Joni Mitchell – The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

2 Jul

Joni Mitchell - The Hissing of Summer Lawns CB020 frontLink

Album info

This was Joni’s 7th studio album. It was nominated for the best female pop vocal performance Grammy at the 19th awards ceremony. Graham Nash, David Crosby, James Taylor, Jeff Baxter and many others contributed to the album you hear here. I would like to offer my gratitude to member rockyofpittsburgh who provided the sealed Q8 tape this transfer was made from. Enjoy CB

Release: CB020

Source: Q8




31 Responses to “Joni Mitchell – The Hissing Of Summer Lawns”

  1. John February 19, 2016 at 23:44 #

    Oh my goodness – this one is wonderful. Came to this after Carly’s No Secrets – and it has it all. The music takes over, the mix is very wide-ranging, and the music is still centered. Joni’s voice is right where it should be – and with a strong presence too. No loss of the anchor here – and the surrounding music (ha!) is brilliantly mixed to my ears – with all the right stuff in the very highly used rears. Including deliciously clear backing vocals and strings along the way. The best mixes always leave me marveling about the music first – and then feeling so grateful to hear those sounds in surround. (Sorry if this sounds greedy, but is there a quad version of Court & Spark…)

  2. Beechwoods (@Beechwoods_) March 13, 2015 at 11:46 #

    The lineup on this album is fantastic. David Crosby is one of my alltime favourite artists, and he rates Joni as his favourite female vocalist too which is a significant recommendation. I’m looking forward to listening to this transfer – so far I’ve only heard it in stereo…

  3. Owen Smith July 26, 2014 at 13:02 #

    I had no idea what to expect with this. Great vocals from Joni, she has a lovely voice. The quad mix is quite good, plenty going on. The transfer sounds good, the only Q8 gremlin that is apparent is tape hiss. The top end sounds quite good, I have no impression of restricted frequency response. One of the later tracks during it’s quiet intro has what sounds like tape print through from the end of the previous track, not a lot that can be done about that. And given this is a sealed copy the tape has been sat in the same place on the spool for about 40 years which makes any print through more pronounced.

  4. quadro2013 July 7, 2014 at 21:15 #

    Listen to “Edith And The Kingpin” for several times in a row. It ist one of my all time favourites. Love that song. It’s so relaxed.

    Love Joni’s lead and backing vocals, the E-Piano, the guitar, the horns and everything.

    The sound is crysrtal clear and has a fine bass.


    By the way: Are there more multi-channel recordings from Joni than this one and Court And Spark?

    • oxforddickie July 7, 2014 at 21:24 #

      Just those two were released in Quad. Not sure about any more recent 5.1 releases though

      • birdycat19 July 7, 2014 at 21:44 #

        “Both Sides Now” was released on DVD-A; there’s a 5.1 mix on it but I have never owned it. But man, I’d give my left yarblocko for a surround mix of “Hejira”.

  5. gustavomahler July 5, 2014 at 04:38 #

    I second every good thing that was said on the comments above. This blog has been a dependable source of joy and great musical discoveries. You have been spot on my musical tastes lately. Focus and Joni, wow

  6. lonky53 July 4, 2014 at 18:58 #

    My album collection includes only 2 quad lps Dylan’s Planet Waves and this one.
    I have never heard either in quad but I’ve owned them for over 25 years.
    Thank you so much for this opportunity. I assume you will one day present us with Planet
    Waves, one can only hope.

    • captainbeyond55 July 5, 2014 at 18:15 #

      lonky53 I usually like to let the CB releases remain a surprise until posted. It’s just fun that way. A Q8 of Bob Dylan – Planet Waves has been made available by another blog member for transfer . Perhaps I should move it on up closer to the top of the ‘to do’ stack of tapes if there is interest. So many titles … so little time.

  7. gregtanner July 4, 2014 at 10:38 #

    Sound quality of this one is great… thanx CB… it’s just a shame that the instrument separation is almost non-existent… Court & Spark on the other hand has awesome instrument separation, though in my opinion, “The Hissing” is a better album… i just wish they’d mixed for quad “The Hissing” the same as or similar to Court & Spark… :/

  8. jumpinflakjackjack July 3, 2014 at 10:45 #

    I’ll be interested to see how this stacks up to the previous OD release on SQ (QS?)
    One of my all-time favorites. Thanks!

    • oxforddickie July 3, 2014 at 11:03 #

      Ummm… The vinyl release was CD-4, which i’ve never done, perhaps your thinking of a release by someone else way back in the early days of the blog?

    • jumpinflakjackjack July 3, 2014 at 11:40 #

      Yes, perhaps — it was nice and crisp, but I have now auditioned this
      and the clarity is just breathtaking. The vocals are superb and the
      high frequencies are all there, albeit in softened proportions.
      There is a very stable image, with lots of rear-center, which is
      impossible with the SQ/QS formats, I understand (I think I do anyway).
      Thank you for sharing this!

