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July 08, 1986|ROBERT HILBURN | Compiled by Terry Atkinson

"Court and Spark." Joni Mitchell. Asylum. AAD (analog recording). It's been so long since Mitchell has been in peak form on record that it's easy to forget she was once one of the most respected figures in contemporary pop. Thus, the excellence of this 1974 album catches you off guard. Perhaps her most fully satisfying work, "Court" is sparked by graceful, introspective lyrics, brightly tailored arrangements and rich yet intimate vocals. From the uncertain anxiousness of "The Same Situation" to the rowdy "Raised on Robbery," it's a jewel, more inviting than ever, thanks to the purity of CD.

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