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Thread: Bob Dylan vs. Joni Mitchell

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    Default Bob Dylan vs. Joni Mitchell

    Sort of a silly thread, I know, but I'm interested to hear where people stand on this question. I like both, but I prefer Joni Mitchell by a long shot. Her voice is unparalleled and enables her to do way more melodically and I find her more musically interesting (such as her complex chords and harmonies) and far more inventive throughout the different periods of her output compared to Dylan.
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    Well I am pretty biased having a pretty large collection of Dylan recordings and no Joni. The only thing I remember about Joni was paving a parking lot, played incessantly in the 1970s on the radio. Good voice, she had.
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    No contest, Bobby
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Well I am pretty biased having a pretty large collection of Dylan recordings and no Joni. The only thing I remember about Joni was paving a parking lot, played incessantly in the 1970s on the radio.
    Hahaha that's Big Yellow Taxi. I totally believe the incessant hammering of it on the airwaves, though that's before my time (I'm 23). I like that song but it's not a good representation of most of her output.

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    Very different artists/songwriters. I won't vote. The OP may like both but have a clear choice, but I like both and don't have a clear choice.

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    I like both for very different reasons. Obviously Joni Mitchell is a way more sophisticated musician, and really there's absolutely no contest there. Dylan was great at writing lyrics and the best Bob Dylan songs (even being very basic from the point of view of the music) are absolute classics. I've voted for Joni now, tomorrow I could vote for Dylan.
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    A gross of one; 144 of the other. Two fabulous talents. Yin/Yang. Q: How much better can you get? A: Yet to be born.

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    I voted for Dylan. Both great artists, I just think that Dylan made more "classics". It's a bean-counter thing.
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    I'll have to go with Joni. First, for my taste, her voice and phrasing are more interesting than Dylan's. She also does more interesting things musically, and she writes interesting lyrics. I also think she's a better painter.

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    I can’t vote ‘cos I love both. To misquote Dr. Johnson, “He who is tired of Joni and Bob, is tired of life”.
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    Both great songwriters but as a musician and vocalist I'm much more attracted to Joni for her superior abilities. Dylan's material provides great opportunities for talented musicians to take those songs and create more sophisticated arrangements. Joni's recordings are so immaculate and accomplished that they can't really be improved upon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    I can’t vote ‘cos I love both. To misquote Dr. Johnson, “He who is tired of Joni and Bob, is tired of life”.
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    Exactly. Budokan and Hissing of Summer Lawns are integral to the soundtrack to my teens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Joni's recordings are so immaculate and accomplished that they can't really be improved upon.
    I remember hearing a live concert of Joni's where an obnoxious fan kept screaming for Carrie. Finally Joni lowered her voice and told her, "They never asked Van Gogh to paint another Starry Night." I know what she was meaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GucciManeIsTheNewWebern View Post
    Hahaha that's Big Yellow Taxi. I totally believe the incessant hammering of it on the airwaves, though that's before my time (I'm 23). I like that song but it's not a good representation of most of her output.
    You would have enjoyed listening to it on the radio in the 1970s. They must have played some other Joni but I don't know who sings most of what I heard on the radio. In fact, they use to play "Lay Lady Lay" on the radio just as incessantly back in the 1970s but the funny thing is I never knew that was Bob Dylan until I got into Dylan about 8 years ago. I hear a lot of people don't know it. Guess Bob did a great job with Nashville Skyline in changing the whole character of his music to throw off those who sought him as a messiah.
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    Joni Mitchell, hands down .
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