The album is a long overdue anthology of one of Canada's most celebrated ex-pats, Joni Mitchell. She sanctioned the release only on the condition that she be allowed to compile companion album Misses. While the 15-strong Hits focuses on her earlier folk-pop crossover successes, many made famous initially by others ("Both Sides Now," "Woodstock," "The Circle Game"), Misses is a personal cross section of her more challenging early material and more recent recordings -- the riveting "The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey" from Mingus is especially enlightening. One should not pick up one disc without the other. With the flood of box sets released in recent years for far less deserving artists, it's odd that Reprise didn't go all out and make this a more elaborate tribute.
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Performance CreditsJoni Mitchell Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Billatron
José Feliciano Electric Guitar
Graham Nash Harmonica,Background Vocals
Robbie Robertson Electric Guitar
Steve Stills Bass,Guitar
James Taylor Acoustic Guitar
Larry Williams Synthesizer,Prophet Synthesizer
Larry Carlton Electric Guitar
Joe Sample Electric Piano
Tom Scott Horn,Woodwind
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Pedal Steel Guitar
Alex Acuña Percussion
Max Bennett Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
David Crosby Background Vocals
Wilton Felder Bass
John Guerin Percussion,Drums
Milt Holland Percussion
Jim Hughart Bass,Drums
Larry Klein Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Russ Kunkel Drums
Steve Lukather Electric Guitar
Lookout Mountain United Downstairs Choir Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Alex Acuña & the Unknowns Percussion
Technical CreditsJoni Mitchell Arranger,Producer,Contributor,Art Direction
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Contributor
Larry Klein Producer
Robbie Cavolina Art Direction
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Hits based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
This 15 track hour long collection rounds up 15 tracks from Joni Mitchell, pop star. The title is slightly misleading; Joni was more an album artist than a Top 40 denizen. However, most of these tracks are familiar to those of us from the baby boomer demographic. Most are from her famous albums such as Blue, For The Roses, and Court And Spark; only a few postdate the end of the Seventies. That is only part of the story – she put out another collection called Misses at the same time. The songs themselves are catchy, and yet reveal more about the artist than the usual hits anthology. I'll agree with the Rolling Stone Record Guide and give Hits four and a half stars. After listening to both Hits and Misses, I feel Mitchell should have combined the contents into a 2 CD set.
I have been a Joni Mitchell fan since college. My son, who has graduated from college, was playing this CD in his car. I was totally shocked that he even knew who she was. Hearing it brought back memories. I bought it and absolutely love it.
I really love this CD. Hits has all the best of Joni Mitchell. All her songs are so personable but fun to listen to and sing along to. I love every song from her early songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" & "The Circle Game" to her Jazzier songs like "Raised on Robbery" & "Help Me." My personal favorite, "Free Man in Paris." So whatever style of Joni's music you like, you'll love this CD.
Have you ever bought someone's "greatest hits" album and wondered why your favorites aren't on it? Well, not so with this album. This is a terrific greatest hits album - a fun listen for fans and a great intro to Joni Mitchell for folks who don't know her work. In fact, it's this album which got me into Mitchell - and my husband and I now own most of her albums. You can't go wrong with this purchase.
Joni had one of the best voices of any female recording artist in the 1970's. She doesn't, however, have a lot of great songs. I like "Big Yellow Taxi," "Woodstock," "Carey," "Free Man in Paris" and "Chelsea Morning." The other songs I didn't care for. Play the samples and decide for yourself. I also wish she would have just used her piano on "Woodstock" instead of an organ. The version she did at the "Isle of Wright" concert in 1970 with the piano is the best.
I love this cd because i was named after chelsea mornig my name is chelsea . I allso think shes an awsome singer and song writer . I love her work its wonderful and bright.