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Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 2: The Reprise Years


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Explores The Period Leading Up To Blue Through Nearly Six Hours Of Unreleased Home, Studio, And Live Recordings

As part of the 50th anniversary of Blue celebrations, Rhino announces the release of JONI MITCHELL ARCHIVES VOL. 2: THE REPRISE YEARS (1968-1971), which will be released on 29th October 2021 as a 5CD set. 

The tracks on ARCHIVES VOL. 2 have been sequenced chronologically to follow Mitchell in real time through one of the most creative periods of her career. The collection uncovers several unreleased Mitchell originals, including “Jesus” recorded in 1969 at her friend Jane Lurie’s New York apartment in Chelsea, which also served as the setting for the song “Chelsea Morning.” 

Other highlights include Mitchell’s performance at Le Hibou Coffee House in Ottawa on 19th March 1968 that was recorded by Jimi Hendrix and a concert at the Paris Theatre in London on 29th October 1970 that was broadcast on the BBC. The latter includes several songs destined to appear on Blue the following year: “Carey,” “River” and “My Old Man.” In addition, singer-songwriter James Taylor joined Mitchell to perform with her during the second half of the show. Among the other treasures on ARCHIVES VOL. 2 is Mitchell’s complete Carnegie Hall debut, recorded on 1st February 1969, a few months before the release of her second album, Clouds, which would win Mitchell her first of nine Grammy Awards. 

Like its predecessor, ARCHIVES VOL. 2 includes a booklet illustrated with many unseen photos from Mitchell’s personal collection as well as new liner notes featuring conversations about the time period between writer/filmmaker Cameron Crowe and Mitchell.

ARCHIVES VOL. 2 serves as a companion to The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) boxed set, which arrives on 2nd July in 4CD and 4LP. It includes newly remastered versions of Blue (1971) and the three albums that came before it: Song To A Seagull (1968), Clouds (1969), and Ladies Of The Canyon (1970).

Tracklist

Disc One

Joni’s home (late 1967/early 1968)

  1. “Midnight Cowboy” – Version one
  2. “The Dawntreader” – Demo with vocal overdub 
  3. “Song To A Seagull”
  4. “Midnight Cowboy” – Version two

Jane Lurie’s Apartment, Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City, NY (late 1967/early 1968)

  1. “The Way It Is”
  2. “Turn Around” – Incomplete

Home Demo, Joni’s home (late 1967/early 1968)

  1. “I Had A King” – Demo with piano overdub
  2. “Roses Blue” – Demo with peacock harp overdub 
  3. “The Fiddle And The Drum” – Piano demo

Song To A Seagull Session, Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA (January 24, 1968)

  1. “Jeremy”
  2. “Conversation”
  3. “Both Sides Now”
  4. “The Gift Of The Magi”

Jane Lurie’s Apartment, Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City, NY (early 1968)

  1. “It’s Easy”
  2. “Another Melody”

Live at Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, MI (March 10, 1968)

  1. Introduction
  2. “Jeremy”
  3. “Songs To Aging Children Come
  4. “The Circle Game/Little Green”

Encore

  1. “Michael From Mountains”

Disc Two

Le Hibou Coffee House, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Recorded by Jimi Hendrix (March 19, 1968)

First Set

  1. “Night In The City”
  2. “Come To The Sunshine”
  3. Intro to “The Pirate Of Penance”
  4. “The Pirate Of Penance”
  5. “Conversation”
  6. “The Way It Is”
  7. Intro to “The Dawntreader”
  8. “The Dawntreader”

Second Set

  1. “Marcie”
  2. Intro to “Nathan La Franeer”
  3. “Nathan La Franeer”
  4. Intro to “Dr. Junk”
  5. “Dr. Junk”
  6. Intro to “Michael From Mountains”
  7. “Michael From Mountains”
  8. “Go Tell The Drummer Man”
  9. Intro to “I Don’t Know Where I Stand”
  10. “I Don’t Know Where I Stand”
  11. Intro to “Sisotowbell Lane”
  12. “Sisotowbell Lane”
  13. Intro to “Ladies Of The Canyon”
  14. “Ladies Of The Canyon”

