Discumentary: Joni Mitchell "Court and Spark"

 
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Joni Mitchell introduced jazz inflections into her folk-rock style signaling a new direction for the Canadian singer/songwriter. "Help Me" became Mitchell's only top-ten hit and the album hit double platinum.

This album not only exemplifies Spector's "Wall of Sound", but features some of the early groups Spector produced in some fine performances. Together it becomes one of the greatest Christmas albums of all time.

U2's debut album is considered to be one of the finest first albums of any band in the 1980's. It set the stage for the band's future mega-stardom.

When Josh Ritter's third album was released in 2003 he was still fairly unknown in the United States, yet the album debuted at #2 in Ireland. "Hello Starling" showcased Ritter's gift for songwriting and paved the way for his later success.

Its been said that the Velvet Underground sold very few copies of their debut album, but everyone who bought one started a band. This album, which is considered to be one of the most influential in rock history, is ripe with experimentation and hardly sounds dated.

"Time Out of Mind" is Dylan's 29th studio record and first album since 1990. Produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Brian Eno) the album featured dark lyrics and more blues and country style songs. It marked a comeback for Dylan in the 90's and spawned the hits "Lovesick" and "Not Dark Yet".

With the release of "It Still Moves", My Morning Jacket had arrived. The album featured epic tales laid out over an arrangement of sparse chords, echoing reverb and Jim Jones' high lonesome vocals and lead some critics to call the band's sound 'Southern Psych'.

The third album from The Pogues came out in 1988, it was produced by Steve Lillywhite and was the band's first album after some major line-up changes. It is their best-selling album, partially due to the Christmas (and UK #2) song "Fairytale of New York" featuring Kirsty MacColl.

Elton John calls his third release his "country album". Inspired by the old American West, the album has many references to soldiers, drinking and death. It's considered among his finest albums, and helped make him a star in the United States.

The British band's eighth album is considered a "pop masterpiece" and one of the best albums made in the 80's. Produced by Todd Rundgren, there was much conflict during the recording sessions, but the album broke the band on to the U.S. charts with the song "Dear God".

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