Joni Mitchell Announces New Rarities Album, Unveils ‘Help Me’ Demo

    Joni Mitchell has announced Archives, Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972-1975), the latest in her series of archival releases. Set for release on October 6 via Rhino, it features rare recordings from the period that spawned 1972’s For the Roses, 1974’s Court and Spark, and 1975’s The Hissing of Summer Lawns. These include live sets from Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the James Bay Benefit Concert, Wembley Stadium, and more, as well as tracks from sessions with James Taylor, Graham Nash, and Neil Young. Listen to an early demo of Court and Spark’s ‘Help Me’ below.

    Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972-1975) also comes with a 40-page booklet of photos and a conversation about the time period between Mitchell and Cameron Crowe. It follows 2020’s Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) and 2021’s Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971).

    Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972-1975) Tracklist:
    5xCD

    CD One:
    Graham Nash David Crosby Session
    Wally Heider Studios, Hollywood, CA, Dec. 13, 1971
    1. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire
    2. For the Roses

    For the Roses Demos
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, late 1971 / early 1972
    3. Banquet
    4. Lesson in Survival
    5. Like Veils Said Lorraine
    6. See You Sometime

    Live at Carnegie Hall
    New York City, NY, Feb. 23, 1972
    7. This Flight Tonight
    8. Electricity
    9. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire
    10. Big Yellow Taxi
    11. Blue
    12. For Free
    13. Banquet
    14. All I Want
    15. Intro to a Case of You
    16. A Case of You
    17. Intro to Carey
    18. Carey
    19. Lesson in Survival
    20. Woodstock
    21. Intro to You Turn Me on I’m a Radio
    22. You Turn Me on I’m a Radio
    23. Intro to For the Roses
    24. For the Roses

    CD Two:
    Live at Carnegie Hall [cont.]
    New York City, NY, Feb. 23, 1972
    1. Both Sides Now
    2. My Old Man
    3. Intro to the Circle Game
    4. The Circle Game

    For the Roses Early Sessions
    Wally Heider Studios, Hollywood, CA, Apr. 16-21, 1972
    5. Medley: Bony Moronie/Summertime Blues/You Never Can Tell – with James Taylor
    6. Electricity – with James Taylor
    7. You Turn Me on I’m a Radio – with Neil Young & The Stray Gators
    8. See You Sometime (early version with bass & drums)
    9. You Turn Me on I’m a Radio (early version with bass & drums)

    Live at Royal Festival Hall
    London, England, May 5, 1972
    10. Intro to Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig’s Tune)
    11. Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig’s Tune)

    For the Roses Sessions
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, Jul-Aug, 1972
    12. Blonde in the Bleachers (alternate guitar mix)
    13. Let the Wind Carry Me (piano/vocal mix)
    14. Barangrill (guitar/vocal mix)
    15. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire (sax guide vocal)
    16. Sunrise Raga
    17. Twisted (early alternate version)

    James Bay Benefit Concert
    Paul Sauvé Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr. 15, 1973
    18. Intro to Big Yellow Taxi
    19. Big Yellow Taxi

    CD Three:
    Court and Spark Demos
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, Summer 1973
    1. Piano Suite:
    Down to You
    Court and Spark
    Car on a Hill
    Down to You
    2. People’s Parties
    3. Help Me
    4. Just Like This Train
    5. Raised on Robbery
    6. Trouble Child

    Wild Tales [Graham Nash] Session
    Rudy Records Studios, San Francisco, CA, Aug. 25, 1973
    7. Raised on Robbery (early working version)
    8. Raised on Robbery – with Neil Young & The Santa Monica Flyers

    Court and Spark Sessions
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, Sep.-Oct., 1973
    9. People’s Parties (early alternate take)
    10. Trouble Child (early alternate take)
    11. Car on a Hill (early alternate take)
    12. Down to You (alternate version)
    13. The Same Situation (alt vocal/piano mix)
    14. Bonderia

    Live at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
    Los Angeles, CA, Mar. 3, 1974
    15. Introduction
    16. This Flight Tonight – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
    17. You Turn Me on I’m a Radio – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
    18. Free Man in Paris – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
    19. The Same Situation – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
    20. Just Like This Train – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express

