Why the Joni Mitchell Appreciation Thread? Because she deserves it, that's why. Other then Joni, I'm really not into the whole "singer songwriter" thing. Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, and if you stretch the definition of this genre, Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson), and Frank Zappa are the only I really dig. But none come close to Joni in my book. I like everything I've heard about her music. Her "folk" material is compelling, both musically and lyrically. Normally, the idea of a chick singing some "emotional" crap with a guitar makes me nauseous, but Joni manages to do it with such sophistication and musicality that it's astounding. When she added intruments and jazzy-pop, it made the music much more interesting. Then, she explored jazz and added those elements into her music. That's great in my book. I love everything from her first album through and including Heijira. The Mingus is a pleasant listen to, especially since Mingus is my God. Don Juan's Reckless Daughter finds Joni's experimentation running away from her, IMO. There's great stuff on it, but half of it is just weak. I also picked up Taming the Tiger, which is pretty cool. Now I'm listening to my most recent acquisition: the live album Misles of Aisles. Very nice. I haven't heard any of the albums she put out in the eighties, though. Has anyone heard this material? I read incredibly mixed reviews. Now that I've finished acquiring her 70s stuff, I'm looking ahead.