Joni Mitchell’s ‘Court and Spark’ is her sixth studio album released on January 1st, 1974.
Track Listing : 1.Court And Spark (Joni Mitchell) – 02:46 . 2.Help Me (Joni Mitchell) – 03:22 . 3.Free Man In Paris (Joni Mitchell) – 03:02 . 4.People’S Parties (Joni Mitchell) – 02:15 . 5.Same Situation (Joni Mitchell) – 02:57 . 6.Car On A Hill (Joni Mitchell) – 03:02 . 7.Down To You (Joni Mitchell) – 05:38 . 8.Just Like This Train (Joni Mitchell) – 04:24 . 9.Raised On Robbery (Joni Mitchell) – 03:06 . 10.Trouble Child (Joni Mitchell) – 04:00 . 11.Twisted (Annie Ross, Wardell Gray) – 02:21
Musicians : John Guerin – Drums And Percussion . Wilton Felder – Bass . Max Bennett – Bass On (10) . Jim Hughart – Bass On (4 – 3) . Milt Holland – Chimes On (1) . Tom Scott – Woodwinds And Reeds . Chuck Findley – Trumpet On (11 – 10) . Joe Sample – Electric Piano, Clavinet On (9) . David Crosby – Background Vocals On (3 – 7) . Graham Nash – Background Vocals On (3) . Susan Webb – Background Vocals On (7) . Larry Carlton – Electric Guitar . Wayne Perkins – Electric Guitar On (6) . Dennis Budimir – Electric Guitar On (10) . Robbie Robertson – Electric Guitar On (9) . José Feliciano – Electric Guitar On (3) . Cheech Marin – Background Voice On (11) . Tommy Chong – Background Voice On (11)
Production : Produced By Joni Mitchell, Henry Lewy . Henry Lewy – Engineer . Ellis Sorkin – Engineer
Package : Anthony Hudson – Art Direction . Joni Mitchell – Artwork . Norman Seeff – Photography
Released On January 1, 1974 By Asylum.
On first listening, Joni Mitchell‘s Court And Spark, the first truly great pop album of 1974, sounds surprisingly light; by the third or fourth listening, it reveals its underlying tensions. […]
On album six, Mitchell achieved a sky-high marriage of serenity and yearning.Some may argue that Blue is her most emotional work and The Hissing of Summer Lawns or Hejira her musical zenith. Yet Court and Spark melts the feeler and the thinker into one woman: fiercely perceptive, proud, too smart for the men who become her characters, yet longing for what we call love […]
Thus, also taking into consideration its mid-’70s California dreaminess, Court And Spark is not only the best soundtrack to a Sunday morning ever made, it’s also an essential, timeless artifact of an era when pop could be both popular and personaland would be rewarded critically and commercially for such qualities. […]