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I enjoyed this! It was nice to see how Metheny took the solos in a different direction from Robben Ford's on the original...I should netflix the dvd.
Glad you liked it!It's one of Joni's best touring bands. (Michael Brecker joins them on sax.)I'm not up on technical terms, so I don't know what kind of video Shadows and Light was shot on, but it looks a little fuzzy and poorly lit. And the insert shots (Rebel Without a Cause, Joni dressed up like a blackbird, etc.) come off a little clunky.But the performance itself is generally excellent, and offers a rare opportunity to watch Jaco Pastorius play.
I caught the "Shadows & Light" tour, as I've caught almost every tour Joni's ever done. She's a longtime favorite. I recall she was criticized for her appearance around this time. Someone called her a Beverly Hills frau or something like that.The "clunky" video inserts were, I believe, a fascination Joni had at the time with superimpositions, images layered on top of other images, like the virtual reflections in windows.I think my favorite Mitchell pairing is with B.B. King when--at a Bread & Roses concert--she helped him sing "The Thrill is Gone." This was during the Mingus days when all the Black musicians were calling her Lady Joni.Her's is a marvelous mirror of a career. My whole life is there. From my hippie underpinnings, through the aspirations and compromises of the '80s, right on u to her most recent, simple complaints. Would that we would have listened earlier.
Michael: I believe the comment about her appearance had to do with her looking like a "Marin housewife" in The Last Waltz.For some reason, that nugget's been rattling around in my head for 25 years.
I believe yer right!! Isnt' that funny we should remember that after all these years? I think it's because it was right at that time that we were trading our tie-dyes for three-piece suits and our peace signs for computer keyboards.
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