The Second Disc

Expanded and Remastered Music News

A Case of Joni: Mitchell Curates New Love-Themed, Career-Spanning Box Set

with 10 comments

Joni - Love Has Many FacesIn 2007, Joni Mitchell released her last studio album to date, Shine.  That release was her first recording since 2002’s Travelogue and first collection of new songs since 1998’s Taming the Tiger.  Over the past seven years, the influential singer-songwriter has mainly made headlines for her candid and revealing interviews, on which she’s held forth about such topics as Bob Dylan’s alleged plagiarism and her own struggles with Morgellons disease.  So it’s refreshing that Mitchell is back in the spotlight for her music, thanks to a new box set to arrive just in time for the holiday gift-giving season.  On November 17, Rhino will release a new four-disc collection entitled Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced.

In the tradition of past compilations curated by Mitchell including The Beginning of Survival, Dreamland and Songs of a Prairie Girl, Love Has Many Faces promises to be a thematic exploration of the artist’s poetic, soulful and jazz-inflected music created over the decades.  The set includes 53 newly-remastered songs selected from her catalogue which began with 1968’s David Crosby-produced album Song to a Seagull and has encompassed such acknowledged classics as Ladies of the Canyon (1970), Blue (1971), Court and Spark (1974) and Both Sides Now (2000).  It’s promised that the remastered songs on Love will be “familiar but fresh,” with “a lot of sonic adjustment.” In a press release, Mitchell elaborated, “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.”

As the title indicates, the box set was initially conceived for the ballet stage.  “I wanted the music to feel like a total work – a new work,” Mitchell writes in the liner notes. “No matter what I did, though, at that [ballet performance] length, it remained merely a collection of songs.”  So the artist rearranged 53 songs into “thematic acts” like that of a ballet. Comparing her to that of a film editor, she offers, “I had 40 years of footage to review. Then, suddenly, scenes began to hook up. Then series began to form.” She elucidates, “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 finally came to rest, I had four ballets or a four-act ballet — a quartet. I also had a box set.”

Hit the jump for more details including the complete track listing and pre-order links!

Among the diverse songs chosen by Mitchell are classics including “River,” “A Case of You,” “In France They Kiss on Main Street,” “All I Want,” “Carey,” and “Raised on Robbery” as well as the title songs of Blue, Court and Spark, Hejira, Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter and The Night Ride Home.  Numerous favorites, of course, aren’t here, such as “Help Me” or “Free Man in Paris.”  The discs are housed within a deluxe, hardcover book including 53 “lyrical poems” to coincide with the songs, six brand new Mitchell paintings, and the artist’s liner notes.

Joni Mitchell’s Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced arrives from Rhino on November 17 and can be pre-ordered at the links below!

Joni Mitchell, Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced (Rhino, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

CD 1

  1. In France They Kiss On Main street
  2. Ray’s Dad’s Cadillac
  3. You Turn Me On I’m A Radio
  4. Harlem In Havana
  5. Car On a Hill
  6. Dancin’ Clown
  7. River
  8. Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody
  9. Harry’s House/Centerpiece
  10. Shades of Scarlett Conquering
  11. Number One
  12. The Windfall (Everything For Nothing)
  13. Come In From the Cold

CD 2

  1. Court and Spark
  2. No Apologies
  3. Trouble Child
  4. Not to Blame
  5. Nothing Can Be Done
  6. Comes Love
  7. Moon at the Window
  8. Blue
  9. Tax Free
  10. The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey
  11. Hana
  12. Hejira
  13. Stay In Touch
  14. Night Ride Home

CD 3

  1. You’re My Thrill
  2. The Crazy Cries of Love
  3. Love Puts On a New Face
  4. Borderline
  5. A Strange Boy
  6. You Dream Flat Tires
  7. Love
  8. All I Want
  9. Be Cool
  10. Yvette In English
  11. Just Like This Train
  12. Carey
  13. The Only Joy In Town

CD 4

  1. Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter
  2. Two Grey Rooms
  3. God Must Be a Boogie Man
  4. Down To You
  5. A Case of You
  6. The Last Time I Saw Richard
  7. Raised on Robbery
  8. Sweet Sucker Dance
  9. Lakota
  10. Cool Water
  11. Amelia
  12. Both Sides Now
  13. My Best To You

NOTE: Joni Mitchell re-recorded “Both Sides Now” and “A Case of You” for her 2000 album of the same name and a number of her other songs on 2002’s Travelogue.  The information below pertains only to the original versions of the songs, as we do not yet have confirmation as to which versions she has included on the forthcoming box set.

