Joni Mitchell The Second Fret Ltd Edition Vinyl LP
The Second Fret
TRBLP028 Barcode: 5060174957871 May 2015
1. Urge For Going
2. Both Sides Now
3. The Circle Game
4. Morning Morgantown
5. Chelsea Morning
6. I Had A King
1. Michael From Mountains
2. (Born To) Take The Highway
3. Eastern Rain
4. Song To A Seagull
5. Night In The City
All tracks Joni Mitchell
Tracks 1-4 Side One & Side Two 17th November 1966
Tracks 5&6 Side One 10th December 1967
· Limited Edition vinyl LP
· Includes early versions of classic Joni Mitchell tracks like “Both Sides Now” & “Chelsea Morning”
Joni Mitchell is one of the great singer songwriters of her age. Her career began in the sixties through the folk clubs and coffee houses, where she learned to project as an artist and perform the unique songs she wrote. Coming to the attention of many through other artists’ interpretation of her songs such as Tom Rush, Judy Collins and in the UK Fairport Convention, Joni was able to sign to Reprise records and with the release of her debut album emerged as one of the pioneers of the American singer songwriter movement. Joni Mitchell however was never able to stay in one place and re wrote the book on song composition. Through a series of hugely successful albums both artistically and commercially, Joni Mitchell’s career extended through the sixties and up until 2007. She also toured extensively throughout the seventies and eighties both as a solo artist and with bands. More famously she recorded with Tom Scott’s L.A.Express and recorded the live album Aisle of Miles in 1974. Latterly she performed with a band made up of the cream of the jazz movement including Jaco Pastorius and guitarist Pat Metheny, Don Alias and Lyle Mays.
The material sourced for this release comes from the mid-sixties just prior to Joni gaining a recording contract with Reprise Records. At this point in her career she was writing songs that were so far removed from other singer songwriters that it was only a matter of time before she would get a recording contract. The fact that other respected artists were recording her songs was in all probability the clincher for Reprise to sign her up.
The songs featured in this set were recorded at a club date in late 1966 and 1967, although some of the material later would turn up on some of Joni’s first albums from Reprise records. In fact shortly after some of these performances Joni would sign the major record deal that would see her through the early seventies and form the bedrock of one of the most artistically satisfying and commercial careers in music.