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Joni Mitchell

Painting With Words and Music DVD

Review by Gary Hill

This DVD is a new reissue of an out of print music video. The film, made for TV, captures Joni Mitchell in a very cool and intriguing concert format.

The show is set in a small theater, which in itself creates a certain intimacy. Mitchell wasn't content to live with just that intimacy, though. She thought it out even further, setting up the theater like a large living room. Love seats, couches and chairs replace the standard seating, both in the audience area and the stage. Mitchell's own paintings are hung about the place, creating a homey atmosphere to a traditionally non-homey venue. It must have made for a very interesting experience for those in attendance and demonstrates just how classy this lady is.

The performances here are very strong, and they cover a wide range of Mitchell's career. This is really a stellar performance. The filmography and sound are top-notch, and the band often elevates this material to near prog rock status. This one should please long-time find and curious first tiers, too.

It's hard to find any negatives to this release, but I guess that, other than a discography and filmography, there are no bonus features would be about it. Other than that, I question how you could ask for a better DVD of this fine artist.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2005 Year Book Volume 3 at

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