Joni Mitchell / Archives Volume 2 – The Reprise Years 1968 -1971

Five CD set explores period leading up to ‘Blue’

Joni MItchell / Archives Vol 2: The Reprise Years 1967-1971 5CD box set

Almost six hours of unreleased home, studio, and live recordings

Volume 2, a second five CD box set of Joni Mitchell‘s Archives will be released in October. The Reprise Years (1968-1971) is sequenced chronologically to follow Mitchell in real time through one of the most creative periods of her career.

The collection includes several unreleased Mitchell originals, including ‘Jesus’ recorded in 1969 at her friend Jane Lurie’s New York apartment in Chelsea, which also served as the setting for the song ‘Chelsea Morning’. 

Joni Michell Archives Vol 2: The Reprise Years 1968-1971 is a five-CD box set (click image to enlarge)

Other highlights include Mitchell’s performance at Le Hibou Coffee House in Ottawa on 19 March, 1968 that was recorded by Jimi Hendrix and a concert at the Paris Theatre in London on 29 October, 1970 that was broadcast on the BBC. The latter includes several songs destined to appear on Blue the following year: ‘Carey’, ‘River’ and ‘My Old Man’. In addition, James Taylor joined Mitchell to perform with her during the second half of the show.

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Archives Vol 2 includes Joni Mitchell’s complete Carnegie Hall debut, recorded on 1 February, 1969, a few months before the release of her second album, Clouds. This concert is also being released as a standalone 3LP vinyl package.

Joni Mitchell Live at Carnegie Hall 1969 features in the CD box but is also released on 3LP vinyl (click image to enlarge)

The second Archives box set offers almost six hours of unreleased
home, studio, and live recordings and like the first box it includes a booklet illustrated with many unseen photos from Mitchell’s personal collection as well as new sleeve notes featuring conversations about the time period between writer/filmmaker Cameron Crowe and Mitchell.

There will be a limited edition 10LP vinyl edition of Vol 2: The Reprise Years but it’s only available via Joni Mitchell’s webiste.

Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 2: The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) will be released on 12 November 2021 (was 29 October).

Archives Vol 2: Track listing

CD 1

Joni’s home (late 1967/early 1968)

1.        “Midnight Cowboy” – Version one
2.        “The Dawntreader” – Demo with vocal overdub
3.        “Song To A Seagull”
4.        “Midnight Cowboy” – Version two

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

5.        “The Way It Is”
6.        “Turn Around” – Incomplete

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

7.        “I Had A King” – Demo with piano overdub
8.        “Roses Blue” – Demo with peacock harp overdub
9.        “The Fiddle And The Drum” – Piano demo

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

10.     “Jeremy”
11.     “Conversation”
12.     “Both Sides Now”
13.     “The Gift Of The Magi”

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

14.     “It’s Easy”
15.     “Another Melody”

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

16.     Introduction
17.     “Jeremy”
18.     “Songs To Aging Children Come”

CD 2

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

First Set

1.        “Night In The City”
2.        “Come To The Sunshine”
3.        Intro to “The Pirate Of Penance”
4.        “The Pirate Of Penance”
5.        “Conversation”
6.        “The Way It Is”
7.        Intro to “The Dawntreader”
8.        “The Dawntreader”

Second Set

9.        “Marcie”
10.     Intro to “Nathan La Franeer”
11.     “Nathan La Franeer”
12.     Intro to “Dr. Junk”
13.     “Dr. Junk”
14.     Intro to “Michael From Mountains”
15.     “Michael From Mountains”
16.     “Go Tell The Drummer Man”
17.     Intro to “I Don’t Know Where I Stand”
18.     “I Don’t Know Where I Stand”
19.     Intro to “Sisotowbell Lane”
20.     “Sisotowbell Lane”
21.     Intro to “Ladies Of The Canyon”
22.     “Ladies Of The Canyon”

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

23.     “Come To The Sunshine”

