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  • Audio CD (29 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 (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Had a King
  2. Michael from 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

Disc: 2

  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

Disc: 3

  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

Disc: 4

  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. The Last Time I Saw Richard

Disc: 5

  1. Banquet
  2. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire
  3. Barangrill
  4. Lesson in Survival
  5. Let the Wind Carry Me
  6. For the Roses
  7. See You Sometime
  8. Electricity
  9. You Turn Me On I'm a Radio
  10. Blonde in the Bleachers
  11. Woman of Heart and Mind
  12. Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune)

Disc: 6

  1. Court and Spark
  2. Help Me
  3. Free Man in Paris
  4. People's Parties
  5. Same Situation
  6. Car On a Hill
  7. Down to You
  8. Just Like This Train
  9. Raised On Robbery
  10. Trouble Child
  11. Twisted

Disc: 7

  1. In France They Kiss On Main Street
  2. The Jungle Line
  3. Edith and the Kingpin
  4. Don't Interrupt the Sorrow
  5. Shades of Scarlett Conquering
  6. The Hissing of Summer Lawns
  7. The Boho Dance
  8. Harry's House/Centerpiece
  9. Sweet Bird
  10. Shadows and Light

Disc: 8

  1. Coyote
  2. Amelia
  3. Furry Sings the Blues
  4. A Strange Boy
  5. Hejira
  6. Song for Sharon
  7. Black Crow
  8. Blue Motel Room
  9. Refuge of the Roads

Disc: 9

  1. Overture/Cotton Avenue
  2. Talk to Me
  3. Jericho
  4. Paprika Plains
  5. Otis and Marlena
  6. The Tenth World
  7. Dreamland
  8. Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
  9. Off Night Backstreet
  10. The Silky Veils of Ardor

Disc: 10

  1. Happy Birthday 1975
  2. God Must Be a Boogie Man
  3. Funeral
  4. A Chair in the Sky
  5. The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey
  6. I's a Muggin'
  7. Sweet Sucker Dance
  8. Coin in the Pocket
  9. The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines
  10. Lucky
  11. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Product Description

Product Description

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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By Red on Black TOP 100 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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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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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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Sometimes music just connects with you - you can like a lot of bands, lot of artists, then an artist just comes along that REALLY gets to you, and, for lack of a less pretentious way of putting it, really stirs the emotions - Joni Mitchel makes music that you don't always simply enjoy, but music that you genuinely connect with as well, on some deeper, explainable level. Since the first time I listened to Bob Dylan, 3 years ago and Tim Buckley 2, music has had this effect on me, and naturally this happened with Joni Mitchell. She is an artist whose main period of brilliance contained in this set really does not need a strenuous introduction - Her folksy, melodic, sparse beginnings evolve into increasingly jazzy, increasingly wild and rebellious, mature pop music, starting from the rather underrated, folksy songs from to a seagull to the wonderful tribute to a legend that is Mingus, by this point taking her jazzy pop into full on, sparse vocal jazz music. Joni Mitchell's discography is one to really get into, to listen to chronologically, tracing the evolution of her sound as her albums roll out, experiencing not only brilliant songs, but also the really rather interesting and constantly quite exciting evolution of a fantastic songwriter and evocative, emotional lyricist. Great songs, evocative imagery and genuine emotional depth is what you get here, a very fulfilling experience, especially for such a fantastic price.

Now for the albums themselves - I will rate and give a small review for each of them;

SONG TO A SEAGULL - Not Mitchell's best set of songs, and the vocals have a less intimate, more grand and almost classical touch to them that I personally feel is not QUITE as effective as later work from her.
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