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Joni Mitchell Announces Archival Series, Shares Early 1963 Recording of “House of the Rising Sun”: Stream

The series kicks off with Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967), due out next month

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    Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is cracking open her vault for the very first time to present fans with a comprehensive archival series. Simply titled Joni Mitchell Archives, the campaign will highlight unreleased material from throughout her career, showcasing the artist’s evolution and lasting impact over the decades.

    The series massive archival project begins with Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967). Set to hit streets on October 30th, the five-CD collection includes Mitchell’s earliest-known recording, a 1963 in-studio radio performance for CFQC AM in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    There are also early versions of songs like “Michael From Mountains” and “I Had a King”, a 1965 mini set for Let’s Sing Out on CBC TV, and her rare Neil Young cover of “Sugar Mountain”, as well as 1967 New York City home demos of “Free Darling”, “Mr. Junk”, “Chelsea Morning”, and more.

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    Vol 1. closes with an impressive multi-set nightclub performance recorded at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967. This grouping features over 20 live recordings, including “Go Tell the Drummer Man”, “I Don’t Know Where I Stand”, “Night in the City”, and “Both Sides for Now”.

    In a statement about these recently unearthed recordings and her early label as a “folk singer”, the 76-year-old Mitchell said,

    “The early stuff, I shouldn’t be such a snob against it. A lot of these songs, I just lost them. They fell away. They only exist in these recordings. For so long I rebelled against the term, ‘I was never a folk-singer.’ I would get pissed off if they put that label on me. I didn’t think it was a good description of what I was. And then I listened and…it was beautiful. It made me forgive my beginnings. And I had this realization…I was a folk singer!”

    In addition to a treasure trove of music, the Vol. 1 bundle comes with a 40-page booklet boasting a number of previously unseen photos. Writer and filmmaker Cameron Crowe also provided extensive liner notes.

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    Both the CFQC AM and Canterbury House performances will also be individually released on 180-gram vinyl, limited to just 10,000 copies.

    As a preview, Mitchell is sharing a very early recording of “House of the Rising Sun”, made when she was just 19 years old. Stream it below, and then head here to pre-order Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967). 

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    joni mitchell early years vol 1 box set Joni Mitchell Announces Archival Series, Shares Early 1963 Recording of House of the Rising Sun: Stream

    Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) Tracklist:

    Disco One

    Radio Station CFQC AM, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (ca. 1963)

    01. House Of The Rising Sun
    02. John Hardy
    03. Dark As A Dungeon
    04. Tell Old Bill
    05. Nancy Whiskey
    06. Anathea
    07. Copper Kettle
    08. Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
    09. Molly Malone

    Live at the Half Beat: Yorkville, Toronto, Canada (October 21, 1964)

    First Set

    10. Introduction
    11. Nancy Whiskey
    12. Intro to The Crow On The Cradle
    13. The Crow On The Cradle
    14. Pastures Of Plenty
    15. Every Night When The Sun Goes In
    16. Intro to Sail Away
    17. Sail Away

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    Second Set

    18. John Hardy
    19. Dark As A Dungeon
    20. Intro to Maids When You’re Young Never Wed An Old Man
    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. Joni’s Parents’ House: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (February 1965)
    25. The Long Black Rifle
    26. Ten Thousand Miles
    27. Seven Daffodils

    Disc Two

    Myrtle Anderson Birthday Tape: Detroit, MI (1965)

    01. Urge For Going
    02. Born To Take The Highway
    03. Here Today And Gone Tomorrow

    Jac Holzman Demo: Detroit, MI (August 24, 1965)

    04. What Will You Give Me
    05. Let It Be Me
    06. The Student Song
    07. Day After Day
    08. Like The Lonely Swallow

    Let’s Sing Out, CBC TV: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada (October 4, 1965)

    09. Favorite Colour
    10. Me And My Uncle

    Home Demo: Detroit, MI (ca. 1966)

    11. Sad Winds Blowin’

    Let’s Sing Out, CBC TV: Laurentian University, London, ON, Canada (October 24, 1966)

    12. Just Like Me
    13. Night In The City

    Live at the 2nd Fret: Philadelphia, PA (November 1966)

    14. Brandy Eyes
    15. Intro to Urge For Going
    16. Urge For Going
    17. Intro to What’s The Story Mr. Blue
    18. What’s The Story Mr. Blue
    19. Eastern Rain
    20. Intro to The Circle Game
    21. The Circle Game
    22. Intro to Night In The City
    23. Night In The City

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    Disc Three

    Folklore, WHAT FM: Philadelphia, PA, (March 12, 1967)

