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Miles of Aisles (Live)

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Rather than just offer her hits in a live setting, Joni Mitchell used Miles Of Aisles (1974) to reconsider her earlier folk-rooted songs within the jazz-pop context of her mid-‘70s period. Recorded at a series of California dates, the album finds Joni spurred on by the L.A. Express, and akin in sound to her commercial breakthrough Court And Spark, the ensemble playing here is smooth and sleek, defined by Tom Scott’s versatile sax work. Upbeat tunes like “Carey” and “Big Yellow Taxi” work best with this approach; moodier material like “Woodstock” is less successful. Still, it’s a hoot to hear Mitchell clowning around with the lyrics to “The Last Time I Saw Richard” and engaging the audience to sing with her on “Both Sides Now.” Memories of her former shyness as a stage performer vanish with confident readings of “Blue,” ”Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire” and “Cactus Tree.” Rounding out the album are studio recordings of “Jericho” and “Love Or Money,” a pair of jazz-pop tunes prefiguring the songs on her next several releases. Miles Of Aisles is a generally pleasing set of postcards from the road, the work of an artist in transit — both literally and creatively.

Customer Reviews

I've always loved Joni, BUT

It took my oldest daughter to REALLY make me appreciate her genuis! This little 12 year old listened to Joni for hours. As years passed, she bought every Joni album and became a folk singer. She is now 30, still sings and there is hardly an occasion when I do not hear Joni when I am with her. This album shows what a live performance should REALLY be like. Keep on keeping on, Joni!


I rarely favor live versions of previously recorded material, but several of these are for me better than the studio originals. In fact, this would be my "deserted island" Joni CD.

Just like I was there again

Saw Joni tour with LA Express in '74. This recording is a very accurate representation of what that experience was like. Joni truly hit her stride when she branched out to jazz and many of of her earlier recordings work amazingly well in this genre. It was a change at the time for her fans but, I came to the realization that Joni's vocal skills were best suited to this genre.


Born: November 7, 1943 in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No female artist better typified the singer/songwriter movement of the '70s than Joni Mitchell, though her public image as the serious, sensitive woman with a guitar shortchanged her abilities, ambitions, and accomplishments. Mitchell's gift for writing personal, folk-inspired songs about the thorny side of life and love was inarguable (particularly on albums like 1970's Ladies of the Canyon and 1971's Blue), but Mitchell also brought the same smarts and eloquence to glossy pop on her commercial...
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