On the eve of the 50th anniversary of 1971’s Blue, Joni Mitchell released a five-track digital collection of outtakes and demos from the making of the classic album.

The EP, titled Blue 50 (Demos & Outtakes), includes a rare recording of “Hunter” that was only released on the live album Amchitka in 2009.

Alternate takes on “River” and “Urge for Going” as well as demos for “California” and “A Case of You” are the other tracks featured on the EP.

The songs from Blue 50 will be included on a massive box set, Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968 To 1971), which will be released on October 29.

The limited edition (4,000 copies) box set is available as a five-CD set or a 10-LP collection.

Blue, featuring songs written about Mitchell’s breakup with British-American musician Graham Nash, is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time.

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