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Joni Mitchell / Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet Waiting To Be Danced

Limited 8LP vinyl box set edition • Curated by Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell‘s 2014 CD collection Love Has Many Faces comes to vinyl with the news of a luxury limited edition 8LP box set which features the same 53 tracks as the previous package.

Issued a few days prior to Joni’s 75th birthday, this set features songs recorded throughout Joni’s career and originally came about as a result of a failed attempt to put together single disc collection of songs about love for a potential “ballet about love”. In the sleeve notes she wrote:  “I wanted the music to feel like a total work-a new work. No matter what I did, though, at that length, it remained merely a collection of songs.”

After two years, she had created a four-act ballet based on the 53 songs that make up this inspiring collection. “I am a painter who writes songs. My songs are very visual. The words create scenes… What I have done here is to gather some of these scenes (like a documentary filmmaker) and by juxtaposition, edit them into a whole new work,” she explains.

In the previous set each CD was an ‘act’ but the vinyl box set features eight records. The music is pressed on 12 out of the 16 sides of vinyl with four sides featuring etchings of Mitchell’s artwork – each one signifying the end of an act in the ballet. In other words, each ‘act’ is three sides of vinyl, followed by the etching and then the next ‘act’ begins.

If that sounds in any way pretentious, Joni Mitchell took it very seriously: “I had forty years of footage to review. 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.”

This vinyl box is limited to 5,000 units and comes individually numbered. It is presented in a hard-bound deluxe folio package and will be released on 2 November 2018. Fabulous price right now in the UK for what sounds like a superb set.

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Act 1: Birth Of Rock ‘n’ Roll Days

Side A

“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”

Side B

“Dancin’ Clown”
“River”
“Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody”
“Harry’s House/Centerpiece”

Side C

“Shades Of Scarlett Conquering”
“Number One”
“The Windfall (Everything For Nothing)”
“Come In From The Cold”

Side D – Joni artwork etching

Act 2: The Light Is Hard To Find

Side A

“Court And Spark”
“Not To Blame”
“Nothing Can Be Done”
“Comes Love”
“Trouble Child”

Side B

“No Apologies”
“Moon At The Window”
“Blue”
“Tax Free”
“The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey”

Side C

“Hana”
“Hejira”
“Stay In Touch”
“Night Ride Home”

Side D – Joni artwork etching

Act 3: Love Has Many Faces

Side A

“You’re My Thrill”
“The Crazy Cries Of Love”
“Love Puts On A New Face”
“Borderline”
“A Strange Boy”

Side B

“You Dream Flat Tires”
“Love”
“All I Want”
“Be Cool”

Side C

“Yvette In English”
“Just Like This Train”
“Carey”
“The Only Joy In Town”

Side D – Joni artwork etching

Act 4: If You Want Me I’ll Be In The Bar

Side A

“Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter”
“Two Grey Rooms”
“God Must Be A Boogie Man”
“Down To You”
“A Case Of You”

Side B

“The Last Time I Saw Richard”
“Raised On Robbery”
“Sweet Sucker Dance”
“Lakota”

Side C

“Cool Water”
“Amelia”
“Both Sides Now”
“My Best To You”

Side D – Joni artwork etching

24 responses to Joni Mitchell / Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet Waiting To Be Danced

  1. Robbert says:

    Paid 125 Euros for it last friday evening in Amsterdam record store Fame’s 20% off evening.
    They received 2 copies but the attention mostly went to the Beatles box set that was on sale also!

  2. Chris says:

    Thankfully, I paid a lot less than 200 for it. £140, not much more than the RRP really. Just can’t wait to get it in my hands! Please that you guys have yours. I’m intrigued as to what happened with this set though. Even HMV Oxford Street didn’t get any. I ordered from Amazon within seconds of your email hitting my inbox Paul so am surprised I didn’t get it. I’d love to know how many they got. If Chris’s is in the 4000 range I guess it’s a fair assumption that all 5K were assembled at once so I wonder why the delay in the second batch to Amazon.

    • colm47 says:

      Paid 135 euro as ordered as soon as I got Paul’s email. Number 2892/5000.
      Have the cd box so had to get this.
      Beautiful box set of wonderful music

  3. Wayne says:

    What a collection, mine came this morning via Amazon it’s absolutely a wonderful thing, really is amazing to look at. I’m a big fan of Joni and this is the pride of my collection now !!.

