiring songwriters and musicians to follow. Mitchell began her music career as a folk singer, but by 1968, she had written a hit single, “Both Sides Now” for Judy Collins. The song appeared on Mitchell’s 1969 album Clouds which showcased her songwriting talent and won her a Grammy for best Folk Performance. Mitchell’s early work reveals her ability to synthesize the changing landscape of the world around her into musical form with songs like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock.” Although she never actually attended the famed festival, her song became a hit for the band Crosby Stills Nash and Young in 1970 on their landmark album Deja Vu. Around this same time, she released her second album, Ladies of the Canyon which housed both “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock. The album was an instant success in both radio play and sales. Blue was released on June 22, 1971 by Reprise Records. The album hit number 15 in the US on the Billboard 200 chart, number 9 in her native Canada on the Canadian RPM Albums Chart and Number 3 on the UK Albums Chart. The album’s single, “Carey” barely hit the Billboard Hot 100 – peaking at number 93. It’s a strong initial performance – no doubt – and reviews were equally positive….but its legacy has far outshined the album’s initial commercial success. 50 years later, it is largely viewed – by audiences, critics and especially other musicians – as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2020, Rolling Stone rated it number 3 on their list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” In 2000 The New York Times named it one of 25 albums that represented “turning points and pinnacles in 20th century popular music.” David Crosby recently reflected: “For me, Blue is the best singer-songwriter album. Picking a song from it is like choosing between your children. Can you imagine a better song than A Case of You? She was so brilliant as a songwriter, it crushed me. But she gives us all something to strive for.” It would be impossible to overstate the influence this album has had on generations of aspiring songwriters and musicians, alongside the influence it had on her own circle of musician friends at the turn of the seventies. In the midst of an impressive collection of phenomenal songwriters and musicians, Joni Mitchell bared her soul and brilliance with an unmatched level of honesty and abandon. ❤️My Favorite Plugins:
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