Night in the City: Joni Mitchell

Today is debut album day. This is from Joni’s 1968 release Song to a Seagull.

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14 Comments on “Night in the City: Joni Mitchell”

  1. Brotherboo Says:

    I just love Joni. This is a great song too! I also like the one below—>

    • Kat Says:

      I haven’t heard this song in a long time. It’s still a great one. I added it to my music files!

  2. greg mpls Says:

    i was hooked from the first time i heard this…

    • Kat Says:

      It is the consummate Joni. Anyone who hears this must automatically get hooked. How can it be otherwise?

      To think this was her first album, and when we bought it, we didn’t know what pleasures to our ears were yet to come.

  3. Bill S. Says:

    The piano in the background sounds like something from Mamas and Papas. I haven’t heard this song in an eon–it’s soooo typical of the late 60’s. I think for me Joni’s best album (though it’s hard to choose) is the Blue album. We played this almost non-stop during our third year in Ghana on the cassette player.

    • Kat Says:

      During our second year we played Clouds over and over. I remember we kept trying to figure out incense owls in the last verse and would play it over and over as it didn’t seem to make sense.

      Our Bic pens came in handy for rewinding those cassette tapes.

      I have so much nostalgia wrapped around Clouds I’d be hard-pressed to pick another though Blue nudges it.

      Because Song to a Seagull was the first album of hers, and I bought it almost as soon as I heard it, it too has a special place for me.

  4. Hedley Says:

    Well, in 1968 I sure as heck wasn’t listening to Joni. My friends had Sargent Pepper and the White Album and Ogdens, and I was listening to 45s from Hey Jude to Lily the Pink ( complete McCartney domination) and the lovely Mary Hopkins, and….well it was a long time ago, Des O’Connor even snuck in there (didnt buy it)

    • Kat Says:

      MyDear Hedley,
      We weren’t limited to Joni. I had all the Beatles’s albums, Mary Hopkins, British invasion nagnds and so many more. Folk music was like a ruge for me, a quiet place. Jethrol Tull, did I mention Jethro?

      • Hedley Says:

        Musical tastes created very specific groupings down the Old Dorking Grammar School. Tull was clearly the front end of the Progressive Rock movement aka pretentious rubbish (Tony), some of the hard boys (Charlie and Kevin) favored blues with a tingle of rock TYA, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers and if they wanted to go commercial Cream.
        The girls (Debbie Wilson, sigh) in general ran around with the latest edition of Motown Chartbusters which were appropriately ignored by the boys. Me, I kept it very simple – The Who and The Faces.
        By the time we got to 1973 and the time to leave Ashcombe Road, the lines were clear. However one album did cross over and that was David Bowie’s “Hunky Dory” . Ziggy didnt get universal acceptance but was totally cool.

  5. Hedley Says:

    Of course, I will admit that there was some interest in Joni when the naked butt album showed up

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I was at the tail end of 50’s music, the start of the twist and the birth of the Beatles. I heard blues and was totally smitten. Some jazz I love; some I do not. The Who I’ll always give an ear to but haven’t ever been a David Bowie fan.

      Naked butt album? I missed it!

  6. Kat Says:

    Thanks, My Dear Heldey

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