Around ten years ago, while I was working at Warner Music, I tried to get Joni Mitchell to allow audiophile reissue label Mobile Fidelity to remaster and reissue her albums, but she wasn’t having it. Her concern was that they would clean up the sound too much and thereby change the experience of listening to it. I’m glad she’s finally come around on the idea of remastering.
Today’s playlist consists of 30 songs from Mitchell’s catalogue.
In 1974 Grandpa Abe gave ten-year-old me a radio. Very quickly that radio became shy me’s best friend. I hadn’t paid much attention to music previously, only hearing what played in the family care when we went out to eat or to Sunday school or the orthodontist. With my best friend Radio by my side I was exposed to so much more. Mostly I listened to the top 40 station WABC. By the autumn of 1974 I was making weekly treks on my bicycle to Melody Manor to buy whatever single entered the top 40 that week, unless it was something truly heinous like “Cat’s in the Cradle.” It’s a habit I kept up until the mid to late eighties, when “Lady in Red,” “The Final Countdown,” “Hip To Be Square” and Milli Vanilli convinced me to eschew that habit and only buy records that were tolerable. Today’s playlist celebrates the music of the year I started collecting records.
Inspired by the November 17 birthdays of The Byrds’ Gene Clark, Jeff Buckley, Gordon Lightfoot, Foxygen’s Sam France, RuPaul, Ronnie DeVoe, The Moldy Peaches’ Kimya Dawson, Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding, and Martin Scorcese; and the November 16 birthdays of Odyssey’s Lillian Lopez, Chi Coltrane, Arrow, Color Me Badd’s Bryan Abrams and Count Five’s John Byrne.
Inspired by the November 8 birthdays of Bonnie Raitt, Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, Eric B., Rickie Lee Jones, Sam Sparro, Wizzard’s Roy Wood, Minnie Riperton, The Manhattans’ Gerald Alston, Leif Garrett, Khia, J.J. Jackson, Diana King, Patti Page, Icona Pop’s Caroline Hjelt and Glass Tiger’s Alan Frew.
Inspired by the November 7 birthdays of Joni Mitchell, Shamir, Johnny Rivers, Lorde, The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon, Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bear, Dee Clark, Jellybean Benitez, David Guetta and Texas’ Sharleen Spiteri.
Inspired by Halloween, the passing of Sean Connery, and the October 31 birthdays of Beastie Boys‘ Ad-Rock, U2‘s Larry Mullen Jr., Chic’s Bernard Edwards, Tom Paxton, Vanilla Ice, The Del-Vikings’ Norman Wright, Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella Lwin, Guy Marks and Argent’s Russ Ballard.