On January 1, 1974.

Court and spark

On January 1, 1974, “Asylum” label released “Court and Spark”, the sixth Joni Mitchell studio album.  It was recorded in 1973, and was produced by Joni Mitchell. The album was big commercial success; it received a Double Platinum certification in the US by the “RIAA” and was voted the best album of the year for 1974 in “The Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.” In 2003, the album was ranked at number 113 in “Rolling Stone” magazine list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.


  • Joni Mitchell– vocals, including background; acoustic guitar; piano; clavinet
  • John Guerin– drums and percussion
  • Wilton Felder– bass
  • Max Bennett– bass
  • Jim Hughart – bass
  • Milt Holland– chimes
  • Tom Scott– woodwinds and reeds
  • Chuck Findley– trumpet
  • Joe Sample– electric piano, clavinet
  • David Crosby– background vocals
  • Graham Nash– background vocals
  • Susan Webb – background vocals
  • Larry Carlton– electric guitar
  • Wayne Perkins– electric guitar
  • Dennis Budimir – electric guitar
  • Robbie Robertson– electric guitar
  • José Feliciano– electric guitar
  • Cheech Marin– background voice
  • Tommy Chong– background voice

Track listing:

All track by Joni Mitchell, except where noted.

  1. Court and Spark
  2. Help me
  3. Free Man in Paris
  4. People’s Parties
  5. Same Situation
  6. Car on a Hill
  7. Down to You
  8. Just Like This Train
  9. Raise on Robbery
  10. Trouble Child
  11. Twisted – Annie Rose and Wardell Gray



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