Rediscovery of a live Joni Mitchell performance originally recorded in 1968—by Jimi Hendrix

August 8, 2021 • 1:30 pm

I found this post on Joni Mitchell’s Facebook page, and it’s an amazing story. What’s more, we can hear one song from the performance, which eventually will be part of a Joni Mitchell retrospective (see post below):

Here’s one song from the performance—from March 19, 1968:

17 thoughts on “Rediscovery of a live Joni Mitchell performance originally recorded in 1968—by Jimi Hendrix

  1. What an amazing story. Thanks for the preview and I look forward to the album’s release in October.

    On a similar note (sorry), the story of the recovery of Peter Frampton’s 1954(!) Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty, thought lost in a plane crash in Manuel Noriega’s Panama in 1980 and returned to Frampton three decades later is quite extraordinary:
    https://www.guitarplayer.com/players/peter-frampton-on-recovering-his-les-paul-custom-years-after-it-went-down-in-a-deadly-plane-crash

  2. What a wonderful story. This music sends shivers down my spine. I have volume 1 of her archives. It’s a multi- CD set that is worth every penny. As an old sixties folky, hearing Joni do songs like Anathea and House of the Rising Sun is simply magical. I’ve pre-ordered volume 2 but if you have Apple Music and download vol. 2 now, you won’t get the whole album (since it won’t be released until October 29) but you will get a few cuts, including this one.

  3. He said to me, ‘my name is Jimi Hendrix. I’m on the same label as you. Reprise Records.’

    Reprise is the label Francis Albert Sinatra formed when he left Capitol (and the source of his sobriquet “Chairman of the Board”). I doubt Old Blue Eyes expected it would be recording the likes of Jimi and Joni at the time.

    Lovely version of “Dawntreader.”

    1. “He said to me, ‘my name is Jimi Hendrix. I’m on the same label as you. Reprise Records.”

      That’s such a nice humble introduction. As if Joni would not have known who he was!

  4. Hendrix also lost his original final tapes of ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ when he left them in a cab. The version we have been listening to all these decades was hastily re-mixed to Hendrix’s dissatisfaction.

    The mix on that album is a little uneven in some spots.

    Jimi was a great musician but a bit careless and not always with it in other ways.

  5. I have wondered what some of the musical icons of my youth such as Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janet Joplin would be like now had they survived.

    Would they have aged relatively gracefully like Mick Jagger (possibly with the assistance of some sort of Faustian bargain) or somewhat less gracefully like Elvis Presley.

  6. Beautiful. Can’t wait for release of the whole show!
    This song is likely about David Crosby. The timing is right and he’s usually the Sailor in her lyrics.

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