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Tomorrow will be the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s masterpiece, Blue. To celebrate, Rhino is releasing two new collections that offer different perspectives on one of the greatest albums ever made and the inspired period of creativity that made it possible.

Rhino kicks off the celebration today with the release of BLUE 50 (DEMOS & OUTTAKES), a digital EP that debuts five unreleased recordings (see visualization at right) from the making of Blue that will appear on the upcoming Archives collection. The striking cover of the BLUE 50 EP features the original Blue color treatment with a previously unseen alternate photo of Mitchell by Tim Considine from the same session as the original.

All five of these tracks will also be included in JONI MITCHELL ARCHIVES VOL. 2: THE REPRISE YEARS (1968-1971), which will be released on October 29 as a 5-CD set ($64.98). The music will be available the same day exclusively at JoniMitchell.com as a 10-LP set ($249.98) on 180-gram vinyl that will be limited to 4,000 copies. Any ARCHIVES VOL.2 music product purchased on the official Joni Mitchell store comes with an exclusive 7”x7” art print featuring a never-before-seen illustration by Mitchell from the era. More information here.

Patrick Sky was an American singer songwriter, folk musician, guitarist, producer, and accomplished builder and player of the Irish uilleann pipes. Patrick was of Irish and Creek Indian descent- a seminal figure, along with Eric Anderson and Buffy Sainte-Marie, in the folk music revival in the mid-1960s. Notably, Patrick produced recordings by the legendary blues guitarist and singer Mississippi John Hurt for Vanguard Records.

Joni and Patrick were on the same billing at least twice, once on the Let's Sing Out program in October of 1965, and again at a Syracuse University gig in December of 1969. Patrick was the inspiration for song The Last Time I Saw Richard, as revealed in Michelle Mercer's 2009 book Will You Take Me As I Am: "...this is where that song came from,” [Joni] said. “Patrick Sky, a fellow folksinger, said to me one night in a bar in New York, 'Oh, Joni, you're a hopeless romantic. There's only one way for you to go. Hopeless cynicism. That one little nugget became the song."

Patrick died this morning in Ashville, North Carolina, surrounded by family. He was 77 years old. [Photo by David Gahr, 1965]

Joni Mitchell & Rhino announce a new, limited-edition LP of material culled from the recent acclaimed set, 'Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1968).' This 12-song LP is strictly limited to 15,000 copies and will be available in stores starting June 12, 2021 for RSD Drops.

Side 1:
House of the Rising Sun
Pastures of Plenty
Seven Daffodils
Urge for Going
Day After Day
The Circle Game

Side 2:
Both Sides Now
Born To Take the Highway
Blue On Blue
Strawflower Me
Chelsea Morning
I Don't Know Where I Stand

All tracks previously released on the 5-CD box set Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967), Rhino box set. Check your local independent record store!

On June 22, 1971, Joni released Blue, concluding her prolific four-album run for Reprise Records with an album considered by many to be one of the greatest of all time. Its stirring songs have been celebrated by music lovers and critics alike for decades while inspiring a wide variety of artists as diverse as Prince and Taylor Swift. Even today, its stature as a masterpiece continues to grow. Just last year, the album was named #3 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

To celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary, Rhino is releasing THE REPRISE ALBUMS (1968- 1971), featuring newly remastered versions of Blue (1971) and the three albums that came before it: Song To A Seagull (1968), Clouds (1969), and Ladies Of The Canyon (1970). In the case of Song To A Seagull, the original mix has been recently updated by Joni and mixer Matt Lee. “The original mix was atrocious,” says Joni. “It sounded like it was recorded under a jello bowl, so I fixed it!”

THE REPRISE ALBUMS (1968-1971) will be available on July 2 in 4-CD and 4-LP 180-gram vinyl (Limited Edition of 10,000) versions, as well as digitally. The newly remastered version of “A Case Of You” from Blue is available today on all digital download and streaming services. Pre-order the CD or LP version of THE REPRISE YEARS (1968-1971) from JoniMitchell.com and you'll also receive an exclusive limited edition 7” x 7” print of the self-portrait featured on the cover art.

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For its 50th anniversary, join us in an online listening party for Joni Mitchell's Blue. NPR Music's Ann Powers will be joined by singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, who performed her own tribute to Blue in 2019, for a live conversation about this monumental album.

The event will take place on the anniversary of the album's release, June 22, at 2 p.m. ET – you can RSVP via NPR Presents and watch via YouTube. More information here.

On June 22, 2021, between 1-4 PM EST, host Lisa Sahulka will dedicate her show, Afternoon Jazz with Lisa Sahulka, to a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Blue by singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell. More information here.

Live performances of the work of Joni Mitchell by Hannah Reimann, vocals, piano and dulcimer with Michele Temple, guitars. Featuring Songs from Joni's first four albums re-released by JONI MITCHELL ARCHIVES celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original release of BLUE. More information here.

Joni’s Philly Birthday Party!

Love City Music Collective presents “Reckless Daughter - The Celebration of Joni Mitchel”, their collaboration event show in honor of one of music’s greatest and most innovative artists, Joni Mitchell.

Led by Love City Music Collective founder and lead vocalist, Peg Talbott-Lane, “Reckless Daughter” is comprised of some of the finest area musicians and singers who all share a deep love for Ms. Mitchell’s works. The band - Barry Hollander, Tony Winkler, Troy Shoenmeier (Guitars), Rob Lawrence on piano and organ, Glenn Marrazzo on bass, Mark Schreiber and James Farrell on drums/percussion, and arranger Mark Zelesky leading the horn section.

Joining Ms. Talbott-Lane on vocals, are guest vocalists Irene Lambrou (Almshouse) and Amanda Brizzi (Hotsy Totsy). Combining their different vocal approaches and influence between rock, jazz, theater and harmonic capabilities, their approach to the songs is authentic and personal, delivering the raw emotion the songs at times demand of any singer seeking to interpret them.

In this performance, “Reckless Daughter” will perform the hits and deep cuts of Ms. Mitchell’s focused primarily on mid-career selections from albums such as Court & Spark, For the Roses and deeper tracks from Hissing of Summer Lawns along with arrangements from Miles of Aisles of her earlier works. More information here.

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