180g Vinyl LP Reissue of 1976 Album! Remastered and Cut by Chris Bellman!
Hejira is a 1976 folk/rock/jazz album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. The album title is a transliteration of the Arabic word hijra, which means "journey," usually referring to the migration of the prophet Muhammad (and his companions) from Mecca to Medina in 622. The songs on the album were largely written by Mitchell on a trip by car from Maine back to Los Angeles, California, with prominent imagery including highways, small towns and snow. The photographs of Mitchell on the front and back cover were taken by Norman Seeff and appear against a backdrop of Lake Mendota, in Madison, Wisconsin, after an ice storm.
The album did not sell as well as its predecessors, although it still reached #13 on the Billboard 200 pop album chart and was certified Gold. Critically however, the album was generally well received and has since been recognized as one of the high-water marks in Mitchell's career.
Joni's 1976 album includes contributions by artists such as Jaco Pastorius on bass for four songs as well as Neil Young playing harmonica for "Furry Sings the Blues".
A singer, composer and lyricist of exceptional talent and unmatched influence, Joni Mitchell has crafted an extraordinary body of work spanning more than 40 years and is widely regarded as one of the brightest musical lights of recent generations. Fans, fellow musicians and critics have delighted in an ever-evolving creative journey, with songs both universal and profoundly personal. Her music has become a standard to which others are compared and which many aspire to copy, but its inventiveness and ineffable spirit make it decidedly her own. Explore the musical magnificence of Joni Mitchell.
"Performances are excellent, with special kudos reserved for Jaco Pastorius' melodic bass playing on "Refuge of the Roads" and the title cut. This excellent album is a rewarding listen." -David Cleary, allmusic.com
"This new reissue cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at RTI is sonically superior to the original in every way. Theres far less if any compression (if any). Dynamics are far greater, imaging well-clarified and soundstaging far more expansive and deep. In every way the reissue beats the originals sonics. It's a difficult cut too, because the sides are long. ...However, it costs $24.95, which for an AAA mastering and RTI pressing these days is quite reasonable." - Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet.com, 10/11 Music, 10/11 Sound!
Remastered & Cut By Chris Bellman
3. Furry Sings the Blues
4. A Strange Boy
6. Song For Sharon
7. Black Crow
8. Blue Motel Room
9. Refuge of the Roads