The Hissing of Summer Lawns

The Hissing of Summer Lawns

by Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell


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Joni Mitchell evolved from the smooth jazz-pop of Court and Spark to the radical Hissing of Summer Lawns, an adventurous work that remains among her most difficult records. After opening with the graceful "In France They Kiss on Main Street," the album veers sharply into "The Jungle Line," an odd, Moog-driven piece backed by the rhythms of the warrior drums of Burundi -- a move into multiculturalism that beat the likes of Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting to the punch by a decade. While not as prescient, songs like "Edith and the Kingpin" and "Harry's House -- Centerpiece" are no less complex or idiosyncratic, employing minor-key melodies and richly detailed lyrics to arrive at a strange and beautiful fusion of jazz and shimmering avant pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0075596033220
catalogNumber: 960332
Rank: 6421

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joni Mitchell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,ARP,farfisa organ
Graham Nash   Background Vocals
James Taylor   Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Carlton   Electric Guitar
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Conga,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vibes
Robben Ford   Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joe Sample   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Bud Shank   Flute,Bass Flute,Saxophone
Jeff Baxter   Electric Guitar
Max Bennett   Bass
David Crosby   Background Vocals
Wilton Felder   Bass
Chuck Findley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
John Guerin   Drums,Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Composer
John Guerin   Arranger,Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Dale Oehler   String Arrangements

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