Joni Mitchell & James Taylor ‘IN PERFECT HARMONY / TAKES TWO TO TANGO’ : Smilin’ Ears 7703

Mitchell J Taylor J In Perfect Harmony 4

Mitchell J Taylor J In Perfect Harmony 3I cannot see any spine writing but copies exist where it says: SE-7703 James Taylor & Joni Mitchell: Takes Two To Tango   1977 Smilin’ Ears Switzerland

HOTWACKS separates this release into IN PERFECT HARMONY on Escargot Records and TAKES TWO TO TANGO on Smilin’ Ears. I assume they went by the spine writing for the Smilin’ Ears version. It does seem as if several producers might have had their finger in the pie here and produced several different versions, based on the variations I managed to locate (with help, t.y, Karl), I am still looking for more images (printed spine, back, label variations, upgrades).

Released late 1977 / early 1978

 

Mitchell J Taylor J In Perfect Harmony 4 one lblMitchell J Taylor J In Perfect Harmony 4 two lbl

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Reissues / copies:

Mitchell J Taylor J In Perfect Harmony

Mitchell J Taylor In P Har BerkelyMitchell J Taylor In P Har Berkely b

 

Mitchell Taylor inPHarm

 

This recording is usually attributed as having been recorded at the Royal Albert Hall but is a John Peel session recorded live in front of a studio audience at the BBC’s Paris Theater in London.

Comments from guitars101.com:

This one is a bit of a mystery to me. I have a DVD of James Taylor‘s appearance on BBC TV and I can tell you that the songs he sings solo on this recording are from the same recording as that DVD…exact same spoken intros, same improvised lyrics, etc. However, the DVD looks like it was recorded in a TV studio in front of a small audience, not in a venue the size of the Royal Albert Hall…

The title of this bootleg is misleading. While Joni Mitchell did indeed perform at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 1970 the tracks on this bootleg were actually recorded by the BBC at the Paris Theatre shortly after her appearance at The Isle Of Wight Music Festival. The concert, including James Taylor’s solo songs, was broadcast in December 1970 as John Peel’s Sunday Concert on BBC’s Radio One.

[BBC Broadcast Portion]
01. John Peel Intro > That Song About the Midway
02. The Gallery
03. Rainy Day Man
04. Steamroller
05. The Priest
06 Dialog (spoken)
07. Carey
08. Carolina On My Mind
09. California
10. For Free
11. Circle Game Intro (spoken)
12. The Cirlce Game
13. You Can Close Your Eyes

[Air-Check rehearsal tape, Not broadcast and not on the album]
14. The Good Samaritan
15. The River
16. My Old Man
17. A Case Of You
18. Dialog (un-edited)
19. Carey

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Excerpts from this broadcast were first bootlegged ca. 1976 on the TAKRL (1949) release (Kept On) By Her Own Devices

Mitchell J BHOD

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1 comment
  1. A saved comment added when I had the first attempt up:

    “Hi, I used to have this LP many years ago, I had the slick cover version on POD records, green or blue color label…I’ve seen the printed cover version at record fairs in the past). Sadly, whilst the recording sound quality was excellent, my copy had a pressing flaw which jumped on a few tracks…Keep up the great work, love seeing these old memories pop up! Cheers Geordie Mick”

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