Joni Mitchell ‎– Blue

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Reprise Records ‎– 74842, Rhino Records (2) ‎– 74842
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180g, Gatefold
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℗ © 1971 Warner Bros. Records

Pressed at RTI on HQ-180® vinyl.

Gatefold jacket and plain blue gatefold paper inner.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker): 0 8122 74842 1 7
  • Other (Legacy catalog number - Jacket back): MS 2038
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1): MS-2038-A KPG&SH@ATM 14569.1(3)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): MS-2038-B KPG&SH@ATM 14569.2(3)
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Variant (MS-2038-B Scratched Out)): RHI1-74842B KPG&SH@ATM 14569.2(3)

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MS 2038 Joni Mitchell Blue(LP, Album, San) Reprise Records MS 2038 US 1971 Sell This Version
MS 2038, 7599 27199-1, REP 44 128 Joni Mitchell Blue(LP, Album, RE, 180) Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records MS 2038, 7599 27199-1, REP 44 128 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
K44128 Joni Mitchell Blue(LP, Album, Tex) Reprise Records K44128 UK 1975 Sell This Version
8RM- 2038 Joni Mitchell Blue(8-Trk, Album, yel) Reprise Records 8RM- 2038 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
RRC 2038 Joni Mitchell Blue(LP, Album) Reprise Records RRC 2038 South Africa 1971 Sell This Version

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tottrhys

tottrhys

June 16, 2018
Agree with Mr Shocktime. I have several versions of this and this pressing is exceptional to my ears. Well worth the money. The RTI pressing is of a high standard too. Go to version for me.
MrShocktime

MrShocktime

January 6, 2018

I have to say that I disagree with RoloJam below. Initially his review turned me away from purchasing, but I finally picked this pressing up and I'm very impressed by the sound quality. I have had a 70s pressing, a recent German reissue, and this one is by far the best pressing I've personally owned. I finally have a copy I can listen to happily.
RoloJam

RoloJam

July 29, 2017

I have very mixed feelings about this pressing of this record. This probably my favorite album by Joni Mitchell. I was in awe the first time I heard it. It stark at times and reflectively hopeful throughout.

This record was mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman. This is the second go around for Hoffman having mastered this for DCC previously. Hoffman supposedly mastered the DCC pressing closer to the Reprise mastering with some audiophile touches he is known for. For this record, he definitely wanted something different. For this record, he wanted a straight cut from the master tapes as a true Audiophile release. If you can hear it on the master tapes, he wanted it on this pressing. It's said that Grey went through numerous lacquers to get this done. There is very little or any compression or equalization on this pressing. This all sounds like a great idea because you get a truer picture of what what was actually done during the recording process.

The problem I have is for most people, we don't have the equipment that make this pressing sound good. Hoffman's intentions could be understandable if he had mastered the DCC release as it's presented here. But his is Rhino. Rhino is a re-issue label, not an audiophile label. Without equalization, the volume is uneven from track to track.Without compression, the dynamic range is hugely increased, however, it also has the effect that their are severe peaks. A lot of the bass and drums on a lot of the tracks are very out of balance with the rest of the mix, which keeps the listener from hearing the interplay between the vocals and the other instruments. On a system with ported speakers, I really doubt the bass can properly be controlled. I have two system, both with subwoofers to give my mains a bump on the bottom end. My main system has a sealed subwoofer and my other setup has a ported subwoofer. The Sealed subwoofer does much better controlling the bass.

I will say that there are tracks where Grey and Hoffman do excellent job. Probably my 2 favorite tracks are Blue and River where Joni is only accompanied by piano. On those track, here vocals are clear as day and the piano is expansive and majestic. But overall, as listening experience of the entire album in a single sitting, it overall isn't that great.

I also own a mid 80s pressing of this album. That is the pressing of Blue that I love. I'll probably keep this pressing because some of the tracks do sound exceptional on there own. But I can't say that I will ever truly like this pressing of Blue.