Compiled by Simon Montgomery, © 2001

1974.08.17  Universal Amphitheatre  Universal City, CA

Selections from this concert series were released on
the live album Miles Of Aisles.

» This Concert is a part of the 1974 Summer Tour of North America.

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photo by Paul C Babin August 1974 [pbabin]
Photo by Steve Dulson
Billboard on Sunset Boulevard.

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oxyalum on 2011-Aug-02 at 23:02:17 GMT-5:
This was a magical concert. Joni was perfect. The music was perfect. There was a definite connection between the audience and Joni. Everything seemed to gel as one. I am immediately transported back to that night when I listen to the "Miles of Aisles" album. Unforgettable.
pbabin on 2010-Jul-06 at 09:07:32 GMT-5:
This was the summer of "Court and Spark". I was 22 years old and about to enter film school at USC. The influence of jazz on Joni's music became obvious to me with this album, though of course she'd been drawing on it for quite some time. I remember being intrigued by Robben Ford, the L.A. Express lead guitarist; he was only a year older than me, also from L.A., and an extraordinary talent. The musicianship of all the Express guys was inspirational.
And then there was Joni.
At this concert, I'm left with memories of her comfort and joy, her elegance (she changed into a dark, sequenced gown later in the show)and her delight in having the backing of musicians of this caliber.
Like all important artists, Joni was a teacher. The poetry of her lyrics had illuminated the mystery of human nature, and now my world of musical awareness was growing through her work with Tom Scott and The L.A. Express. Within months, I would discover Keith Jarret, Pat Metheney, Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report.