1974 Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark

Court And Spark is the sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. It was an immediate commercial and critical success—and remains her most successful album. Released in January 1974, it has been described as pop, but also infuses Mitchell’s folk rock style, which she had developed through her previous five albums, with jazz inflections.

It reached No. 2 in the United States and No. 1 in Canada and eventually received a double platinum certification by the RIAA, the highest of Mitchell’s career. It also reached the Top 20 in the UK and was voted the best album of the year for 1974 in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll


1  Court And Spark (Joni Mitchell) 2:46
Help Me (Joni Mitchell) 3:22
Free Man In Paris (Joni Mitchell) 3:03
4  People’s Parties (Joni Mitchell) 2:15
5  Same Situation (Joni Mitchell) 2:57
6  Car On A Hill (Joni Mitchell) 3:02
7  Down To You (Joni Mitchell) 5:38
8  Just Like This Train (Joni Mitchell) 4:24
9  Raised On Robbery (Joni Mitchell) 3:06
10  Trouble Child (Joni Mitchell) 4:00
11  Twisted (Annie Ross; Wardell Grey) 2:21


DrumsJohn Guerin
PianoJoe Sample
PianoJoni Mitchell
WoodwindsTom Scott
PercussionJohn Guerin
VocalsJoni Mitchell

Other Musicians

1 Court And Spark

BassMax Bennett
GuitarLarry Carlton
ChimesMilt Holland

2 Help Me

BassMax Bennett
GuitarLarry Carlton

3 Free Man In Paris

BassWilton Felder
GuitarLarry Carlton
GuitarJose Feliciano
Background VocalsDavid Crosby
Background VocalsGraham Nash

4 People’s Parties

BassWilton Felder
GuitarLarry Carlton

5 Same Situation

BassMax Bennett
GuitarLarry Carlton

6 Car On A Hill

BassMax Bennett
GuitarWayne Perkins

7 Down To You

BassMax Bennett
GuitarLarry Carlton
ClavinetJoni Mitchell
Background VocalsDavid Crosby
Background VocalsSusan Webb

8 Just Like This Train

BassMax Bennett
GuitarLarry Carlton

9 Raised On Robbery

BassMax Bennett
GuitarRobbie Robertson

10 Trouble Child

BassJim Hughart
GuitarDennis Budimir
TrumpetChuck Findley

11 Twisted

Liner Notes

Producer – Joni Mitchell
Arranged By (Strings) – Tom Scott (Tracks 5, 7)
Arranged By (Strings) – Joni Mitchell (Track 7)
Engineer – Henry Lewy
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman

Art Direction, Design – Anthony Hudson
Photography By – Norman Seeff

Record Company – Warner Communications Inc.
Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Asylum Records
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria