December 16, 2021 – 6:03 am

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Philadelphia 1976 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA; February 16, 1976. Very good audience (?) recording.

Here is another version of this widely-circulated show.

Thanks to ledwhofloyd for sharing the show at Dime.

ledwhofloyd noted:

The info originally associated with these files claims that this is soundboard sourced. In a pm, hanwaker explained that he is familiar with this show as audience sourced. I am inclined to believe the audience lineage because in between songs there is noticeable audience chatter and there are moments during songs that I can hear a slight echo. Nevertheless, the sound on this is excellent and very clear. If anybody has more details about this recording or has a version with known lineage, let us know…

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Michael Tearson, writing in Phonograph Record (April 1976):

As anticipation grew to fever pitch, Joni entered the spotlight. With the Express supporting, she performed the all-too similar Help Me and Free Man In Paris, which sandwiched the last tour’s set closer, For Love Or Money.

So far uninspired. But as the band departed, Joni settled into an enrapturing, intimate (as can be in a cavern) acoustic set that was mesmerizing. Even with a broken string, she continued undaunted: she sang the traditional Yarrow a Capella. She prefaced it with recollections of playing the local coffeehouses; the poignancy of the moment made me remember the nervous, fragile Joni who played her first Philly dates in 1966.

For The Roses, Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire (Luell shining) and the classic For Free followed. To everyone’s pleasant surprise, Joni then cracked: “Hate to be pushy, but I’ve got some new songs.” As she brought back the band, she debuted Coyote and Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter; later she introduced two more, Talk To Me, Mr. Mystery and Furry Sings The Blues. Clearly none of the four are in finished form yet, but it is exciting to see an artist of Joni Mitchell’s stature in the process of creation.

It recalls those coffee-house days when the most important part of her set would be the unveiling of brand new material, then something like Circle Game, Marcie (originally The Ballad In Red And Green) or I Had A King. As it was with Love Or Money and Jericho, the new pieces showcased during the last tour, these new tunes are difficult to assimilate into her concert program.

As well, much of the material from HISSING OF SUMMER LAWNS has been extensively reworked for live performance. Harry’s House/Centerpiece has become a not terribly successful solo acoustic number. Shadows And Light, a vocal choir tour-de-force on the album, has mutated and expanded into an open-ended, meandering Cold Blue Steel affair.

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Unknown - probably AUD

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Disc 1
Track 101. Help Me 3:40
Track 102. Love Or Money 5:22
Track 103. Free Man In Paris 4:13
Track 104. The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow 4:04
Track 105. For The Roses 4:32
Track 106. Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire 7:09
Track 107. Big Yellow Taxi 3:04
Track 108. Shades Of Scarlett Conquering 4:42
Track 109. For Free 5:44
Track 110. Coyote/Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter 11:10
Track 111. Just Like This Train 4:35
59 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Shadows And Light 6:59
Track 202. In France They Kiss On Main St 3:59
Track 203. Edith And The Kingpin 4:08
Track 204. Talk To Me 4:55
Track 205. Harry’s House/Centerpiece 7:10
Track 206. Furry Sings The Blues 5:26
Track 207. Trouble Child 4:04
Track 208. Rainy Night House 4:38
Track 209. Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow 5:07
Track 210. Raised On Robbery 2:42
Track 211. The Jungle Line 4:29
Track 212. Twisted 3:50
58 mins

Joni Mitchell - vocals, guitar, piano
with the LA Express:
David Luell - tenor, soprano, and baritone sax
Robben Ford - electric guitar
Victor Feldman - keyboards
Max Bennett - electric bass
John Guerin - drums and percussion

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  1. 13 Responses to “JONI MITCHELL - PHILADELPHIA 1976”

  2. A little digging reveals this was actually at the Spectrum Theater, a curtained off version of the hockey arena which allowed for a more intimate setting. Springsteen would perform under similar circumstances a few months later, but they would both get too big for the place.

    By Tony Pizza on Dec 16, 2021

  3. This gal like like em on the large side I hear . Big double hoagies and trouser trout .

    By ELU on Dec 16, 2021

  4. elu , is that your way of saying she likes big dic ks? Don’t most females?

    By T J on Dec 16, 2021

  5. Not most females numbnuts, we all prefer big fat juicy coc ks. Myself I prefer black ones too .

    By Anne on Dec 16, 2021

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

    By U L E on Dec 16, 2021

  7. Twernt me above nuther fake

    By U L E on Dec 16, 2021

  8. Rumor has it Joni prefers Big Uns

    By U L E on Dec 16, 2021

  9. I gots the holiday spirit. Im ready to blow a big load all over Markys jew face

    By Derrick on Dec 16, 2021

  10. That’s why she’ll never prefer me *sob*

    By U L E on Dec 17, 2021

  11. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Dec 17, 2021

  12. Thanks for posting. Not great sounding but excellent performing from this artist and her band. 2021 was a great year for Joni. Her music will live on forever.

    Please disregard the idiots with their comments and just enjoy her music and buy some of her albums.

    By Joseph E. Pfeiffer on Jan 1, 2022

  13. Happy Jew Year Mark. Im ready to blow a new years load of spunk cream on your jewy face

    By Derrick on Jan 1, 2022

  14. Happy New Year EVERYBODY!

    By Mark on Jan 1, 2022

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