READER REPORT:

Dreamy summer songs

ALAN THOMSON
Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012
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ON REPEAT: Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark.

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This album is the ultimate in dreamy summer songs, with intelligent lyrics and the best vocal I've ever heard anyone sing. Even Joni couldn't get close to it with her subsequent releases.

I have memories of 1974 and walking home from school... I knew the whole complicated lyric to the title track Court and Spark and would repeat it daily for weeks of that long summer.

Help Me was the hit single followed by Free Man in Paris and that witty dialogue in Trouble Man withstands repeat plays nearly 40 years later.

This album is so written into the fabric of my life that it would have to go with me to that legendary desert island if I had to make a choice. 


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