November 14, 2008 – 4:00 am

Joni Mitchell turned the retrospective, confessional (love) song into a fine art. But as she shows on tracks such as You Turn Me On I’m A Radio, such songs need not be maudlin, they can be stinging and sarcastic as well.

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Paris 1972 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the L’Olympia Theatre, Paris, June 15, 1972. Very good audience recording.

In terms of commercial success, the first half of the ’70s were very good years for Joni Mitchell. Blue (1971) hit No. 15 on the US chart; For The Roses (1972) at No. 11; Court And Spark (1974) at No. 2, Miles Of Aisles (1974) at No. 2 and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975) at No. 4.

While the earlier Ladies Of The Canyon (1970) had classics such as Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock and The Circle Game, Blue is regarded as a key confessional folk-rock album. Then there is the sarcastic You Turn Me On I’m A Radio from For The Roses, which the Rolling Stone Record Guide calls “a musically artier set than Blue” and which is also seen as one of Mitchell’s best works.

While Mitchell might still be pushing her Blue album at this Paris 1972 concert, she treated her audience by previewing seven tracks from the (then) forthcoming For The Roses - the album would only be released in November that year. Among the new songs were Electricity; Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire; See You Sometime; Banquet; Lesson In Survival; the title track; and the hit single, You Turn Me On I’m A Radio.

This is a sparkling performance by Mitchell who commands the stage and your attention, and she does this with practically an acoustic set-up - just guitars and a piano. While the crowd are appreciative, they probably did not realise at that time how fortunate they were to witness Mitchell scaling the heights of her songwriting or just to see her performing tunes from the remarkable Blue and soon-to-released For The Roses.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Disc 1
Track 101. This Flight Tonight
Track 102. Electricity
Track 103. Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire
Track 104. Big Yellow Taxi
Track 105. Cactus Tree
Track 106. See You Sometime
Track 107. For Free
Track 108. Banquet
Track 109. All I Want
Track 110. A Case Of You

Disc 2
Track 201. Carey
Track 202. A Lesson In Survival
Track 203. Woodstock
Track 204. Blue
Track 205. You Turn Me On I’m A Radio
Track 206. For The Roses
Track 207. Both Sides Now
Track 208. Rainy Night House
Track 209. The Circle Game (cut off)

Click on the link to order Joni Mitchell’s Blue and For The Roses.

  1. 4 Responses to “TRUE CONFESSION”

  2. a late happy birthday to Joni, this is a good show, wish it was sound board, thanks

    By Bob Anderson on Nov 16, 2008

  3. Thanks a lot for this one, BigO!

    Actually, I haven’t really listened to Joni for a while…
    I remember discovering her music with the extraordinary “Hejira” in 1978… still my fave Joni Mitchell album to this day.

    By Serge Zéni on Jul 30, 2010

  4. thanks for the re-up, big-O!


    By I-) on Jun 6, 2012

  5. Hey guys !!!

    I dont know how to email you to ask for this show but i sure can sing you “i love u you bigozin” (on the captain’s tune =) )

    By jeaan pierre penaguin le vicomte rocka rolla on Jun 27, 2016

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