Mitchell, a 1995 Billboard Century Award honoree and multi-Grammy Award winner, has influenced many artists.
Mitchell, a 1995 Billboard Century Award honoree and multi-Grammy Award winner, has influenced many artists. And her 1979 concert at the Santa Barbara County Bowl, Shadows and Light, shows why. Originally released in 1980 on vinyl and as a video in the late '80s, "Shadows and Light" spotlights an artist who is in total control of the live setting. Mitchell and her musical mates—late bassist Jaco Pastorius, drummer Don Alias, keyboardist Lyle Mays, saxophonist Michael Brecker, guitarist Pat Metheny and a cappella group the Persuasions—treated enthusiasts to such classic material as "Free Man in Paris" and "Raised on Robbery," as well as a stunning take on the top 10 doo-wop hit "Why Do Fools Fall in Love." Unlike the video, the bursting-with-color DVD is in PCM Stereo with a 5.1 Dolby Digital surround option. Fans will devour the special feature, Tour Photo Diary, which showcases 48 images hand-picked by the artist herself. "Shadows and Light" is essential viewing for fans and for those in need of a refresher course on what it means to be an artist.—MP