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Where do you have Joni Mitchell among the alltime greats?*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Scott S., Dec 7, 2021.

  1. Scott S.

    Scott S. lead singer for the best indie band on earth Thread Starter

    Walmartville PA
    I tell ya, as an artist myself, few out there fill me with the kind of awe I feel whenever I put on one of her youtubes in the middle of the day. I mean can it get much greater than this?

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  2. chrisblower

    chrisblower Forum Resident

    At the top of the page. Number one.
  3. Slash-n-burn

    Slash-n-burn Forum Resident

    Northern England
    Not in my top-100, frankly.

    Don’t despise Joni Mitchell, but little of hers has made a lasting impression on me thus far
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  4. zither

    zither Forum Lodger

    Right at the very top. Her run of albums from 1970 to 1976 speaks for itself..

    Ladies Of The Canyon
    For The Roses
    Court and Spark
    Hissing Of Summer Lawns
  5. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    I like her first three albums but that's as far as I go. It all becomes too ethereal and jazzy for my tastes thereafter. As to her place in the pantheon, it's assured, I would imagine.
  6. zen

    zen Senior Member

    Filed under M.
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  7. lennonfan1

    lennonfan1 Forum Resident

    baltimore maryland
    Ladies through Don Juan's is a treasure trove. Top 10 artist for me.
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  8. Rich C

    Rich C Forum Resident

    Northbrook, IL
    She's incredible as a painter, musician and songwriter. Her lyrics are equal parts introvert and extrovert. Never seen another artist able to evoke feelings based on what is happening internally to a main character in a song while they participate in their environment.
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  9. finslaw

    finslaw muzak to my ears

    She is an acquired taste IMO, and I never quite acquired it. My wife, daughter and I listened to her classic album run while playing boggle and it was good for that. However, she has a vocal style akin to a tweeting bird, her lyrics are a bit too "poetic and meandering" for me to relate to and her guitar chords/sound/songwriting is limited by her "unique" tuning. I place her lower than Melanie, my go to female folker from the same era.
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  10. lucan_g

    lucan_g Forum Resident

    Voice? Check.
    Lyrics? Check.
    Melody? Check.
    Instrumental skill? Check.
    Innovator? Check.
    Canadian? Check. ;)

    What is not to like?
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  11. nosticker

    nosticker Forum Guy

    Ringwood, NJ
    WAY up there. If she just released Heijira, she'd be up there.

  12. Penny24

    Penny24 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, Ca
    She's in the Top 100 for sure.
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  13. aphexj

    aphexj Sound mind & body

    Better than any man in the game. Sorry Bob
  14. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    I'm not a huge Joni fan. I like the early stuff and have the Reprise albums box set, but surely she's up there with just about anyone. She's a wonderful songwriter, singer and musician. She's got it all
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  15. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    At the top.
    Her first 8 albums run is something incredible
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  16. jewelsnbinoculars

    jewelsnbinoculars Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    Among them. Among the all time greats. That's where I have her.
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  17. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    Hard to say. I grew up hearing my mum's Joni records, and my ex was a fan too. I'm not really a fan but I have a lot of respect for her music as she is clearly a unique artist.
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  18. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Senior Member

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Off the top of my head probably about #15 of people who compose and arrange popular songs. I'd rank her considerably lower as a singer or instrumentalist than as a composer and arranger, though nobody could sing her material like she can.
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  19. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

    Toronto, Canada
    She's very gifted as a singer and songwriter. Her reach exceeds her grasp, though. There was an interview where she complained about being compared to singer-songwriters like Dylan and Leonard Cohen, saying that it would be more reasonable to compare her to Stravinsky. That she would say so suggests she is unaware of her limitations, just like so many other pop stars of her generation. Many of her genre experiments have been dilettantish and embarrassing.

    I think it is fairly reasonable to compare her with Leonard Cohen, myself, and I think her achievement does far outstrip Dylan's. As a post-WW2 pop figure she is somewhere near the top tier, not at the level of a Brian Wilson or a Burt Bacharach but certainly in the zone where John Lennon and Paul McCartney are. But her achievement in jazz (which seems to be where she really sees herself) is not significant. Even Van Morrison has more bona fides in that department.
  20. CrawdaddySim1

    CrawdaddySim1 Forum Resident

    Indianapolis, IN
    Definitely one of my favorite Canadian artists... up there with Neil, although not quite as high. She's much better than Leonard Cohen.
  21. vanmeterannie

    vanmeterannie Forum Resident

    Joni James? Just below Chris Connor and Julie London.
  22. Kiss73

    Kiss73 Forum Resident

    In my top 10, but probably No 6

    just behind Bing Crosby, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, The Stones & Fairport Convention
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  23. Vangro

    Vangro Forum Resident

    I don't like her but she's undoubtedly prodigiously and unusually gifted and talented and, if you're more into that confessional singer songwriter thing than I am - which wouldn't be difficult - she's probably the most talented.
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  24. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    I put her hi hi hi.

    Top 20 for sure.
  25. Cat People

    Cat People Forum Resident

    West Midlands
    Diverse opinions expressed here, from top to top 100, but she is a truly amazing artist.

    She fuses and melts music, melody and emotions so powerfully. Court and Spark is the one for me. Floors ya.

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