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Joni Mitchell - Painting with Words and Music (1998)

Brian Blade , Mark Isham , Joan Tosoni  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Blade, Mark Isham, Greg Leisz, Joni Mitchell
  • Directors: Joan Tosoni
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Extra tracks, NTSC, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CTT44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,093 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Joni Mitchell - Painting with Words and Music" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Songs: Big Yellow Taxi, Just Like This Train, Night Ride Home, Crazy Cries of Love, Harry's House, Black Crow, Amelia, Hejira, Sex Kills, The Magdelene Laundries, Moon at the Window, Face Lift, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, Trouble Man, Nothing Can Be Done, Song for Sharon, Woodstock, Dream Land
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Editorial Reviews

Joni Mitchell, the Queen of folk/rock, performs for an intimate audience on the Warner Brothers lot in Los Angeles. This concert is classic Joni Mitchell, and her repertoire here covers the complete arc of her career. With a stage backdrop of her own paintings, this program gives a unique insight into the talents and life of Joni Mitchell. / Track Listing: 1. Tiger Bones
2. Big Yellow Taxi
3. Just Like This Train
4. Night Ride Home
5. Crazy Cries Of Love
6. Harry's House
7. Black Crow
8. Amelia
9. Hejira
10. Sex Kills
11. The Magdalene Laundries
12. Moon At The Window
13. Face Lift
14. Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
15. Trouble Man
16. Nothing Can Be Done
17. Song For Sharon
18. Woodstock
19. Dreamland

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joni in a small club fantasy comes true March 7, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Released in late Feb in Australia, I grabbed this off the shelfas soon as I saw it. Mitchell is really in her element here - a smallintimate venue ( one of the studios at Warners in LA) decorated with sofas and Mitchell's paintings. The band is just right - not too lush not too sparse. Drums, guitar/pedal steel, bass and trumpet and of course Mitchell herself on that new whizz bang guitar of her's which I think sounds great. She jokes with the audience, dances with one of her singers and tells a great story at the end about Woodstock, knitting and stars. As you would expect, most of the material is post Court and Spark except for Big Yellow taxi for openers and Woodstock in closing. Lots of wonderful stuff from Hejira and fortunately only one from her "I'm angry with the world, so lets write a silly song" repetoire. Throughout the concert (a selection from two consecutive nights) Mitchell's singing is great; 'live' her voice seems fresher than on CD and though the upper register is shot to pieces, what's left is full of character, reveals more light and shade. Plus her phrasing is right on. There are really no dud tracks here and I tend to just put it on as if it were a CD (nice and loud), popping back to the screen every now and then to watch the still beautiful woman do her stuff, though other times I sit down and just indulge in the whole 98 minutes of it. One particularly shining moment is Mitchell's cover of Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man. Its a heartfelt and beautifully sung version that reveals what a great singer Mitchell really is. It sends shivers up my spine everytime I replay. This video is a great introduction to what Mitchell has achieved over the last 20 years. It should send people out to snap up records like Hejira and Hissing of Summer Lawns not to mention more recent stuff. A perfect complement to this video would be Shadows and Light, the double live album that came out in the early eighties and featuring Jaco Pastorius on bass and other luminaries.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, esoteric performance of the great one February 15, 2001
Because it hasn't appeared on this page yet, here's the setlist of songs that are featured on this DVD:
Tiger Bones * Big Yellow Taxi * Just Like This Train * Night Ride Home * Crazy Cries Of Love * Harry's House * Black Crow * Amelia * Hejira * Sex Kills * The Magdalene Laundries * Moon At The Window * Face Lift * Why Do Fools Fall In Love? * Trouble Man * Nothing Can Be Done * Song For Sharon * Woodstock * Dreamland
Everything is exquisite here: we've got Joni in rare form, an older and wiser version of the folk singer of the 60's and 70's. The supplemental players are first-rate, including Brian Blade on drums, Larry Klein (aka Joni's ex-husband) on bass, Mark Isham on trumpet, and Mark Leisz on additional guitars. The small, intimate theater is filled with multicolored couches, and the stage is a small circle, sized perfectly for this excellent evening of music. Highly recommended! If you're a fan, this is one not to miss.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, intimate overview of Joni.... August 10, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not withstanding the sound problems mentioned many times by reviewers,

this was a pretty nice overview of Joni Mitchell's work,

presented as she is now. The voice has lost much of its

original spectacular presence BUT I really like the new deeper

Joni voice. She is still capable of doing great work, just

at a lower register. The new guitar she uses is perfectly suited for

her stylings, still love the way she moves her hand across the frets making little percussive noises along the way, nobody

plays likes this. The Band is such a compliment to her music,

dreamy, lonesome, searching always relevant. Nice pedal steel

and especially the BASS work is terrific. I especially

enjoy the likes of "Comes Love" and how much she enjoys herself

taking on this style. Shes never been afraid to explore her

muse so this show comes off beautiful for the most part, whatever happened to the mixing, the most important part to me

