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Shadows & Light Live


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When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century. Uncompromising and iconoclastic, Mitchell confounded expectations at every turn; restlessly innovative, her music evolved from deeply personal folk stylings into pop, jazz, avant-garde, and even world music, presaging the multicultural experimentation of the ... Read more in Amazon's Joni Mitchell Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002GXI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. In France They Kiss On Main Street
3. Edith And The Kingpin
4. Coyote
5. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
6. The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines
7. Amelia
8. Pat's Solo
9. Hejira
10. Dreamland
11. Band Introduction
12. Furry Sings The Blues
13. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
14. Shadows And Light
15. God must be a boogie man
16. Woodstock

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MITCHELL JONI SHADOWS & LIGHTS

Customer Reviews

Anyway, you will find the best musicians at their best here.
Jerry L. Kirkpatrick
It shows what can happen when truly talented musicians join forces to created the universal language of music.
Lakota
Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell just and amazing work of musicianship.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Noah on June 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I will always reflect back on "Shadows & Light" with tremendous fondness for two important reasons: it introduced me for the first time to Joni Mitchell's late 70s jazz-oriented body of work and also prepared me for the true greatness which was soon forthcoming from the team of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays (who play guitars and keyboards respectively on the concert album.)
"Shadows & Light" is a collage of Mitchell's various musical expressions throughout the years: rock, folk and pop ballads blended with her own unique and often quite eccentric style of jazz. The album kicks off brightly with "In France They Kiss on Main Street" with Mitchell packing in the words to this rapidly traveling and lyrically nostalgic pop tune. The crowd is enthusiastic from this very first song, which adds to the excitement and electricity of a very memorable evening at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl.
From there it is a fascinating journey through the most recent Joni Mitchell works preceding this release...from "The Hissing of Summer Lawns" she performs the mysterious "Edith and the Kingpin" and the beautifully acappella title song with background vocals courtesy of The Persuasions. Mitchell's selections from her then recent collaboration with the late Charles Mingus are the focus of her most hard-core jazz performances including "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines" and the finger-popping "God Must Be a Boogie Man" which feature the late Jaco Pastorius on bass and Michael Brecker on saxophone.
Most lyrical and haunting though are her beautiful and often ethereal selections from her album "Hejira" including the rolling and humor-laden "Coyote", the melancholy "Furry Sings the Blues" and most notably the absolutely monumental "Amelia"...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on June 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Joni had a dream band backing her on this live recording: Jaco Pastorius (killer bass through and through), Pat Metheny (guitar), Michael Breacker (alto sax) and Don Alias (percussion). I own all of Joni's recordings and this one is one of the very best.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dave Deubler on August 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This concert album represents the culmination of Mitch's "art" period. Although we get a song or two from such transitional works as "Court and Spark" and "The Hissing of Summer Lawns", most of the material is drawn from "Hejira" and the then-current "Mingus" album. By eschewing the older part of her catalogue, she avoids duplicating songs that were released on her previous live effort, "Miles of Aisles". Fans from the early days should be forewarned that by this time Mitchell was seriously flirting with jazz, so there's little old-fashioned rock'n'roll on this release, but never fear - this isn't the sort of music you put on while you're watching a ball game, or talking on the phone. This is a mature work by a brilliant songwriter, backed by what some have dubbed the greatest band ever assembled.
The selections vary between Joni's impassioned, quietly intense, deeply personal folk-based material ("Amelia", "Furry Sings the Blues", "Edith and the Kingpin"), and the rollicking exuberance of the band's full-tilt jazz explorations of "In France They Kiss On Main Street" and "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines". On lead guitar we have virtuoso Pat Metheny (whose talents are somewhat underutilized on this set, sad to say), with his longtime compadre Lyle Mays playing keys, but Jaco Pastorius' bass-playing is super-phenomenal throughout; you really get a strong feel of how he's revolutionized the instrument, and Michael Brecker gives what must have been the performance of his career, especially on "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines" and the impassioned cover of "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat".
This is not your father's (or your mother's) Joni Mitchell album.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have to agree with all the other reviewers. This is some of the best work from Joni, Jaco and Pat. Pat and Jaco basically started out together and the unspoken communication between the two artists is very apparent on this recording. Joni picks a number of track that you wouldn't expect to be on this live album. "Coyote" is indeed the highlight of the record, with Jaco covering both the organ, bass and in some instances, guitar parts from the original studio recording. There was a video released of this particular show, if anyone has any information on it, I would be extremely interested. A final thought... the fusion of Jazz and other musical genres was very popular in the seventies, with groups like Weather Report, Mahavisnu Orchestra..etc, Joni creates the ultimate folk/jazz fusion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lakota on December 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Joni's first live album, MILES OF AISLES, was a simple record of great live songs summing up her 1968-1974 work. But SHADOWS AND LIGHT is more like an intricate mosiac wonderfully woven to create an unforgettable concert experience for the listener, from the beautiful audio collage-esque Introduction and foward. One of the main differences is the amazingly delectable jazz band Joni plays with, providing riveting and muscular backups and solos on amazing pieces like "The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines" or "In France They Kiss On Main Street." It features mostly Joni's lesser known masterworks from THE HISSING OF SUMMER LAWNS through her MINGUS eras, except for a dreary and subdued take on "Woodstock" and a brilliant jazz romp take on "Free Man In Paris"...which like many people have pointed out before, particularly takes on a whole new life on this recording, and definitely should have been included on the CD transfer, as well as the wonderful "Black Crow" and Don's Solo, which also got the shaft from the American CD version. (But it's definitely still worth it. The other amazing songs very much make up for the 3 omitted gems.) The greatly collective cover of the classic "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" is fun and wonderful. It also features a beautiful live version of the Charles Mingus classic "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" but with lyrics of course, like the one found on her gorgeous MINGUS tribute album released the year prior to this in 1979 shortly after Charles Mingus passed way. She also pays tribute to another jazz legend, Furry Lewis, on the achingly beautiful "Furry Sings The Blues" from HEJIRA, who passed away the year after this was released. The live version of "Coyote" found on here is so compelling that it was actually also featured on THE LAST WALTZ live compilation by The Band.Read more ›
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