Joni Mitchell’s First 4 Reprise Albums to Be Reissued

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Rhino Records’ Joni Mitchell Archives Series will continue with remasters of her first four albums in celebration of her landmark album Blue’s 50th anniversary, the label announced today. The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) will debut newly remastered versions of Song to a Seagull, Clouds, Ladies of the Canyon and Blue. The albums will be available on 4-CD, 4-LP and digital versions on June 25.

In the case of Song to a Seagull, the original mix has been recently updated by Mitchell and mixer Matt Lee. “The original mix was atrocious,” said Mitchell in a press release. “It sounded like it was recorded under a Jello bowl, so I fixed it!”

A newly remastered version of “A Case Of You” is available today digitally. Scroll down to give it a listen.

The cover art for The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) features a previously unseen self-portrait Mitchell sketched during the time period. The collection also includes an essay by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, who’s been influenced greatly by Mitchell. She writes: “In my opinion Blue is the greatest album ever made. Blue didn’t make me a better songwriter. Blue made me a better woman… No matter what we are dealing with in these times we can rejoice and know that of all the ages we could have lived through, we lived in the time of Joni Mitchell.”

Related: Our review of Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963–1967)

The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) brings together the albums that helped establish Mitchell as one of the most-talented songwriters of her generation. It includes essential tracks like “River,” “Chelsea Morning,” “Both Sides, Now,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock” and “The Circle Game.” Clouds, her second album, was certified gold and won the 1969 Grammy (her first of nine) for Best Folk Performance. Ladies of the Canyon and Blue were both certified platinum, while the latter was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Reprise Albums (1968-1971) will be followed later this year by Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 2, the second installment in the extensive archival series that began last year. Each one promises a deep dive into unreleased studio and live recordings from different eras of Mitchell’s storied career. Vol. 2 will focus on the timeframe when she recorded the albums included in The Reprise Albums (1968-1971).

Says the press release, “Mitchell continues to be intimately involved in producing these collections, lending her vision and personal touch to every element of the projects. Future releases in the archive series will arrive in a similar manner, with a boxed set focused on studio albums from a specific era, followed by an official ‘Archives’ release looking at unreleased audio from the same period.

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  1. Batchman
    #1 Batchman 8 April, 2021, 16:45

    Brandi Carlile performed the entire “Blue” album live at a recent concert (and Joni Mitchell was in the audience). Sadly, it wasn’t recorded, but she did sing a bit of “A Case of You” when she appeared on A Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Amazing vocal emulation of Joni.

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