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Rock - Released November 20, 2020 | Rhino

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Pop - Released November 20, 2020 | Rhino

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Rock - Released November 6, 2020 | Rhino

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The second release in the Red, White, and Blues Trilogy from Whitesnake, Love Songs collects some of the band's best-known love songs. Included are the U.K. chart hits "Is This Love" and "The Deeper the Love" alongside a handful of remastered and remixed previously unreleased songs. © Rich Wilson /TiVo
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Folk/Americana - Released October 30, 2020 | Rhino

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"I got to beat these leeches to the punch." That's one of the reasons put forth by Joni Mitchell—an artist famously averse to looking backward, especially at her earliest years as a musician—as to why she compiled this massive collection of the first recordings she ever made. The "leeches," of course, are the bootleggers and other folks seeking to exploit her performances, so, in an approach similar to Neil Young's Archives series, Mitchell's audio biography cuts them off by presenting a set that is both chronological and comprehensive. And, surprisingly for broadcast tapes, demos, and live recordings from more than a half-century ago (but perhaps not so surprising for a collection overseen by the fidelity-conscious Mitchell), the audio quality is consistently superb. While many other artists have undertaken similar vault-clearing expeditions, the sheer fact that Mitchell was willing to revisit the era in which she was very explicitly a folk singer—a label she disliked and quickly pivoted away from creatively—is a real surprise. It's almost as surprising as how good of a folk singer she was! The earliest recordings here, from a Saskatoon AM radio broadcast in 1963 and a 1964 cafe concert in Toronto, are all folk standards like "Nancy Whiskey," "Maids When You're Young Never Wed an Old Man," and "House of the Rising Sun." Mitchell's voice molds itself to the warbly pitch favored by female folk singers of the era (and she even plays a ukulele), but it's clear she's merely trying on a costume, using a pre-built form to copy so she can develop her technical skills. By the time the first Mitchell originals appear on the set—on a tape she made for her mother's birthday in 1965—both her music and her voice have begun to transform, and by the 1967 recordings, the more resonant singing voice associated with her—as well as her affinity for unique guitar tunings—s on full display. In fact, when one radio show host comments "Are you ever in straight tuning?" Mitchell kind of laughs and says "just in one song" like it's the most normal thing in the world. (Mitchell's infamous stage banter—honed so she could tune her guitar between songs without completely losing the audience—is in abundant evidence on this set. There is literally an album's worth of her talking and tuning here, and it's all pretty wonderful.) The early demos and concert performances of songs like "Morning Morgantown," "Night in the City," and, of course, "The Circle Game" and "Both Sides, Now" are revelatory in their own way, and one can hear on these recordings why so many of her contemporaries in the folk scene gravitated toward them and why Mitchell included them on her first three, pre-Blue albums. However, the Mitchell originals that never appeared again are even more interesting. Tracks like "Urge for Going" (which Mitchell calls her "first well-written song") and "Born to Take the Highway" are exceptionally strong pieces of work that show just how high her standards were for her own work. To be sure, this era is the least interesting period in Joni Mitchell's musical career, at least from a creative standpoint, but this installment of Archives is nonetheless a substantial, intriguing, and revelatory set, which bodes quite well for the future of the series. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz
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Pop - Released October 30, 2020 | Rhino

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Rock - Released October 29, 2020 | Rhino

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Rock - Released October 23, 2020 | Rhino

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Rock - Released October 23, 2020 | Rhino

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Rock - Released October 16, 2020 | Rhino

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Rock - Released October 15, 2020 | Rhino

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Rock - Released October 14, 2020 | Rhino

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Pop - Released October 8, 2020 | Rhino

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Pop - Released October 7, 2020 | Rhino

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Pop - Released October 1, 2020 | Rhino

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Pop - Released October 1, 2020 | Rhino

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Rock - Released October 1, 2020 | Rhino

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Blues - Released September 25, 2020 | Rhino

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Pop - Released September 24, 2020 | Rhino

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Rock - Released September 17, 2020 | Rhino

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