Joni Mitchell - The Asylum Albums (5LP, Box set)

Joni Mitchell - The Asylum Albums (5LP, Box set)

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  • For the Roses (1972) : 1LP
  • Court and Spark (1974) : 1LP
  • Miles of Aisles (1974) : 2LP
  • The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975) : 1LP 

Joni Mitchell – Guitar, vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring Joni Mitchell] 

5LPs, Box set

Limited to 20,000 pressings

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecified

Label : Elektra

Original Label : Elektra

Remastered in 2022 by Bernie Grundman

Essay by Neil Young

Released in August 2022



LP1 - For the Roses (1972)


  1. Banquet
  2. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire
  3. Barangrill
  4. Lesson in Survival
  5. Let the Wind Carry Me
  6. For the Roses


  1. See You Sometime
  2. Electricity
  3. You Turn Me On I'm a Radio
  4. Blonde in the Bleachers
  5. Woman of Heart and Mind
  6. Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig's Tune)

LP2 - Court and Spark (1974)


  1. Court and Spark
  2. Help Me
  3. Free Man in Paris
  4. People's Parties
  5. Same Situation


  1. Car on a Hill
  2. Down to You
  3. Just Like This Train
  4. Raised on Robbery
  5. Trouble Child
  6. Twisted

LP3-4 - Miles of Aisles (1974)


  1. You Turn Me On I'm a Radio
  2. Big Yellow Taxi
  3. Rainy Night House
  4. Woodstock


  1. Cactus Tree
  2. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire
  3. Woman of Heart and Mind
  4. A Case of You
  5. Blue


  1. Circle Game
  2. People's Parties
  3. All I Want
  4. Real Good for Free
  5. Both Sides Now


  1. Carey
  2. The Last Time I Saw Richard
  3. Jericho
  4. Love or Money

LP5 - The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975)


  1. In France They Kiss on Main Street
  2. The Jungle Line
  3. Edith and the Kingpin
  4. Don't Interrupt the Sorrow
  5. Shades of Scarlett Conquering


  1. The Hissing of Summer Lawns
  2. The Boho Dance
  3. Harry's House/Centerpiece
  4. Sweet Bird
  5. Shadows and Light



    Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Court and Spark - Ranked 110/500

    Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - The Hissing of Summer Lawns - Ranked 258/500



    For the Roses AllMusic Review by David Cleary:

    “On For the Roses, Joni Mitchell began to explore jazz and other influences in earnest. As one might expect from a transitional album, there is a lot of stylistic ground explored, including straight folk selections using guitar ("For the Roses") and piano ("Banquet," "See You Sometime," "Lesson in Survival") overtly jazzy numbers ("Barangrill," "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire," and hybrids that cross the two "Let the Wind Carry Me," "Electricity," "Woman of Heart and Mind," "Judgment of the Moon and Stars"). "Blonde in the Bleachers" grafts a rock & roll band coda onto a piano-based singer/songwriter main body. The hit single "You Turn Me on I'm a Radio" is an unusual essay into country-tinged pop, sporting a Dylanesque harmonica solo played by Graham Nash and lush backing vocals. Arrangements here build solidly upon the tentative expansion of scoring first seen in Ladies of the Canyon. "Judgment of the Moon and Stars" and "Let the Wind Carry Me" present lengthy instrumental interludes. The lyrics here are among Mitchell's best, continuing in the vein of gripping honesty and heartfelt depth exhibited on Blue. As always, there are selections about relationship problems, such as "Lesson in Survival," "See You Sometime," and perhaps the best of all her songs in this genre, "Woman of Heart and Mind." "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire" presents a gritty inner-city survival scene, while "Barangrill" winsomely extols the uncomplicated virtues of a roadside truck stop. More than a bridge between great albums, this excellent disc is a top-notch listen in its own right.”

    Court and Spark AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny:

    “Joni Mitchell reached her commercial high point with Court and Spark, a remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz which stands as her best-selling work to date. While as unified and insightful as Blue, the album -- a concept record exploring the roles of honesty and trust in relationships, romantic and otherwise -- moves away from confessional songwriting into evocative character studies: the hit "Free Man in Paris," written about David Geffen, is a not-so-subtle dig at the machinations of the music industry, while "Raised on Robbery" offers an acutely funny look at the predatory environment of the singles bar scene. Much of Court and Spark is devoted to wary love songs: both the title cut and "Help Me," the record's most successful single, carefully measure the risks of romance, while "People's Parties" and "The Same Situation" are fraught with worry and self-doubt (standing in direct opposition to the music, which is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last).”

    Miles of Aisles AllMusic Review by TiVo Staff:

    “A 1974 live effort recorded with backing band the L.A. Express, Miles of Aisles consists of fairly straightforward versions of songs from Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell's first five (pre-Court and Spark) albums. Although the record includes some soulful, Santana-esque lead guitar work from Robben Ford, and an extremely tight rhythm section, the best tracks are the ones where Mitchell is accompanied only by her own acoustic guitar or piano. In this setting, Mitchell is better able, both vocally and emotionally, to navigate the subtle peaks and valleys of her early material.
    Standout tracks include a surprisingly (considering how many times she must have had to sing it, even in 1974) heartfelt and sensitive version of "Both Sides Now" and a very sweetly sung "Blue." Although by no means essential compared to her other work, the performances on Miles of Aisles do have a certain offhandedness that may be of interest to those who think Mitchell often takes herself too seriously.”

    The Hissing of Summer Lawns AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny

    “Joni Mitchell evolved from the smooth jazz-pop of Court and Spark to the radical Hissing of Summer Lawns, an adventurous work that remains among her most difficult records. After opening with the graceful "In France They Kiss on Main Street," the album veers sharply into "The Jungle Line," an odd, Moog-driven piece backed by the rhythms of the warrior drums of Burundi -- a move into multiculturalism that beat the likes of Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting to the punch by a decade. While not as prescient, songs like "Edith and the Kingpin" and "Harry's House -- Centerpiece" are no less complex or idiosyncratic, employing minor-key melodies and richly detailed lyrics to arrive at a strange and beautiful fusion of jazz and shimmering avant pop.”


    Ratings :


    • For the Roses : 4.5 / 5
    • Court and Spark : 5 / 5
    • Miles of Aisles : 3 / 5
    • The Hissing of Summer Lawns : 4.5 / 5

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