    01. Intro to Both Sides Now
    02. Both Sides Now
    03. Intro to The Circle Game
    04. The Circle Game

    Live at the 2nd Fret: Philadelphia, PA (March 17, 1967)

    Second Set

    05. Morning Morgantown
    06. Born To Take The Highway
    07. Intro to Song To A Seagull
    08. Song To A Seagull

    Third Set

    09. Winter Lady
    10. Intro to Both Sides Now
    11. Both Sides Now

    Folklore, WHAT FM: Philadelphia, PA (March 19, 1967)

    12. Intro to Eastern Rain
    13. Eastern Rain
    14. Intro to Blue On Blue
    15. Blue On Blue

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    A Record Of My Changes – Michael’s Birthday Tape: North Carolina (May 1967)

    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

    Folklore, WHAT FM: Philadelphia, PA (May 28, 1967)

    22. Intro to Sugar Mountain
    23. Sugar Mountain

    Disc Four

    Home Demo: New York City, NY (ca. June 1967)

    01. I Had A King
    02. Free Darling
    03. Conversation
    04. Morning Morgantown
    05. Dr. Junk
    06. Gift Of The Magi
    07. Chelsea Morning
    08. Michael From Mountains
    09. Cara’s Castle
    10 . Jeremy (Incomplete)

    Live at Canterbury House: Ann Arbor, MI (October 27, 1967)

    First Set

    11. Conversation
    12. Intro to Come To The Sunshine
    13. Come To The Sunshine
    14. Intro to Chelsea Morning
    15. Chelsea Morning
    16. Intro to Gift Of The Magi
    17. Gift Of The Magi
    18. Play Little David
    19. Intro to The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow
    20. The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow
    21. I Had A King
    22. Intro to Free Darling
    23. Free Darling
    24. Intro to Cactus Tree
    25. Cactus Tree

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    Disc Five

    Live at Canterbury House: Ann Arbor, MI (October 27, 1967)

    Second Set

    01. Little Green
    02. Intro to Marcie
    03. Marcie
    04. Intro to Ballerina Valerie
    05. Ballerina Valerie
    06. The Circle Game
    07. Intro to Michael From Mountains
    08. Michael From Mountains
    09. Go Tell The Drummer Man
    10. Intro to I Don’t Know Where I Stand
    11. I Don’t Know Where I Stand

    Third Set

    12. A Melody In Your Name
    13. Intro to Carnival In Kenora
    14. Carnival In Kenora
    15. Songs To Aging Children Come
    16. Intro to Dr. Junk
    17. Dr. Junk
    18. Morning Morgantown
    19. Intro to Night In The City
    20. Night In The City
    21. Both Sides Now
    22. Urge For Going

    EARLY JONI – 1963 LP TRACKLIST:

    Side One

    01. House Of The Rising Sun
    02. John Hardy
    03. Dark As A Dungeon
    04. Tell Old Bill
    05. Nancy Whiskey

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    Side Two

    01. Anathea
    02. Copper Kettle
    03. Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
    04. Molly Malone

    LIVE AT CANTERBURY HOUSE – 1967 3LP TRACKLIST:

    Side One: First Set

    01. Conversation
    02. Intro to Come To The Sunshine
    03. Come To The Sunshine
    04. Intro to Chelsea Morning
    05. Chelsea Morning
    06. Intro to Gift Of The Magi
    07. Gift Of The Magi

    Side Two

    01. Play Little David
    02. Intro to The Dowy Dens Of Yarrow
    03. The Dowy Dens Of Yarrow
    04. I Had A King
    05. Intro to Free Darling
    06. Free Darling
    07. Intro to Cactus Tree
    08. Cactus Tree

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    Side Three: Second Set

    01.Little Green
    02. Intro to Marcie
    03.Marcie
    04. Intro to Ballerina Valerie
    05. Ballerina Valerie
    06. The Circle Game

    Side Four

    01. Intro to Michael From Mountains
    02. Michael From Mountains
    03. Go Tell The Drummer Man
    04. Intro to I Don’t Know Where I Stand
    05. I Don’t Know Where I Stand

    Side Five: Third Set

    01. A Melody In Your Name
    02. Intro to Carnival In Kenora
    03. Carnival In Kenora
    04. Songs To Aging Children Come
    05. Intro to Dr. Junk
    06. Dr. Junk

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    Side Six

    01.Morning Morgantown
    02. Intro to Night In The City
    03. Night In The City
    04. Both Sides Now
    05. Urge For Going

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