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Hejira is the eighth studio album by Joni Mitchell. The songs on the album were largely written by Mitchell on a trip by car from Maine back to Los Angeles, with prominent imagery including highways, small towns and snow. Characterized by lyrically dense, sprawling songs, as well as the overdubbed fretless playing of the brilliant, troubled jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (whom Mitchell had just met), Hejira continued the musician's journey beyond her pop records towards the freer, jazz inspired music she would implement on later recordings. Some of the songs were written while Mitchell traveled as a member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour, and she performed the album's opening track with The Band at their final concert (later released as Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz).
It was voted number 776 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All-Time Top 100 Albums (2000). In the 2020 edition of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time, it was ranked No. 133.
This is The Greatest Road Album Of All Time according to your humble Swaggie Records buyer. He probably wore out 10 copies of this title in varying formats in his 40 years on the road and as such it is an Official Swaggie Records Desert Island Disc.