Joni Mitchell 6/22/21

In celebration of today’s (June 22nd) 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell‘s watershed 1971 Blue album, Mitchell has released a special digital five-track collection, titled Blue 50 – Demos & Outtakes. The new EP includes a demo for Blue’s “California” and an early version of the album’s “A Case Of You,” with alternate lyrics from those heard on the final album.

Also featured are alternate takes of ”River” that features French horns, and a version of the “Urge For Going,” which although left off Blue, found a home the following year as the B-side to Mitchell’s “You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio.” Also included is the track, “Hunter,” which although Mitchell has tackled live has eluded an official release until now. The tracks will be part of the major Joni Mitchell box set dropping later this week.

Coming on Friday (June 25th) from Joni Mitchell is The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) series. The collection will be available on four-CD’s, four-LP 180-gram vinyl (limited to edition of 10,000 copies), as well as digitally. Included are Mitchell’s first four albums — Song To A Seagull (1968), Clouds (1969), Ladies Of The Canyon (1970), and Blue (1971).

During an interview on CBC’s with Jian Ghomeshi, Joni Mitchell explained that outside inspiration has pretty much dried up for her: [“I know what my standards are and every time that I met them, I raised them a little bit more. There are still things that I look up to — not as much as when I was young — y’know, but there are still things, that — thank God — that I can still be amazed by. Y’know, Debussy, Duke Ellington, y’know, not a lot. But there’s still some things that I can learn from.”] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . can learn from)

TL; DR

  • Coming on June 25th from Joni Mitchell is The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) series. As a teaser, a five-track digital EP featuring outtakes from the Blue sessions was released today (June 22nd).

DID YOU KNOW???

  • Over the years, Joni Mitchell was romantically linked to David CrosbyGraham Nash, and James Taylor.
  • 5,280 covers of 166 of Joni Mitchell’s songs have been recorded by 3991 different artists.
  • In 2020, Joni Mitchell’s 1969 Clouds album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

FAST FACTS

  • Joni Mitchell‘s Blue was released on June 22nd, 1971 and was instantly regarded as one of rock’s most influential albums.
  • The set, which was Mitchell’s fourth collection, was self-produced and hit Number 15 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
  • Blue peaked at Number Three in the UK, and Number Nine in Mitchell’s native country, Canada.
  • In 2020, Blue was rated the third greatest album of all time in Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
  • Both James Taylor and Stephen Stills are among the guest musicians on the extremely sparse-sounding set.
  • The tracklisting to Blue is“All I Want,” “My Old Man,” “Little Green,” “Carey,” “Blue,” “California,” “This Flight Tonight,” “River,” “A Case Of You,” and “The Last Time I Saw Richard.”