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Shadows and Light [Import]

Joni Mitchell Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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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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4.6 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Shadows And Light June 16 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the reason I started listening to jazz. I was about 14 years old when I first heard this record, listening to bands like Parliament/Funkadelic
and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. But when I heard this live recording it changed my life.
This is one of Joni Mitchell's best recordings.
This album also contains some of the best work I believe Jaco Pastorius has done. Here he plays exactly what's needed
for this kind of pop/jazz-ballad music. Beautiful fills/solos throughout the record, and at times extremely complicated but suitable bass lines.
Pat Metheny also plays on this record. There's a separate track where he plays a nice solo accompanied by Lyle Mays on keyboards (who now plays
in the Pat Metheny Group). On the Charles Mingus classic "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", Michael Brecker solos fast, but it suites the ballad very nicely.
Joni sings, not only the melody originally written for the song, but also the melody from the original saxophone solo recorded on Mingus Ah Um in 1959.
The other Mingus composition, "The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines", which really lifts the album at the right point, ends with an amazing 3-minute
jazz-jam where Michael Brecker really "let's it all out", and Jaco grooves like never before.
I gave this album 5 stars, but I must point out that this album is also available as a double-cd. On this one they have left out "Free man in Paris", "Black Crow" and "Don's Solo" (percussion solo by Don Alias). If you're about to buy this record, I recommend the full version, which probably costs a little more money, but it's worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Topnotch Jazzmen Playing Mitch's Powerful Music Aug. 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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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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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... Read more
Published on June 23 2002 by Noah
1.0 out of 5 stars Why?
I hate to say negative things about Joni, but man-this album is far from decent. I'm not the type who gets freaked out about "change", but I truly wish she would have... Read more
Published on May 6 2002 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Still don't have this album?
Joni Mitchell is great. In this live album she gives all her prodigious talent and her voice is better than in studio albums. Read more
Published on May 1 2002 by Juan Duran
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot & Spicy
I had this complete live concert on CED (remember the stylus video player in the early 80s?) Since then, I've searched the video banks for the video concert, either on VHS or DVD... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2001 by Jerry L. Kirkpatrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Insane musicianship. Varied song choices. Jaco owns.
This is a tough, tough piece to review. It is easily one of the worst recorded pieces of music I've ever listened to. Joni's voice sounds shot through a lot of it. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2001 by M. Saunders
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad shadows, golden light..
Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Don Alias, and the one and only Jaco Pastorius. Even for those who aren't Joni fanatics, the list of musicians alone makes this album worth a... Read more
Published on July 12 2001 by spiral_mind
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "live" album with an amazing band!
Joni's second "live" album focuses on her 1975-79 period. Renditions of songs from "The Hissing of Summer Lawns" (which are actually better than the original... Read more
Published on March 31 2001 by Mark Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars What Are You Waiting For?!?!?!
Are you kidding? You don't have this yet? Joni + Jaco + Metheny + Mayes + Alias = One of the best live albums of all time. Read more
Published on March 5 2001 by "lothar-the-conqueror"
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps we've got it all wrong.
A stunning, breathtaking album. One of the most remarkable bands created. In my humble opinion, this is not a Joni Mitchell album, even though it is her voice and songwriting. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2000 by Steven Clem Haley
4.0 out of 5 stars Joni's cool, Pat/Lyle rock - where's Jaco's solo?
When I was a college radio DJ in Berkeley, I used to get away with playing cuts from this album on my show even though our radio station was nominally "punk" in the 80s. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2000 by Ceferino Lamb
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