September 11, 2011 – 4:36 am

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New York 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY; February 23, 1972. Very good soundboard. Slight distortion.

When it comes to Joni Mitchell albums, most fans would include 1971’s Blue as among her best. Here is a Rolling Stone review:

With Blue, Mitchell’s lyrical outlook became much more entwined with her own emotions, quickly establishing her as the most significant of the confessional singer/songwriters. Her delicate but ever-adventurous vocals, bolstered by the album’s quiet but assured instrumentation, left the songs to speak for themselves. The giddy hopefulness of All I Want, the bittersweet regret of Last Time I Saw Richard and the sheer romantic wisdom of the title tune spoke eloquently.

This show has been widely shared among fans and, along the way, someone added these notes:

This soundboard show features Joni alone (until the final track) in NYC at the Carnegie. The performance is nearly exactly midway between “Blue” (June ‘71) and “For The Roses” (November ‘72) and features Joni playing mostly songs from those two LPs, plus a few of the obligatory back catalog stuff. The “For The Roses” songs are really great to hear, in raw, solo versions nine months before their actual album release. Joni is her typical effervescent early ’70s self, with quite a bit of fun audience interaction. She’s clearly happy to be there. On the last song, she is joined by Graham Nash and Stephen Stills.

Perhaps one of these days, a cleaner version of this show (a couple of generations up the line?) might surface.

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Track 01. This Flight Tonight (5.0MB)
Track 02. Electricity (5.4MB)
Track 03. Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire (9.2MB)
Track 04. Big Yellow Taxi (5.1MB)
Track 05. Blue (5.5MB)
Track 06. For Free (6.3MB)
Track 07. Banquet (5.9MB)
Track 08. All I Want (5.8MB)
Track 09. A Case Of You (9.9MB)
Track 10. Carey (7.8MB)
Track 11. Lesson In Survival (5.2MB)
Track 12. Woodstock (6.0MB)
Track 13. You Turn Me On (I’m A Radio) (5.6MB)
Track 14. For The Roses (7.5MB)
Track 15. Both Sides Now (6.8MB)
Track 16. Applause (2.0MB)
Track 17. My Old Man (6.0MB)
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Track 18. The Circle Game (with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills) (13.2MB)

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  1. 16 Responses to “JONI MITCHELL - BLUE IN NEW YORK 1972”

  2. Ilike her music and always have but!!!! I once saw her in Boston and she had a melt down and started to cry and refused to play because the piano was out of tune!!! I felt sorry for the C_NT!!! for 10 seconds, thanks for not refunding my money

    By Bootleg - Steve on Sep 11, 2011

  3. One moment of being human does not need a mention - a lot of Joni goes a long way!

    By Albyjnr on Sep 11, 2011

  4. sounds like a complete self-absorbed baby throwing a tantrum. so the piano is out of tune - get your roadie to tune it or play the song on guitar.

    By Ali Baba on Sep 12, 2011

  5. Is this thread of discussion about this music recording?
    Cool show
    Did you ever try to tune a piano? Roadies don’t tune pianos and not during a show by the way

    By jack on Sep 12, 2011

  6. why the joni bashing? just say nothing at all. esp when you know some folks, like me, simply have always adored her, esp in these exact days. thanks fer the show!

    By rick harper on Sep 12, 2011

  7. l love her music and this show is great but she is still a winebag C-nt

    By Bootleg - Steve on Sep 12, 2011

  8. Just a minor correction. Although the performance sounds pretty good, I think there is, unfortunately, more than ’slight’ distortion on this recording.

    By Zaar Locust on Sep 12, 2011

  9. thanks, bigO - more joni = always good!!!


    By I-) on Sep 13, 2011

  10. Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Weavers - any rarities hiding out there to share?

    Thanks for this share. It may not be Awesome, but it is a lot better than some of the dismal sounding, I mean muddy and tinny crap, that is uploaded on many sites these days. This sounds good considering it is not a record company release.

    By JALtheImpaler on Sep 13, 2011

  11. what’s a “winebag”? and your rationale? for that matter what’s yer precise definition of a “c—”?

    hee hee(I really couldn’t care less)

    Regards, me matey

    Rick Harper

    By rick harper on Sep 13, 2011

  12. You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish.

    By Sking on Sep 14, 2011

  13. Ali and Bootleg, YOU try going to work night after night with 20,000 eyes fixed directly on you alone and things going wrong outside of your control that you can’t fix negatively impacting the quality your work! And tell me YOU’VE never punched out early when you could, during a bad day at work.

    Yeah, I’d be pissed in the audience too, but last time I checked, life’s got disappointments. She’s still a brilliant musician.

    By Motorvilleboy on Sep 15, 2011

  14. ^^ what Motorvilleboy said ^^

    thanks, BigO

    By tony on Sep 16, 2011

  15. I wouldn’t rate this as “very good” soundboard. The distortion is quite severe on “Blue” and noticeable on others songs I’ve heard. OK for a major Joni fan but otherwise wait for some of the other, much better Big O shows, several of which appeared recently. As always, thanks for posting.

    By jania on Sep 23, 2011

  16. where’s “California”, Joni ???

    By butchBOB on Oct 18, 2011

  17. I’m sure the artist had nothing to do with issuing refunds. More likely the venue had that option, if even. So your appreciation of an artist’s sensitivity, a necessary element to some of their best work, stops at delivering to you what you feel you got coming? She owed you nothing & you should respect her feelings, else you wouldn’t have any songs at all from her.

    By Ben-Hurt on Apr 25, 2016

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