30.11.2021 Artist Focus: Joni Mitchell

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  • FOLK
  • JAZZ
  • ROCK

Some artists leave a legacy that stretches far beyond a great single or a number 1 album. 

Artist Focus is a new series hosted by the extended Melodic Distraction family that deep dives into the life and times of the musicians that have defined the sound of modern music. From the stone cold classics to the unearthed gems and forgotten B-sides, our community tribute an hour of music by a single artist that has had a notable impact on their life.

At once categorised as a "musician's musician" while all too often branded a "folky" by the pop world, in reality Joni Mitchell's voice is one of north america's classical music - that of jazz - frequently evading genre trappings throughout decades of a deep, layered, evolving songcraft. From unmistakable chords and stacked harmonies, to paper-thin arrangements for dulcimer and solo voice, through trademark tones of familiar collaborators, George Maund guides us through Side A of a Joni Mixtape honing in on album cuts that may have fallen between the cracks. Whether you're a devout follower or a relative newcomer, these 60 minutes should act as both a primer to Mitchell's oeuvre as well as a look twixt the margins for those already in-the-know.


Joni Mitchell – Night in the City [Song to a Seagull, 1968]
Joni Mitchell – Songs to Aging Children Come [Clouds, 1969]
Joni Mitchell – Carey (live on In Concert, BBC Paris Theatre, London – 29/10/1970) [Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971)]
Joni Mitchell – Electricity [For the Roses, 1972]
Joni Mitchell – Twisted [Court and Spark, 1974]
Joni Mitchell – People’s Parties (Live at Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles – August 1974) [Miles of Aisles (Live), 1974]
Joni Mitchell – Edith and the Kingpin [The Hissing of Summer Lawns, 1975]
Joni Mitchell – A Strange Boy [Hejira, 1976]
Joni Mitchell – Off Night Backstreet [Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter, 1977]
Joni Mitchell – The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines [Mingus, 1979]
Joni Mitchell – Ladies’ Man [Wild Things Run Fast. 1982]
Joni Mitchell – A Bird That Whistles [Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm, 1988]
Joni Mitchell – Night Ride Home [Night Ride Home, 1991]
Joni Mitchell – Last Chance Lost [Turbulent Indigo, 1994]
Joni Mitchell – Stay in Touch [Taming the Tiger, 1998]
Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now [Both Sides Now, 2000]
Hana [Shine, 2007]