maart 07, 2014

Janis Ian - My Favourites (1980)

Janis Ian (born Janis Eddy Fink, April 7, 1951) is an American songwriter, singer, musician, columnist and science fiction author. Ian first entered the folk music scene while still a teenager in the mid-1960s. Most active musically in that decade and the 1970s, she has continued recording into the 21st century.

This LP anthology contains songs that were purportedly as the moniker would infer chosen by Janis Ian from her string of superior mid-'70s albums Stars (1974), Between the Lines (1975), Aftertones (1976), Miracle Row (1977), Janis Ian (1978) and Night Rains (1979).

As Ian was catering to a specific market, her choices may be a reflection of those songs that were hits and favorite deep cuts of the European audiences. The mesmerizing title composition "Stars" begins the sojourn of offering Ian's at time uncomfortably intimate illuminations in a fresh context.

The post-Vietnam experienced "Jesse”, or the almost disturbing minor chord progressions on "In the Winter" as they evoke palpable feelings of impending isolation.

Of course no accurate assessment would be possible without "At Seventeen", which was not only Ian's biggest hit Stateside, but it garnered her a spot during the October 11, 1975 debut episode of NBC-TV's Saturday Night a revolutionary variety program featuring comedy and live music. There are numerous nuggets from several of the often overlooked mid- to late '70s. Among those found on “My Favourites” are Ian's collaboration with Albert Hammond on "The Other Side of the Sun" and with producer Giorgio Moroder on "Fly to High" both from “Night Rains”.  “This is a collection of the songs from former albums, that i think you´ll like best. I hope you enjoy it!” Janis Ian.

Side A
A1.  Fly Too High   (5:07)  
A2.  Between The Lines  (4:03)  
A3.  Stars  (7:10)  
A4.  Love Is Blind  (2:14)  
A5.  In The Winter  (2:13)  
A6.  At Seventeen  (4:41) 

Side B
B1.  Jesse  (4:06)  
B2.  Afternoons  (3:14)  
B3.  Miracle Row / Maria  (7:24)  
B4.  That Grand Illusion  (2:48)  
B5.  The Other Side Of The Sun  (3:58)  
B6.  When The Party's Over  (2:57)

Art Direction – Henk De Jong 
Design – Studio Graficentra B.V.
Photography By [Background Photo] – De Koepel
Producer – Brooks Arthur, Giorgio Moroder, Janis Ian, Joe Wissert, R. Frangipane
Written-By – Janis Ian

Genre: Singer/Sonhwriter
© 1980 CBS Grammofoonplaten B.V.

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