    Amazing and £113 as well thanks for the tip I’m over the moon with this one

  4. Chris Squires says:

    Mine has just arrived this morning and effing “Wow”, it is an absolute thing of beauty and I got it for the measly price of £113 not the £135 as it the typical inefficiency of amazon pricing for which I thank them. Although I see it has come down to £120 with a 1 to 2 month waiting time, not sure how that is going to happen…..

    It’s a monster of a bookset, slightly (ever so) deeper than the recent re-issue of the Tom Petty live anthology, but the artwork really shines. I have the CD set also which pales into pathetic insignificance in the presence of the Vinyl version. This is a set for an “occasion”, it needs everybody out of the house and a couple of hours of me time……

    So very pleased.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Great to hear, because mine is supposed to be arriving today, too!

      • Chris says:

        Can’t risk that Amazon won’t supply now that they’re stating that 1-2 month waiting time so have ordered from eBay at a premium. Annoying but it’s a must have. Can anyone confirm the numbering is /5000?

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          Yes, the numbering is up to 5000. Mine is in the mid 2000s

          • Chris Squires says:

            Mine is the back end of it all in the mid 4,000s.

            By the way the Amazon estimate has now shifted to 1 – 3 weeks from the original 1 – 2 months.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            It’s a *very* impressive presentation. I think if you paid £200 for it you wouldn’t feel ripped off. Mine had a few scuff-type marks on the front cover, but with some gentle rubbing (oo-er missus) they came off, which is a relief, given the bulk and potential hard-to-get-hold-of nature of this set.

  5. Chris says:

    Did anyone actually manage to get this? Amazon failed to supply mine and I can’t find anyone else in the UK with it in stock.

  6. Carl says:

    Price now increased on Amazon UK to £134.

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  8. Richard Evans says:

    The way see it, you just can’t win it.
    Everybody asking for my time, you can’t please them all.

    Saving up to buy the vinyl in 2019

  9. Ausmonty says:

    Yeah – great pre-order price for everybody, unless if you live in Australia!!

  10. Gary says:

    I got this on cd shortly after it initially came out and quality though it is, the vinyl version for me is a little too indulgent as I don’t play the cds that much. On the other hand, if quality female artists are your thing, there is a limited edition 24cd release of the Judie Tzuke back catalogue(including a disc of demos and outtakes) entitled The Total Collection. She may not be in the same league as Ms Mitchell (who is??) but she is quality and it’s a bargain £89.99 via the Judie Tzuke website. Advert over…

  11. Golden Age Of Tory Bollocks, No More Austerity My Arse. says:

    I`ve ordered Joni`s box, I already have the CD SE box but another 6-8 LPs have to be sold to make room and pay for this.

  12. Simon says:

    Arrggh, just too darn tempting. Order placed. Baked beans for a month now :-( It’ll be worth it though.

  13. Murray Robbins says:

    Disappointing to read the content after seeing the name Joni Mitchell in the email title.

    It’s a crying shame that we do not have properly curated re-mastered sets for Joni’s classic mid to late 70s output. This compilation set whilst an audio upgrade on the long-standing CD releases omits so much.

    1st press vinyl, usually US pressings are still the best option sonically.

  14. Steve F says:

    A wasted opportunity… Joni blocked the release of any rare or previously unissued archival content (Demo’s, Live Recordings etc. etc.) which was what her fans really wanted. A great shame. I totally adore her of course, and have all of the work she has released on CD, but like many of her fans, the absence of any Anthologies or Deluxe Editions remains deeply dissapointing / frustrating to me.

  15. ant says:

    What a November! box sets from Kate – Joni – Judie….. this release is great (have the cd version) so here’s hoping we will sometime soon also get a vinyl version of the incredible joni orchestral ‘travelogue’ and the ‘turbulent indigo’ albums. Time to try and increase the overdraft limit!

  16. Brian says:

    Can’t fault Joni for programming each Act/CD onto 3 sides of vinyl. That seems better than spreading it even thinner on 4 sides for each Act/CD. Nonetheless, it’s pretty pricey right now, but will probably fluctuate.

  17. Chris Squires says:

    Trust me, this is a brilliant set. Also Paul, at the moment it is showing up as £113, which for a limited 8LP set needs to be jumped on before amazon get their act together.

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