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Joni Mitchell - Refuge of the Roads
Joni Mitchell - Refuge of the Roads
Actor: Joni Mitchell
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2004     1hr 0min

Nearly 15 years after its initial release on VHS, Joni Mitchell?s critically acclaimed Refuge Of The Roads concert film is available on DVD. This legendary 1983 show, filmed on a soundstage at the end of a successful tour,...  more »


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Actor: Joni Mitchell
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Musicals & Performing Arts
Studio: Shout Factory
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/24/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Mitchell's best documented live performance
Michael Logan | Los Angeles, CA United States | 09/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Refuge of the Roads" documents Mitchell's 1983 "Wild Things Run Fast" tour. In support of one of her weakest albums, it's her finest live show. All of the songs from "Wild Things" sound better here, and Mitchell has boldly reimagined some of her older songs--most notably "For Free." A precious-sounding track from "Ladies of the Canyon, " here "For Free" gets a newly-written bridge and a stunning performance. Other highlights are a muscular, rock take on "Banquet" from "For the Roses," and my favourite versions of "Woodstock" and "God Must Be a Boogieman." The video-verite clips filmed in airplanes, limos, hotel rooms, and empty venues are fun, too."
My 2nd favourite Joni DVD.
O-Town | Sac-Town | 03/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can't for the life of me understand why most people brush off Joni's "Wild Things Run Fast" album as forgettable. I adore the record and I LOVE this film from the subsequent tour. Joni's voice is in better form here than on "Shadows & Light", I think, and I love how she rocks out with the boys. Speaking of, the band kicks some major ass on tracks like "Wild Things Run Fast", "Banquet", "You Dream Flat Tires" and just about any song that lets them expand the form a bit. The stage antics of the guys singing "God Must Be A Boogie Man" are a riot, as are those shorts! Every song here is wonderful so I'll just list off my favourite performances:

Refuge Of The Roads (it's just a brilliant song every time round)
Sweet Bird Of Youth (lovely performance, the opening footage and keyboard intro sets the tone perfectly)
For Free (my favourite performance of this tune)
Underneat The Streetlight (the footage behind this one is magical, exhilerating)
Woodstock (haunting as always)

Again, every tune on this DVD is phenomenal, the band is great, Joni is brilliant, and the extra footage is quite endearing to watch."
I found myself a place to hide . . .
M. Harris | Alexandria, VA United States | 10/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"An engrossing if a bit uneven snapshot of Joni Mitchell early in her post-popstar phase. The sound isn't the best, and many of the visuals have a home movie ambience -- probably because that's what they are -- but the artistry is wonderful. Joni's rendition of "Banquet" is intercut with some remarkably apt clips from an old and unidentified (at least to me) film. And her reworking of "For Free" is out of this world and alone is reason enough to buy this DVD. Joni has always seemed much more accessible in live performances than on her beautifully-executed but carefully crafted and controlled albums. Her accessibility and artistry come through loud and clear on this DVD."
Imagine Joni Mitchell backed up by Toto...
Mactavish | 05/30/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"...And you get a good idea of the 80's sounding band on this DVD. All the "rockers" have that ham-fisted, 80's show-off session man sound. (The guitarist being the most guilty of Journey/Styx/Starship crimes against humanity.)
I recommend renting, not buying, this DVD for the bliss and inspiration of Sweet Bird of Youth, Refuge of the Roads, For Free and the overlooked Chnese Cafe (best song from the Wild Things album). Sorry, but the home movies grate after a while, and the interspersing of early clips of Joni serve no real purpose.

Someday, someone will compile the best live stuff from this, Shadows and Light, Isle of Wight, 1998 Soundstage, 1960's TV shows and unreleased early 70's performances, and that will be a gem worth any price they charge."