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Night Ride Home is the 14th album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1991. It was the last of four albums she recorded for Geffen Records.

Night Ride Home
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 19, 1991
A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; One On One Studios; The Kiva
GenreAdult alternative, folk jazz
ProducerJoni Mitchell, Larry Klein
Joni Mitchell chronology
Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm
Night Ride Home
Turbulent Indigo
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(dud)[4]

Songs on the album include "Cherokee Louise" about a childhood friend who suffered sexual abuse, "The Windfall (Everything For Nothing)" about a maid who tried to sue Mitchell, and the retrospective single release "Come in from the Cold" about childhood and middle age. The title song "Night Ride Home" (originally titled "Fourth of July" and first performed during promotion for her previous album in 1988) was inspired by a moonlit night in Hawaii.[1] Though the album contained no charting singles, the track "Come in From the Cold" received airplay on AOR stations.

This was Mitchell's first album not to be distributed by the WEA family of labels. She had been signed to WEA's Asylum and Reprise labels in the past, and Warner Bros. Records had been the distributor for Geffen Records from 1980 to 1990. That year, Geffen was sold to MCA Music (now Universal Music Group), as a result, the album was distributed by Uni Distribution Corp. (the distribution arm of MCA Music), which also took over the rest of the Geffen catalogue.

A home video release, Come In From The Cold, was released the same year and features promo videos for five tracks from the album along with an interview with Mitchell discussing the inspiration behind them.

As of December 2007, the album has sold 238,000 copies in the US.[5]

Track listingEdit

All songs, words and music by Joni Mitchell; except where indicated

  1. "Night Ride Home" – 3:21
  2. "Passion Play (When All the Slaves Are Free)" – 5:25
  3. "Cherokee Louise" – 4:32
  4. "The Windfall (Everything for Nothing)" – 5:15
  5. "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" – 6:54 (based on a poem - The Second Coming - by W.B. Yeats)
  6. "Come in from the Cold" – 7:31
  7. "Nothing Can Be Done" – 4:53 (words by Joni Mitchell, music by Larry Klein)
  8. "The Only Joy in Town" – 5:11
  9. "Ray's Dad's Cadillac" – 4:33
  10. "Two Grey Rooms" – 3:57


  • Joni Mitchell – vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, Billatron on 6, oboe on 8, Omnichord on 8
  • Wayne Shorter – soprano saxophone on 3, 9
  • Bill Dillon – guitar on 2, 7; pedal steel guitar on 1
  • Michael Landau – guitar on 10
  • Larry Klein – bass; percussion on 1, 2, 3, 5, 6; guitar on 6; keyboards on 7
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – drums on 4, 5, 6, 10; snare drum on 3
  • Alex Acuña – percussion on 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Karen Peris – background vocals on 3
  • Brenda Russell – background vocals on 9
  • David Baerwald – background vocals on 7
  • Jeremy Lubbock – conductor, arranger, string arrangement on 10


  1. ^ Chrispell, James (2011). "Night Ride Home - Joni Mitchell | AllMusic". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Joni Mitchell". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (2011). "ALBUM REVIEW : **** JONI MITCHELL 'Night Ride Home', Geffen - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  4. ^ Christgau, R. (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG 90s: Key to Icons". Retrieved 19 July 2011. (Dud)
  5. ^ Caulfield, Keith (21 December 2007). "Ask Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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