Joni Mitchell Set To Release Performance Recorded By Jimi Hendrix
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For Release in October
Jimi Hendrix’s personal recording of a Joni Mitchell show is slated for release in Mitchell’s upcoming boxed set titled “Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971)”, out on October. He captured the concert while sitting at a front row seat in Cafe Le Hibou, Ottawa, Canada on March 19, 1968. It was newly unearthed after it was considered lost decades ago.
To preview the collection, Mitchell teased it with a track from that particular set titled “The Dawntreader”.
“They came and told me, ‘Jimi Hendrix is here, and he’s at the front door.’ I went to meet him,” she told filmmaker/journalist Cameron Crowe in a liner-notes interview. “He had a large box. He said to me, ‘My name is Jimi Hendrix. I’m on the same label as you. Reprise Records.’”
“We were both signed about the same time,” she continued. “He said, ‘I’d like to record your show. Do you mind?’ I said, ‘no, not at all.’ There was a large reel-to-reel tape recorder in the box.”
“The stage was only about a foot off the ground. He knelt at edge of the stage, with a microphone, at my feet,” she recalled. “All during the show, he kept twisting knobs. He was engineering it.. He beautifully recorded this tape. Of course I played part of the show to him. He was right below me.”
Earlier that evening, Hendrix had his own show just a few blocks away. He wrote about Mitchell in his diary, whom he described as a “fantastic girl with heaven words.”