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Joni Mitchell albums for Starbucks, Joni Mitchell: Artist's Choice and Joni Mitchell: Selected Songs

Joni Mitchell albums for Starbucks, Joni Mitchell: Artist's Choice and Joni Mitchell: Selected Songs

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Joni Mitchell albums for Starbucks, Joni Mitchell "Artist's Choice" and Joni Mitchell "Selected Songs".

Starbucks Coffee Company today announced the release of two exclusive CDs, both of which were produced by Starbucks Hear Music in collaboration with Joni Mitchell. Joni Mitchell "Artist's Choice" and Joni Mitchell "Selected Songs" are exclusively available at Starbucks Company-operated stores in North America.
Starbucks Hear Music's newest CD releases provide unique insight into Joni Mitchell's singular genius:

- Joni Mitchell "Artist's Choice" consists of eighteen of Joni Mitchell's favorite songs. Featuring song-by-song commentary written by Joni Mitchell, the album provides a revealing glimpse into the artist's personal and aesthetic inspirations, which are as richly diverse as her own musical catalogue. As her celebrated forays into the genre would suggest, Jazz (the DeBussy classic "Clare de Lune," Billie Holiday's "Solitude," Miles Davis' "It Never Entered My Mind," and more) figures prominently in Joni Mitchell's selections. Among the album's surprises are Chuck Berry's "Johnny Be Good" and the New Radicals' "You Get What You Give."

- Joni Mitchell "Selected Songs" is a collection of Joni Mitchell's songs, all of which were selected for inclusion on the album by a broad range of friends and fellow musicians who have been influenced by the legendary artist. Participants include Prince, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, and Chaka Khan. For the first time since Starbucks Hear Music launched its popular Opus series in February 2001, world renowned artists were asked to choose their favorite song from a fellow musician's catalogue and their picks formed the album.

"By the end of the 20th century it seemed to me that the muse had gone out of music and all that was left was the 'ic,'" Joni Mitchell said. "Nothing sounded genuine or original. Truth and beauty were passe. I got the picture. I quit the business. I volunteered to take part in the Starbucks Hear Music project in order to force myself to review the songs and compositions that, over the course of my life, really got to me. I was about to receive an honorary doctorate in music and I needed to remember what it was that I had once loved about it."

"We are honored to have had the opportunity to team with Joni Mitchell, a true music legend, to offer our customers, who are passionate music fans, the chance to learn more about her musical inspirations and the impact she's had on other world-renowned musicians," said Ken Lombard, president, Starbucks Entertainment. "We are delighted to be able to offer our customers unique perspective on Joni Mitchell's talent and musical legacy."

Joni Mitchell "Selected Songs" is a musical testament to the impact Mitchell has had on other world-renowned singers and songwriters:

- About his choice of "Free Man in Paris" (from the album "Court and Spark"), Bob Dylan says "I always liked this song because I'd been to Paris and understood what being a free man there was all about ... I'm not so sure that the meaning I heard in the song was what Joni intended, but I couldn't stop listening to it."

- "It's nearly impossible to choose between the intimate, emotionally raw songs of Blue and the novelist's eye for details in a portrait song such as "Shades of Scarlet Conquering,"" explains Elvis Costello. "I chose 'For The Roses' (from the album of the same name) for inclusion on Joni Mitchell: Selected Songs because it is somewhere in between - there are tiny details of a lover's infidelity, but the musical tone is also confidential and it sets up a bold and unflinching look at an artist trying to detach from the deceits of fame."

To purchase either CD, go to a Starbucks Company-operated store in North America, or visit: www.starbucks.com.
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