Joni Mitchell (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, oboe, piano, omnichord, keyboards, percussion); David Baerwald, Brenda Russell (vocals); Larry Klein (guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, percussion); Michael Landau, Bill Dillon (guitar); Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums, snare drum); Alex Acuña (percussion); Karen Peris (background vocals).
Released around the time that Seattle's grunge movement was exploding in full-blown angst, NIGHT RIDE HOME boasts a lost carnival of characters that wander through, seeming especially poignant. In the '60s when another angry, lost generation reigned, Mitchell's painterly portraits reflected the troubled times. More than two decades later, her songs mirror the mood swings of an aging generation no more sure of their footsteps than they were in their youth.
A quiet, restless album that evokes the electric stillness before a summer storm, NIGHT RIDE HOME looks back to Mitchell's jazzier '70s endeavors like COURT AND SPARK. Despite the album's softer turn, the fey warble of alto sax is not nearly as prominent (or intrusive) as on Mitchell's 1998 TAMING THE TIGER. "Come In From the Cold" is one of Mitchell's finest songs, a lilting memory play of adolescence, desire and mature revelation. The title track is a sultry love song that travels down a dark, back road, whereas "Nothing Can Be Done," featuring David Baerwald on vocals, is a churning acceptance of an affair gone sour. NIGHT RIDE HOME eloquently resurrects the past, but never hesitates to embrace the future.
This deluxe package contains 4 photo collages by Joni Mitchell.