Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Live: Carey-Mr. Tambourine Man

Joni Mitchell: Carey-Mr. Tambourine Man


I second the motion of Ramone666 - count me in for an Official Joni Bootleg Series!

In late-October of 2009, the Joni-list was all a-buzz with confirmed stories of a soon-to-be-released two-disc concert CD, complete with a 48-page booklet of photos and text, of a "forgotten" recording that was about to see the light of day, 40 years later...

Amchitka: the 1970 concert that launched Greenpeace took place October 16, 1970 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - the line-up: Phil Ochs, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor (who was a last-minute addition, at Joni's request)...

You can read all about it here (to hear all the songs, go to the Music button, then click the green Playlist and Streaming link)... but nothing compares to listening with your whole heart and soul - I bought the CD for my husband and myself before we left for our Christmas vacation and, every time we put it into the car player (which was often), we never failed to be amazed by the pristine quality of the sound, the richness of the voices and the innocence of a time in which 10,000 people paid $3 each to come together for a common cause: to stop nuclear testing in Alaska...

The CD can only be purchased from the website, and all proceeds go to support the continuing work of Greenpeace - I came very close to posting Joni's stunningly haunting version of Woodstock, but this Carey-segues-into-Mr.-Tambourine-Man is special for a few reasons: Joni covering Dylan... and, at about the 6-minute mark, Joni forgets the words and asks James for help (and the rest, as they say, is history... :-)

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