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on 16 April 2014
Here's something rather special for Joni Mitchell aficionados. An 18-track set
recorded live at The Second Fret club in Philadelphia in 1966, a full two years
before the release of her debut album 'Song To A Seagull'. The concert was
broadcast on Temple University's radio station WRTI on 17/11/66. The sound
quality is surprisingly good and it's enlightening to hear how her material was
shaping up this early on in her musical career. Her voice is, as it always has
been, wonderful and the narrative segues between numbers are delightful.
It's especially interesting to hear the early version of 'Little Green', which did not
appear fully-formed on a recording until its inclusion on 'Blue' in 1972; the melody
and fluidity of the vocal line developed considerably in the intervening years.
Songs such as 'Both Sides Now' and 'The Circle Game', however, appear here
pretty much as we have come to know them on 'Clouds' (1969) and 'Ladies Of The
Canyon' (1970) respectively and it's incredibly poignant to hear the melancholy
'Marcie' from 'Song To A Seagull' sounding so beautifully fresh and as clear as
a bell. If I had to pick one track, however, it would have to be the gorgeous
rendition of 'Michael From Mountains' which is alone worth the price of the album.
'Oh! I wish, I truly wish, I'd been there to see her!
A small treasure.