Joni Mitchell ‘The Asylum Albums (1972 – 1975)’ Collection Coming 9/23; Preview with Remastered Track

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On Sept. 23, the next collection of music in the Joni Mitchell Archives series will be released when The Asylum Albums (1972 – 1975) box set is made available by Rhino Records.

Continuing 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.

Per a news release:

The collection features newly remastered versions of For The Roses (1972), Court And Spark (1974), the double live album Miles Of Aisles (1974), and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975). All four were recently remastered by Bernie Grundman.

It was previewed with a newly remastered version of “You Turn Me On I’m A Radio,” which was shared on Thursday:

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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).

This news comes on the heels of Mitchell’s surprise performance at the Newport Folk Festival, an unexpected treat alongside Brandi Carlile and Wynonna Judd that made headlines around the world last weekend as Mitchell’s first full public live concert since 2002.

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