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Shadows & Light [Live]

Joni MitchellAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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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 (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,808 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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By Noah
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Live Album 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Topnotch Jazzmen Playing Mitch's Powerful Music 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT pay so much for this! February 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've been looking for the 2CD version of "Shadows & Light" for ages and I finally found it, brand new, in HDCD format, for $12.99 at Tower Records. (I must note that it was only at one Tower Records here in Sacramento, the other stores didn't have it) I also found it at a Borders Books & Music for around the same price. Imagine my relief and joy when I learned that I didn't have to fork out such a large sum of money for this (although it would have been worth it if this was the only way to get it). ^ . ^

Also - my version is NOT an import, it's an official domestic Asylum HDCD re-release; so why is it so hard to find? I have no idea but it's a darn shame really.

This double edition of "Shadows & Light" is simply phenomenal; It's still not the complete concert, I think we'll never get that put onto a single DVD or cd set, but it is FAR more complete than the concert video/DVD or the original album release. If your local record store has a good distributor they may just have this release!

Joni Mitchell is, in my opinion, the best artist out there today; she composes the most gorgeous music, writes brilliant lyrics, creates stunning paintings, sketches, and drawings... she is EVERYTHING a musician should be, and more. The world is lucky to have her. ^ . ^
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not play in all CD players and is missing songs from original...
First I must say, I love Joni and I love this album... The problem is the CD itself. This is the second CD I bought of this concert and both do not play in my laptop CD player (I... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of her best work
I have the Shadows and Light DVD and really enjoy it, but I wanted a copy that I could hear in the car and on the go. Read more
Published 2 months ago by nexy jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Who decided to leave this song out?
Of all of the songs performed the decision to eliminate "Free Man in Paris" was a poor choice indeed! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael J. Vicchiarelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss this MUST LISTEN
Joni with Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, and Lyle Mays

Great live interplay. hunt down the youtube vids and enjoy

Joni's musical contributions are staggering
Published 4 months ago by Eric Sand
5.0 out of 5 stars Only 1 CD, with only 16 songs
I already have the DVD and love it, but I wanted to get the 2-cd set advertised here. I ordered a used copy and got 1 disk, with only 16 songs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Spots
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic document of her 1979 tour
This is the expanded CD version of the 1980 vinyl LP, remastered and released on HDCD. So it's fantastic sounding. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. R. Flick
5.0 out of 5 stars JOANIE & JACO AND PAT AND JACO!! LIVE? WOW!
Joanie is one of those artists who's always operating and delivering at 5 stars plus. A genius. Performing here live with Don Alias, Michael Brecker, Jaco, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Frank Malfitano
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great live album. Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell just and amazing work of musicianship. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ByronS
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadows and light
Awesome performance but the cd lacks the best number from this tour, Free Man in Paris! Features the great pastorius who complementa joni in so many ways. Read more
Published 12 months ago by PPicasso
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful fusion musical experience
i can't believe i missed this recording all these years.this is hear joni with metheny and company,god they were all kids, is a music marvel, and great sonics as... Read more
Published 13 months ago by ANTHONY GARMA
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As Joni Mitchell fan, your post disturbed me greatly. Is there any way that you can verify your claims? Where did you get this information? The truth is, it takes two to tango. If Jaco really loved his wife, Joni never would have tempted him. It was my understanding that Jaco had mental... Read More
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