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Italy 1988 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Teatro Ariston Tenco, San Remo, Italy; October 22, 1988. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to mauro r and to hanwaker for sharing the show at Dime.

hanwaker noted:

The Club Tenco presented Joni with the ‘Tenco Songwriter Award’ a recognition of the career of artists who have made significant contributions to the world of song. Rai 1 TV San Remo, Italy very likely broadcast the event… but no trace of a video. This here is an audience capture.

Joni is accompanied by her then husband Larry Klein on bass.

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Jim Leahy,

“Jony Mitchell: L’impegno, l’amore” is the title of the Italian TV broadcast of Joni’s mini-concert at 1988’s San Remo Song Fest where she received a songwriting award. This five-song set is a surprisingly taut little gig featuring some of Joni’s best singing ever. Maybe it was that California flu bug she picked up before she arrived that made her voice so pungent and vulnerable; maybe it was the strangeness of the setting and the built-in audience approval that gave her such a relaxed focus.

After a straightforward version of her then-new song “Night Ride Home,” Joni moves into a new minor 7th tuning for a guitar version of “Lakota” from the recently released Chalkmark in a Rainstorm. Gorgeous, passionate phrasing; dramatic and soulful singing; deliberate but mesmerizing momentum; percussive guitar licks punctuated by aggressive attacks of harmonics - I never realized the song could be so moving.

Joni then sings Hejira and Number One, followed by the presentation of the award and a bouquet of flowers from Antonio Silvia and Bruno Valenciano. But the real treat, the one that ends the show, is a “work in progress” - a song that would eventually become one of her most elliptical and enigmatic song-poems: Passion Play. Just guitar chords and Italian-sounding syllables: “bom de dom dom day… bella dom dom day” with a few words: “It’ll take time, but time brings changes.” Peaceful, almost meditative - this kind of committed singing you can’t fake.

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aud ( very low… if not from the master) unknown transfer > wavs > flac
- channel volume corrections
- lowering applause
- smoothing some coughs and other hick-ups

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Track 01. Lakota 7:45
Track 02. Joni talks 1:28
Track 03. Hejira 6:57
Track 04. Joni talks 0:37
Track 05. Number One 4:15
Track 06. Joni talks 0:19
Track 07. 4th of July/A Night Ride Home 3:19
Track 08. Premio Tenco - Award Presentation 1:45
Track 09. Joni talks 0:19
Track 10. Speechless (cuts near end) * 4:01
31 mins

* A wordless version of the song that became “Passion Play” (When All The Slaves Are Free)

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  1. 15 Responses to “JONI MITCHELL - ITALY 1988”

  2. She would never fuck me, no chicks will. *sob*

    By U L E on Aug 31, 2021

  3. Ron Bushy died Sunday. His drum solo was known the world over.

    By sking on Aug 31, 2021

  4. Thanks…sounds pretyy good. Joni Mitchell…says it all

    By jerry sutherland on Aug 31, 2021

  5. By 1988 Joni was a female geezer , way past her prime. Her heyday was the late 60s thru the seventies. Shows from that period are what should be posted, instead of more geezer performances. Par for the course here .

    By Pat Grooms on Aug 31, 2021

  6. Twernt me above nuther fake

    By U L E on Aug 31, 2021

  7. Rumor has it Joni prefers Big Uns

    By U L E on Aug 31, 2021

  8. She has dated Leonard Cohen , Graham Nash , Jackson Browne , James Taylor , Warren Beatty , Sam Sheppard. All legendary Big Uns

    By U L E on Aug 31, 2021

  9. Twernt me above more fakes. I know a lot about celebrity penis

    By U L E on Aug 31, 2021

  10. I’ll just have to go back to picking my spots then wiping the mirror down of all the puss!!!

    By HHH on Aug 31, 2021

  11. “By 1988 Joni was a female geezer , way past her prime”

    She was 45.

    By John on Aug 31, 2021

  12. Anything over 35 to 40 is a geezer , at least for rock music. Joni Mitchell was in her prime from 68 thru around 76 . Anything after that not so good . Same with most singers .

    By Pat Grooms on Sep 1, 2021

  13. Blue was Joni,s best album . It came out in 1971 when she was 28 . I’m afraid I must agree with Mr Grooms . Most musical artists are past their primes after 35 . The Rolling Stones haven’t put out a great album since Exile on Main Street . That was 49 years ago .

    By Don on Sep 1, 2021

  14. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Sep 1, 2021

  15. Twernt me above more fakes. I know a lot about celebrity peckers

    By U L E on Sep 1, 2021

  16. Twernt me on last one , nuther fake

    By U L E on Sep 1, 2021

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