"This one's for the rich, not all of 'em, just the greedy, The ones that don't know how to give"

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Blue (album) by Joni Mitchell 

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Blue
Blue by Joni Mitchell (1971)
Overall rank: 99th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 1,006 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1971 (6th)
Top 50 albums of the 1970s (26th)
Top 100 albums of all time (99th)

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Joni Mitchell bestography

Blue is ranked as the best album by Joni Mitchell.

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From PeterSmith 03/03/2018 13:05
I also listened to this album as part of working through the BEA100 - and I see loads of great reviews about it, but, I guess it's just not my cup of tea. Sure it may be putting her heart out there, but if I want something depressing to listen to I would go for Lou Reed's Berlin (second side). But hey, if we all liked the same stuff all the time there might only have been a few dozen bands over the last 50 years.
I'll revisit this album as tastes change and familiarity might help...
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From Ashmark 02/14/2018 00:31
Good album by a truly artistic soul. Enjoyable but happy to listen to this once every couple of years.
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From ecm22 01/24/2018 16:27
Starting my listen of the top 100 BEA albums today.

She has a very impressive voice and the music was pleasant to listen to but not necessarily my cup of tea.
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From Brad1770 01/20/2018 02:47
Joni Mitchell' Blue BEA Ranked 100 on Overall Chart

My quest to listen to the top 100 BEA Albums twice has gotten off to a great start , I really enjoyed this album which was my 1st JM album . Great lyrics , great voice.

Highly highly recommended
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From cmoshier 11/03/2017 20:06
Best Tracks: California, The Last Time I Saw Richard
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From AReasonableMan 10/20/2017 16:54
Top 10 albums of all time for me. I've never heard anything more emotionally bare. It comes from such a genuine place of sadness it can bring you to tears 30+ listens later. Court & Spark is more jazzy and flowing, but that doesn't make it better for me, just different. If the point of music is to make an emotional connection, here's THE defining record on sadness. If you haven't heard it, you're doing yourself a disservice.
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From Luigii 07/31/2017 03:09
Man, the music makes me feel that life was this easy because the music makes me feel that no problems exist on earth. And I do know that is bullshit! But this record is so powerful that it makes me forget things that might affect me in the future.
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From buzzdainer 06/05/2017 17:14
"The Blue album, there's hardly a dishonest note in the vocals," Joni Mitchell told Rolling Stone in 1979. "At that period of my life, I had no persona defenses. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world, and I couldn't pretend in my life to be strong. Or to be happy." To be sure, there's a lot of delicate vulnerability in Blue's minimalist Canadian folk. But there's also a kind of reckless joy that surfaces here from time to time, as in these lines from the gorgeous "Carey": "And we'll laugh and toast to nothing / And smash our empty glasses down." Maybe vulnerability is less about sadness and more about openness to a wide range of emotions--and letting them pour forth, as she does here on song after song. It's quite a gift to offer to the world.
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From Smith 01/02/2017 16:44
It is beautiful album. All the songs are off a very high standard, and what great voice.
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From ctowner34 12/06/2016 05:39
Somehow 'Blue' was one of the last Joni albums I listened to in its entirety, I knew I had to wait until I could give it all my attention. & I'm glad I did, it was so rewarding.
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