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Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1
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Audio CD, 30 October 2020
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- Product Dimensions : 54.61 x 19.71 x 3.91 cm; 546.01 Grams
- Manufacturer : Rhino Records
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Run time : 5 hours and 52 minutes
- Label : Rhino Records
- ASIN : B08HRV32LB
- Number of discs : 5
- Best Sellers Rank: 242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Since her debut album arrived in 1968, Joni Mitchell's songs have been embraced across generations, inspired multitudes of artists around the world, and earned every conceivable accolade. She is now opening her vault for the first time to create the Joni Mitchell Archives, a new series of boxed set releases that will span the next several years, featuring deep dives in to unreleased content from different eras of her storied career. Mitchell has been intimately involved in producing the archive series, lending her vision and personal touch to every element of the project. The 5-CD collection includes a 40-page booklet that features many unseen photos from Mitchell's personal collection as well as new liner notes featuring conversations between writer/filmmaker Cameron Crowe and Mitchell, who recently spent a couple of Sunday afternoons together discussing her archives. Crowe will continue to provide liners for future releases in the series.
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This set covers pre signed Mitchell and as you can imagine at times the sound quality isn’t top notch (probably due to the use of home reel to reel tape recorders), but I feel it shows her development and even a subtle change in vocal presentation in these first three years of recording. I listened to the full set and that really stood out for me initially Joni sounded similar to other artists of the time (especially on disc 1/2). She actually did say folk singing was easy to copy and I do feel she sounds similar to Baez/Collins on a lot of the initial discs. Discs 4 and 5 are the revelation to me, really showing how Joni takes her own direction especially in 1967.
This set I feel is more suited to dedicated fans like myself, casual fans may not really enjoy it as much as it isn’t a Blue or Court and Spark for sure, it isn’t as accessible but there are some absolutely great versions of for example “Urge For Going” with its explanatory introduction is lovely.
I do feel that the set is a little expensive for what it is at retail price, if all the money was going to Joni I wouldn’t mind but had to buy from Amazon due to import duties from Jonis Official Store ( please open a UK store!, as I missed out on the special editions due to the expense of getting them over here!). This set is a precursor of the more meaty product, I do feel that a disc of her early Canadian TV performances would have been the Cherry on the top but sadly that wasn’t included, hopefully in future volumes we will get something (fingers crossed for live at Wembley Stadium if it was filmed !!),