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A Tribute to Joni Mitchell

  • 1. Free Man in Paris - Sufjan Stevens
    2. Boho Dance, The - Bjrk
    3. Dreamland - Caetano Veloso
    4. Don't Interrupt the Sorrow - Brad Mehldau
    5. For the Roses - Cassandra Wilson
    6. Case of You, A - Prince
    7. Blue - Sarah McLachlan
    8. Ladies of the Canyon - Annie Lennox
    9. Magdalene Laundries, The - Emmylou Harris
    10. Edith and the Kingpin - Elvis Costello
    11. Help Me - k.d. lang
    12. River - James Taylor
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 122620

  • Credits
    ProducerBen Mink; James McAlister; Sufjan Stevens; Charlie Paakkari; Brian Ahern; Pierre Marchand; Cassandra Wilson; Guy Sigsworth; Elvis Costello; K.D. Lang; Brad Mehldau; James Taylor, Jr.; Moreno Veloso + 2; Steve Lipson; Ben Mink; James McAlister; Sufjan Stevens; Stephen Lipson; Charlie Paakkari; Brian Ahern; Pierre Marchand; Prince; Cassandra Wilson; Guy Sigsworth; Bjork; Elvis Costello; K.D. Lang; Brad Mehldau; James Taylor
    EngineerJames McAlister; Sufjan Stevens; Charlie Paakkari; Pierre Marchand; Donivan Cowart; Joe Lipinski; Femi Jiya; Heff Moraes; James Farber; Marc Ramaer; Benedict Fenner; Daniel Carvalhho; Matthew Cullen; Anthony Ruotolo; Guthenberg Pereira; Marco Hoffer; Tude Rocha; Mike Glimes; Scott Serota

    Personnel: James Taylor Jr. (vocals, guitar); Emmylou Harris (vocals, acoustic guitar); Sufjan Stevens (vocals, electric guitar, piano, Wurlitzer organ); Sarah McLachlan (vocals, piano); Caetano Veloso (vocals, hand claps, background vocals); k.d. lang, Annie Lennox, Elvis Costello, Cassandra Wilson (vocals); Ben Mink (guitar, mandola, violin, viola); James McAlister (guitar, drums, background vocals); Brandon Ross (guitar); Moreno Veloso (acoustic guitar, cello, tambourine, hand claps); Mac McAnally (acoustic guitar, keyboards); Bill Dillon (electric guitar); Baluji Shrivastav (sitar); Rob Moose, Naho Tsutsui (violin); Katie Schlaikjer, Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Andy Findon (flute); Grgoire Maret (harmonica); Chris Caldwell (bass clarinet); Pete Whyman (saxophone); John Barclay (trumpet, flugelhorn); C.J. Camerieri, Craig Montoro (trumpet); Paul Pritchard, Hugh Seenan (French horn); Ben Lanz (trombone); Larry Goldings, Brad Mehldau (piano); Guy Sigsworth (celesta, programming); Dave Kershaw (organ); Marius de Vries (keyboards, programming); Matthew Cooper, Teddy Borowiecki (keyboards); Anthony Kerr (vibraphone); Kenny Davis & The Melodyaires (acoustic bass); Roy Babbington (bass guitar); Zero (drums, snare drum, agogo, shekere, tom tom, hand claps); Pete Thomas , John Blackwell, Randall Stoll (drums); Wilson DasNeves (bass drum, cuica); Stephane San Juan, Domenico Lancelotti (snare drum, shaker, hand claps); Imprio Serrano (agogo, cowbells, hand claps); Dinesh (tabla); Louis Jardim, Jeff Haynes (percussion); Damian Taylor (programming).
    Audio Mixers: James McAlister; Sufjan Stevens; Charles Paakkari ; Pierre Marchand; Heff Moraes; James Farber; Kevin Killen; Marc Ramaer; Daniel Carvalho; Matthew Cullen.
    Recording information: Allaire Studios, Shokan, NY (08/21/1997-11/07/2005); Avatar Studios, New York, NY (08/21/1997-11/07/2005); Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (08/21/1997-11/07/2005); Easter Island Surround, Nashville, TN (08/21/1997-11/07/2005); Mega Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (08/21/1997-11/07/2005); Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN (08/21/1997-11/07/2005); Placebo Studios East And West, Vancouver, British Colum (08/21/1997-11/07/2005); The Aquarium, London, England (08/21/1997-11/07/2005); The Buddy Project, Queens, NY (08/21/1997-11/07/2005).
    Editors: Guy Sigsworth; Damian Taylor.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Zero.
    Arrangers: James McAlister; Sufjan Stevens; Cassandra Wilson; Elvis Costello; Moreno Veloso; Domenico Lancelotti; Brandon Ross; Caetano Veloso.
    Although Joni Mitchell's place in the popular imagination is forever cemented by the acoustic intimacy and confessional lyrics of her classic 1971 album BLUE, she was perhaps the most artistically fearless singer-songwriter of her generation, moving into musical directions most of her peers would never imagine. As a result, A TRIBUTE TO JONI MITCHELL is a varied and wide-ranging album covering almost all sides of her artistry. From Sufjan Stevens's chamber-pop reimagining of "Free Man In Paris" to Elvis Costello's dramatic, jazzy take on "Edith and the Kingpin," the artists here are similarly unafraid to take the material in new directions. Cassandra Wilson's torch-song vibe on "For the Roses" and Prince's playful reinvention of "A Case of You" are equally effective, while James Taylor's "River" and Annie Lennox's "Ladies of the Canyon" stay closer to the original material.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.91) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] consistently fine tribute. Most remarkable is how each Joni supplicant is able to still exude his or her own essence."
    No Depression (p.84) - "[E]ach track has its own merits, and none exist only as placeholders for the real thing....A key to why this disc works is the pairing of performer and song."
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