and James Taylor
At The Royal Albert Hall
, Oct 28, 1970 [1CD]
The king and queen of new folk were an unlikely match of the sweet, smooth-talking Taylor and the giggly, elfish Mitchell. Together they visited London and were graciously hosted by the BBC’s John Peel whom you can hear introducing the pair. At the time of post-Dylan folk music, much interest was shown to introspective songwriting, hence Peel’s interest.
This performance exudes both warmth and charm with the pair playing on each other’s strengths and Joni taking lead vocals on James’ You Can Close Your Eyes while singing her own quirky songs The Priest, California and her early favourite The Circle Game.
There’s quite a lot of between song banter with the audience that makes this set so charming for its innocence and exuberance. Nobody was thinking about being an American idol then but rather just spreading their music.
As a bonus, five rehearsal tracks are included that were not broadcast on the BBC. This version is the Wolf ReMaster with the between song audience applause reduced slightly in volume.
- The Little Chicken
Track 01 That Song About The Midway - Joni
Track 02 The Gallery - Joni
Track 03 Rainy Day Man - James
Track 04 Steamroller - James
Track 05 The Priest - Joni
Track 06 Carey - Joni
Track 07 Carolina in My Mind - James
Track 08 California - Joni
Track 09 For Free - Joni
Track 10 The Circle Game - Joni
Track 11 You Can Close Your Eyes - Joni & James
Bonus tracks not broadcast. All by Joni Mitchell
Track 12 The Good Samaritan
Track 13 River
Track 14 My Old Man
Track 15 A Case Of You
Track 16 Carey [with unedited intro]