Joni Mitchell’s 75th Birthday Celebration CD

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Submitted by Don Graham

Last November, some of Joni Mitchell’s musical friends and 3,000 fans gathered to celebrate and the special night was recorded by Verve/Decca Records. Her friends and fans gathered to pay tribute to the legendary singer, performing a special concert on Mitchell’s birthday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. The star-studded line-up included James Taylor, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan and Rufus Wainwright and a host others.

The release of The Music Center Presents Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration was 8 March 2019 and also featured performances by Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro &Xochi Flores, Graham Nash, Seal and more.

Each performer brought their own interpretation to Mitchell’s iconic catalogue. Brandi Carlile teamed up with Kris Kristofferson for a duet version of ‘A Case of You’, while Diana Krall covered the jazz-leaning ‘Amelia’. Mitchell’s hits were also represented, with Seal taking on ‘Both Sides Now’, and Rufus Wainwright doing a beautiful rendition of ‘Blue’.

The complete CD consists of “Dreamland” performed by Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Xochi Flores & Cesar Castro,“Help Me” by Chaka Khan,“Amelia” by Diana Krall “All I Want” by Rufus Wainwright ,“Coyote” by Glen Hansard,“River”performed by James Taylor,”Both Sides Now”by Seal, “Our House” Performed by Graham Nash,“A Case Of You” performed by Kris Kristofferson & Brandi Carlile “Down to You” by Brandi Carlile,“Blue” by Rufus Wainwright,“Court And Spark” performed by Norah Jones,”Nothing Can Be Done’ by Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Xochi Flores & Cesar Castro, ”The Magdalene Laundries” performed by Emmylou Harris, “Woodstock” performed by James Taylor, ”Big Yellow Taxi” performed by La Marisoul, James Taylor, Chaka Khan, and Brandi Carlile.

To celebrate the 75th birthday iconic singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, Verve/Decca Records will release a tribute album featuring a star-studded line-up including James Taylor, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan and Rufus Wainwright, among others.

Last November, a number of musicians, friends and 3,000 fans gathered to pay tribute to the influential singer, performing a special concert on Mitchell’s birthday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.

That special night was recorded and is now being made available for release as The Music Center Presents Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration on 8 March 2019. Along with the aforementioned talent, the album also features performances by Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro &Xochi Flores, Graham Nash, Seal and more.

As each performer took the stage, every artist brought their own interpretation to Mitchell’s enduring catalogue. Brandi Carlile joined up with Kris Kristofferson on a duet version of ‘A Case of You’, while Diana Krall appropriately covered the jazz-leaning ‘Amelia’. Mitchell’s hits were also represented, with Seal taking on ‘Both Sides Now’, and Rufus Wainwright doing a beautiful rendition of ‘Blue’.

Percussionist Brian Blade, who recorded three studio albums and toured extensively with Mitchell, serves as co-musical director, along with composer, arranger and producer Jon Cowherd.

Happy 75th Joni Mitchell, I remember when you wrote The Circle Game for your friend who was turning twenty!