Tag: Joni Mitchell

Thursday 12/30/21 6pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1980 A to Z – Part 25

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1980 A2Z.

We complete our review of the RadioMaxMusic Library of 1980 music. This installment features music from Electric Light Orchestra, Pat Benatar, Dr. Hook, Billy Joel, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Tommy James, Eddy Raven, Lou Rawls, Diana Ross, Ambrosia, Bonnie Raitt and many more. We start our travel into the next segment 1981 next Tuesday.

6pm – 9:30pm ET

Wednesday 12/29/21 8pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1980 A to Z – Part 24

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1980 A2Z.

We are moving into the final segments of 1980 music. This installment features music from Dickey Lee, Barbra Streisand, Rossington-Collins Band, Jerry Reed, Pat Benatar, Hoyt Axton, Red Rider, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Rockpile, Romantics, Devo, Poco, Journey and many more. Tomorrow we feature the completion of this segment and start our travel into 1981 next Tuesday.

8pm – 12am ET

Friday 9/24/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Joni Mitchell – Blue (1971)

Blue is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released on June 22, 1971 by Reprise Records. Written and produced entirely by Mitchell, it was recorded in 1971 at A&M Studios in Hollywood, California. Created just after her breakup with Graham Nash, and during an intense relationship with James Taylor, Blue explores various facets of relationships from infatuation on “A Case of You” to insecurity on “This Flight Tonight”. The songs feature simple accompaniments on piano, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer. The album peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart, number 9 on the Canadian RPM Albums Chart and number 15 on the Billboard 200.

Today, Blue is generally regarded by music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time; the way Mitchell’s songwriting, compositions and voice all work together are frequent areas of praise. In January 2000, The New York Times chose Blue as one of the 25 albums that represented “turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music”. In 2020, Blue was rated the third greatest album of all time in Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, the highest entry by a female artist. It was also voted number 24 in the third edition of Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). In July 2017, Blue was chosen by NPR as the greatest album of all time made by a woman.

  1. “All I Want” 3:34
  2. “My Old Man” 3:34
  3. “Little Green” 3:27
  4. “Carey” 3:02
  5. “Blue” 3:05
  6. “California” 3:51
  7. “This Flight Tonight” 2:51
  8. “River” 4:04
  9. “A Case of You” 4:22
  10. “The Last Time I Saw Richard” 4:15

Joni Mitchell – production, Appalachian dulcimer, guitar, piano & vocals
Henry Lewy – engineer
Gary Burden – art direction
Tim Considine – cover photography
James Taylor – guitar (tracks 1, 4, 6, 9)

Russ Kunkel – drums (tracks 4, 6, 9)
Stephen Stills – bass and guitar (track 4)
Sneaky Pete Kleinow – pedal steel guitar (tracks 6, 7)

Thursday 11pm ET: Feature Artist – Joni Mitchell

Roberta Joan “Joni” Mitchell CC (born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell’s songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy. She has received many accolades, including nine Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever”, and AllMusic has stated, “When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century”.

Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and throughout western Canada, before busking in the streets and nightclubs of Toronto, Ontario. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs (“Urge for Going”, “Chelsea Morning”, “Both Sides, Now”, “The Circle Game”) were covered by other folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her debut album, Song to a Seagull, in 1968. Settling in Southern California, Mitchell, with popular songs like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock”, helped define an era and a generation. Her 1971 album Blue is often cited as one of the best albums of all time; it was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 2000, The New York Times chose Blue as one of the 25 albums that represented “turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music”. In 2017, NPR ranked Blue number 1 on a list of Greatest Albums Made By Women. Mitchell’s fifth album, For the Roses, was released in 1972. She then switched labels and began exploring more jazz-influenced melodic ideas, by way of lush pop textures, on 1974’s Court and Spark, which featured the radio hits “Help Me” and “Free Man in Paris” and became her best-selling album.

Around 1975, Mitchell’s vocal range began to shift from mezzo-soprano to more of a wide-ranging contralto. Her distinctive piano and open-tuned guitar compositions also grew more harmonically and rhythmically complex as she explored jazz, melding it with influences of rock and roll, R&B, classical music and non-western beats. In the late 1970s, she began working closely with noted jazz musicians, among them Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, as well as Charles Mingus, who asked her to collaborate on his final recordings. She later turned again toward pop, embraced electronic music, and engaged in political protest. In 2002, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards.

Mitchell is the sole producer credited on most of her albums, including all her work in the 1970s. A blunt critic of the music industry, she quit touring and released her 17th, and reportedly last, album of original songs in 2007. With roots in visual art, Mitchell has designed most of her own album covers. She describes herself as a “painter derailed by circumstance”.

Monday 9am: Labor Day Live Tracks

LaborDay2016Today Labor Day 2016 we feature Live tracks all day from great artists all day then a special Vinyl Resting Place Labor Day at 5pm with Willie B.  Today you will hear Live tracks from Joni Mitchell, Kelly Clarkson, Cyndi Lauper, Journey, Bob Seger, Elton John, Steve Miller Band, Genesis, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Kiss, Nils Lofgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Madonna, Vixen, Tom Petty, Lisa Marie Presley, John Fogerty and many more.

Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B 10am ET

Joni Mitchell MAThis week on the Vinyl Resting Place – we feature Joni Mitchell – the complete Miles of Aisles – along with a few studio tracks and Both Sides Now as interpreted by both Roger Whittaker and Bing Crosby. and who knows – by the time you hear it – we may know just what’s going on with the Canadian Songbird’s heath crisis.