Joni's lost '80s, retrieved and repackaged

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Joni Mitchell – The Complete Geffen Recordings

While it’s unusual to highlight sleevenotes, Joni’s own to this four-disc box are remarkable: she slams the record company for burying this uncommercial work, and disses individual tracks.

She confesses to recording with Don Henley, then replacing him with Lionel Richie, who happened to be across the hall. As sleevenotes go, they’re more dramatic than most novels.

Pity we can’t say the same about the music:not her most productive era. Wild Things Run Fast (1982) is pretty, and the “Chinese Caf