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The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975)

Joni Mitchell
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Folk jazz, Experimental music

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The Hissing of Summer Lawns is a studio album by Canadian songwriter Joni Mitchell.
The album was not as radio-friendly as Mitchell's earlier work, and although the album achieved initial commercial success, reaching number four on the charts and quickly going gold, contemporary reviewers were not entirely kind.
Prince was quoted in a 1985 Rolling Stone interview that this album was "the last album I loved all the way through." Mitchell herself reported that she got a big kick out of that, because he (Prince) said it in the same magazine that called it the worst album the reviewer ever heard.
At the 19th Grammy Awards, Mitchell was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for The Hissing of Summer Lawns.
The first track, "In France They Kiss on Main Street", is a jazz-rock song about coming of age in a small town in the 1950s rock & roll era. (The song was released as the single from the album and reached number 66 on the Billboard charts.) "The Jungle Line" uses a field recording from Africa of the Drummers of Burundi (mistakenly called 'warrior drums' in the credits), onto which Mitchell dubs guitar, Moog synthesizer and her vocal line. The lyrics pay

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4:05 Don't Interrupt the Sorrow
4:59 Shades of Scarlett Conquering
3:01 The Hissing of Summer Lawns
3:50 The Boho Dance
6:48 Harry's House / Centerpiece
4:12 Sweet Bird
4:17 Shadows and Light
4:24 The Jungle Line
3:19 In France They Kiss on Main Street
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