Out Now: Joni Mitchell Adds to ‘Archives’ Series with ‘The Asylum Albums (1972 – 1975)’ (Listen/Buy)

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The next collection of music in the Joni Mitchell Archives series has arrived today, Sept. 23, in the form of The Asylum Albums (1972 – 1975), a new box set is made available by Rhino Records.

It’s a continuation of the Archives series that began in October 2020 with Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) and continued with last year‘s Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971), the new set promises a wealth of recordings from the vault, revisiting this era of Mitchell’s timeless career.

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Here’s the official description of this collection and what it captures from Mitchell’s catalog:

THE ASYLUM ALBUMS (1972-1975) follows Mitchell’s musical evolution over four albums as she embraced more jazz-inspired pieces and moved away from the folk and pop of her early years. It includes essential tracks like her first Top 40 hit, “You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio,” and her highest-charting (#7) single “Help Me,” plus favorites like “Free Man In Paris,” “Raised On Robbery” and “In France They Kiss On Main Street.”

For The Roses, released 50 years ago this November, was certified gold and added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2007. Court And Spark topped the U.S. album chart and was certified double platinum, making it the best-selling album of Mitchell’s career. It was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and won Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for “Down To You.”

Miles Of Aisles is a double live album that spotlights the tour for Court And Spark. It reached #2 on the album chart and was certified gold. The Hissing Of Summer Lawns was certified gold as well, peaking at #4 on the album chart and earning a Grammy® Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

The new collection heralds the upcoming release of JONI MITCHELL ARCHIVES VOL. 3, which will arrive next year. It will be the third installment in the comprehensive archival series exploring different eras of Mitchell’s celebrated career through unreleased studio and live recordings. VOL. 3 will focus on the timeframe when she recorded the albums included in THE ASYLUM ALBUMS (1972-1975).

And the collection’s full track listing:

For The Roses (1972)
1. “Banquet”
2. “Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire”
3. “Barangrill”
4. “Lesson In Survival”
5. “Let The Wind Carry Me”
6. “For The Roses”
7. “See You Sometime”
8. “Electricity”
9. “You Turn Me On I’m A Radio”
10. “Blonde In The Bleachers”
11. “Woman Of Heart And Mind”
12. “Judgement Of The Moon And Stars (Ludwig’s Tune)”

Court And Spark (1974)
1. “Court And Spark”
2. “Help Me”
3. “Free Man In Paris”
4. “People’s Parties”
5. “Same Situation”
6. “Car On A Hill”
7. “Down To You”
8. “Just Like This Train”
9. “Raised On Robbery”
10. “Trouble Child”
11. “Twisted”

Miles Of Aisles (1974)
1. “You Turn Me On I’m A Radio”
2. “Big Yellow Taxi”
3. “Rainy Night House”
4. “Woodstock”
5. “Cactus Tree”
6. “Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire”
7. “Woman Of Heart And Mind”
8. “A Case Of You”
9. “Blue”
10. “Circle Game”
11. “People’s Parties”
12. “All I Want”
13. “Real Good For Free”
14. “Both Sides Now”
15. “Carey”
16. “The Last Time I Saw Richard”
17. “Jericho”
18. “Love Or Money”

The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975)
1. “In France They Kiss On Main Street”
2. “The Jungle Line”
3. “Edith And The Kingpin”
4. “Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow”
5. “Shades Of Scarlett Conquering”
6. “The Hissing Of Summer Lawns”
7. “The Boho Dance”
8. “Harry’s House/Centerpiece”
9. “Sweet Bird”
10. “Shadows And Light”


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