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When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century. Uncompromising and iconoclastic, Mitchell confounded expectations at every turn; restlessly innovative, her music evolved from deeply personal folk stylings into pop, jazz, avant-garde, and even world music, presaging the multicultural experimentation of the ... Read more in Amazon's Joni Mitchell Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0097AQEOK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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The Studio Albums 1968-1979 gathers together Joni’s ten albums from that period, including all the classics such as 1971′s Blue and the acclaimed The Hissing Of Summer Lawns from 1975. The albums are housed in simple card sleeves and held in a lift-off lid box.

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204 of 213 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2012
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It is the music that counts and in this case it is utterly sublime. The Studio Albums 1968-1979 gathers together Joni Mitchell's ten albums from that purple period when she was unimpeachable and touched by the angels. It commences with her David Crosby produced debut "Song of the Seagull" (1968), obviously includes the transcendent "Blue" (1971) and takes us up to the haunting jazz of 1979s "Mingus" coloured in with a backdrop provided by those giants of the genre Jaco Pastorius and Wayne Shorter. It does not include the live double "Miles of Ailes" and as a Rhino production there is no fancy remastering to speak of. It is all housed in simple card sleeves and held in a lift-off lid box. Unfortunately you will need a microscope to read the tiny lyrics on the gatefold sleeves, but you will pay £2.60 per album and be blown away by an artist who deserves to be right up there with Dylan, Cohen and Young and who regularly surpassed all of them. Indeed Joni Mitchell has often suffered at the hands of some male rock critics who have tended to underplay her central importance and treated her output beyond "Blue" almost as a story of decline. Mitchell herself has become alienated with the music business and occasionally ventures into the press to launch pointed broadsides. This has included verbal assaults on Dylan and her view that we live in a "self destructive era" and that "the material girl" signifies a sense of musical rupture since "Americans have decided to be stupid and shallow since 1980. Madonna is like Nero; she marks the turning point.Read more ›
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Agnes Andrea on 19 Dec. 2012
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THE MUSIC
An astonishing body of work from the lady who, in my opinion, ranks among the five best singer-songwriters of all time. Her first (and arguably best) 10 albums are collected here, a substantial, relentlessly brilliant body of work - you won't find a single weak album here.

SOUND / REMASTERING.
This reissue doesn't bear any information about remastering. The general consensus is that, for some albums, the HDCD remasters (released about a decade ago) have been used. When there was no HCDC version available they have supposedly used the masters from the first CD edition.
Anyway: remastered or not, the sound is gorgeous, rich and detailed throughout all of the albums.

PACKAGE / ARTWORK
The single CDs are presented in quality cardboard foldout sleeves. The original artwork is faithfully reproduced, the printing is vivid and detailed. The outer box, quite sturdy, is simple and elegant. This set has nothing to do with the cheap, flimsy cardboard and the blurred artwork of other budget box sets which are flooding the market these days.

A valuable reissue, at a very inexpensive price. This set has obviously been designed with great care and respect for both the music and the listener.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2012
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I suspect I differ with many of the other reviewers in that while a teenager in the 60s I resolutely avoided listening to and purchasing nearly all the singer/songwriters of that 60s and 70s era, with limited exceptions being Van Morrison and J. J. Cale. Instead I invested my bucks in a wide variety of groups and guitarists, from Hendrix to Can, CCR to Grateful Dead and so on. Many decades later (and much older!) I am now finally more open to revisiting much of the music I ignored at that time, helped by recent boxed budget price releases in many cases. Sadly many of these have reconfirmed my initial dismissal, the odd good few if not truly outstanding LPs not making for a great and consistent body of work over the decade 1968 to 1979 covered here. James Taylor, Carole King, Carly Simon and Leonard Cohen would be such examples to my mind from from recent purchases I have made.

So I came to this set with a very open mind and no preconceptions only being aware really of the hit singles the lady had had from that period as heard on the radio at the time. The overall conclusion after only a few listenings to the full set is that this is probably the best value and most consistently outstanding body of work from that whole group of singer/songwriters and easily places Joni Mitchell well above all her peers of that period 1968 to 1979. If like me you were a doubter then at least test that belief by trying out this incredible value box set and be prepared to be converted.

Listening to the CDs in chronological order brings through how much the lady has evolved and never stood still or rested on her laurels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 July 2014
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There's a lot to say about this truly fab little box set - so let's get to the nuts and bolts quickly - released October 2012 in the UK (November in the USA) - "The Studio Albums 1968-1979" by JONI MITCHELL is a 10CD Mini Box Set on Warners/Reprise/Asylum/Rhino 8122797178 (Barcode 081227971786) and breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (38:07 minutes)
1. I Had A King
2. Michael from The Mountains
3. Night In The City
4. Marcie
5. Nathan La Franeer
6. Sisotowbell Lane
7. The Dawntreader
8. The Pirate Of Penance
9. Song To A Seagull
10. Cactus Tree
Tracks 1 to 10 are her debut LP "Song To A Seagull" [aka "Joni Mitchell"] - released March 1968 in the USA (June 1968 in the UK) on Reprise RSLP 6293

Disc 2 (37:41 minutes):
1. Tin Angel
2. Chelsea Morning
3. I Don't Know Where I Stand
4. That Song About The Midway
5. Roses Blue
6. The Gallery
7. I Think I Understand
8. Songs To Aging Children Come
9. The Fiddle And The Drum
10. Both Sides, Now
Tracks 1 to 10 are the LP "Clouds" - released May 1969 LP in the USA (October 1969 in the UK) on Reprise RSLP 6341

Disc 3 (44:59 minutes):
1. Morning Morgantown
2. For Free
3. Conversation
4. Ladies Of The canyon
5. Willy
6. The Arrangement
7. Rainy Night House
8. The Priest
9. Blue Boy
10. Big Yellow Taxi
11. Woodstock
12. The Circle Game
Tracks 1 to 12 are the LP "Ladies Of The Canyon" - released April 1970 in the USA (May 1970 in the UK) on Reprise RSLP 6376

Disc 4 (36:13 minutes):
1. All I Want
2. My Old Man
3. Little Green
4. Carey
5. Blue
6. California
7. This Flight Tonight
8. River
9. A Case Of You
10.
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