I've been meaning to start this thread for a while now. Out of all the singer-songwriters, Joni Mitchell was the very best, a whole level above any of her possible rivals. Only Leonard Cohen came close to her, but he didn't have the combined musical and songwriting talents she did. She is, unfortunately, still famous for her weakest material - stuff like Woodstock, etc. What people don't realise is that her career displays a really remarkable artistic progression, from the folk stylings of her late 60s, early 70s recordings, to the plunge into Jazz that she took after The Hissing of Summer Lawns, when she started writing as a grown-up for other grown-ups. Even when she was young and just starting out, however, she was still something else: Here she is in 1965, still just "Joan Anderson": And in colour, with the Canadian landscape as her co-star: I'll post more like this (and more) later. . .