Joni Mitchell: Clouds (1969) 1990


Track list:

01. Tin Angel
02. Chelsea Morning
03. I Don’t Know Where I Stand
04. That Song About The Midway
05. Roses Blue
06. The Gallery
07. I Think I Understand
08. Songs To Aging Children Come
09. The Fiddle And The Drum
10. Both Sides, Now


Joni Mitchell – vocals, guitar, keyboards;
Stephen Stills – guitar

Recorded: A&M Studios, Hollywood, California; 1969
Released: May 1969
Label: Reprise
RS 6341
6341-2 [1990, CD]

Producer: Joni Mitchell, (#1: Paul Rothchild)
Engineered by Henry Lewy

Cover art by Joni Mitchell
Art direction: Ed Thrasher


For Sadie J. McKee
Special thanks to Michael Vossi and Elliott Roberts


All tracks have been digitally re-mastered using HDCD technology.

Mitchell’s second album, like her first, focuses almost exclusively on her acoustic guitar and voice.

Though the sound is similar to her debut recording, there’s a lot of progression evident in the songwriting here.

Mitchell comes across as the quintessential folk poet, highly literate, guardedly emotional, somewhat collegiate, but full of enough talent and idiosyncrasy to pull listeners into her web.

“Both Sides Now,” a beautiful low-key anthem of disillusionment from which the album’s title is derived, became something of an anthem for the Woodstock set.

Other, less well-known tunes like “That Song About the Midway” and the mysterious-sounding “Roses Blue” make just as much of an impression.

The joyous “Chelsea Morning” would eventually provide President Clinton with a name for his daughter (even if he did think Judy Collins wrote the song).

Live Recording Recorded at A&M Studios, Hollywood, California.