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Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell
Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell

The eccentric title of Joni Mitchell's eighth studio album, Hejira, reflects the liberating circumstances that inspired the revered record – as well as the explorative nature of the restless music, dense songwriting, and resilient moods within it. A reference to the migration of the prophet Mohammad in the seventh century, the term to Mitchell symbolised the sensation of "leaving the dream, no blame" – or, "running away, honourably." Largely written as Mitchell travelled alone across the United States and came to terms with her own mental, emotional, and physical health, the sparsely arranged Hejira is the sound of starting over; embracing change; meditating on the divide between free will and possession; channelling the colours, looks, and feelings of landscapes seen and imagined. The 1976 work – deemed the 133rd Greatest Album of All Time by Rolling Stone – also features Mitchell diving into the deep end of the jazz spectrum and partnering on several songs with virtuosic bassist and fellow sonic cosmonaut Jaco Pastorius.

Joni Mitchell

Hejira

Rhino
Album artwork for Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell by Hejira - Joni Mitchell
Album artwork for Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell by Hejira - Joni Mitchell
Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell
LP

£34.99

Black
Released 09/10/2014Catalogue Number

0081227958589

Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell
CD+

£44.99

Mobile Fidelity Edition Numbered Hybrid SACD release date TBC

Released 27/01/2023Catalogue Number

CMFSA2275

Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell
LP+x2

£189.99

Mobile Fidelity Edition 180g 45RPM SuperVinyl 2LP Box Set release date TBC

Black
Released 27/01/2023Catalogue Number

LMFUD1S053

Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell
CD

£6.99

Released 21/11/2022Catalogue Number

0075596033121

Joni Mitchell

Hejira

Rhino
Album artwork for Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell by Hejira - Joni Mitchell
Album artwork for Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell by Hejira - Joni Mitchell
Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell
LP

£34.99

Black
Released 09/10/2014Catalogue Number

0081227958589

Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell
CD+

£44.99

Mobile Fidelity Edition Numbered Hybrid SACD release date TBC

Released 27/01/2023Catalogue Number

CMFSA2275

Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell
LP+x2

£189.99

Mobile Fidelity Edition 180g 45RPM SuperVinyl 2LP Box Set release date TBC

Black
Released 27/01/2023Catalogue Number

LMFUD1S053

Album artwork for Hejira by Joni Mitchell
CD

£6.99

Released 21/11/2022Catalogue Number

0075596033121

The eccentric title of Joni Mitchell's eighth studio album, Hejira, reflects the liberating circumstances that inspired the revered record – as well as the explorative nature of the restless music, dense songwriting, and resilient moods within it. A reference to the migration of the prophet Mohammad in the seventh century, the term to Mitchell symbolised the sensation of "leaving the dream, no blame" – or, "running away, honourably." Largely written as Mitchell travelled alone across the United States and came to terms with her own mental, emotional, and physical health, the sparsely arranged Hejira is the sound of starting over; embracing change; meditating on the divide between free will and possession; channelling the colours, looks, and feelings of landscapes seen and imagined. The 1976 work – deemed the 133rd Greatest Album of All Time by Rolling Stone – also features Mitchell diving into the deep end of the jazz spectrum and partnering on several songs with virtuosic bassist and fellow sonic cosmonaut Jaco Pastorius.