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The Jungle Line
by Joni Mitchell
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Another golden album with not one single filler track.

This album literally reduced me to tears the first time I heard it. The final track, Shadows and Light, just slayed me - and still does. But - the whole album is marvellous - I was aware of Joni beforehand, my father was a fan and our house resounded to 'Blue' and 'Court and Spark' - but it wasn't rock'n'roll to me. Fast forward to a bunch of friends gathering to head out to a party, and jumping into an old Rover to drive across town. "Oh, got the latest Joni on tape" says the driver and banged the cassette into the player. 30 minutes later I was sitting outside in the back of the cars, tears streaming down my face as the last Farfisa chords of the final track are fading into the distance. I don't remember the party, but I'll never, ever forget the sheer majesty of this album.

All the tracks are great, but this one particularly so - not just the Burundi Drummers but the superb lyrics ..

"There's a poppy wreath on a soldier's tomb
There's a poppy snake in a dressing room
Poppy poison-poppy tourniquet
It slithers away on brass like mouthpiece spit
And metal skin and ivory birds
Go steaming up to Rousseau's vines
They go steaming up to Brooklyn Bridge
Steaming, steaming, steaming up the jungle line"
1975 - Asylum - Canada
Posted: 15th March 2019
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