TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sonics in the May/June 2019 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Numbered, Limited Edition 180g Vinyl 8LP Box Set!
First Time On Vinyl! Limited To 5000 Copies!
A New Collection About Love (And The Lack Of It) Curated by Joni Mitchell!
Joni Mitchell-Curated 8LP Collection Featuring 53 Newly Remastered Songs Recorded Throughout Her Landmark Career That Evoke Her Vision Of Love
LOVE HAS MANY FACES: A QUARTET, A BALLET, WAITING TO BE DANCED was first conceived as the music to a ballet about love. But after spending 18 months trying to distill everything she'd written about loveand the lack of itdown to a single disc, Mitchell abandoned the ballet. "I wanted the music to feel like a total worka new work. No matter what I did, though, at that length, it remained merely a collection of songs," she wrote in the liner notes to the set. Undaunted, Mitchell did not give up. Instead, she continued to sequence her songs, determined to prove to herself that what she was after was possible. After two years, she had created a four-act ballet based on the 53 songs that make up this inspiring collection. "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," she explains.
LOVE HAS MANY FACES makes its vinyl debut on November 2, 2018. Limited to 5,000 individually numbered copies, the set is presented in a hard-bound deluxe folio package. It includes 53 songs on eight 180-gram LPs. Etchings of Mitchell's artwork are featured on four individual album sides, each one signifying the end of an act in the ballet. It truly is an artist-curated collection. Mitchell selected the material from 40 years of recording. She designed the package, which includes a book containing 53 lyrical poems, six paintings, and an autobiographical text illuminating her recording process. It is funny, mystical, and informative.
Mitchell organized the music into different thematic acts, which allowed her songs to interact with one another in a whole new way. The process, she says, was a lot like making a film. "I had forty years of footage to review. Then, suddenly, scenes began to hook up. Then series began to form. Instead of it being an emotional roller coaster ride as it was beforecrammed into one discthemes began to develop. Moods sustained. I was getting there When this long editorial process (two years) finally came to rest, I had four ballets or a four-act balleta quartet. I also had a box set."
Longtime listeners should find the music familiar but fresh. Newcomers have an adventure before thema journey into highly-original, harmonically innovative, unusually rhythmic music. Some of the greatest musicians in the world are gathered heresupporting this emotionally charged exploration of love's many faces.
"This compilation leans slightly toward her 80s-and-later work (about half her studio discography) and includes reinterpretations of earlier material, which suggests that, looking back, the older and wiser Joni wins out. Note, however, that the final act offers, in Joni's words, "a warm and friendly ending". Joni fans have long been blessed with good sound, including three albums on the TAS Super LP list. The LHMF platters boast clean, open sonics with plenty of air, detail, and bloom. For someone who sings so beautifully, that's only fair." - Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, May/June 2019
• Individually Numbered Limited Edition of 5000
• 8LP Box Set
• 180g Vinyl
• First time on vinyl
• Hard-bound deluxe folio package
• 53 songs on 8 LPs
• 4 sides feature etchings of Joni Mitchell's artwork
• Book containing 53 lyrical poems, 6 paintings and an autobiographical text illuminating Mitchell's recording process
Act 1: Birth Of Rock 'N' Roll Days
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
1. Dancin' Clown
3. Chinese Cafe / Unchained Melody
4. Harry's House / Centerpiece
1. Shades Of Scarlett Conquering
2. Number One
3. The Windfall (Everything For Nothing)
4. Come In From The Cold
Act 2: The Light Is Hard To Find
1. Court And Spark
2. Not To Blame
3. Nothing Can Be Done
4. Comes Love
5. Trouble Child
1. No Apologies
2. Moon At The Window
4. Tax Free
5. The Wolf That Lives In Lindsey
3. Stay In Touch
4. Night Ride Home
Act 3: Love Has Many Faces
1. You're My Thrill
2. The Crazy Cries Of Love
3. Love Puts On A New Face
5. A Strange Boy
1. You Dream Flat Tires
3. All I Want
4. Be Cool
1. Yvette In English
2. Just Like This Train
4. The Only Joy In Town
Act 4: If You Want Me I'll Be In The Bar
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
1. The Last Time I Saw Richard
2. Raised On Robbery
3. Sweet Sucker Dance
1. Cool Water
3. Both Sides Now
4. My Best To You