AS 11041 Free Man In Paris
no production credits
Released on July 1974
US CHART POSITION #22 (charted July 27, 1974 for 14 weeks) . . . ROLLING STONE TOP 500 SONGS: #470
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AS 11041 wo. picture sleeve
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A good artist is like a camera with a complex and unique filter. As Joni Mitchell became widely popular, her lens took in wider circles, graduating from self-portraits to portraits of famous people. The scale of the music also grew, framing the excessive objects that appeared in her new field of vision. “Free Man In Paris” is a portrait of David Geffen (so legend goes), then an executive with Asylum Records. Joni the artist does a neat thing here by letting the subject speak to us directly. The result is that “Free Man In Paris” works like a miniature, musical documentary; Joni simply presents it and frames it. The B side is a self-portrait in a mirror at a big party, Mitchell an island in a sea of people. Both tracks are identical to the elpee versions; generally speaking, Mitchell’s singles are an unrewarding avenue for collectors.

TRACK LISTING

  1. FREE MAN IN PARIS    (Joni Mitchell)    3:02
  2. PEOPLE'S PARTIES    (Joni Mitchell)    2:20

    UK 7-inch single
  3. FREE MAN IN PARIS
  4. CAR ON A HILL

    Asylum Spun Gold reissue
  5. FREE MAN IN PARIS
  6. HELP ME

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN July 1974 Asylum 7" AS 11041  
US 1974 Asylum 7PRO AS-11041-A feat. A mono on flip
UK 1974 Asylum 7" AYM533  
US   Asylum Spun Gold 7" E-45075  

 

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