is the first live album by Miles of Aisles Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1974 on Asylum Records. It is her first live album, a double documenting her concerts in support of the album with her backing band for the tour, the Court and Spark L.A. Express. It reached #2 on the and became one of her biggest-selling records, certified a Billboard 200 gold record by the RIAA.
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This was Mitchell's first tour with backing musicians; prior to this she had generally performed solo, and had never organized a tour with a band.
She hired an already existing group, the  jazz fusion band L.A. Express, members of which had appeared on her previous studio album, Court and Spark, the biggest commercial success of her career. A track from this live album, " Big Yellow Taxi", was released as a single. Four years after the studio version had stalled at #67 on the as a single, this live version reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, becoming Mitchell's fourth Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hit single and third in a row.
The album contains many of her best-known songs, but only one track derived from her recent album and neither of its two hit singles, "
Help Me" and " Free Man in Paris". All tracks except two were recorded at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, August 14 to 17, 1974. "Cactus Tree" was recorded at the Los Angeles Music Center on March 4, and "Real Good for Free" at the Berkeley Community Theater on March 2. The cover photo was taken at the Pine Knob Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan.
 Track listing [ edit ]
All tracks written by Joni Mitchell.
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
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
Personnel [ edit ]
The L.A. Express
Henry Lewy - sound engineer, mixing Ken Caillat - assistant engineer
Anthony Hudson - art direction
References [ edit ]
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Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Joni Mitchell". . London: Fireside. pp. 547–548. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide ISBN 0-7432-0169-8 . Retrieved . 8 September 2009 Portions posted at "Joni Mitchell > Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on July 31, 2011 . Retrieved . June 2, 2015
RIAA database retrieved 13 August 2014
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Blackburn, Dave (September 12, 2011). "A Conversation with Max Bennett". jonimitchell.com . Retrieved . September 3, 2014
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