Clouds is the second studio album from Joni Mitchell. Originally from Canada, born Roberta Joan Anderson, she rose to prominence through the early folk scene and gained fame on Reprise Records living among the Laurel Canyon scene. Stephen Stills crops up playing guitar on this one, released in 1969.
The most famous track is ‘Both Sides Now‘ written by Joni after reading the 1959 Saul Bellows novel Henderson the Rain King, inspiring the song’s lyric about looking at clouds from both sides as a metaphor for life’s ambiguities and mysteries.
The album won the Grammy award for best Folk Record and also features Chelsea Morning, Tin Angel and Songs to Aging Children Come.
The original cover features a self portrait by the artist, who refers to herself as a ‘painter derailed by circumstance‘. Hope she doesn’t mind my felt tipped pen approach here.