The latest in Joni Mitchell’s archival series, The Asylum Albums (1972-1975), gives longtime fans and newcomers something more to appreciate about the iconic artist’s transitional period of a new decade. Available on September 23rd, The Asylum Albums follows Mitchell’s departure from folk in favor of jazz, and catalogs the five LPs she made with then brand-new label Asylum Records.
The announcement of the forthcoming remastered collection came days after Mitchell’s surprise performance at the Newport Folk Festival. In her first performance in nearly 7 years, Mitchell joined Brandi Carlile onstage for hits like “A Case of You” and “Both Sides Now.” Watch below as the full live orchestra sheds tears during the latter, a tune Mitchell wrote with striking precocity at 23 years old in 1966, then revisited in 2000 on a new album that bears its name.
You can preorder The Asylum Albums (1972-1975) here via Rough Trade. The LP and CD collection includes For the Roses (1972), Court and Spark (1974), the double live album Miles of Aisles (1974), and The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975), all remastered by Bernie Grundman.