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After more than a decade of de facto exile from the mainstream, Joni Mitchell has regained much of her media profile, if not her commercial impact, thanks to deserved if belated accolades from critics and music business peers. Recent Grammy Awards and a special Billboard citation epitomise the ironies of Mitchell's 1980s obscurity: because she reached her highest profile with the broad success in 1974 of Court and Spark, which remains Mitchell's lushest, most accessible album, the Canadian musician and painter has found herself comparatively ignored in later years simply because her work ventured into more eclectic amalgams of her already diverse influences. Yet in her forays into world music, jazz and pop collage, Mitchell has remained a prescient and influential artist.
This 1998 concert special sheds welcome light on the work from that post-Spark quarter-century, its 22 songs dominated by the confessional works that have remained Mitchell's strong suit. Early favourites like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Just Like This Train" retain their charm, but it's Mitchell's more mature pieces such as "Amelia" (from Hejira) and "Sex Kills" (from Turbulent Indigo) that convey the depth and acuity of her work. A superb band--including Brian Blade, Mark Isham, Larry Klein, and Greg Leisz--provides a sinewy, sympathetic framework well suited to the palette of jazz, folk, and pop colours that Mitchell daubs on her songs. Adding further intimacy to the performance is a circular stage design, a small audience and a welcome lack of "big" production effects; instead, Mitchell indulges her second career as a painter through a pre-show stroll around a gallery of her visual works.
Mitchell's frail health in the late 1990s, as well as a lifetime of cigarettes, has taken a toll on her voice, which has lost much of its upper register. Yet there is also an added richness to her lower range befitting this sharp-eyed survivor's art. Old fans will also recognise the flurries of girlish laughter in between-songs patter, while savouring how Mitchell's powers as a writer and player (especially on a new, striking electric guitar) have matured as well. --Sam Sutherland, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The venue is intimate and in the round, which adds to the atmosphere, and that her band sounds great comes as no surprise, as Joni always surrounded herself with great musicians to complement her genius. The arrangements are always well put together, and the only complaint is that the guitar sound remains the same throughout, which I can imagine some getting bored with. For lovers of Joni in the early 70's, she bears no resemblance here to that period; for better or worse, she has matured as a performer and as a woman, but she's lost none of her wonderful talent along the way.
bought it for me for Christmas. I'm a huge fan and have been so since
my early teens. Mme Mitchell's music has played a significant part in
the soundtrack to my life; 'Hejira' will ever be my all time favorite album.
This 1998 concert finds her in playful mood in front of a small (and very
lucky!) audience with a cracking four-piece band in tow (for whom especial
mentions must go to former hubby Larry Klein on mercurial bass guitar
and Brian Blade, impeccable as ever on percussion) surrounded by a
substantial collection of her paintings highlighting, perhaps echoing, the
lyrical and autobiographical content of the songs. It's a wondrous affair!
It's easy to forget, until one sees her play live, what an awesome guitarist
she is. Those extraordinary almost organic chord progressions which revolve
both within and around the timeless, ecstatic, unimpeachable melodies!
That voice too! It's still in damned fine shape here; a little lower in
timbre as is inevitable for a singer in the glowing late Autumn of her career
but with the ever-present capacity to draw us into her World and to find
ourselves reflected there ("I see something of myself in everyone...")
There is nothing at all not to love here but if I had to pick a few songs to
tell you about then the beautifully restrained performance of 'Night Ride
Home'(1991); the almost unbearably painful 'The Magdalene Laundries' (1994),
together with utterly sublime renditions of 'Amelia' and 'Hejira' (1976)
would have to be very close to the top of the list. An unforgettable evening!
You may already own it (if you love her) but for goodness sake buy it if you don't!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a lovely relaxing and enjoyable video, feel like I'm there.Published 1 month ago by brenda shannon
Disappointed. Joni stays glued to her electric for the whole gig, whilst the rest of the band are too far down in the mix.
Guess who mixed the sound?
Great song arrangements with her band, but her solo guitar playing, although excellent, began to sound a little samey. She could have switched instruments.Published on 15 Mar. 2015 by Susan Hunt
Bought for xmas gift. Husband enjoyed it. Speedy delivery, well packaged and good price.Published on 2 Jan. 2015 by cutie
Great live show (Joni's ALWAYS great) - let down by the occasionally twee puff piece style (That presenter! Puke! The Arquettes brethren get everywhere like vermin lol)Published on 31 Dec. 2014 by Mr. R. V. Ennis
Disappointing - Joni Mitchell should really stick to music ............ ther art was appalling ..... mundane, pedestrian and essentially amateur ......... Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2014 by Danny der Rote
This is a great collection of Joni's later music (plus Big Yellow Taxi) played live and with some interesting guests and audience interaction. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2014 by North2South