50th Anniversary of Blue

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  1. jondanger

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    I've been listening to this record, for the full fifty. A fantastic showcase for all her skills- song writing and composition, guitar playing and the incredible range and purity of her voice. Timeless and transcendent. My favourite ever recording, by a female artist and still one of my favourite five records of all.
     
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    I did read the article this morning. I discovered “Blue” very late in life, probably because I was swimming hard just to keep my head above water in 1971. It is truly a stunning & near perfect album, to me.
     
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    I love the starkness and simplicity of the album. It almost feels like the songs are home demos. A brilliant and timeless record.
     
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    Regarding the revelatory nature of Blue, Joni said “I played it for Kris Kristofferson, who said, “God, Joan, save something of yourself. I think he was embarrassed by it."
     
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    She is a singular talent.
     
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    A friend of mine, happened to have as a roommate in college, the girl that Joni gave up as a baby (Little Green).

    We were friends when her roommate reconnected with Joni, wild, wild story.
     
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    Ha, I came here to post this and discovered someone already had! Since it's the NYT Times I hope it's not locked behind a pay wall. All the insights from her collaborators and fellow musicians are gold. It's amazing that this music has been around for 50 years. It sounds absolutely current and not one bit dated. Maybe because it is so singular and unique. Music that is dense but utterly simple at the same time.
     
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    And while we're at it, 1971 was a pretty great year for music. Maybe the best single year ever. In addition to Blue from Joni Mitchell, there was:

    Stones - Sticky Fingers
    The Who - Who's Next
    Led Zeppelin IV

    We could stop right there and probably not find another year that had three (ok, four) better albums.
    But we'll go on:

    Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
    David Bowie - Hunky Dory
    Traffic - Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
    Allman Brothers - Live at Fillmore East
    Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story
    Carole King - Tapestry
    Janis Joplin- Pearl
    Sly Stone - There's a Riot Going On
    Santana III
    Jethro Tull - Aqualung
    Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
    John Lennon - Imagine
    Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
    Elton John - Madman Across the Water
    The Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies
    Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
    CSNY - 4 Way Street
    Don McLean - American Pie (yeah, I know, still...)

    Also in 1971 were releases from Stevie Wonder, Genesis, Pink Floyd, ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, James Gang, Grand Funk Railroad, Fleetwood Mac, The Band, Al Green, Graham Nash, Yes, The Doors, Nick Drake, Little Feat, and many others. It was the 60s colliding with the 70s.

    The kids around here may disagree. But people who lived through that generation understand. Can you imagine what it was like to live in a moment when all that music was brand new at the same time????

    Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread, which deservingly should concentrate on Joni Mitchell. It is just astounding what was going on at that time in music....
     
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    Oh my. What a year. Surprising how many of those albums I have. Blue is one of my all time favourite albums. For some reason when I'M feeling a little blue this album cheers me up. Absolutely love it. Thanks for the article OP but couldn't access it.
     
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    I love it end to end. I got the remastered vinyl for record store day a couple years ago so I can rock with Joni old style,
     
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    There’s no one else remotely like her.
    Thanks, Joni!
     
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    I view that era as the period in which Rock came of age, after the adolescent growth spurts of the sixties... Everyone was firing on all cylinders... And the suits had not yet realized just how much money was to be made, so kept their noses out of everyone's creative business.
     
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