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

24.     “My Second Album”
25.     “Lambert, Hendricks & Ross”
26.     “The Pirate Of Penance”

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

27.     Intro to “Chelsea Morning”
28.     “Chelsea Morning” – with the John Cameron Group
29.     Intro to “The Gallery”
30.     “The Gallery”
31.     Intro to “Night In The City”
32.     “Night In The City” – with the John Cameron Group

CD 3

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

First Set

1.        “Chelsea Morning”
2.        A Valentine for Joni
3.        “Cactus Tree”
4.        “Night In The City”
5.        “I Had A King”
6.        “Blue Boy”
7.        My American Skirt
8.        “The Fiddle And The Drum”
9.        Spoony’s Wonderful Adventure
10.     “That Song About The Midway”
11.     “Both Sides Now”

Second Set

12.     “Marcie”
13.     “Nathan La Franeer”
14.     Intro to “The Gallery”
15.     “The Gallery”
16.     “Hunter”
17.     “Morning Morgantown”
18.     Intro to “Get Together”
19.     “Get Together”
20.     Intro to “The Circle Game/Little Green”
21.     “The Circle Game/Little Green”


22.     “Michael From Mountains”

CD 4

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

1.        Intro to “Urge For Going”
2.        “Urge For Going”

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

3.        “Conversation”
4.        “Blue Boy”
5.        “The Priest”

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

6.        “Jesus”
7.        Playing piano and vocalizing

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

8.        “Chelsea Morning”
9.        “Willy”
10.     “For Free”
11.     Interview
12.     “The Fiddle And The Drum”

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

13.     “Woodstock”

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

14.     “As I Lie Thinking In My Backyard On August 2nd”
15.     “Roses Blue”
16.     “Rainy Night House”

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

17.     “Ladies Of The Canyon” – with cellos
18.     “Blue Boy” – with recorder coda

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

19.     “All I Want”

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

20.     “A Case Of You”
21.     “California”

CD 5

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

1.        Introduction
2.        “That Song About The Midway”
3.        Intro to “The Gallery”
4.        “The Gallery”
5.        “Hunter”
6.        Intro to “River”
7.        “River”
8.        “My Old Man”
9.        “The Priest”
10.     This is a mountain dulcimer
11.     “Carey”
12.     “A Case Of You” – with James Taylor
13.     Intro to “California” – with James Taylor
14.     “California” – with James Taylor
15.     Intro to “For Free” – with James Taylor
16.     “For Free” – with James Taylor
17.     Intro to “The Circle Game” – with James Taylor
18.     “The Circle Game” – with James Taylor
19.     Intro to “You Can Close Your Eyes” – with James Taylor
20.     “You Can Close Your Eyes” – with James Taylor
21.     “Both Sides Now”
22.     Intro to “Big Yellow Taxi”
23.     “Big Yellow Taxi”

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

24.     “Hunter”
25.     “River” – with French horns
26.     “Urge For Going” – with strings

Live at Carnegie Hall 1969 3LP vinyl

First Set – LP1

  1. “Chelsea Morning”
  2. A Valentine for Joni
  3. “Cactus Tree”
  4. “Night In The City”
  5. “I Had A King”
  6. “Blue Boy”
  7. My American Skirt
  8. “The Fiddle And The Drum”
  9. Spoony’s Wonderful Adventure
  10. “That Song About The Midway”
  11. “Both Sides Now”

Second Set – LP 2

  1. “Marcie”
  2. “Nathan La Franeer”
  3. Intro to “The Gallery”
  4. “The Gallery”
  5. “Hunter”
  6. “Morning Morgantown”
  7. Intro to “Get Together”
  8. “Get Together”
  9. Intro to “The Circle Game/Little Green”
  10. “The Circle Game/Little Green”

Encore – LP 3

  1. “Michael From Mountains”
  2. Intro to “Urge For Going”
  3. “Urge For Going”

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