Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Joni Mitchell - Blue (1971)

While I'm not a hater, I'm admittedly not much of a Joni Mitchell fan.  This disc is the only Mitchell album currently in my collection. However, if I'm in a blue funk and want to wallow around in it for a while, this is my go-to album.  An album all about relationships, I usually have one of two thoughts while listening: 1) I'm not alone; Joni is miserable, too, or 2) as bad as I feel, I'm not nearly as messed up as Joni.  Either way, it makes me feel better.

Probably one of the most perfectly titled albums ever.  The music is beautiful in its raw simplicity, with unusual chord progressions that work wonderfully with the lyrics and melodies.  Most people my age (5 years old at time of release) are unfamiliar with this album unless introduced to it by someone else; it isn't getting any airplay on the radio.  I can't remember how I came across it, I'm just glad I did.  There's nothing else like it.

Even with lack of a top 40 single, this album was a critical and commercial success.  Read a few of the accolades by clicking here.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #15

Tracks:  In my mind, there's only one 36 minute track here.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  Wallowing.

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