Studio Session, Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA (May 31, 1968)

  1. “Come To The Sunshine”

Jane Lurie’s Apartment, Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City, NY (summer 1968)

  1. “My Second Album”
  2. “Lambert, Hendricks & Ross”
  3. “The Pirate Of Penance”

Top Gear BBC Radio Broadcast, London, England (recorded September 23, 1968) 

  1. Intro to “Chelsea Morning”
  2. “Chelsea Morning” – with the John Cameron Group
  3. Intro to “The Gallery”
  4. “The Gallery”
  5. Intro to “Night In The City”

Disc Three

Live at Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY (February 1, 1969)

First Set

  1. “Chelsea Morning”
  2. A Valentine for Joni
  3. “Cactus Tree”
  4. “Night In The City”
  5. “I Had A King”
  6. “Blue Boy”
  7. My American Skirt
  8. “The Fiddle And The Drum”
  9. Spoony’s Wonderful Adventure
  10. “That Song About The Midway”
  11. “Both Sides Now”

Second Set

  1. “Marcie”
  2. “Nathan La Franeer”
  3. Intro to “The Gallery”
  4. “The Gallery”
  5. “Hunter”
  6. “Morning Morgantown”
  7. Intro to “Get Together”
  8. “Get Together”
  9. Intro to “The Circle Game/Little Green”

Blue Sessions, A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA (late 1970/early 1971)

  1. “Hunter”

Disc Four

Live at Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY (February 1, 1969)

  1. Intro to “Urge For Going”
  2. “Urge For Going”

Clouds Sessions, A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA (spring 1969)

  1. “Conversation”
  2. “Blue Boy”
  3. “The Priest”

Jane Lurie’s Apartment, Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City, NY (mid 1969)

  1. “Jesus”
  2. Playing piano and vocalizing

The Dick Cavett Show ABC TV Broadcast, New York City, NY (Recorded August 18, 1969) 

  1. “Chelsea Morning”
  2. “Willy”
  3. “For Free”
  4. Interview
  5. “The Fiddle And The Drum”

Ladies Of The Canyon Demo Session, A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA (late 1969)

  1. “Woodstock”

Live at Centennial Auditorium, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (November 1, 1969)

  1. “As I Lie Thinking In My Backyard On August 2nd”
  2. “Roses Blue”
  3. “Rainy Night House”

Ladies Of The Canyon Sessions, A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA (late 1969)

  1. “Ladies Of The Canyon” – with cellos
  2. “Blue Boy” – with recorder coda 

In Concert BBC TV Broadcast, (recorded September 3, 1970)

  1. “All I Want”

Blue Demo Sessions, A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA (September 1970)

  1. “A Case Of You”
  2. “California”

Disc Five

In Concert BBC Radio Broadcast, Paris Theatre, London England (recorded October 29, 1970)

  1. Introduction
  2. “That Song About The Midway”
  3. Intro to “The Gallery”
  4. “The Gallery”
  5. “Hunter”
  6. Intro to “River”
  7. “River”
  8. “My Old Man”
  9. “The Priest”
  10. This is a mountain dulcimer
  11. “Carey”
  12. “A Case Of You” – with James Taylor
  13. Intro to “California” – with James Taylor
  14. “California” – with James Taylor
  15. Intro to “For Free” – with James Taylor
  16. “For Free” – with James Taylor
  17. Intro to “The Circle Game” – with James Taylor
  18. “The Circle Game” – with James Taylor
  19. Intro to “You Can Close Your Eyes” – with James Taylor
  20. “You Can Close Your Eyes” – with James Taylor
  21. “Both Sides Now”
  22. Intro to “Big Yellow Taxi”
  23. “Big Yellow Taxi”
  24. “River” – with French horns
  25. “Urge For Going” – with strings