Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Joni Mitchell – Anaheim, CA (03/05/74)

Joni Mitchell in 1974 - Anaheim

Joni Mitchell featuring Tom Scott and The L.A. Express
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
March 5, 1974
JF Archive Series Vol. 13 via JEMS

Download: FLAC/MP3

Taper: JF

Source: unknown recorder > unknown microphone (mono)

JEMS 2015 Transfer: first-gen reel > Otari MX-5050 > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX4 > iZotope Ozone 5 > iZotope RX MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (edit / index) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

01 This Flight Tonight
02 You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio
03 Free Man In Paris
04 The Same Situation
05 Just Like This Train
06 Rainy Night House
07 Woodstock
08 Cactus Tree
09 Big Yellow Taxi
10 People’s Parties
11 All I Want
12 A Case Of You
13 Dialogue
14 For The Roses
15 Cold Blue Steel
16 Blue
17 For Free
18 Trouble Child
19 Help Me
20 Car On A Hill
21 Both Sides, Now
22 Raised on Robbery
23 The Last Time I Saw Richard
24 Twisted


JEMS loves a vintage taper series and we’re pleased to offer another one, this time from the archive of our friend JF, who taped in and around Southern California in the ’70s and Boston in the ’80s. He frequented smaller venues, like the Troubadour and the Roxy, leaving arenas to others and leaning more towards the folksier, jazzier and eclectic sides of rock.

Most of his ’70s tapes were made on what I would describe as the kind of large, rectangular, portable, C-cel powered cassette recorder that my family and surely many others had in the ’70s, either a Panasonic or a Sony. While I used ours to record myself, my friends and my sister around the house, the teenage JF figured: Why not try taking it into concerts?

I only learned what recorder JF used after I had heard some of his tapes and I have to say I was mildly shocked. Given the gear, his tapes are remarkably clear for the era. And make no mistake, this was an early era for audience recording, part of the first wave spurred on by of the vinyl bootleg revolution.

For further details and backstory on JF, his tapes and the extraordinary lost Van performances from 1975 that started the series, please refer to the notes in Vol. Three:



The JF Archive series resumes with what we believe to be a previously uncirculated Joni Mitchell performance on her well regarded 1974 tour backed by Tom Scott and the L.A. Express. The tour was notable as her first to explore more of a jazz direction compared to her folk-rock beginnings.

You can find the poster for the show, the ticket, photos and a nice contemporary review here:

Itís a lively set featuring a very talkative Joni. The sound quality isn’t up to the level of the best audience tapes of the tour (among them JEMS’ Seattle 3/13/74 master found here http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=318981), but in all, this a lovely performance and another one of those ìyou are thereî recordings, despite the lo-fi gear. Samples provided.

JF did an excellent job capturing the complete performance with no noticeable cuts in the music, Joni’s between song dialogue and stories come through loud and clear.

Though originally recorded on cassette, JF’s Joni recording was transferred from reel-to-reel. That’s because JF, due to tight budgets at the time (he was barely out of high school), routinely transferred his master tapes to reels in order to save tape/money. Because he recorded his masters in mono, he would dub the finished recording onto a single track of a reel, allowing him to fit four or more shows on one 7″ tape and reuse the cassette for the next show. That wasn’t true in all instances, but it is for most. And yes, in hindsight, he is still kicking himself about it. And yet, based on the tapes we’ve transferred so far, JF did a fine job dubbing off his masters, and the Joni reel doesn’t sound any worse for wear despite the one-generation loss.

Once again, we must express our gratitude to JF, who reached out on DIME (you could be next!) and offered us his archive, which had been sitting in boxes, 6000 miles away from where he lives today, for 20+ years. Like so many early tapers, he had great stories to tell and the memories flooded back as we sorted through tapes. We are pleased to be able to bring his work to all of you. Please let him know through your comments that you are, too.

Lastly, as always, special thanks to mjk5510, who continues his critical duty as JEMS’ post-production and quality-control supervisor. His contributions are essential in getting the music to you.


13 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Joni Mitchell – Anaheim, CA (03/05/74)

  1. This is an amazing share – thank you so much!
    And, one of the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen of Joni, for the cover art – what an amazing artist and woman.

  2. Ditto that on all counts,

    Not gonna say thanks on each Joni post individually, some i have already for sure, some are poss alt versions. Anyhow, can’t have too much, great to see such a lovely run of Joni posts.

    Also, one more vol No (13) of the JF (via JEMS) series accounted for! Wonder if there are any other Joni dates lurking in the missing number ranges. If there are any more Joni 74 dates, it’s a must track down

    Thanks Mat

    1. I thought you would enjoy that Joni run. I sent you an e-mail to the proton account. Let me know if you didn’t get it. I’m trying to start a little Van Morrison collective.

