September 30, 2013 – 4:57 am

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Philadelphia 1976 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA; February 16, 1976. Good to very good audience recording.

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.

Thanks to the person who shared these tracks on the net in 2005.

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Disc 1 (58:35)
Track 101. Help Me (6.2MB)
Track 102. Love or Money (9.1MB)
Track 103. Free Man in Paris (7.1MB)
Track 104. The Dowie Dens of Yarrow (6.9MB)
Track 105. For the Roses (7.7MB)
Track 106. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire (12.1MB)
Track 107. Big Yellow Taxi (5.2MB)
Track 108. Shades of Scarlett Conquering (8.0MB)
Track 109. For Free (9.7MB)
Track 110. Coyote/Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter (18.8MB)
Track 111. Just Like This Train (7.7MB)

Disc 2 (57:50)
Track 201. Shadows and Light (11.8MB)
Track 202. In France They Kiss on Main Street (6.7MB)
Track 203. Edith and the Kingpin (7.0MB)
Track 204. Talk to Me (8.3MB)
Track 205. Harry’s House/Centerpiece (12.1MB)
Track 206. Furry Sings the Blues (9.2MB)
Track 207. Trouble Child (6.9MB)
Track 208. Rainy Night House (7.8MB)
Track 209. Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow (8.6MB)
Track 210. Raised on Robbery (4.6MB)
Track 211. The Jungle Line (7.6MB)
Track 212. Twisted (6.4MB)

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  1. 5 Responses to “JONI MITCHELL - PHILADELPHIA 1976”

  2. Wow Better quality than advertised, Thanks for the music BIGO

    By tunafan on Sep 30, 2013

  3. good to hear from michael tearson a prominent philly dj for many years. unfortunately he and others were forced out when radio programming arrived. he also had an appearance in the first “rocky” movie. thanks bigO.

    By barth on Sep 30, 2013

  4. Very Cool!! Thanks, BigO

    By DanC on Oct 1, 2013

  5. Thanks…saw her on this Tour at Cole Field house at U Maryland and she ran off the stage half-way through the first song, that sucked!!! She later said the sound was so bad she couldn’t continue.

    By Randolph on Oct 4, 2013

  6. bigO for the joni, thanks!


    By I-) on Oct 7, 2013

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