Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#152 in the Series) is Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark.
Court and Spark was the album that took Joni Mitchell from a pretty darn good selling artist to a star. It was a monster album.
It reached #2 on the Billboard Album charts but had long time staying power on rock radio. It fit in perfectly with the singer/songwriter period which was very hot in 1974.
Sure this was three or four years after she had written Woodstock, but it’s Court and Spark more often than not when people think Joni Mitchell.
This album contains songs such as Help Me, Free Man in Paris, Car on a Hill, Raised on Robbery and the fun, Twisted.
As you know, I always like to say who played on an album. Especially when I have names to type such as Tom Scott, Davis Crosby, Graham Nash, Larry Carlton, Robbie Robertson, Jose Feliciano and even …Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong!
They all appeared on the album.
Court and Spark was produced by Joni Mitchell.
Rolling Stone Magazine called it the 111th Best Album on their All-Time Top 500.
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#116 in the Series) is The Call, “Reconciled.”
I’m beginning to see a pattern here. I’m starting to notice that a good number of my entries are acts that I feel never got their just due. Today’s a perfect example as I feature, The Call, “Reconciled.”
Despite some great songs, a decent label push and some nice guest stars, “Reconciled” got some airplay but didn’t click like it should have.
Two tracks received most of the play. ‘They were the first two tracks on the disc, ‘Everywhere I Go’ and’ I Still Believe.’ Funny, I once heard an old saying around record stores. “If you’re thinking of buying a album and don’t know much about it. Don’t buy it if the only song you know is the first track.“ Well this disc, maybe people stayed clear since the first two tracks were the only ones they’ve heard.
But The Call was a pretty good band. They have a number of good records. This just being one of them.
The guest stars that I referred too? Peter Gabriel and Jim Kerr provide backing vocals on ‘Everywhere I Go.’ Robbie Robertson played guitar on ‘The Morning,’
Most of the music here was written by front man, bassist, Michael Been.
The Call, “Reconciled” was released in 1986 and peaked at #82 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. ‘I Still Believe’ reached # 17 on the Mainstream Rocks Chart while ‘Everywhere I Go’ hit to #38.
No, It’s not as popular as some of The Band’s other releases such as ‘Music From Big Pink, Stage Fright” or the live masterpiece, “The Last Waltz,” but 1975’s “North Lights, Southern Cross” is still a great listen.
Choice cuts include “Ophelia, Hobo Jungle”, and two of my favorites. “It’s Makes No Difference” and “Acadian Driftwood. Acadian Driftwood” tells the story of the the Canadian Acadian tribe and how they drifted down the Mississippi river and became, Cajuns.
All songs were written by Robbie Robertson.
It was the first album to be recorded in The Bands newly opened California studio called Shangri-La. It had been four years since the last studio release, “Cahoots.”