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Joni Mitchell DVD Out Tomorrow

Brad, a regular guy from Burlington Vt., has waited at least three for years for Joni Mitchell’s 1979 concert video Shadows & Light to come out on DVD. Brad’s user review of the video on Amazon.com says so, twice-once in all caps. Now, we don’t agree with him when he writes “I’d rather see the musicians than video clips of James Dean and Joni in a big bird suit.” We love Joni Mitchell in a bird suit, big or small. But we can’t disagree with Brad when he states that “it’s quite a thrill see Jaco here, at his best.” Yes, Pastorius smokes all the way through this set, as do Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Don Alias and Lyle Mays-the rest of Mitchell’s backing band at the County Bowl in Santa Barbara, Calif. concert, and all familiar names to the jazz crowd.

Brad, I hope you are reading this, for 2003 is your year. In fact, tomorrow is your day. Shadows & Light has been encoded on DVD, with 15 minutes of extra footage and in 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. The concert’s sound can also be output in stereo and the whole show runs over 75 minutes.

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