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July 5, 2011 by esarsea

Joni Mitchell is the artist – and Miles of Aisles is the album – that are responsible for giving birth to my affinity for female vocalists.

Miles of Aisles was a double live album recorded at the Universal Ampitheatre in Los Angeles, California in 1974, and released that same year.  Joni’s backing band was for this performance was Tom Scott and the L.A. Express.

The album was broken up into 3 segments. Side 1 featured Joni performing with L.A. Express. On sides 2 and 3 Joni performed solo, singing and playing acoustic guitar or piano. On side 4 Joni was once again joined by the L.A. Express to close out the show. It’s one of the most haunting, beautiful and reflective performances ever recorded in my opinion. Wonderfully produced and engineered for its era, it remains a favorite of mine to this day. I would highly recommend this album to fans of most any musical genre.

If you pick up a copy for yourself, I’d also recommend the HDCD version. When this 2-record set (running time 78 minutes) was originally remastered for CD, it was edited for time. Some of the dialogue between Joni and the audience was omitted, and the natural segue between a few of the songs were lost. The HDCD version reportedly contains the complete original version as it appeared on vinyl.   

Here’s a few cuts from the album:

Oh, and in case you were wondering – although made popular by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young,  Woodstock was written by Joni Mitchell.

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