      • oxforddickie July 3, 2014 at 13:12 #

        Actually, that is not correct. The issue with the center rear position is one of mono compatibility. When played in mono any sound positioned there would disappear, so it was advised when mixing for SQ & QS release not to place anything important there, although Columbia overcame the problem in later encoders like the ‘London Box’.

  9. quadro2013 July 2, 2014 at 20:18 #

    Can you read my thoughts?

    After Chicago, Paul Simon and Focus this is the 4th album in 14 (?) days of one of my favourite artists. So I’m very happy!

    Like Jonis music and her personality.

    Thanks to all, who make this possible!

  10. g335 July 2, 2014 at 18:12 #

    Wow, a sealed Q8 from 40 or so years ago…amazing; thanks Rocky! And thanks to CB for the transfer & OD for hosting. Appreciate it fellas, as this is one of Joni’s best artistic creations.

  11. birdycat19 July 2, 2014 at 16:28 #

    I’ve got a CD4 conversion–I suspect this will blow it away 😉

    • Owen Smith July 3, 2014 at 00:38 #

      Depends. A good quality CD-4 transferred well is hard to beat, only Q4 is better. But the CD-4s do seem quite variable in quality, and the transfer equipment can be finnicky to get set up properly.

      • birdycat19 July 3, 2014 at 02:15 #

        I’ll be comparing them tonight…

        • rockyofpittsburgh July 3, 2014 at 04:21 #

          There was a DTS-CD going around in which they added a center channel. That ruined it, IMHO.

          • sacdtodvda July 3, 2014 at 07:20 #

            It always does, whether it’s fan-made or professionally released.

        • birdycat19 July 4, 2014 at 18:58 #

          Well I have to say my CD4 version is a clear winner over the Q8; vocals are clear and realistic and the bass is better defined. But OD’s work on the Q8 is till very enjoyable and anyone should be thrilled to hear it! As Greg Tanner noted, though, this mix does mostly sound like double stereo.

          • oxforddickie July 4, 2014 at 22:06 #

            This release is not one of mine, it’s one of Captain Beyonds

            • birdycat19 July 4, 2014 at 22:44 #

              Oops–I guess the “CB” should have been a clue!

  12. joeerand July 2, 2014 at 15:03 #

    Thanks, OD, CB, and rockyofpittsburgh!

  13. lupineassassin July 2, 2014 at 14:14 #

    Thanks so much for this.

  14. rayshackleford July 2, 2014 at 12:05 #

    Gotta love that there are still sources out there for all of this stuff that are pristine! I have an old Q8 transfer from the Demonoid days that clocks in at 3.6 gig, but the transfer won’t be as nice as this one. Looking forward to listening.

  15. zaphod2359 July 2, 2014 at 11:58 #

    Well this made my day! I’m a big JM fan.Really looking forward to this.
    Thank you!

  16. rockyofpittsburgh July 2, 2014 at 10:39 #

    This is mostly off the top of my head (long Post, sorry)

    Joni considered herself a painter first. Late in her career, she released a DVD titled “Painting With Words And Music”. You have to consider that while you are listening to this album.

    She was born in Canada (I thought it was Saskatchewan, but AMG has Alberta). She was gifted at a young age (I found a torrent of her on Canadian TV at 16). Like her fellow countryman and friend, Neil Young, she went to Los Angles to record. She bought a house in Laurel Canyon at the time when all the hippies and musicians (some of whom are still famous) were partying all night long, and taking substances that made them too creative. Graham Nash was living with her when he wrote the song “Our House.” David Crosby produced her first album. I believe she still has that house in Laurel Canyon.

    On the liner notes, it has that all songs were written by Joni Mitchell except “Centerpiece”, written by Johnny Mandel and Jon Hendricks (1958), and ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns” by John Guerin and Joni Mitchell. Graham Nash, David Crosby, and James Taylor sing background vocals on “In France They Kiss On Main Street”. Drums on “The Jungle Line” are “the warrior drums of Burundi.” It also states this record is a total work conceived as a whole that unfolded like a mystery.

    There are many musicians — too many to list here. On the previous album, Court And Spark (which was also released in quad), she had other female singers doing some background vocals. The liner notes for this album do not list any other female singers. It must be assumed she does all the female voices on this one. For the last song, Shadows And Light, the liner notes have just Joni on Arp-Farfisa and Voices.

    It took me many years to come to appreciate this album. I hope you enjoy it.

    • rockyofpittsburgh July 2, 2014 at 12:16 #

      Oh, jeeze! Where’s my manners?

      Thank you very much CB and Odee!

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