July 15, 2012 – 4:31 am

From the silver discs in the BigO Audio Archive.

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Cambridge 1968 [CellarDweller, 1CD]

Live at Club 47, Cambridge, MA. Although this show circulated as January 1968, it has also been stated as January 10, 1968. Another possible date is March 4-9, 1968. Good to very good WTBS-FM broadcast. Slight hiss. While the show was an FM broadcast, there are some who feel that these tracks might have come from a vinyl boot.

Here are some notes from glasnostrd19 when he posted the show on Dime in 2009:

A real early solo acoustic show with Joni Mitchell. This is the earliest Joni I’ve ever heard and she already had her distinctive vocal style. She does a bit of talking between some of the tunes, I didn’t bother to separate the talk into its own tracks as some like to do. I’ve had this tape for years, no idea of its lineage, there is likely a better source for this out there somewhere but this is quite listenable for a 41-year-old analog recording. it does have one rather annoying but very brief speed problem in the source recording (or transfer between that and my copy), otherwise the recording is pretty good, especially for this early date, and Joni sounds fine…

Joni played a run of shows at Club 47, the only date in etree is Jan 10, that setlist order does not match here. It does sound like Track 1 may not be the opening song, hard to tell since there’s no stage introduction in the recording.

gjfatty added: “This is the boot commonly known as By The Banks Of The River Charles. It has four never-released Joni songs: Gift Of The Magi, Ballerina Valerie, Come To The Sunshine and The Way It Is.”

We got our copy in a trade.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Cactus Tree (8.1MB)
Track 02. Night In The City (4.5MB)
Track 03. Gift Of The Magi (8.8MB)
Track 04. I Had A King (7.3MB)
Track 05. Morning Morgantown (6.6MB)
Track 06. Ballerina Valerie (7.4MB)
Track 07. Song To A Seagull (8.1MB)
Track 08. Both Sides Now (7.6MB)
Track 09. Conversation (8.7MB)
Track 10. Come To The Sunshine (5.5MB)
Track 11. Chelsea Morning (5.1MB)
Track 12. The Pirate of Penance (7.3MB)
Track 13. The Way It Is (12.9MB)
Track 14. The Dawntreader (8.7MB)

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  2. Thanks, Boston shows are always a favorite, as I live between Boston & Cape Cod. Keep up the good work.

    By JimG on Jul 15, 2012

  3. thanks, joni shows are always a favorite, as i like between janis and carole. keep up the good work!


    By I-) on Jul 17, 2012

  4. Interesting set list; it’s hard to tell which night it is, or if it’s got songs from different nights on it.

    By Eric on Jul 17, 2012

  5. there is a joni show from philly in 1967 which is worth tracking down - and maybe posting here?

    Thursday 16 March 1967
    Joni Mitchell
    The 2nd Fret Philadelphia, PA, US

    hint, hint, big-O! :-)


    By I-) on Jul 17, 2012

  6. Since I saw her at the Isle of Wight in ‘70.
    I love to hear her in concert.


    By Rijn B on Jul 18, 2012

  7. Rijn B- I am very jealous that you saw here at Isle of Wight! This is truly a treasure, thank you for posting!

    By Sam L on Aug 4, 2012


    By darth on Apr 1, 2015

  9. unimportant glen she didn’t die…that’s according to your own words last week…

    why in the hell you post this you clown hypercrite…?

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 1, 2015

  10. “a possible heart attack isnt important enough for me to announce. his death would be.”

    By darth on Mar 27, 2015

    under the Jefferson Airplane posting in response to downer darths Paul Kanter news…

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 1, 2015

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