November 3, 2009 – 4:12 am

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Wembley 1983 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Wembley Arena, London, April 24, 1983. Very good satellite radio re-broadcast.

A previous (circulating) version of this show was the radio capture of the show - FM stereo onto cassette, but in February 2009, this show was rebroadcast by the BBC on its 6Music digital network. No more tape flips but a good, clean sound.

Reviewing the show in the Financial Times in 1983, Antony¬†Thorncroft wrote: “Joni Mitchell carries such a weight of other people’s memories on her narrow shoulders that the demands made on her at public performances are doomed to break even the best will in the world.

“And yet for moments, when she sang Case Of You, alone with a lap guitar, all the old magic survived. The clever lyrics, the poetic melody, the intimate confessions of the songs which comforted millions of romantics a decade ago hushed the packed concrete blankness of the arena in an intimacy outside the scope of any rival performer.”

But fans will agree that the 50-odd-minute set is far too short for Mitchell to properly revisit her standards as well as to promote her then-current album, 1982’s Wild Things Run Fast.¬† The result is like a short but lively dip into the Joni Mitchell oeuvre, certainly whetting your appetite and making you pull out all her albums and giving them a listen, especially if you haven’t heard them in a while. It’s also probably in that (lucky) dip spirit of having fun that she covered Elvis’s Baby I Don’t Care - a sort of rockabilly Joni Mitchell with a bit of swing.

And just in case anyone accuses Mitchell of cashing in, she covered Unchained Melody way before the song became a big hit in the 1990 movie, Ghost. For Mitchell, the song helped to capture the feeling of time passing, just as she was probably trying at Wembley to court and spark her fans once again.

Thanks to paul_b35_uk for taping and sharing the tracks on the Dime site and to Ziggyt for the artwork.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Intro (2.0MB)
Track 02. Free Man In Paris (5.0MB)
Track 03. A Song For Sharon (9.8MB)
Track 04. God Must Be A Boogie Man (5.8MB)
Track 05. Big Yellow Taxi (4.6MB)
Track 06. I Could Drink A Case Of You Honey (7.1MB)
Track 07. Carey (3.9MB)
Track 08. Ameila (10.2MB)
Track 09. (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care (5.9MB)
Track 10. Solid Love (4.2MB)
Track 11. Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody (8.0MB)
Track 12. Woodstock (6.7MB)

Joni Mitchell - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Larry Klein - bass
Michael Landau - guitar
Russell Ferrante - keyboards
Vincent Colaiuta - drums

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  1. 8 Responses to “JONI MITCHELL - WEMBLEY 1983”

  2. Thanks. I saw her on this tour from the 4th row. Great band. She didn’t really loosen up until the end - legendary stage fright, or maybe just stage discomfort.

    By Bill from Pgh on Nov 3, 2009

  3. They had this on a tv/radio simultaneous broadcast when it was first on. I lost the tape I made years back. Sweet. Thanks

    By adam on Nov 3, 2009

  4. This is just great. Joni and then in very good quality. Makes you want to cry out of joy. Seems like 83 was the year where shows have surfaced. I would love to get my hands on anything from 83 to 94, a period where unfortunately nothing has come up that I have been capable of finding. So do not hesitate if you have anything to post. I love it….!

    By Henning2804 on Nov 5, 2009

  5. Henning 2804 - after 1983 Joni didn’t tour again until 1998. There are a handful of very short benefit performances and a smattering of TV and radio appearances, the bulk of them from 1988, 1991 and 1994, but no full-length concerts. If you sign up at — where the above recording was appropriated from — you’ll find more stuff.

    By brigg on Nov 13, 2009

  6. Many thanks for this concert - I saw it on TV when it was first broadcast and it was my first real exposure to Joni and her music. She has since become one of the artists that I most respect and hearing ‘Carey’ again bought tears of joy to my eyes.

    By Reeves on Jun 27, 2011


    By juju on Sep 23, 2011

  8. thanks for posting this’ I recorded it on an old tape machine in 1983′ its so Good to have it in good quality…

    By Jim on Apr 20, 2013

  9. Hi

    only Track 4 & 9 seem to be active
    / a re up would be great. Thanx in Advance.

    By M O Neill on Jul 3, 2020

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