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November 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Joni Mitchell box set sounds fantastic but no surprises | New Recordings

Joni Mitchell, “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced” (Rhino)

It’s a surprise given the long span of Joni Mitchell’s career that she has never previously put out a multi-disc compilation box. The four-CD set “Love Has Many Faces” is her first, with a total of 53 tracks, all newly remastered.

 

Mitchell has been working on this for two decades, and in 2009 even issued a news release announcing a planned collection of rare outtakes due that year. She pulled the plug on that, however.

Five years later, this arrives, but contains no non-LP material, and the tracks included trend toward her late period work. Essentially, what Mitchell did was to create four separate CD “playlists” from her catalog. While her pairings are interesting — 1976’s “Amelia” leading into 1968’s “Both Sides Now,” for example — this could be easily done with iTunes by anyone.

The sound and remastering is phenomenal, though. You might think that Joni is in the other room singing to you. If she is, please ask her to open up those vaults and finally put out material fans don’t already own.

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Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Amelia", "Both Sides Now", "Love Has Many Faces"

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