Joni Mitchell has shared a second sample from her upcoming archival album, Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963 – 1967), in the form of her very first original demo ‘Day After Day’.
The recording was made on August 24th 1965 on a demo tape for Jac Holzman, co-founder of Elektra records. The same sessions also saw her demo ‘Let It Be Me’, ‘Like the Lonely Swallow’, ‘The Student Song’, and ‘What Will You Give Me’. In a press statement, Mitchell has described ‘Day After Day’ as being her “firstborn” before adding that “I didn’t know whether it was a good song or a bad song. It was just the first one that came out.”
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.”
Listen to ‘Day After Day’, below.