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Court and Spark

Released: January 17, 1974

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Drums and percussion - John Guerin
Bass - Max Bennett (on Trouble Child), Jim Hughart (on People's Parties and Free Man In Paris), Wilton Felder
Chimes (on Court and Spark) - Milt Holland
Woodwinds & reeds - Tom Scott
Trumpet (on Twisted and Trouble Child) - Chuck Findley
Piano - Joni Mitchell
Electric Piano - Joe Sample
Clavinet (on Down To You) - Joni Mitchell
Background voices - Joni Mitchell, David Crosby and Graham Nash (on Free Man In Paris), Susan Webb and David Crosby (on Down To You), Cheech and Chong (on Twisted)
Electric Guitar - Wayne Perkins (on Car On A Hill), Dennis Budimir (on Trouble Child); Robbie Robertson (on Raised on Robbery), Jose Feliciano and Larry Carlton (on Free Man in Paris), Larry Carlton on all others

Joe Sample appears courtesy of The Crusaders and Chisa/Blue Thumb Records Inc.
Larry Carlton appears courtesy of Chisa/Blue Thumb Records Inc.
Jose Feliciano appears courtesy of RCA Records
Cheech & Chong appear courtesy of Ode Records
Robbie Robertson appears courtesy of Capitol Records.

The strings on the 'Same Situation' were arranged by Tom Scott; 'Down To You" arranged by Joni Mitchell and Tom Scott; 'Car On A Hill' arranged by Joni Mitchell

Sound Engineer - Henry Lewy
Mastering Engineer - Bernie Grundman

All songs composed by Joni Mitchell, © 1973 Crazy Crow Music/BMI. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Except 'Twisted,' written by Ross and Grey, © 1965 Prestige Music/BMI. All rights reserved. Used by permission

Art Direction / Design - Anthony Hudson
Photography - Norman Seeff
Cover Painting - Joni Mitchell

© 1974 Asylum Records. Mfg. by Elektra / Asylum / Nonesuch Records, a division of Warner Communications Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, N.Y. 10023. Printed USA

» Reviews of Court and Spark from the Library

 » Court and Spark Revisited (Analog Planet)
 » Court and Spark (Blog)
 » Joni Mitchell: beautiful as singer and songwriter (Chicago Daily Herald)
 » Joni Mitchell's Search for Satisfaction (Circus RAVES (Magazine))
 » Red Roses for a Blue Canyon Lady (Crawdaddy)
 » Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (Crawdaddy)
 » The Record That Changed My Life (
 » JONI MITCHELL'S 'COURT AND SPARK' on record (Guardian)
 » Joni Mitchell - is sweet white wine (Hamilton Journal-News)
 » Insights from Inside Joni Mitchell (Los Angeles Times)
 » Court and Spark (Melody Maker)
 » Sheila Weller on Joni Mitchell and the 40th anniversary of “Court and Spark” (Midlife at the Oasis)
 » Classic Tracks: Los Angeles Edition (MIX - The Recording Industry Magazine)
 » Joni's Songs Are For Everyone (New York Times)
 » Joni Sells Out, But Still Sounds Blue (Oakland Tribune)
 » Counterbalance No. 159: Joni Mitchell's 'Court and Spark' (PopMatters)
 » A Delicate Balance (Rolling Stone)
 » Top 20: The Times, They Are A-Middlin' (Rolling Stone)
 » Joni Mitchell on love (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
 » Joni Mitchell’s intriguing jazz period began 41 years ago: ‘An incredible legacy in music’  (Something Else! (Website))
 » Joni - A Leader Once Again (Sounds Magazine)
 » Mitchell and Lightfoot: The He and The She of it (Stereo Review)
 » From All Sides (Syracuse Post-Standard)
 » Court and Spark and Superbear (
 » Growing old - and maudlin - in the folk world (Toronto Globe and Mail)
 » The Court and Spark 180 gram LP (Tracking Angle)
 » Court and Spark (Zoo World)

» Guitar Transcriptions

 » Court And Spark (Guitar tablature by Sam Stone) - Rated 10.00
 » Court And Spark (Guitar tablature by Mark Domyancich)
 » Down To You (Chord chart with fingering by Stephen Sevda) - Rated 5.50
 » Free Man In Paris (Guitar tablature by Howard Wright) - Rated 8.50
 » Free Man In Paris (Guitar chords by Mark Domyancich) - Rated 9.50
 » Help Me (Guitar chords by Hits songbook)
 » Help Me (Guitar chords by Marian Russell)
 » Just Like This Train (Guitar chords by Marian Russell)
 » People's Parties (Guitar tablature by Howard Wright) - Rated 9.50
 » Raised On Robbery (Guitar chords by Hits songbook)
 » Trouble Child (Guitar chords by Marian Russell) - Rated 8.00

» Piano Transcriptions

 » Court And Spark (by Dave Blackburn) - Rated 8.33
 » Down to You (by Dave Blackburn) - Rated 8.78
 » Down To You-complete score (by Dave Blackburn & Michael Dunn) - Rated 10.00
 » The Same Situation (by Dave Blackburn) - Rated 9.50
 » The Same Situation (piano only) (by Dave Blackburn)
 » Trouble Child (by Dave Blackburn) - Rated 10.00

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Randyvent on 2014-Jul-21 at 10:47:35 GMT-5:
Free Man in Paris alone makes this album a masterpiece. But, seriously....People's Parties, Down To You, Trouble Child, Help Me, Twisted, etc....Court and Spark is a great listen.
salinasman on 2010-Nov-23 at 22:48:46 GMT-5:
So I am old enough to remember when this album was released. I was a high school senior listening to rock music of the times...KMET, a now defunct FM station out of Los Angeles played this whole album on the air on a Sunday night. I was blown away by the music, the lyrics, the voice. It was music that I fell in love with. This ablum has seen me thru good times and bad times. It is a timeless piece that ranks as one of the greatest musical works of the 20th century. A very humble person thanks you for this album Joni Mitchell.
brentholcomb84 on 2010-Mar-03 at 02:31:53 GMT-5:
So groovy, so jazzy, so reflective. The piano chords are astonishingly hip and plaintive at the same time. Trouble Child is such a gem: "Why does it come as such a shock to know that you really have no one?" Joni, I may not have a man, but I have your music, worth more than any coyote. Thank you for creating this masterpiece. You've blown my mind so many times with this record. With love, Brent Holcomb
sweet.bird on 2009-Nov-05 at 11:56:54 GMT-5:
much agreed with kenny!
this record moved and continues to move me when listening.
LKay09 on 2009-Jul-22 at 13:09:52 GMT-5:
I'm conflicted in my opinion of this album... OF COURSE I purchased it because by now I was completely obsessed with Joni Mitchell... but for me, this album came from 'left field'. It was very different from her earlier work and wasn't sure if I was feeling it.

One memory from this album I will always treasure is while living overseas with my Aunt (while attending school) who didn't speak much English. But she LOVED the song, "Help Me" -- she understood that, and thought it was a hoot! :-D  [ed.]
KennyB on 2009-Mar-11 at 14:13:18 GMT-5:
Following her previous five albums, this collection best epitomizes Joni's arrival at a new plateau. Filled with intelligent, reflective and creative songwriting; often complex arrangements; and masterful, tasteful instrumentals, this album best represents Joni's music as far as I'm concerned.