Miles of Aisles

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Miles of Aisles
Live album by Joni Mitchell
Released November 1974
Recorded March 2 and 4, 1974; August 14–17, 1974
The Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles Music Center and Berkeley Community Center
Genre Folk jazz, Folk-rock
Length 74:00
Label Asylum
Producer Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell chronology
Court and Spark
(1974)
Miles of Aisles
(1974)
The Hissing of Summer Lawns
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[2]
Robert Christgau B−[3]

Miles of Aisles is a 1974 double live album by Joni Mitchell backed by the L.A. Express, recorded on the Court and Spark tour. It reached #2 on the charts and became one of her biggest-selling records.

Four years after "Big Yellow Taxi" stalled at #67 on the charts in its original studio version, the live version heard on Miles of Aisles was released as a single and reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, becoming Mitchell's fourth top 40 hit and continuing her commercial hot streak at the time.

Track listing[edit]

The running times are as listed on the CD, which left out a lot of the onstage banter. The Double-LP has a length of 78 min.

All songs written and composed by Joni Mitchell. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio"   4:09
2. "Big Yellow Taxi"   3:09
3. "Rainy Night House"   4:04
4. "Woodstock"   4:29
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Cactus Tree"   5:01
6. "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire"   5:23
7. "Woman of Heart and Mind"   3:40
8. "A Case of You"   4:42
9. "Blue"   2:49
Side three
No. Title Length
10. "The Circle Game"   6:29
11. "People's Parties"   2:42
12. "All I Want"   3:21
13. "Real Good for Free"   4:27
14. "Both Sides, Now"   4:14
Side four
No. Title Length
15. "Carey"   3:30
16. "The Last Time I Saw Richard"   3:35
17. "Jericho"   3:26
18. "Love or Money"   4:50

Personnel[edit]

  • Joni Mitchell - vocals, guitar, dulcimer, piano

L.A. Express:

Recorded at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California 14–17 August 1974, the L.A. Music Center, 4 March 1974 (track 5) and the Berkeley Community Center, 2 March 1974 (track 13). Cover photo taken at the Pine Knob Music Theater (now the DTE Energy Music Theater) in Clarkston, MI.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2011). "Miles of Aisles - Joni Mitchell | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Davis, Stephen (2011). "Joni Mitchell: Miles Of Aisles : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: joni mitchell". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 

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