Legendary Singer/Songwriter JONI MITCHELL Released Her Superb Album ‘BLUE’ 50 Years Ago Today

22 June 2021

Born Roberta Joan “Joni” Mitchell in Albert, Canada
in November 1943 (77 years old)
Active: 1964–2002, 2006–2007, 2013 / 19 studio LPs

Album: BLUE – 4th LP
Released: 22 June 1971 – 50 years ago today
Score: #3 in the UK, #15 in the US, #9 in Canada

Joni Mitchell: “I see music as fluid architecture.”

Rolling Stone wrote 50 years ago: “In portraying herself so starkly, she has risked the ridiculous to achieve the sublime. The results though are seldom ridiculous; on Blue she has matched her popular music skills with the purity and honesty of what was once called folk music and through the blend she has given us some of the most beautiful moments in recent popular music.”

Full album…


3 Albums Turning 30 Today – Released 19th Feb 1991

– Road Apples by THE TRAGICALLY HIP –
(second LP)

AllMusic/John Azpiri: “The Tragically Hip have always taken a certain modest pride in their Canadian roots… The straight-ahead roots rock of Road Apples is a perfect example of why the Tragically Hip are legends north of the 49th parallel. American audiences have yet to catch on, but they would be doing themselves a favor by not stepping aside Road Apples.” Score: 4/5.

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– Green Mind by DINOSAUR JR.
(fourth LP)

Rolling Stone:Listen to Green Mind a time or two and the term folk rock starts to take on entirely new dimensions. While no one’s going to mistake Dinosaur Jr majordomo J. Mascis for
a Roger McGuinn acolyte, there’s no denying that his pretty melodies and drawling, laid-back voice connote folk as surely as his over-the-top guitar playing spells rock. The resulting musical conflation is the sort of hybrid for which oxymorons like “lethargic urgency” are coined.”

Score: 4/5.

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– Night Ride Home by JONI MITCHELL –
(14th LP)

The Los Angeles Times: “The album’s sound is as stripped-down as Mitchell has gotten in a while: lush, smooth sailing of the sort that Joni fans who’ve been away a while will love to come back to. What they’ll find is an artist who has continued to grow in surprising ways–as opposed to fighting off getting old.” Score: 4/5.

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YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1976 …

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s the first year punk showed up: 1976.

Here’s the 25 KILLER TRACKS selection…


Here are 3 TOP ALBUMS

– Self-titled RAMONES debut LP –

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– Self-titled BLONDIE debut LP –

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‘Stupidity‘ – Live LP by DR. FEELGOOD

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