July 7, 2014 – 5:10 am

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The Second Fret 1966 [All Access, 1CD]

Live at The Second Fret, Philadelphia, PA; November 17, 1966. Very good radio broadcast (WRTI, Temple University’s Radio Station).

Sleeve notes:

This outstanding recording preserves one of Jonis superb early North American gigs, a performance at the intimate Second Fret Club in Philadelphia, captured by the city’s Temple University radio station, WRTI, in November 1966 and broadcast across the local area. She clearly enjoyed playing at the tiny club and returned there several times the following year for further performances.

Despite the undeniably excellent quality of her writing, many of the songs performed were destined to remain unreleased on record for several years. Just four made it onto the eponymously entitled debut album (also known as Song to a Seagull) issued by Reprise Records; Marcie, Michael from Mountains, Song to a Seagull and Night in the City.

Released just over a year later, Clouds is represented here by I Dont Know Where I Stand and the oft-covered Both Sides Now, a stunning composition destined to become a much-loved classic. Although dozens of artists have regularly covered Joni’s material across the decades, one astute group who early-on drew heavily on her body of work when searching for material was England’s Fairport Convention.

During the late 1960s they recorded their own versions of no less than five of the numbers performed here: Marcie, I Dont Know Where I Stand, Both Sides Now, Eastern Rain and Night in the City. Judy Collins was another regular champion of Joni’s work in those early days, cutting her own versions of Both Sides Now (with which she had a 1968 hit single on both sides of the Atlantic), Michael from Mountains and Chelsea Morning. Both The Circle Game and Morning Morgantown were destined to remain unreleased as studio records for almost four years, until they appeared on 1970’s Ladies of the Canyon.

The set-opener meanwhile, Little Green, appeared, finally, on one of Joni’s best-known albums, Blue, released in June 1971, and is particularly notable in that it was written about the daughter Joni had given up for adoption in 1965, and whose existence was not made public until 1993. Joni: “I was dirt poor… I had to let her go.” Urge For Going, written by Joni 1966 and a hit for both Tom Rush and George Hamilton IV, remained unreleased by its composer until 1972, when it appeared as the B side to You Turn Me On I’m A Radio: its first inclusion on an album was not until the Hits compilation in 1996.

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Thanks to drumsy for sharing the tracks on the net.

Meanwhile, BriggY1 posted this note: “The recording date isn’t right, though - Joni did play The Second Fret on that date, but as a duo with with her then-husband Chuck Mitchell. The recordings here are from March and October of 1967.”

Click here for a Joni Mitchell interview at The Second Fret in 1966.

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. Little Green 6:18 (10.6MB)
Track 02. Marcie 5:59 (10.1MB)
Track 03. London Bridge 5:44 (9.6MB)
Track 04. Ballerina Valerie 2:09 (3.6MB)
Track 05. Michael from the Mountains 4:39 (7.8MB)
Track 06. Go Tell the Drummer Man 3:06 (5.2MB)
Track 07. I Don’t Know Where I Stand 3:36 (6.0MB)
Track 08. Brandy Eyes 2:39 (4.5MB)
Track 09. Winter Lady 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 10. Mr Blue 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 11. Urge for Going 6:06 (10.3MB)
Track 12. Both Sides Now 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 13. The Circle Game 5:05 (8.5MB)
Track 14. Morning Morgantown 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 15. Born To) Take the Highway 4:02 (6.9MB)
Track 16. Eastern Rain 5:28 (9.2MB)
Track 17. Song to a Seagull 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 18. Night in the City 3:36 (6.1MB)
79 mins

Joni Mitchell - vocals, acoustic guitar

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  1. 13 Responses to “JONI MITCHELL - THE SECOND FRET 1966”

  2. Incredible early live recording. Very informative, with songs not known to be released, per the original artwork. Go to the link provided for the text of the brief interview, which tends to support the 1967 date.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 7, 2014

  3. Now this is a true classic–hard to believe it’s never been commercially released, particularly given some of the amazing unreleased songs, particularly “Go To the Drummer Man,” which is one of my all time favorite Joni songs.

    By YogaforCynics on Jul 7, 2014

  4. Thanks, for this great Joni Mitchell. Also, for showing me where to find Willie, on NPR. Have a nice day. jimg

    By jimg on Jul 7, 2014

  5. csn did 3 songs on the tonite show last nite. one of them with jimmy fallon as neil. this is how i have them in my collection -
    Crosby Stills Nash & Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) - Fancy (Jimmy Fallon NY 7-7-14).mp3
    Crosby Stills & Nash - Teach Your Children (Jimmy Fallon NY 7-7-14).mp3
    Crosby Stills & Nash - So Begins The Task (Jimmy Fallon NY 7-7-14) unaired.mp3

    pretty nifty to catch these live performances on late nite tv. arent ya glad i told yall about them ahead of time so u didnt miss it? i know!! yall are welcome.

    By darth on Jul 8, 2014

  6. darth you should try and get work as a record/concert/televison show reviewer you`d be about as lame as the rest of them and you`d never have to leave home , just have everything sent in and the concerts you miss just lie as usual. aren`t ya glad I gave you a tip how to earn some cash while sitting at home watching your chambers brothers videos, yall are welcome .

    By hello darth kitty on Jul 9, 2014

  7. hey glen darthy…

    arent you glad im letting everyone know what a troll convicted con man liar stalker thief you are…?

    was last nights jimmy Fallon show happen to be in Chinese by chance…?

    By Jerry's Finger on Jul 9, 2014

  8. Mr Frohman seems to be multi-talented; conman, thief, liar, stalker; and obviously has an appreciation of the strong influence of chinese music on western culture.
    This sort of talent should be preserved, so let’s get him into a tub of formaldehyde as soon as possible.

    By skywalker on Jul 9, 2014

  9. collecting hugh laurie and jimmy fallon shows ?
    how lame.

    By hello darth kitty on Jul 9, 2014

  10. i like hugh laurie. have u listened to his music? if u havent.. how do u know that u dont? he plays a sort of new orleans boogie blues. he had a pbs documentary with live performance in it around the time of his first cd. u should look for it on youtube. its a really interesting and fun clip about 45mins long. its also included with deluxe versions of his first cd. most of his music is from the 20s thru 50s. he performs all over the world to sell out crowds. hes a fabulous musician.
    i dont collect fallon shows. its the music performances that happen on the show that matter to me. i dont know why u are missing the point. altho im not surprised.

    By darth on Jul 9, 2014

  11. ….dont know why u are missing the point…..

    other than your pointed head you have no point.

    By hello darth kitty on Jul 10, 2014

  12. This is really good - but surely the speed is a little too slow? Sounds a bit like Mr Mitchell in places.

    By baconbonce on Jul 11, 2014

  13. big-o - love this early mitchi!


    By I-) on Jul 11, 2014

  14. Thank you SO much! Links still working great in 2017!

    By Grant on Sep 2, 2017

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