Joni Mitchell Celebrates 50 Years Of Blue With Demos & Outtakes EP…

And Joni's Archives Volume 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971) is also on the way!

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by Celina Lloyd |

To mark the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s legendary Blue album, Rhino has today released Blue 50 (Demos And Outtakes). The digital EP debuts five unreleased recordings from the making of Blue that will feature on the upcoming second Archives boxset drawn from Mitchell's extensive collection of unheard material.

Blue 50 (Demos And Outtakes) features the demo for California, and an early version of A Case Of You, with different lyrics from those on the album. Two alternative takes also feature on the album, including a version of River which adds French horns. Urge For Going, played during Mitchell’s early shows in the '60s, is also revisited during the Blue sessions, adding strings. The fifth unreleased track is the studio recording of Hunter, which was previously cut from Blue.

All five of these tracks will also be included in Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971), released on October 29 digitally and as a 5-CD set. A 10-LP set on 180-gram vinyl will be available exclusively at Joni Mitchell's official site, limited to 4,000 copies. Orders made through the official Joni Mitchell store also include an exclusive 7”x7” print featuring a previously unseen illustration by Mitchell.

You can listen to Blue 50 (Demos And Outtakes) here: https://jm.lnk.to/Blue50here: https://jm.lnk.to/Blue50

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Here is the full tracklist for Joni Mitchell Archives Vol.2: The reprise Years (1968-1971):

Disc One

Joni’s home (late 1967/early 1968)

Midnight Cowboy – Version one

The Dawntreader – Demo with vocal overdub

Song To A Seagull

Midnight Cowboy – Version two

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

The Way It Is

Turn Around – Incomplete

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

I Had A King – Demo with piano overdub

Roses Blue – Demo with peacock harp overdub

The Fiddle And The Drum – Piano demo

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

Jeremy

Conversation

Both Sides Now

The Gift Of The Magi

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

It’s Easy

Another Melody

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

Introduction

Jeremy

Songs To Aging Children Come

Disc Two

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

First Set

Night In The City

Come To The Sunshine

Intro to The Pirate Of Penance

The Pirate Of Penance

Conversation

The Way It Is

Intro to The Dawntreader

The Dawntreader

Second Set

Marcie

Intro to Nathan La Franeer

Nathan La Franeer

Intro to Dr. Junk

Dr. Junk

Intro to Michael From Mountains

Michael From Mountains

Go Tell The Drummer Man

Intro to I Don’t Know Where I Stand

I Don’t Know Where I Stand

Intro to Sisotowbell Lane

Sisotowbell Lane

Intro to Ladies Of The Canyon

Ladies Of The Canyon

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

Come To The Sunshine

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

My Second Album

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

The Pirate Of Penance

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

Intro to Chelsea Morning

Chelsea Morning – with the John Cameron Group

Intro to The Gallery

The Gallery

Intro to Night In The City

Night In The City – with the John Cameron Group

Disc Three

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

First Set

Chelsea Morning

A Valentine for Joni

Cactus Tree

Night In The City

I Had A King

Blue Boy

My American Skirt

The Fiddle And The Drum

Spoony’s Wonderful Adventure

That Song About The Midway

Both Sides Now

Second Set

Marcie

Nathan La Franeer

Intro to The Gallery

The Gallery

Hunter

Morning Morgantown

Intro to Get Together

Get Together

Intro to The Circle Game/Little Green

The Circle Game/Little Green

Encore

Michael From Mountains

Disc Four

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

Intro to Urge For Going

Urge For Going

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

Conversation

Blue Boy

The Priest

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

Jesus

Playing piano and vocalizing

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

Chelsea Morning

Willy

For Free

Interview

The Fiddle And The Drum

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

Woodstock

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

As I Lie Thinking In My Backyard On August 2nd

Roses Blue

Rainy Night House

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

Ladies Of The Canyon” – with cellos

Blue Boy – with recorder coda

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

All I Want

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

A Case Of You

California

Disc Five

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

Introduction

That Song About The Midway

Intro to The Gallery

The Gallery

Hunter

Intro to River

River

My Old Man

The Priest

This is a mountain dulcimer

Carey

A Case Of You – with James Taylor

Intro to “California” – with James Taylor

California – with James Taylor

Intro to For Free – with James Taylor

For Free – with James Taylor

Intro to The Circle Game – with James Taylor

The Circle Game – with James Taylor

Intro to You Can Close Your Eyes – with James Taylor

You Can Close Your Eyes – with James Taylor

Both Sides Now

Intro to Big Yellow Taxi

Big Yellow Taxi

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

Hunter

River – with French horns

Urge For Going – with strings

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