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Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter Print-ready version

by John S Cullinane
St Louis Post-Dispatch
December 28, 1977
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This is one of those albums guaranteed to win new fans and lose old ones for Joni Mitchell. It must rank as one of the more esoteric albums of 1977, but is only occasionally hard to listen to.

The foundation of the music is provided by Mitchell on guitar and the ethereal playing of bassist Jaco Pastorius. There is a lot of other-worldly percussion and it fits the melodies.

This is an ambitious undertaking that is not always an entertaining one. That Mitchell may be missing the boat with all this exotica is evident by how beautiful the one composition featuring only voice and guitar sounds by contrast. Then again, this was my first opportunity to hear recorded ankle bells and coffee cans...

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