The urban Mitchell

Saturday, 16 November, 2013

“Night in the city looks pretty to me / Night in the city looks fine / Music comes spilling out into the street / Colors go flashing in time.”

In March 1968, Joni Mitchell released her debut album, Song to a Seagull. The A side was titled “I Came to the City” and the B side, “Out of the City and Down to the Seaside”. From the A side, here’s Night in the City, a celebration of nightlife and its promises. “The young Joni sometimes sounds cloyingly virginal, and the flowery mooncalf affectations grate, but her unique sense of rhythm and melody is already blooming,” wrote Taylor Parkes. Music critics were literate, if somewhat condescending, back then.

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