Joni Mitchell Archives, Volume 1: The Early Years 1963-1967 (5-CD)

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  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released: October 30, 2020
  • Originally Released: 2020
  • Label: Rhino Records

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JONI MITCHELL ARCHIVES VOL. 1: THE EARLY YEARS (1963-1967) features nearly six hours of unreleased home, live, and radio recordings that flow chronologically to paint a rich portrait of Mitchell’s rapid growth as a performer and songwriter during the period leading up to her debut album. This treasure trove of unheard audio includes 29 original Mitchell compositions that have never been released before with her vocals.

This 5CD collection includes a 40-page booklet that features many unseen photos from Mitchell’s personal collection as well as new liner notes featuring conversations between writer/filmmaker Cameron Crowe and Mitchell, who recently spent a couple of Sunday afternoons together discussing her archives. Crowe will continue to provide liners for future releases in the series.

Through a wealth of unreleased live performances, home recordings, and radio broadcasts, ARCHIVES VOL. 1 brings into focus the period when Mitchell was finding her voice artistically. It shows her moving away from the folk standards of her early days (“John Hardy” and “House Of The Rising Sun”) and starting to write and sing her own songs (“Day After Day” and “Urge For Going.”)

ARCHIVES VOL. 1 reveals just how prolific a songwriter Mitchell was at the time. In addition to early versions of songs that would appear on Song To A Seagull (“Michael From Mountains” and “I Had A King”), the set also features songs destined for later albums: “Chelsea Morning” “Both Sides Now” (Clouds, 1969); “The Circle Game” (Ladies of the Canyon, 1970); and “Little Green” (Blue, 1971).

More than a just historic document, these recordings crackle with energy thanks to a vibrant and enchanting Mitchell. On many, you can hear her turning tuning her guitar and telling a story about the song before playing it. That includes her rare 1967 cover of Neil Young’s “Sugar Mountain,” a song she says inspired her to write “The Circle Game.”

The collection begins in 1963 with her earliest-known recording as a 19-year-old Mitchell performs at CFQC AM, a radio station in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The box culminates with a stirring, three-set 1967 nightclub performance recorded at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.House of the Rising Sun
  • 2.John Hardy
  • 3.Dark as a Dungeon
  • 4.Tell Old Bill
  • 5.Nancy Whiskey
  • 6.Anathea
  • 7.Copper Kettle - (remix)
  • 8.Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)
  • 9.Molly Malone
  • 10.Introduction
  • 11.Nancy Whiskey
  • 12.Crow on the Cradle (Intro)
  • 13.The Crow on the Cradle
  • 14.Pastures of Plenty
  • 15.Every Night When the Sun Goes In
  • 16.Sail Away (Intro)
  • 17.Sail Away
  • 18.John Hardy
  • 19.Dark as a Dungeon
  • 20.Maids When You're Young Never Wed an Old Man (Intro)
  • 21.Maids When You're Young Never Wed an Old Man
  • 22.The Dowie Dens of Yarrow
  • 23.Deportee (Plane Crash at Los Gatos)
  • 24.The Long Black Rifle
  • 25.Ten Thousand Miles
  • 26.Seven Daffodils

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Urge for Going
  • 2.Born to Take the Highway
  • 3.Here Today and Gone Tomorrow
  • 4.What Will You Give Me
  • 5.Let It Be Me
  • 6.The Student Song
  • 7.Day After Day
  • 8.Like the Lonely Swallow
  • 9.Favorite Colour
  • 10.Me and My Uncle
  • 11.Sad Winds Blowin'
  • 12.Just Like Me
  • 13.Night in the City
  • 14.Brandy Eyes
  • 15.Urge for Going (Intro)
  • 16.Urge for Going
  • 17.What's the Story Mr. Blue (Intro)
  • 18.What's the Story Mr. Blue
  • 19.Eastern Rain
  • 20.Circle Game, The (Intro)
  • 21.The Circle Game
  • 22.Night in the City (Intro)
  • 23.Night in the City

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Both Sides Now (Intro)
  • 2.Both Sides Now
  • 3.Circle Game, The (Intro)
  • 4.The Circle Game
  • 5.Morning Morgantown
  • 6.Born to Take the Highway
  • 7.Song to a Seagull (Intro)
  • 8.Song to a Seagul
  • 9.Winter Lady
  • 10.Both Sides Now (Intro)
  • 11.Both Sides Now
  • 12.Eastern Rain (Intro)
  • 13.Eastern Rain
  • 14.Blue on Blue (Intro)
  • 15.Blue on Blue
  • 16.Gemini Twin
  • 17.Strawflower Me
  • 18.A Melody in Your Name
  • 19.Tin Angel
  • 20.I Don't Know Where I Stand
  • 21.Joni Improvising
  • 22.Sugar Mountain (Intro)
  • 23.Sugar Mountain

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.I Had a King
  • 2.Free Darling
  • 3.Conversation
  • 4.Morning Morgantown
  • 5.Dr. Junk
  • 6.Gift of the Magi
  • 7.Chelsea Morning
  • 8.Michael From Mountains
  • 9.Cara's Castle
  • 10.Jeremy [Incomplete]
  • 11.Conversation
  • 12.Come to the Sunshine (Intro)
  • 13.Come to the Sunshine
  • 14.Chelsea Morning (Intro)
  • 15.Chelsea Morning
  • 16.Gift of the Magi (Intro)
  • 17.Gift of the Magi
  • 18.Play Little David
  • 19.Dowie Dens of Yarrow, The (Intro)
  • 20.The Dowie Dens of Yarrow
  • 21.I Had a King
  • 22.Free Darling (Intro)
  • 23.Free Darling
  • 24.Cactus Tree (Intro)
  • 25.Cactus Tree

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Little Green
  • 2.Marcie (Intro)
  • 3.Marcie
  • 4.Ballerina Valerie (Intro)
  • 5.Ballerina Valerie
  • 6.The Circle Game
  • 7.Michael From Mountains (Intro)
  • 8.Michael From Mountains
  • 9.Go Tell the Drummer Man
  • 10.I Don't Know Where I Stand (Intro)
  • 11.I Don't Know Where I Stand
  • 12.A Melody in Your Name
  • 13.Carnival in Kenora (Intro)
  • 14.Carnival in Kenora
  • 15.Songs to Aging Children Come
  • 16.Dr. Junk (Intro)
  • 17.Dr. Junk
  • 18.Morning Morgantown
  • 19.Night in the City (Intro)
  • 20.Night in the City
  • 21.Both Sides Now
  • 22.Urge for Going

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