30 days, 30 albums... Joni Mitchell - Hejira

One of the most sparse, restless and beautiful albums of the 70s, and possibly a career high for Ms Mitchell. I love Blue and I adore Court and Spark, but this album and The Hissing of Summer Lawns seem to mark the arrival of a mature artist with something serious to say beyond love and the storms of the heart. Based around the theme of travelling and rootlessness, this also has some amazing musical performances from Larry Carlton and most notably bass genius Jaco Pastorius. Lyrically, it’s as sharp as she’s ever been, particularly on 'Song for Sharon' and the beautiful 'Amelia'. It’s simply stunning – and features a beautiful portrait double exposure on the cover.