I'll never know, it just should have been more striking considering all the time taken to look so good. This show is

a must for those who've traveled with Joni all these years and just let her be who she's become as she ages and

well for those forever lost to the 1970s and unable to deal with

the artist evolving and changing and getting along its sad. She

smokes big deal, she pays the consequenses of this but getting

back to the show, it has many great moments to recommend.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Hejira Here July 11, 2002
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One of the many wonderful aspects of this DVD is Ms. Mitchell's storytelling, the most striking of which was how she came up with the title of her album Hejira. She explained that the definition of the word is, "...leaving the dream, no blame." Well, she has not left the dream. I have been listening to her music for 30 years, have all her albums, most on vinyl as well as CD, and I was SO mesmerized by this DVD. While she has lost the high end of her vocal range, she MORE than compensates with her style, her presence, and her incredible talent. My only complaint about the DVD is the sound quality which is spotty at times, otherwise it would be a 5 plus. The dream lives on.
If anyone knows where you can get prints of her paintings, please contact me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Joni fans. September 2, 2003
By MungoB
This DVD concert is magical.
It's Joni in 1998, performing in the middle of a circular venue for a small, intimate audience. An interesting aspect you notice right away is that the crowd is sitting comfortably in different types of livingroom furniture, upholstered couches and chairs, situated on different levels throughout. The entrance to the fabricated venue is an art gallery of Joni Mitchell paintings for everyone to see while entering into the performance area, which is surrounded by her artwork as well.
Once standing onstage, our lady of the canyon breaks into a fine solo rendition of 'Big Yellow Taxi'. Some will immediately recognize the echoing, hollow sound in her guitar, as guitarists will notice her playing throughout the concert in what appears to be an alternate tuning, a sweet sound full of magical tones, definitely signature Joni Mitchell, kind o' blue. She charms the audience in a laid back manner throughout the show as well, explaining lyrics and telling tales of her songs.
Following a few solo arrangements, her band takes to the stage as well. Brian Blade, Larry Klein, Mark Isham, and Greg Leisz have no problem convincing the captivated audience that they are the typical jazz professionals she's always been known to be accompanied by. I loved hearing 'Night Ride Home', 'Sex Kills', 'Nothing Can Be Done', 'Woodstock', and 'The Magdalena Laundries', among others.
This DVD is a must for those who love the music of Joni Mitchell.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Published 2 months ago by private
2.0 out of 5 stars JUST MY OPINION
Published 6 months ago by randy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances.
The performances here make up for the disappointing sound quality. Brian Blade drives the band to performances that are simultaneously passionate and sensitive. Read more
Published 11 months ago by E. S. Kleinberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic live performance by a great wordsmith
If you love Joni's music, you'll love this live performance that spans most of her musical career. I highly recommend.
Published 12 months ago by G. Baden
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time and energy of purchasing it!
Joni at her best. Joni is always interesting, but mature Joni is fascinating. Love, love, love it! If all artists took the time and energy to make exceptional music, we would all... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alan J. Roukey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance!
If you love joni mitchell you should own this! I wasn't sure what i was buying but I'm so glad I took a chance!
Published 13 months ago by Mary C Gannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Joni,
I've always enjoyed Joni's music and take on life,this is an awsome portrayal of the older artist. A must buy
Published 17 months ago by Carol Rogerson
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice career retrospective.
Joni Mitchell released only one all-original album after this concert (and two albums of covers), so this concert is something of a career retrospective. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ezra David Haith
5.0 out of 5 stars A lyrical genius
Joni at her finest! A good mix of her music catalogue over the decades. I bought it for my wife but ended up enjoying the DVD as much as she did. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sawgrass
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance!
Joni performed so beautifully and had charm towards the crowd. Great venue also, very intimate and warm. Great hearing her again.
Published 22 months ago by Betsy B. Struckhoff
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