Shadows and Light

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All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Shadows and Light is Joni Mitchell's second live album, and it serves as a good retrospective of her jazzy period from 1975-1979. As expected, she assembles a group of all-star musicians including Pat Metheny guitar, Jaco Pastorius bass, Lyle Mays keyboards, and Michael Brecker saxophone who give these compositions more energy than on the studio recordings. The musicians are given room to jam, and they sound terrific on uptempo songs such as "Coyote" and "In France They Kiss on Main Street." If there is a general theme of these songs, it's about growing older and maturing after the failed idealism of the late '60s the album opens with audio clips from the movie Rebel ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Shadows and Light is Joni Mitchell's second live album, and it serves as a good retrospective of her jazzy period from 1975-1979. As expected, she assembles a group of all-star musicians including Pat Metheny guitar, Jaco Pastorius bass, Lyle Mays keyboards, and Michael Brecker saxophone who give these compositions more energy than on the studio recordings. The musicians are given room to jam, and they sound terrific on uptempo songs such as "Coyote" and "In France They Kiss on Main Street." If there is a general theme of these songs, it's about growing older and maturing after the failed idealism of the late '60s the album opens with audio clips from the movie Rebel Without a Cause. Although this album is pleasing, the live arrangements are not different enough from the studio versions to warrant higher marks. In fact, Mitchell has always been an album artist who recorded studio albums that had a sound and feel all their own. While Shadows and Light provides a nice summary of her experimental period for casual fans, interested listeners should start with Hejira or The Hissing of Summer Lawns.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596059022
  • Catalog Number: 704
  • Sales rank: 3,563

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joni Mitchell Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
The Persuasions Vocals
Michael Brecker Saxophone
Pat Metheny Guitar
Jaco Pastorius Bass
Don Alias Conductor, Drums
Lyle Mays Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Frankie Lymon Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer, Video Images
Charles Mingus Composer
Don Alias Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Andy Johns Engineer
Lee Keefer Contributor
Morris Levy Composer
Henry Lewy Engineer
Stephen Innocenzi Mastering
Glen Christensen Art Direction
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