    CD Four:
    Live at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion [cont.]
    Los Angeles, CA, Mar. 3, 1974
    1. Rainy Night House – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
    2. Woodstock – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
    3. Cactus Tree
    4. Big Yellow Taxi
    5. Intro to People’s Parties
    6. People’s Parties
    7. All I Want
    8. A Case of You
    9. Intro to For the Roses
    10. For the Roses
    11. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire – with Tom Scott
    12. Blue
    13. For Free – with Tom Scott
    14. Trouble Child – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
    15. Help Me – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
    16. Car on a Hill – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express

    CD Five:
    Live at New Victoria Theatre
    London, England, Apr. 22, 1974
    1. Intro to Jericho
    2. Jericho

    Live at Wembley Stadium
    London, England, Sep. 14, 1974
    3. Woman of Heart and Mind

    The Hissing Of Summer Lawns Demos
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, 1975
    4. In France They Kiss on Main Street
    5. Edith and the Kingpin
    6. Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow
    7. Shades of Scarlet Conquering
    8. The Boho Dance
    9. Harry’s House
    10. Dreamland

    The Hissing of Summer Lawns Sessions
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, 1975
    11. In France They Kiss on Main Street (alternate version)
    12. The Jungle Line (guitar/alternate vocal)
    13. Edith and the Kingpin (alternate version)
    14. Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow (alternate version)
    15. Shades of Scarlet Conquering (alternate version)
    16. The Boho Dance (alternate version)
    17. Dreamland (early alternate band version)

    4xLP

    Side One:
    Graham Nash David Crosby Session
    Wally Heider Studios, Hollywood, CA, Dec. 13, 1971
    1. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire

    For the Roses Demos
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, late 1971/early 1972
    2. Like Veils Said Lorraine

    For the Roses Early Sessions
    Wally Heider Studios, Hollywood, CA, Apr. 16-21, 1972
    3. Medley: Bony Moronie/Summertime Blues/You Never Can Tell – with James Taylor
    4. You Turn Me on I’m a Radio – with Neil Young & The Stray Gators
    5. See You Sometime (early version with bass & drums)

    Side Two:
    Live at Carnegie Hall
    New York City, NY, Feb. 23, 1972
    1. This Flight Tonight
    2. Electricity
    3. Lesson in Survival
    4. Blue
    5. Banquet
    6. Intro to For the Roses
    7. For the Roses

    Side Three:
    Live at Royal Festival Hall
    London, England, May 5, 1972
    1. Intro to Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig’s Tune)
    2. Judgement of the Moon and Stars (Ludwig’s Tune)

    For the Roses Sessions
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, Jul-Aug, 1972
    3. Blonde in the Bleachers (alternate guitar mix)
    4. Barangrill (guitar/vocal mix)
    5. Sunrise Raga [3:41]
    6. Twisted (early alternate version)

    Side Four:
    Court and Spark Demos
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, Summer 1973
    1. Piano Suite:
    Down to You
    Court and Spark
    Car on a Hill
    Down to You
    2. Help Me

    Side Five:
    Tonight’s the Night [Neil Young] Session
    S.I.R., Hollywood, CA, Aug. 26, 1973
    1. Raised an Robbery – with Neil Young & The Santa Monica Flyers

    Court and Spark Sessions
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, Sep.-Oct., 1973
    2. People’s Parties (early alternate take)
    3. Trouble Child (early alternate take)
    4. Car on a Hill (early alternate take)
    5. Bonderia

    Side Six:
    Live at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
    Los Angeles, CA, Mar. 3, 1974
    1. Introduction
    2. Free Man in Paris – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
    3. The Same Situation – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
    4. Just Like This Train – with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express

    Live at New Victoria Theatre
    London, England, Apr. 22, 1974
    5. Intro to Jericho
    6. Jericho

    Live at Wembley Stadium
    London, England, Sep. 14, 1974
    7. Woman of Heart and Mind

    Side Seven:
    The Hissing of Summer Lawns Demos
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, 1975
    1. In France They Kiss on Main Street
    2. Edith and the Kingpin
    3. Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow
    4. Harry’s House

    Side Eight:
    The Hissing of Summer Lawns Sessions
    A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA, 1975
    1. The Jungle Line (guitar/alternate vocal)
    2. Shades of Scarlet Conquering (alternate version)
    3. The Boho Dance (alternate version)
    4. Dreamland (early alternate band version)

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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