Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark (2LP, 45 RPM, Box, 1STEP, SuperVinyl) - AudioSoundMusic

Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark (2LP, 45 RPM, Box, 1STEP, SuperVinyl)

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Joni Mitchell – Vocals (all tracks), Piano (all tracks), Clavinet (B2) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Joni Mitchell]

Backing Vocals – David Crosby (B1-2) [click here to see more vinyl featuring David Crosby]

Backing Vocals – Graham Nash (B1) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Graham Nash]

Backing Vocals –  Susan Webb (B2), Cheech & Chong (B5)

Electric Piano – Joe Sample

Drums, Percussion – John Guerin

Woodwind, Reeds – Tom Scott

Bells – Milt Holland (A1)

Bass – Max Bennett (A1-2, B3 to D1, D3)

Electric Guitar – Larry Carlton (A1-2, B3 to D1, D3)

Bass – Wilton Felder (B1-2), Jim Hughart (B5)

Electric Guitar – Jose Feliciano (B1), Wayne Perkins (B1), Dennis Budimir (B5)

Electric Robbie Robertson (B4) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Robbie Robertson]

Trumpet – Chuck Findley (B5)

Arranged by Joni Mitchell (B1-2), Tom Scott (B2-3)

Written by Joni Mitchell (A1 to D2), Annie Ross (D3), Wardell Gray (D3)

 

2LPs, Box

Numbered limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

UD1S (UltraDisc One-Step)

Heavy Press : 180g SuperVinyl

Record color : black

Speed : 45 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Record Technology Incorporated

Label : Mobile Fidelity

Original Label : Asylum Records

Recorded in 1973 at A&M Studios, Hollywood

Engineered by Henry Lewy

Produced by Joni Mitchell

Originally released in January 1974

Reissued in 2023

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. Court And Spark
  2. Help Me

Side B:

  1. Free Man In Paris
  2. People's Parties
  3. Same Situation

Side C:

  1. Car On A Hill
  2. Down To You
  3. Just Like This Train

Side D:

  1. Raised On Robbery
  2. Trouble Child
  3. Twisted


Awards:

Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – Ranked 110

Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums – Ranked 116

Included in the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

 

Reviews:

“Joni Mitchell reached her commercial high point with Court and Spark, a remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz which stands as her best-selling work to date. While as unified and insightful as Blue, the album -- a concept record exploring the roles of honesty and trust in relationships, romantic and otherwise -- moves away from confessional songwriting into evocative character studies: the hit "Free Man in Paris," written about David Geffen, is a not-so-subtle dig at the machinations of the music industry, while "Raised on Robbery" offers an acutely funny look at the predatory environment of the singles bar scene. Much of Court and Spark is devoted to wary love songs: both the title cut and "Help Me," the record's most successful single, carefully measure the risks of romance, while "People's Parties" and "The Same Situation" are fraught with worry and self-doubt (standing in direct opposition to the music, which is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last).” AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny

"Working with saxophonist Tom Scott's fusion group L.A. Express, Mitchell settles into a folk-pop-jazz groove that remains a landmark of breezy sophistication, particularly on the Top Ten single 'Help Me.' Strange but true: A cover of 'Twisted' by the scat-jazz vocal group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross closes the album - with stoner comics Cheech and Chong singing backup." Rolling Stone Magazine

 

UltraDisc One-Step : Instead of utilizing the industry-standard three-step lacquer process, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab's new UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) uses only one step, bypassing two processes of generational loss. While three-step processing is designed for optimum yield and efficiency, UD1S is created for the ultimate in sound quality. Just as Mobile Fidelity pioneered the UHQR (Ultra High-Quality Record) with JVC in the 1980s, UD1S again represents another state-of-the-art advance in the record-manufacturing process. MFSL engineers begin with the original master tapes and meticulously cut a set of lacquers. These lacquers are used to create a very fragile, pristine UD1S stamper called a "convert." Delicate "converts" are then formed into the actual record stampers, producing a final product that literally and figuratively brings you closer to the music. By skipping the additional steps of pulling another positive and an additional negative, as done in the three-step process used in standard pressings, UD1S produces a final LP with the lowest noise floor possible today. The removal of the additional two steps of generational loss in the plating process reveals tremendous amounts of extra musical detail and dynamics, which are otherwise lost due to the standard copying process. The exclusive nature of these very limited pressings guarantees that every UD1S pressing serves as an immaculate replica of the lacquer sourced directly from the original master tape. Every conceivable aspect of vinyl production is optimized to produce the most perfect record album available today.

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.29 / 5

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