Joni Mitchell’s ‘Hejira’ is an album with a title derived from the Arabic word ‘hijra’, journey, released in November 1976.
Track Listing : 1.Coyote (Joni Mitchell) – 05:01 . 2.Amelia (Joni Mitchell) – 06:01 . 3.Furry Sings The Blues (Joni Mitchell) – 05:07 . 4.A Strange Boy (Joni Mitchell) – 04:15 . 5.Hejira (Joni Mitchell) – 06:42 . 6.Song For Sharon (Joni Mitchell) – 08:40 . 7.Black Crow (Joni Mitchell) – 04:22 . 8.Blue Motel Room (Joni Mitchell) – 05:04 . 9.Refuge Of The Roads (Joni Mitchell) – 06:42
Musicians : Joni Mitchell – Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars . Larry Carlton – Acoustic & Electric Guitars . Abe Most – Clarinet On (5) . Neil Young – Harmonica On (3) . Chuck Findley – Horns On (9) . Tom Scott – Horns On (9) . Victor Feldman – Vibraphone On (2) . Jaco Pastorius – Bass On (9 – 7 – 5 – 1) . Max Bennett – Bass On (6 – 3) . Chuck Domanico – Bass On (8) . John Guerin – Drums . Bobbye Hall – Percussion
Production : Produced By Joni Mitchell . Bernie Grundman – Mastering . Henry Lewy – Engineer
Package : Norman Seeff – Photography . Joel Bernstein – Photography . Glen Christensen – Art Direction . Joni Mitchell – Design . Keith Williamson – Prints
Recorded 1976 At A&M Studios, Hollywood.
Released In November 1976 By Asylum.
It is to Joni Mitchell‘s credit that she comes to no glib conclusions. The conflict between freedom for art’s sake and the need for love forms the basis of most of her songsand it is her uncertainty, the alternating warmth and chill, which is most fascinating. […]
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However, the test of time has shone on this album favorably and Mitchell herself believes the album to be a unique and personal gem stating, “I suppose a lot of people could have written a lot of my other songs, but I feel the songs on Hejira could only have come from me.” […]
Joni Mitchell’s Hejira: An Appreciation on its 35th AnniversaryWhat strikes me on every listen is that even though Mitchell was relatively young when she wrote it, the album expresses an emotional depth that could take many lifetimes to acquire, as in these lyrics from the sublime title track: […]