Joni Mitchell has launched a new archival series of recordings from throughout her career, many of them rare and unreleased. The first in the series is Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967), which will be released on October 30. It’s a 5xCD compilation that features material recorded before Mitchell’s debut album, 1968’s Song to a Seagull. The set features 29 original songs that have never before been released with Mitchell’s vocals, plus a number of cover songs, as well as a 40-page book with photographs, a conversation between Mitchell and director Cameron Crowe, and more. Take a gander at the box set above, and see the tracklist for the compilation here.
Below, you can hear Mitchell’s recording of “House of the Rising Sun” in Saskatoon for radio station CFQC, which is her first-known recording.
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