JONI MITCHELL – ” A Woman In The East ” Budokhan Hall 7th March 1983

Posted: March 7, 2017 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Released in October 1982, Joni Mitchell s 11th studio album, Wild Things Run Fast was, for some fans, a return to form. What this often meant in reality was that many such Mitchell enthusiasts had been somewhat perplexed by this remarkable composer and performer s output since 1975, when she introduced jazz and classical influences into her work, and even when such tendencies were included on such towering albums as Hissing Of The Summer Lawns and Hejira , a certain quarter longed still for the days of Big Yellow Taxi, The Circle Game and Woodstock. Nothing wrong, of course, with such majestic and beautiful songs, but to dismiss such a challenging and forward thinking artist s moves does appear to be a little stilted. But, when Joni Mitchell hit the road in early 1983 on one of her longest and widest reaching tours – taking in Europe, Asia and Australia in addition to dates in North America – it seems she was out to please all her fans: the sticklers, the modernists and the-somewhere-in-betweens. In fact so diverse and eclectic were the set-lists on this remarkable tour, they not only took in cuts from her classic years and her brace of mid-1970s challengers , she would often give numbers from her most reviled work (amongst the traditionalists), Mingus , a whirl. But she would always appease those disgruntled by a rendition of God Must Be A Boogie Man with a splendid A Case Of You, a well placed Both Sides Now or an encore of Carey. This superb FM radio broadcast, transmitted live from Joni s show at Tokyo s famous Nippon Budokan, is a fine example of such a show, mixing as it does the old, the new, the borrowed and – while the title track from her 1971 meisterwork is inconveniently absent – cuts from Hissing , Hejira and Mingus are all in evidence. Hopefully, therefore, a fine time was had by all those in attendance. For anyone listening today, a fine time is hereby guaranteed.

Let’s get straight to it, the reason you’re reading this review, you want to know what the sound quality is like. You can see the setlist, you know whether you like the songs, you’re already a fan and are familiar with this particular Joni era, but before you fork out for it. what is the recording quality like? Well, I’m pleased to report it is excellent. There are a lot of these old radio broadcasts floating around now and the sound quality varies from awful to excellent, I’ve been quite taken aback by the sound quality of this one, it is only just short of what you’d expect of an officially released live album, it really is that good. So if you’re holding back wondering whether or not this sounds like it was recorded in a tin can, hold back no,longer this is one of the very best of the plethora of old radio broadcasts that are being released now.

Songs On Joni Mitchell A Woman In The East:

1. Free Man in Paris
2. Edith and the Kingpin
3. You Dream Flat Tires
4. Refugee of the Road
5. You’re So Square
6. For Free
7. Big Yellow Taxi
8. A Case of You
9. God Must Be a Boogie Man
10. Wild Things Run Fast
11. Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow
12. Solid Love
13. Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody
14. Help Me
15. You Turn Me On I’m A Radio
16. Love
17. Both Sides Now
18. Underneath the Streetlight
19. Woodstock
20. Carey

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