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Later Label/ Gatefold with Lyrics
180-gram ALL ANALOG vinyl reissue
Remastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Plated and pressed at RTI
"On Hejira Mitchell bridges and jazz/folk divide with an album rooted in her early folk self but with a jazzy overlay anchored by Jaco Pastorius's hypnotic undulating bass lines and Mitchell's open tuned chorused electric guitar. Extra credit is due all of the musicians playing on this album...In Arabic the word "hijra" means "journey". The songs, written mostly during a solitary cross-country car ride from Maine to Los Angeles have an elastic, shimmering rhythmic pulse that suggest movement and restlessness. ... This new reissue cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at RTI is sonically superior to the original in every way. There's far less if any compression (if any)). Dynamics are far greater, imaging well-clarified and soundstaging far more expansive and deep. In every way the reissue beats the original's sonics." — Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 — Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com. Read the whole review here.
Hejira is a 1976 folk/rock/jazz album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. The album title is a transliteration of the Arabic word hijra, which means "journey." The compelling character portraits on this 1976 LP (a No. 13 hit) are finely detailed with Joni's yearning melodies and the sensitive bass of Jaco Pastorius. The wonderful title tune joins "Amelia," "Coyote," "Refuge of the Road," and more!
"After the expanded instrumental scale and sonic experimentation of Court & Spark and The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Joni Mitchell reverses that flow for the more intimate, interior music on Hejira, which retracts the arranging style to focus on Mitchell's distinctive acoustic guitar and piano, and the brilliant, lyrical bass fantasias of fretless bass innovator Jaco Pastorius. Known for his furious, sometimes rococo figures beneath the music of Weather Report, Pastorius is tamed by Mitchell's cooler, more deliberate ballads: these meditations coax a far gentler, subdued lyricism from Pastorius, whose intricate bass counterpoints Mitchell's coolly elegant singing, especially on the sublime "Amelia," which transforms the mystery of Amelia Earheart into a parable of both feminism and romantic self-discovery. This isn't Mitchell at her most obviously ambitious, yet the depth of feeling, poetic reach, and musical confidence make this among the finest works in a very fine canon." — AllMusic
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