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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Royal Albert Hall show, 30 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The Circle Game (Audio CD)
Joni Mitchell at her very peak, the simpler arrangements make some of the material here that subsequently appeared on 'Blue' even more potent to these ears. Great great music, sublimely performed.

However, earlier reviewers with Albert Hall ticket stubs face a minor let-down since this recording was no more recorded at the Albert Hall than Dylan's infamous '66 bootleg. In fact it was recorded by the BBC earlier in the year in the far more intimate setting of the Paris Theatre on London's Regent Street, and broadcast as an hour-long John Peel 'In Concert' special on Radio 1. The BBC also filmed the performance and later broadcast an edited version of that (there are plenty of clips to be found on YouTube, just note the very cheesy set).

The bootleg history becomes even more muddied because James Taylor later recorded a separate 'In Concert' session, and over the years the two performances have been repeatedly cut together by bootleggers with different track choices all supposedly from the Royal Albert Hall.

Like so many recently issued live recordings from this era, this CD appears to be scarcely more legitimate than the bootlegs from which it has been sourced, exploitative of the artists and European copyright legislation in equal measure. But the original BBC recording (and FM broadcast) was of exceptional quality, more than good enough to withstand the inevitable audio deterioration that results from repeated analogue copying of off-air tapes. Assuming you haven't long since downloaded this easily available material, and you're not uncomfortable buying some sort of glorified bootleg, you'll certainly want this. I was fortunate enough to be in the audience for both the Paris Theatre and the later Royal Albert Hall performances and take it from me, this was the better of the two.
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Initial post: 25 Apr 2013 09:03:51 BDT
Thank-you for the 'insights' on this, good to know there are still people who care about the best of the music & musicians. ps: I only wish I had been at either of those concerts....too young sadly.
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