Between the Lines

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is Janis Ian's second album from her re-emergence in the early to mid-'70s as one of the genre's most inspired and original singer/songwriters. While this title houses Ian's biggest international hit, the confessional "At Seventeen," the entire effort combines her honest and confessional lyrics with an equally engaging blend of pop
ock and definite jazz and blues. She assembled much of the same ensemble that had worked on her previous long-player, Stars 1975, and much of the material retains the same warmth and intimacy in both her craft as well as the presentation. Unlike the more somber and introverted tracks that dominate ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is Janis Ian's second album from her re-emergence in the early to mid-'70s as one of the genre's most inspired and original singer/songwriters. While this title houses Ian's biggest international hit, the confessional "At Seventeen," the entire effort combines her honest and confessional lyrics with an equally engaging blend of pop
ock and definite jazz and blues. She assembled much of the same ensemble that had worked on her previous long-player, Stars 1975, and much of the material retains the same warmth and intimacy in both her craft as well as the presentation. Unlike the more somber and introverted tracks that dominate Between the Lines 1975, the disc commences with a prime example of Ian's infectious coziness on the light and airy "When the Party's Over." This is one of the title's more straightforward love songs and features an appropriately lilting counter-harmony from Dennis Pereca. More typical are the somewhat dark and oblique "From Me to You," "The Come On," and the despairing title track. Darker still are "In the Winter" and the abject loneliness of "Tea and Sympathy" -- both of which feature some engaging arrangements courtesy of famed arranger/conductor Ron Frangipane, whose clients include Melanie and Townes Van Zandt as well as both John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Underlying the heady orchestration and truly at the center of Ian's skill are her emotively powerful yet reserved melodies. This was undoubtedly a factor in "At Seventeen" becoming a Grammy winner as well as a chart-topping single stateside and a Top 20 hit throughout much of Europe as well as more disparate locations such as Israel. The strength of material and public interest garnered by Between the Lines would continue on her next equally powerful long-player, Aftertones 1976. This album is a recommended starting point for potential enthusiasts, as well as a touchstone to be repeatedly revisited.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972330525
  • Catalog Number: 723305
  • Sales rank: 5,262

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When the Party's Over (2:59)
  2. 2 At Seventeen (4:43)
  3. 3 From Me to You (3:19)
  4. 4 Bright Lights and Promises (4:19)
  5. 5 In the Winter (2:30)
  6. 6 Water Colors (5:04)
  7. 7 Between the Lines (4:04)
  8. 8 The Come On (3:59)
  9. 9 Light a Light (2:46)
  10. 10 Tea & Sympathy (4:32)
  11. 11 Lover's Lullaby (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janis Ian Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Phil Bodner Wind, Soloist
Richard Davis Bass
Burt Collins Trumpet, Soloist
Kenny Kosek Violin
Sal DeTroia Guitar, Soloist
Russell George Bass, Soloist
Al Gorgoni Guitar, Soloist
Barry Lazarowitz Percussion
Don Payne Bass
Alan Raph Trombone, Soloist
George Ricci Cello, Soloist
Ken Kosak Soloist
Technical Credits
Janis Ian Composer
Brooks Arthur Producer, Engineer
Larry Alexander Engineer
Russ Payne Engineer
Martin Kalmanoff Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Raw, poetic emotion!!

    I absolutely love this album. It's poetry and music that rips at your heart and soul. Ms. Ian is an amazing talent and can bring about intense emotion with her voice and songwriting skills. I first heard this in the 70's and it brings it all back to heart. You wont' be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Janis Rules!!!

    Janis Ian writes from her heart, and sings from her soul! Oh the 70's - I love all of her music, she is my all time favorite!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ¡Maravilloso!

    I just found the album that I wanted. I just want to know where I can send her an E-mail to just thank her for writing those songs. Evidently,my english is poor. but Im trying to express what it feels to find the album Between the lines , after so many years.

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