Hejira is the eighth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.
The songs on the album were largely written by Mitchell on a trip by car from Maine back to Los Angeles, California, with prominent imagery including highways, small towns and snow. The photographs of Mitchell on the front and back cover were taken by Norman Seeff and appear against a backdrop of Lake Mendota, in Madison, Wisconsin, after an ice storm.
Characterized by lyrically dense, sprawling songs, and the fretless bass playing of Jaco Pastorius, Hejira marked Mitchell's turn towards the jazz-based music she would implement on later recordings. The album did not sell as well as its predecessors, peaking at No. 22 in her native Canada. It reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 pop album chart in the United States, where it was certified gold by the RIAA, and No. 11 in the UK, where it attained a silver certification. Critically, the album was generally well received, and in the years since its release, Hejira has been considered one of the high marks of her career.
Label: Asylum Records 8122795858
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Genre: Jazz, Rock
A3 Furry Sings The Blues
A4 A Strange Boy
B1 Song For Sharon
B2 Black Crow
B3 Blue Motel Room
B4 Refuge Of The Roads