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Joni Mitchell - Song To A Seagull

Joni Mitchell - Song To A Seagull

Singer: Joni Mitchell
Album Title: Song To A Seagull
Category: Rock
Style: Folk Rock
Year: 1968
Notes: Original LP was Date of released in gatefold sleeve.
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Song to a Seagull is Joni Mitchell's 1968 debut album. Mitchell would later note that the album is more a result of her love of classical music than of folk, and this is evident through the thick, rich, and often unusual harmonies, and the densely poetic lyrics of the album. This album was originally Date of released as an untitled or self-titled LP because of an error at Reprise Records' publishing department.

Song to a Seagull is a concept album divided into two halves: "I Came to the City" and "Out of the City and Down to the Seaside". (The two halves correspond to the two sides of the LP, which are identified as "Part 1" and "Part 2" rather than the conventional "Side 1" and "Side 2"). The first track refers to her failed marriage to Chuck Mitchell in Detroit, and a similar theme is explored with "Michael from Mountains", which questions whether one can truly love someone without knowing him. "Night in the City" is a celebration of nightlife; "Marcie" is a profile of a lonely woman, presumably a friend of Mitchell's; and "Nathan La Franeer" ends side one with the account of a bitter city-dwelling taxi driver Mitchell once encountered.

Side two takes on more natural, organic themes: "Sisotowbell Lane" describes domestic bliss (Joni has said that "Sisotowbell" stands for "Somehow, in spite of trouble, ours will be ever lasting love"), and "The Dawntreader" and "Pirate of Penance" concern sea themes - first of a mystical sea captain calling her away, and then to a murderous pirate with whom a dancer is infatuated. Though some speculate that "The Dawntreader" is written for David Crosby, Mitchell has denied this. The final two tracks concern freedom: "Song to a Seagull" and "Cactus Tree". "Song to a Seagull" is especially noteworthy for its uninhibited treatment of the desire for freedom.

Mitchell had written songs that were hits for other artists (e.g., "Both Sides Now" and "Chelsea Morning" by Judy Collins, "Eastern Rain" by Fairport Convention, "Urge for Going," and "The Circle Game" by Tom Rush), but chose to record none of these for her debut. The album is dedicated to her grade 7 English teacher, "Mr. Kratzmann, who taught me to love words."

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Tracklist

I Came To The City
I Had A King 2:26
Michael From Mountains 3:38
Night In The City 3:35
Marcie 4:35
Nathan La Franeer 3:13
Out Of The City And Down To The Seaside
Sisotowbell Lane 4:00
The Dawntreader 4:50
The Pirate Of Penance 2:40
Song To A Seagull 3:50
Cactus Tree 4:35

Versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
RS 6293, 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album, Pit) Reprise Records, Reprise Records RS 6293, 6293 US 1968
RSLP 6293 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album) Reprise Records RSLP 6293 Canada 1968
RSLP 6293 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album) Reprise Records RSLP 6293 UK 1968
RSLP 6293 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records RSLP 6293 UK 1968
RS 6293 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records RS 6293 Canada 1968
R 6293 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, Mono, Promo) Reprise Records R 6293 US 1968
RST 6293-C Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(Reel, 4tr Stereo, Album) Reprise Records RST 6293-C US 1968
M5 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(Cass) Reprise Records M5 6293 US 1968
SRI 6293, R 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records SRI 6293, R 6293 Italy 1968
RSLP 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album) Reprise Records RSLP 6293 Canada 1968
RRC 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album) Reprise Records RRC 6293 South Africa 1968
6293, RS 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 6293, RS 6293 US 1968
RS 6293, R 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records RS 6293, R 6293 US 1968
RS 6293 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records RS 6293 Canada 1970
6293, RS 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records 6293, RS 6293 US 1970
RS 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records RS 6293 US 1970
K 44051 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, RP) Reprise Records K 44051 UK 1971
P-8099R Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records P-8099R Japan 1971
RS 6293, K 44051 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records, Reprise Records RS 6293, K 44051 UK 1972
K 44051 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album, RP) Reprise Records K 44051 Canada 1973
RS 6293, 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album, RE, Los) Reprise Records, Reprise Records RS 6293, 6293 US 1974
RS 6293, 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album, RE, Ter) Reprise Records, Reprise Records RS 6293, 6293 US 1974
K 44051, K44051 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album, RP) Reprise Records, Reprise Records K 44051, K44051 UK 1975
6293-2 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) Reprise Records 6293-2 US 1987
6293-2 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(HDCD, Album, RE) Reprise Records 6293-2 US 1998
7599-27441-2 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Reprise Records 7599-27441-2 Europe 2000
WPCR-75227 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(CD, Album, RE) Reprise Records WPCR-75227 Japan 2006
WPCR-14093 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(HDCD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Reprise Records WPCR-14093 Japan 2011
244 051 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(CD, Album, RE) Reprise Records 244 051 Europe Unknown
444 051 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(Cass, Album, RE) Reprise Records 444 051 Germany Unknown
6923, RS 6293, K 44051 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records 6923, RS 6293, K 44051 UK Unknown
REP 44 051 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records REP 44 051 Europe Unknown
REP 44 051, RS 6293, K 44 051 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records REP 44 051, RS 6293, K 44 051 Germany Unknown
REP 44 051, RS 6293 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records REP 44 051, RS 6293 Germany Unknown
REP 44 051, RS 6293, K 44 051 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, RE, Non) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records REP 44 051, RS 6293, K 44 051 Germany Unknown
REP 44 051, RS 6293, K 44 051 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, RE, Non) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records REP 44 051, RS 6293, K 44 051 Germany Unknown
K 44051 Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell ‎(LP, Album, RP) Reprise Records K 44051 UK Unknown
6293-2 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(CD, Album, RE) Reprise Records 6293-2 US Unknown
M5 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(Cass, RE) Reprise Records M5 6293 US Unknown
REP M56293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(Cass, Sli) Reprise Records REP M56293 US Unknown
CD 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Reprise Records CD 6293 Canada Unknown
7599-27441-2 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Reprise Records 7599-27441-2 Europe Unknown
RS 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album) Reprise Records RS 6293 Canada Unknown
RS 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records RS 6293 US Unknown
RS 6293, 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Reprise Records, Reprise Records RS 6293, 6293 US Unknown
RS 6293 Joni Mitchell Song To A Seagull ‎(LP, Album, RP) Reprise Records RS 6293 Canada Unknown

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