Roberta Joan “Joni” Mitchell CC (née Anderson; born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell’s songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy. She has received many accolades, including nine Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever”, and AllMusic has stated, “When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century”.
Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and throughout western Canada, before busking in the streets and nightclubs of Toronto, Ontario. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs (“Urge for Going”, “Chelsea Morning”, “Both Sides, Now”, “The Circle Game”) were covered by other folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her debut album, Song to a Seagull, in 1968. Settling in Southern California, Mitchell, with popular songs like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Woodstock”, helped define an era and a generation. Her 1971 album Blue is often cited as one of the best albums of all time; it was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 2000, The New York Times chose Blue as one of the 25 albums that represented “turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music”. In 2017, NPR ranked Blue number 1 on a list of Greatest Albums Made By Women. Mitchell’s fifth album, For the Roses, was released in 1972. She then switched labels and began exploring more jazz-influenced melodic ideas, by way of lush pop textures, on 1974’s Court and Spark, which featured the radio hits “Help Me” and “Free Man in Paris” and became her best-selling album.
Around 1975, Mitchell’s vocal range began to shift from mezzo-soprano to more of a wide-ranging contralto.[ Her distinctive piano and open-tuned guitar compositions also grew more harmonically and rhythmically complex as she explored jazz, melding it with influences of rock and roll, R&B, classical music and non-western beats. In the late 1970s, she began working closely with noted jazz musicians, among them Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Pat Metheny as well as Charles Mingus, who asked her to collaborate on his final recordings. She later turned again toward pop, embraced electronic music, and engaged in political protest. In 2002, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards.
Mitchell is the sole producer credited on most of her albums, including all her work in the 1970s. A blunt critic of the music industry, she quit touring and released her 17th, and reportedly last, album of original songs in 2007. With roots in visual art, Mitchell has designed most of her own album covers. She describes herself as a “painter derailed by circumstance” (wikipedia)
When it comes to Joni Mitchell albums, most fans would include 1971’s Blue as among her best. Here is a Rolling Stone review:
With Blue, Mitchell’s lyrical outlook became much more entwined with her own emotions, quickly establishing her as the most significant of the confessional singer/songwriters. Her delicate but ever-adventurous vocals, bolstered by the album’s quiet but assured instrumentation, left the songs to speak for themselves. The giddy hopefulness of All I Want, the bittersweet regret of Last Time I Saw Richard and the sheer romantic wisdom of the title tune spoke eloquently.
This show has been widely shared among fans and, along the way, someone added these notes:
This soundboard show features Joni alone (until the final track) in NYC at the Carnegie. The performance is nearly exactly midway between “Blue” (June ‘71) and “For The Roses” (November ‘72) and features Joni playing mostly songs from those two LPs, plus a few of the obligatory back catalog stuff. The “For The Roses” songs are really great to hear, in raw, solo versions nine months before their actual album release. Joni is her typical effervescent early ’70s self, with quite a bit of fun audience interaction. She’s clearly happy to be there. On the last song, she is joined by Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. (by big-o-magazine)
A stunning broadcast recording from Joni Mitchell´s Blue Tour:
Despite the success of her first three albums, in January 1970 Joni Mitchell decided to break from performing, and set off on a lengthy vacation around Europe. While on the island of Crete she wrote many of the songs that would appear on her fourth L.P., Blue.
Critically and commercially successful on release, today Blue is generally regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time; Mitchell’s songwriting and compositions are frequent areas of praise. In January 2000, The New York Times chose Blue as one of the 25 albums that represented “turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music.” Following the huge success and popularity of Blue, Mitchell went back out on tour where she presented new songs alongside many numbers from both Blue and from her earlier records – which would appear on her next album, her fifth, For the Roses. This L.P. was released in October 1972.
But eight months earlier, Joni Mitchell performed at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall where she put on a stunning show which indeed featured numbers from all of her records to date, and from the upcoming For The Roses.
Previously unreleased, this superb concert was recorded for live FM Broadcast and it is this recording that is now featured on this album, making this essential period in Joni’s career finally represented by a live album. (concordemusic.com)
Thanks to goody for sharing the show at Dime.
Recorded live at the Carnegie Hall, New York, NY; February 23, 1972.
Very good soundboard
Joni Mitchell (vocals, guitar piano, dulcimer)
background vocals on 18.:
Graham Nash – Stephen Stills
01.This Flight Tonight 3.43
02. Electricity 3.22
03. Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire 5.46
04. Big Yellow Taxi 3.02
05. Blue 2.49
06. For Free 4.28
07. Banquet 3.35
08. All I Want 5.03
09. A Case Of You 4.42
10. A story about Carey 1.19
11. Carey 3.19
12. Lesson In Survival 3.25
13. Woodstock 4.38
14. You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio 4.01
15. For The Roses 4.09
16. Both Sides Now 5.38
17. My Old Man 5.50
18. The Circle Game 5.51
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