  3. OK, may be slight delay in reading, not keen on entering p/ws on this machine at the moment, and i’ve had to take my vista desktop offline since nobody seems to make an AV which will run on it. My new McAfee was no go, along with all the free offerings i tried I’ll ccheck my mail from a borrowed pc on the weekend. Did you investigate that Van database from the link in the notes of the prev jf/JEMS post. Amazingingly comprehensive site, but really difficult to navigate and read. I just love plain formatted text sometimes! Anyway i recommend you try it on a decent size hi res monitor, nightmare on this 17inch laptop.

    Certainly did enjoy the Joni run. My fav posts to find nowadays are Joni and Arlo, since they are so under represented in the torrent/blogosphere


    1. I’ll give you the gist. Recently made a new blog friend who is a Van fanatic. We are putting our resources together to try to collect every Van Morrison show ever created. Step one is creating good lists. I’m working on scouring my collection and putting. list together of everything I own. My friend is trying to create a spreadsheet of every show in existence. Then we’ll put little checks by the shows we own and figure out what we are missing.

      I thought you might want in on that project. If you do we’ll have to figure out the best way to communicate with each other. You’ve had some e-mail issues and he doesn’t really check his. Me and him have been talking via Facebook Messenger but I’m going to guess you want nothing to do with Facebook and there many privacy issues. If you have any ideas I’m all ears.

  4. Incidentally i notice Plumdusty has now put the ‘Oh Mercy’ NET Pink Panter compl, a personal fav as you will recall, I’d happily wait for that one, but i guess you’ll want it anyhow. Fab shows he’s drawn from, highly recommended, should be gfeat

  5. Just a thought but we could always just use an open post here. You could give it a unique tag or something. In any case i’ll look to put together a current list and up it to zippyshare (good news is they’ve upped their file size limit to 500mb, should make life easier for all) Iknow you don’t want loads of links posted here but i could put together a text file on a regular basis and just post one link to that. Icould alwaays put a sgared communal pw on that if you prefer.
    ps you were right in your assumptions re social media. If i think of a better platform for a forum i’ll let you know. In any case i wouldn’t want to hold anybody back with unwanted restrictions just for me.
    I guess at the end of the day the key idea is just to track down whatever files info artices sites etc we can, and share, by whatever means

    I’m prob ahead of myself, not even read the mail yet

  6. That’s an interesting idea. I could create a new post, add in a special tag or maybe put a link to it in the sidebar. Then we could all chat about what shows we have, etc. and post links to new stuff.

    Problems would include the fact that this would make everything public. As soon as I post everyone who follows this blog is going to be in on what we’re doing. If I know the fans of this site that will mean a whole lot of interested conversation which could make the post unwieldy pretty quickly (how far down do you want to scroll to get new comments). Plus, if experience tells me anything we’d get a lot of links to shows we already have at low bit rates.

    Clearly I have no problem sharing the music I own and I don’t mean to disparage any of the fans of this site, but I would like our little collective to be both really thorough and collecting the highest quality stuff available. The more public the post is the more chances of getting cluttered with stuff that doesn’t meet those standards.

    There are also, I’m sure, some trading places on the internet that want to remain somewhat private and would not think kindly to us posting links to them in this very public space. We might have to work out a method of creating text posts and uploading them to Zippy with an privately agreed upon password.

    I think finding some kind of forum we can all use would be best, but a post here might work for now.

    I’ll toss that up to my friend and go from there.

    I just sent him the link to that database. Not sure if he’s used it before. I agree with you in that it is super informative but that layout drives me a little bonkers.

  7. Absolutely, I definitely wouldn’t want that post to become a public forum, apart from anything else I wouldn’t want to undermine the blog having people taking links from there, and certainly not posting. Interesting we are in agreement re pw (i’m sure we could come up with something memorable). Wouldn’t have to be zippy of course, but i’m sure we could come up with a system we could all live withI have no experience of blogger templates etc, so i don’t know how low key we could keep it.

    Know anything about reddit? I use it sometimes but only for baseball links/info etc. I’m not registered or anything

    1. I do know reddit. Not sure how that would work for our purposes. I used to post over there a lot, but its gotten pretty rough over the last couple of years. Not sure it its just a bigger influx of users (which in turn means a bigger influx of obnoxious users) or if the rise of Trump has brought the nutters out of the woodwork, but I find less and less interesting content over there these days. There are some great subreddits (both Bob and the Dead have good ones) but I find myself enjoying other places more.

      But maybe we could make something over there work. What were you thinking?

      I’ll look into seeing if I can make a post on this blog private so only those with passwords or something would have access.

  8. Thanks for this Joni too.
    I’ve got many Joni recordings, probably about 80-90% of what seems to be available.
    I’m transfering on file, but I really have no time to track the songs or work on the sound quality.
    If anyone wishes my recordings let me know.
    Same as for Van Morrison, with some very low generations from 1980 t0 late 1990.

    1. I’d love anything you’ve got. It might take me awhile but I can probably track everything and get the ready for posting. I can’t do anything to the sound quality but I’d love to get what you have in circulation if they aren’t already.

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