The renowned songwriter, singer, guitarist, and painter Joni Mitchell will turn 75 this November. The milestone is being marked by a recently announced pair of tribute concerts in L.A., a new photo book, and now, a limited-edition, 8-disc,180-gram vinyl box set of some of Joni's finest work--53 ruminations on love and all its complexities from across her storied career, including many tracks that are brand-new to vinyl.
Yesterday, Rhino officially announced the November 2 release of an 8-LP box set version of Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced. Sequenced by Joni herself, it's a 53-song thematic collection that was originally released as a 4-CD collection in 2014. (Read Joe's review of the CD set here!)
The project, says Joni, "rose from the ashes" of two proposed but abandoned projects: a different career-spanning box set and a dance collaboration with Jean Grand-Maitre and The Alberta Ballet. Joni had worked with the Alberta Ballet before, for her 2008 rumination of war and corruption, The Fiddle and The Drum. For her next dance project, Joni wanted to focus on the many definitions and aspects of love and relationships.
But, as she culled through her celebrated forty-year discography and attempted to whittle all she had to say about love down to an hour, Mitchell was met with some difficulty. "I wanted the music to feel like a total work," she wrote. "A new work. No matter what I did, though, at that length, it remained merely a collection of songs." Undaunted, Mitchell--who always thought of herself as a visual artist derailed by circumstance--continued to edit. "I had forty years of footage to review," she wrote. "Then, suddenly, scenes began to hook up. Then series began to form. Instead of it being an emotional roller coaster ride as it was before--crammed into one disc--themes began to develop. Moods sustained. I was getting there... When this long editorial process (two years) finally came to rest, I had four ballets or a four-act ballet--a quartet. I also had a box set." A box set that sees classics and deep cuts, songs old and new, interacting with each other in a brand-new, illuminating way.
Now, the nearly four-hour collection comes to vinyl. The set is strictly limited to 5,000 units and will be presented in a hardbound, deluxe folio package. The 53 songs will be pressed onto eight discs. To retain Joni's original four-act concept, though, etchings of her artwork appear on four individual sides of vinyl. In addition, the packaging will include a book with lyrics, six paintings, and illuminating, Grammy-winning liner notes written by Joni herself that detail the trajectory of the project and provide background on the tracks and the collaborations that created some of the most compelling, complex, and innovative music of our time.
Notably, Rhino's LP issue of Love Has Many Faces will mark the vinyl debut of nineteen Joni Mitchell recordings, as her post 1991 albums have yet to receive any standalone vinyl treatment. The collection will also feature a 2014 Joni Mitchell-sanctioned remix of 1994's "Borderline," featuring new trumpet accompaniment from Ambrose Akinmusire. All 53 tracks were remastered in 2014 under Joni's supervision.
All told, Joni Mitchell fans are in for a treat with this new vinyl release, which arrives from Rhino on November 2. You can find the full track list below with all the "side breaks," along with pre-order links as they become available.
Joni Mitchell, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced (Rhino, 2018) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada Link TBD)
Act 1: Birth of Rock 'n Roll Days
- In France They Kiss On Main Street
- Ray's Dad's Cadillac
- You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio
- Harlem In Havana*
- Car On A Hill
- Dancin' Clown
- Chinese Café/Unchained Melody
- Harry's House/Centerpiece
- Shades of Scarlett Conquering
- Number One
- The Windfall (Everything for Nothing)
- Come In From the Cold (Single Edit)
Act 2: The Light Is Hard To Find
- Court and Spark
- Not To Blame*
- Nothing Can Be Done
- Comes Love*
- Trouble Child
- No Apologies*
- Moon at the Window
- Tax Free
- The Wolf That Loves in Lindsey
- Hejira (2002 Version)*
- Stay In Touch*
- Night Ride Home
Act 3: Love Has Many Faces
- You're My Thrill*
- The Crazy Cries of Love*
- Love Puts On a New Face*
- Borderline (2014 Version, featuring Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet)*
- A Strange Boy
- You Dream Flat Tires (2002 Version)*
- Love (2002 Version)*
- All I Want
- Be Cool (2002 Version)*
- Yvette in English*
- Just Like This Train
- The Only Joy in Town
Act 4: If You Want Me I'll Be In The Bar
- Don Juan's Reckless Daughter
- Two Grey Rooms
- God Must Be a Boogie Man (2002 Version)*
- Down To You
- A Case of You
- The Last Time I Saw Richard (2002 Version)*
- Raised On Robbery
- Sweet Sucker Dance
- Cool Water (Duet with Willie Nelson)
- Amelia (2002 Version)*
- Both Sides Now (2000 Version)*
- My Best to You*
Act 1-B2, Act 2-B3, Act 3-B3, Act 3-C3, and Act 4-A5 from Blue, Reprise LP 2038, 1971
Act 1-A3 from For the Roses, Asylum LP SD 5057, 1972
Act 1-A5, Act 2-A1, Act 2-A5, Act 3-C--2, Act 4-A4, and Act 4-B2 from Court and Spark, Asylum LP 7E-1001, 1974
Act 1-A1, Act 1-B4, and Act 1-C1 from The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Asylum LP 7E-1051, 1975
Act 3-A5 from Hejira, Asylum LP 7E-1087, 1976
Act 4-A1 from Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, Asylum LP BB-701, 1977
Act 2-B5 and Act 4-B3 from Mingus, Asylum LP 5E-505, 1979
Act 1-B3 and Act 2-B2 from Wild Things Run Fast, Geffen LP M5-2019, 1982
Act 2-B4 from Dog Eat Dog, Geffen LP GHS-24074, 1985
Act 1-B1, Act 1-C2, Act 4-B4, and Act 4-C1 from Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm, Geffen LP GHS-24172, 1988
Act 1-A2, Act 1-C3, Act 2-A3, Act 2-C4, Act 3-C4, and Act 4-A2 from Night Ride Home, Geffen LP GEF-24302, 1991
Act 1-C4 is a single edit of the song from Night Ride Home, Geffen single , 1991.
Act 2-A2 and Act 3-C1 from Turbulent Indigo, Reprise CD 9-45786-2, 1994
Act 1-A4; Act 2-B1; Act 2-C3; Act 3-A2; Act 3-A3; and Act 4-C4 from Taming the Tiger, Reprise CD 9-46451-2, 1998
Act 2-A4, Act 3-A1, and Act 4-C3 from Both Sides Now, Reprise CD 9-47620-2, 2000
Act 2-C2, Act 3-B1, Act 3-B2, Act 3-B4, Act 4-A3, Act 4-B1, and Act 4-C2 from Travelogue, Nonesuch 79817-2, 2002
Act 2-C1 from Shine, Hear Music HMCD-30457, 2007
Act 3-A4 is a special 2014 edit of the song originally from Turbulent Indigo, previously released on Love Has Many Faces, Rhino CD R2 544846, 2014
Songs marked (*) make their vinyl debut on this set.
Mark H. says
"All 53 tracks were remastered in 2014 under Joni’s supervision." Which likely means we are getting vinyl cut from digital masters.
Also, apparently she doesn't consider her first three albums as part of her "forty-year discography".
Sam Stone says
Joni has acknowledged those early albums as part of her legacy, and she even mentioned her desire to remix/remaster Song to a Seagull. I guess she felt other songs were a better fit for her intentions with this concept.
Gerry Hassan says
This box set when it first came out in 2014 was a missed opportunity: no rarities, no unreleased tracks. Joni like McCartney when he put an artist chosen box set filled it with already released tracks.