Joni Mitchell has announced details of a new series of archival releases from across her career that spans over half a century.
Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963 – 1967) is set to arrive on October 30th and is made up of recordings prior to the release of her 1968 debut record Song to a Seagull. The collection of recordings will be a five-disc set which staggeringly contains over six hours of unreleased material. It has also been revealed that 29 of the songs included in the box-set have never been released with Mitchell’s vocals.
The release also comes with new 40-page liner notes, comprised of Mitchell’s conversations with former Rolling Stone journalist Cameron Crowe discussing the archival material. “The early stuff, I shouldn’t be such a snob against it,” Mitchell said in a statement about the material.
“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. I had this realisation… I was a folk singer.”
The series debuts on October 30 and 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. The collection will be available as a deluxe 5-CD set as well as digitally.
Ahead of its release, the first known recording of Mitchell has been shared which sees her at 19-years-old covering ‘House of the Rising Sun’ at the Saskatoon radio station CFQC AM — which you can listen to below.