Joni Mitchell Announces 'The Asylum Years' Box Set

Joni Mitchell has announced that a new box set, titled Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972-1975), will be released on October 6 via Rhino Records.

It marks the latest release in Rhino’s ongoing series exploring the untapped archives of rare Mitchell recordings.

Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972-1975) will be available both in a 5CD / digital version and a 4LP cut-down version, both with an accompanying book featuring photos and a conversation about this period between Mitchell and longtime friend Cameron Crowe.

The latest volume in her archival project begins with an early cut of “Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire,” one of two songs (along with “For The Roses”) test-driven during a visit to a Graham Nash David Crosby recording session at Wally Heider’s in Hollywood.

From there, listeners are treated to early demos and alternate versions from sessions from For The Roses, Court And Spark, and The Hissing Of Summer Lawns; historic live show recordings, including the entirety of Mitchell’s triumphant 1972 return to Carnegie Hall and a definitive gig with her Court And Spark backing band Tom Scott & the L.A. Express; and tracks from sessions cut alongside James Taylor, Graham Nash, and Neil Young.

Alongside the volume 3 announcement, Rhino shared an early demo of Court And Spark‘s “Help Me.”

Pre-orders of Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972-1975) are available at and at

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