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Hits [Joni Mitchell] [CD] [1 disc]
1. Urge For Going
2. Chelsea Morning
3. Big Yellow Taxi
5. Circle Game, The
8. You Turn Me on I'm a Radio
9. Raised on Robbery
10. Help Me
11. Free Man in Paris
13. Chinese Cafe / Unchained Melody
14. Come in From the Cold
15. Both Sides, Now
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 46326
Personnel: Joni Mitchell (vocals, acoustic guitar, guitar, dulcimer, piano, electric piano, keyboards); James Taylor (acoustic guitar); Robbie Robertson, Jose Feliciano, Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather (electric guitar); Larry Klein (guitar, bass, percussion); Stephen Stills (guitar, bass); Sneaky Pete Kleinow (pedal steel guitar); Tom Scott (woodwinds, horns); Graham Nash (harmonica, background vocals); Joe Sample (electric piano); Larry Williams (synthesizer); Wilton Felder, Max Bennett, Jim Hughart (bass); John Guerin (drums, percussion); Russ Kunkel, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Milt Holland, Bobbye Hall, Alex Acuna (percussion); The Saskatunes, The Lookout Mountain United Downstairs Choir, David Crosby (background vocals).
Producers include: Joni Mitchell, Larry Klein.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
HITS and MISSES, released on the same day in October 1996, are, amazingly enough, the first compilations of Joni Mitchell's work. Mitchell is one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the rock era. By incorporating poetic lyricism and a jazzy harmonic sensibility into the troubadour tradition, she paved the way for everyone from Rickie Lee Jones to Sting. HITS features some of the best-known songs from her immense repertoire (MISSES highlights equally important, but less commercially successful, compositions).
HITS begins and ends with early, acoustic guitar-based material. "Urge For Going" (previously unavailable on CD) and "Both Sides Now" both yielded reams of cover versions by the likes of Judy Collins, Tom Rush and countless others. Moving on through the stylistically divergent phases of Mitchell's career, the lush pop songs "Help Me" and "Free Man In Paris" segue into the starkly confessional piano ballad "River" and the slippery, jazzy feel of "Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody," adorned by Larry Klein's Jaco-manque fretless bass. HITS can only skim the surface of Mitchell's prolific output; a truly thorough chronicle would require a box set. But every song here is a gem, and this is a perfect place for the uninitiated to begin.
Spin (12/96, p.145) - 7 (out of 10) - "...The Mitchell HITS portrays isn't a one-trick Joni. There's the folky Joni, the poppy Joni, the jazzy Joni. HITS gives mere samplings of each one, and at times they make little sense together..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/1/96, pp.67-68) - "...It's Joni for beginners, and the years and remakes haven't lessened the power of her originals one peasant-skirted iota..." - Rating: A-
Q (12/96, p.156) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...HITS does a decent job of compiling Mitchell's jukebox nuggets on one 61-minute disc..."
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