--UNOFFICIAL-- BotB: Singers & Songwriters: Joni Mitchell vs Jackson Browne

a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
edited June 2008 in History of Rock
[CENTER]JONI MITCHELL[/CENTER]
wikipedia said:
Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter.[1]

Mitchell's singing began in small nightclubs and busking on the streets of Toronto and in her native Western Canada. She subsequently became associated with the burgeoning folk music scene of the mid-1960s in New York City. Mitchell achieved fame in the late 1960s and was considered a key part of the Southern California folk rock scene. Throughout the 1970s, she explored and combined the pop and jazz genres. Mitchell has amassed a body of work that is highly respected by both critics and fellow musicians[2], with the influential All Music Guide going as far as stating that, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century".[3]

Mitchell is also an accomplished visual artist. She has, through photography or painting, created the artwork for each of her albums and, in 2000, in an interview with the Toronto Globe and Mail, described herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance". A blunt critic of the music industry, Mitchell had stopped recording over the last several years, focusing mainly on her visual art, but in 2007 released Shine, her first album of new songs in nine years.
Big Yellow Taxi:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSe0DOeopOA

Both Sides Now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcrEqIpi6sg

The Circle Game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XOV34vsjfg

Chelsea Morning:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHPFTZXoTJk&feature=related

Woodstock:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3SjqGfe-yM


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[CENTER]JACKSON BROWNE[/CENTER]
wikipedia said:
Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American rock singer-songwriter and musician, whose introspective lyrics made him the poster boy of the Southern California confessional singer-songwriter movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 2004, Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by fellow American musical artist and good friend, Bruce Springsteen. Browne also received, in 2004, an honorary Doctorate of Music from Occidental College in Los Angeles, for "a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social change and justice".[1]
The Load Out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtuvXrTz8DY

Running On Empty:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbkdweA-DOU&feature=related

The Fuse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDoZ2vVnt4s

Doctor My Eyes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRjgMPoCdD8&feature=related

Lives In the Balance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFowNFvmUxw

Comments

  • sg327sg327 Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
    Both are deserving...but had to go with Jackson Browne. "The Pretender" and "Rock Me On The Water" are 2 of his that I listen to all the time.
  • RockBandRockerRockBandRocker Love Is A Battleship
    edited June 2008
    I voted for Joni Mitchell.

    Her songs have always impressed me, even though most of them are "an acquired taste" for most people.
  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
    Joni.

    She started as a folkie, writing some classic songs. Then with Court and Spark she showed she could rock. And she followed that up by appropriating jazz elements and producing the classics Hissing of Summer Lawns and Mingus. She led two of the most talented band lineups of all-time: her Miles of Aisles lineup that featured Robben Ford and Tom Scott's LA Express. She followed that up for her Shadows and Light tour with a band that included Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Lyle Mays from Pat's band, Michael Brecker on sax and Don Alias on percussion. That's a lineup of hall of fame jazz players right there. She's really good live. Saw her multiple nights when she was performing solo and she got standing O's each night.

    Had the good fortune to be able to take a seminar one time with the songwriting/lyricist teacher at the Berklee School of Music. The lyricist he cited most often for examples of model lyric writing was Joni.

    OTOH, I have to admit I was never a big Jackson Browne fan. Only a couple of his songs ever did anything for me. My wife, though, was a really big fan. So of course I took her to see Jackson live back in the late 80's. Imagine my surprise when she suggested we leave early. It was really boring. With no David Lindley to provide interest the show was a snore. Most of his songs just drone too much.

    On a separate note, there's a guy out now, first release was in 2000, who's a really good example of a modern singer-songwriter. His name is Pete Yorn. And Jakob Dylan's new album is really good, too. So the singer-songwriter still lives and is still in good hands.
  • sg327sg327 Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
    OldFogey;768609 said:


    On a separate note, there's a guy out now, first release was in 2000, who's a really good example of a modern singer-songwriter. His name is Pete Yorn. And Jakob Dylan's new album is really good, too. So the singer-songwriter still lives and is still in good hands.
    Good to know there's still some out there...
  • next jimmy pagenext jimmy page Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
  • rockfresh126rockfresh126 Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
    There's no option for both of them being incredibly boring
  • idiotecidiotec Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
    rockfresh126;776437 said:
    There's no option for both of them being incredibly boring
    Seems like an odd comment coming from someone whose favorite band is Oasis. :confused:
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited June 2008
    /official voting

    Joni Mitchell wins (10-4)

    you know the drill by now
  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited June 2008
    a21schizoidman;793489 said:

    you know the drill by now
    That's the one that makes holes, right?

    Welcome back, dude!
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