CD 1, Tracks 1, 9-10 from The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Asylum, 1975
CD 1, Tracks 2, 12-13, CD 2, Tracks 5, 14 & CD 3, Track 13 from Night Ride Home, Geffen, 1991
CD 1, Track 3 from For the Roses, Asylum, 1972
CD 1, Track 4, CD 2, Tracks 2, 13, CD 3, Tracks 2-3 & CD 4, Track 13 from Taming the Tiger, Reprise, 1998
CD 1, Track 5, CD 2, Tracks 1, 3, CD 3, Track 11 & CD 4, Tracks 4, 7 from Court and Spark, Asylum, 1974
CD 1, Tracks 6, 11 & CD 4, Tracks 9-10 from Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm, Geffen, 1988
CD 1, Track 7, CD 2, Track 8, CD 3, Tracks 8, 12, & CD 4, Tracks 5-6 from Blue, Reprise, 1971
CD 1, Track 8 from Travelogue, Nonesuch, 2002
CD 1, Track 9 from The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Asylum, 1975
CD 2, Track 4, CD 3, Tracks 4, 10 from Turbulent Indigo, Reprise, 1994
CD 2, Track 6, CD 3, Track 1 from Both Sides Now, Reprise, 2000
CD 2, Track 7, CD 3, Tracks 6-7, 9 & CD 4, Track 2 from Wild Things Run Fast, Geffen, 1982
CD 2, Track 9 from Dog Eat Dog, Geffen, 1985
CD 2, Track 10, CD 4, Tracks 3 & 8 from Mingus, Asylum, 1979
CD 2, Track 11 from Shine, Hear Music, 2007
CD 2, Track 12, CD 3, Track 5 & CD 4, Track 11 from Hejira, Asylum, 1976
CD 4, Track 1 from Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter, Asylum, 1977
CD 4, Track 12 from Clouds, Reprise, 1969

Written by Joe Marchese

October 15, 2014 at 12:06

10 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. I’m scratching my head at this point, what with the constant recycling of her back catalog in various themed packages. I’m sure her new paintings are worth seeing, but not sure this is the best method to display them, bundled with 4 discs of old tracks that were never intended to sit side-by-side. How about a live archival series, given that many of Joni’s performances were recorded professionally for television and radio? Her live sets often featured unusual re-arrangements of her songs, which I’d prefer to hear over another shuffling of her studio tracks.

    William Keats

    October 15, 2014 at 12:24

  2. Yeah, this is pretty disappointing, since most Mitchell fans will have nearly all of this stuff, or at least a decent chunk of it, and she’s not the sort of artist that has a lot of casual fans who’d pay for a 4CD boxed set. Not to mention, there *must* be a lot of unreleased goodies in the vault.

    Morgellons, by the way, is almost universally understood to be a delusion (in the medical sense) and not really any sort of physical malady at all, except in the sense that it affects the mind. I know Mitchell’s had some tough moments, and hope she’s getting the real help she needs.

    John H

    October 15, 2014 at 18:17

  3. 3rd-ed for disappointing. She says “What I have done here is to gather some of these scenes and by juxtaposition, edit them into a whole new work.” Isn’t that like an artist saying, “Well, I’ve rearranged the previously-seen paintings that were displayed the four or more times I’ve displayed them before, and created a whole new exhibition.” Yes, well, kinda…


    October 16, 2014 at 09:40

    • I’m pretty stoked about this actually. Definitely in.

      Robert Lett

      October 16, 2014 at 14:10

  4. As a life-long fan who keeps her entire ouvre on whatever device I’m currently listening to, I have no need to buy this for myself, but it’ll make a great Christmas gift. Compiling a playlist of her personal choices in the order she’s selected makes for a most interesting – one might even say relevatory – musical
    experience. Topping them off with seventeen more I couldn’t live without, for a total of seventy, and I’ve got the perfectly portable essential Joni, who, if it needs to be said again, is without peer.


    October 17, 2014 at 05:45

    • (Correction, “revelatory.”)


      October 18, 2014 at 00:19

  5. If you read the remarks about the basis of the set – a suite designed for a ballet, which Joni decided to share with the public that might be interested in having it – I don’t think the complaints are called for at all. It was not intended as a new set of rarities or outtakes. I suppose she could just as well have not shared her ballet concept at all, then no one could have it. Buy it or don’t buy it.


    October 18, 2014 at 12:35

  6. I am a huge Joni Mitchell fan and IMHO the above comments – even the critical ones – are letting Joni and her record company off lightly.

    This is the year 2014 and until now there has been no Joni box set. And now with this news we have the mssed opportunity of a totally pointless box set. Yes no one has to buy it; but what a total and utter waste of everyone’s time. Where are the live tracks, unreleased studio tracks, alternate versions and demos?

    The ballet logic is a complete misnomner for this collection.That could have formed the basis of this collection – with an extra CD of rarities added on. One of the most pointless, disappointing releases of recent years; and so sad when a Joni box set could be such an interesting listen and fascinating item.

    Is it too late to hope that Joni and the record company at the last minute add an extra disc?

    Gerry Hassan

    October 19, 2014 at 13:37

    • yes


      October 19, 2014 at 21:24

      • I have been a fan of Joni Mitchell for many years. I have a friend, in fact we’ve been friends for 55 years, whom I didn’t even know was a Joni fan until Travelogue came out. He thought it was so great but it didn’t do much for me. Recently he sent me the Amazon link to this new collection and he thought I would be very excited. However, all I could think was ‘here she goes again, time to make some money, rehash the old stuff, throw some new artwork on it and watch the suckers lap it up.’ Sorry to sound so harsh, but enough is enough, Joni!


        December 16, 2014 at 15:34

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: