Hear James Taylor & Joni Mitchell’s ‘You Can Close Your Eyes’ Live Duet From 1970

Listen to Mitchell and Taylor duet on "You Can Close Your Eyes," a song JT wrote for Joni in 1970.

By Nate Todd Oct 11, 2021 12:38 pm PDT

A live rendition of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor performing “You Can Close Your Eyes” from London in 1970 is now available digitally for the first time. The rare duet is set to appear on Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971) due out on November 12.

In August 1970, Mitchell visited Taylor — the legendary singer-songwriters were dating at the time — while he was on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico to film Two-Lane Blacktop, JT’s first and only starring acting role. The couple’s time in New Mexico saw Taylor penning “You Can Close Your Eyes” for Mitchell. A few months later, Taylor and Mitchell would perform the song together ​​at the Paris Theatre in London on October 29, 1970. The show — which saw Joni and James sharing the stage for a number of songs and will appear in full on Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 2 — was captured for BBC Radio’s In Concert program and was broadcast on December 27, 1970.

Speaking to Cameron Crowe for the liner notes on Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 2, Mitchell remembered the performance fondly:

We did the show in London together. That’s when we were dating. He really locked up to my dulcimer, playing great with his guitar. Those two instruments together sound great. It sounded like one instrument. Musically, we were a great couple.

Listen to Joni Mitchell and James Taylor duet on “You Can Close Your Eyes” from London in 1970 below:

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