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The Studio Albums 1968-1979 Box set
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a bargain package if you want Joni’s first 10x album releases in your collection on old fashioned hard-copy CDs. Read morePublished 7 days ago by The Guardian
Great value purchase of the early work of a truly tremendous songwriter/ singerPublished 2 months ago by C R RICHARDSON
Great value set that allows you to listen to some of the music of Joni that you may not otherwise have boughtPublished 2 months ago by Dave M
So much beautiful music for so little coin.
Her debut is a particular favourite, with its echoey atmospheric David Crosby production, and then six largely excellent albums... Read more
Presently 26 quid. Don't hesitate, this music is something else. Just love the 74 to 76 period. Hissing of summer lawns is a total masterpiece.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a bargain for this collection of JM albums .From fairly simple folk to folk/jazz/rock/new wave-its all here.Published 7 months ago by Dr Pat.
I fell a little in love with Joni,many years ago.Not the looks,but the songwriting.It tells a life's story,although she did deny it was all autobiographical,I think in hindsight... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Music Lover
Quite simply a marvelous collection - all the magnificent Joni albums from the 1970s up to the much underrated Mingus.Published 9 months ago by Seymour Stein