Joni Mitchell's humblingly beautiful isolated vocals on "River"

Joni Mitchell's "River," from her 1971 masterpiece, Blue, has long been one of my favorites of her compositions. The sad, dreamy imagery of a wintertime love lost and the desire to skate away on an endless frozen river forever has got to be one of the most potent evocations in popular music.

In this isolated vocal from that track, we get to hear just how pure, powerful, and expressive Joni's vocals were on this recording.

[Via Far Out Magazine]

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Joni Mitchell sings “Both Sides Now” on the Mama Cass TV Show (1969)

I didn't know Mama Cass Elliot had her own TV show. The first (and last episode) aired in 1969. One of her guests, Joni Mitchell, performed a wonderful version of her song “Both Sides Now.”

From Open Culture:

The Internet was an undreamable little dream in 1969, when the sole episode of The Mama Cass Television Show aired. The former singer of the Mamas and the Papas died five years later, presumably unaware that future generations would have knowledge of, let alone access to, her failed pilot. She may have described her variety show as “low key” to the Fremont, California Argus, but the guest list was padded with high wattage friends, including comedian Buddy Hackett, and singers Mary Travers and John Sebastian. Joni Mitchell, above, delivered an above-reproach performance of “Both Sides Now.”

From the same show, Mama Cass, Mary Travers, and Joni Mitchell sing 'I Shall Be Released':

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