Joni Mitchell: Shadows and Light

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Overview

One of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation, Joni Mitchell took the stage with an all-star jazz ensemble (including Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Lyle Mays, Michael Brecker, and Don Alias) for this 1979 concert video, originally broadcast on PBS and now restored for DVD release. Joni Mitchell: Shadows and Light has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the original stereo audio (mastered in PCM Stereo) is accompanied by a surround remix in Dolby Digital 5.1. The...
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Overview

One of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation, Joni Mitchell took the stage with an all-star jazz ensemble (including Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Lyle Mays, Michael Brecker, and Don Alias) for this 1979 concert video, originally broadcast on PBS and now restored for DVD release. Joni Mitchell: Shadows and Light has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the original stereo audio (mastered in PCM Stereo) is accompanied by a surround remix in Dolby Digital 5.1. The songs are performed in English, with no multiple language options. A photo gallery of Mitchell's 1979 tour appears as a bonus.
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Special Features

Tour photo diary; 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; PCM Stereo
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Editorial Reviews

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By the time Joni Mitchell hit the road for 1979's historic Shadows and Light tour, she'd already transitioned gracefully from the straight-ahead folk sound of Ladies of the Canyon to the pop-flavored Court and Spark. She'd begun experimenting with a more jazz-inspired tone, collaborating with Weather Report bassist Jaco Pastorius on 1976's Hejira. This disc features Mitchell performing live at the Santa Barbara County Bowl with Pastorius, the Persuasions, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, and Michael Brecker, jamming on tunes from both Shadows and Light and her previous album, the critically lauded Mingus. Tracks include:
  • In France They Kiss on Main Street
  • Edith and the King Pin
  • Coyote
  • Free Man in Paris
  • Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
  • Jaco's Solo
  • The High and the Mighty
  • Third Stone from the Sun
  • Dry Cleaner from Des Moines
  • Amelia
  • Hejira
  • Black Crow
  • Furry Sings the Blues
  • Raised on Robbery
  • Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
  • Shadows and Light
All Movie Guide - William Ruhlmann
This one-hour concert video was shot at the County Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA, in September 1979. Joni Mitchell is backed by a distinguished group of jazz musicians: Pat Metheny (guitar), Jaco Pastorius (bass), Lyle Mays (keyboards), Michael Brecker (saxophone), and Don Alias (drums). A cappella group The Persuasions provide backup vocals on two songs. Mitchell, who directed the film, occasionally tries conceptual ideas, especially in the beginning, borrowing 1950s film clips of James Dean and Frankie Lymon. But, for the most part, this is a performance work, and though the song list is drawn largely from Mitchell's more problematic albums of the late '70s (The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira, etc.) rather than her early hits, Mitchell succeeds in putting across such poetic pieces as "Amelia" (complete with clips of aviator Amelia Earhart). Meanwhile, Metheny and Pastorius especially provide excellent jazz-fusion soloing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • UPC: 826663016192
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,565

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joni Mitchell
Michael Brecker
Pat Metheny
Jaco Pastorius
Technical Credits
L.A. Johnson Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [1:57]
2. In France They Kiss on Main Street [4:08]
3. Edith and the Kingpin [4:05]
4. Coyote [4:57]
5. Free Man in Paris [3:32]
6. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat [5:53]
7. Jaco's Solo [4:04]
8. Dry Cleaner From Des Moines [4:18]
9. Amelia [6:02]
10. Pat's Solo [3:53]
11. Hejira [7:06]
12. Black Crow [3:56]
13. Furry Sings the Blues [5:35]
14. Raised on Robbery [4:23]
15. Why Do Fools Fall in Love [2:23]
16. Shadows and Light [5:27]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set-Up
      Uncompressed PCM Stereo
      Dolby Digital 5.1
   Song Selection
   Special Features
      Tour Photo Diary: Click-Through
      Tour Photo Diary: Slideshow
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest concerts ever captured on video

    Joni is at her peak and performs flawlessly with a band of giants. Don't miss this DVD. It's a must see.

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