Joni Mitchell – Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter

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  • With four sides that are either White Hot or close to it this copy murdered the competition
  • Rich, full-bodied, smooth, yet open and clear, this is about the best the album can sound 
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman back when he was still cutting some of the best records around
  • Joni Mitchell meets Weather Report is the best way to describe much of the vibe here

We had trouble finding copies that played consistently quietly on all four sides. This copy has an issue with side four, but the second best sounding side four was noisier, so we feel that this is still the best way to go for the album.

Side One

Rich and balance, the midrange is tonally right on the money, not thin the way so many copies were. Very open and clear yet still rich and solid.

Side Two

Super punchy and dynamic, with a warm and full saxophone (always a tough test on a pop record), a clear, present piano and Joni’s voice front and center. Right up there with the best we heard.

Side Three

Full-bodied and clear, no other copy had a side three as right as this one.

Side Four

Balanced in the midrange — by far the toughest trick on this album — with punchy drums and deep bass, this one is very close to the best side four we heard.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Overture — Cotton Avenue
Talk to Me
Jericho

Side Two

Paprika Plains

Side Three

Otis and Marlena
The Tenth World
Dreamland

Side Four

Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter
Off Night Backstreet
The Silky Veils of Ardor

Background

Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter is a 1977 double album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. It is unusual for its experimental style, expanding even further on the jazz fusion sound of Mitchell’s Hejira from the year before. Mitchell has stated that, close to completing her contract with Asylum Records, she allowed this album to be looser than anything she’d done previously.

Much of the album is experimental, but especially so are: “Overture,” played with six simultaneous guitars, some in different tunings from others, with vocal echo effects; “The Tenth World,” an extended-length instrumental of Latin percussion; and “Dreamland,” which features only percussion and voices (including Chaka Khan).

Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter attracted contributions from prominent jazz musicians, including four members of Weather Report- Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Manolo Badrena, and Alex Acuña, who would later become frequent collaborators of Mitchell’s.

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