Essential Janis Ian

Essential Janis Ian

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Compiled by Janis Ian herself, the two-CD The Essential Janis Ian offers a wealth of material spanning more than 40 years, though it might not be quite what some listeners primed for a best-of are expecting. Ian's most commercially successful recordings spanned less than half this period (roughly from the late '60s through the early '80s), and while the mostSee more details below

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Compiled by Janis Ian herself, the two-CD The Essential Janis Ian offers a wealth of material spanning more than 40 years, though it might not be quite what some listeners primed for a best-of are expecting. Ian's most commercially successful recordings spanned less than half this period (roughly from the late '60s through the early '80s), and while the most famous songs from that era are here, greater weight is given to her post-1990 material. That might disappoint some listeners wanting to hear her most familiar tunes, though it might reward some of her more dedicated admirers by giving them a chance to listen to some work that has largely passed under the media radar. Whatever the era, Ian stylistically remained very much in a personal singer/songwriter vein. And yes, her teen hit "Society's Child" is here (though her late-'60s recordings are very sparsely represented), as well as her most prominent songs from her 1970s stint with Columbia Records, "At Seventeen" and "Jesse." Although there's not much in terms of rarities, there are a few inclusions that collectors will appreciate, among them a mid-'60s demo of "Hair of Spun Gold" that predates the version from her first album; a previously unissued 1978 track, "I Long for You"; a live 2000 performance of "God & the FBI"; the single version of "At Seventeen"; "Ginny the Flying Girl," originally heard on the 1981 Sesame Street album In Harmony 2; and re-recordings of "His Hands," "Some People's Lives," "Days Like These," and "Through the Years" done especially for this compilation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2009
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886975619627
catalogNumber:
756196

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hair of Spun Gold  - Janis Ian
  2. God & The FBI  - Janis Ian
  3. Silly Habits  - Janis Ian
  4. Society's Child  - Janis Ian
  5. Haven't I Got Eyes  - Janis Ian
  6. Jesse  - Janis Ian
  7. Stars  - Janis Ian
  8. Thankyous  - Janis Ian
  9. This Train Still Runs  - Janis Ian
  10. At Seventeen  - Janis Ian
  11. Live Is Blind  - Janis Ian
  12. Fly Too High  - Janis Ian
  13. Arms Around My Life  - Janis Ian
  14. His Hands  - Janis Ian
  15. When Angels Cry  - Janis Ian

Disc 2

  1. My Tennessee Hills  - Janis Ian
  2. Every Love  - Janis Ian
  3. Some People's Lives  - Janis Ian
  4. Stolen Fire  - Janis Ian
  5. Days Like These  - Janis Ian
  6. Tattoo  - Janis Ian
  7. Through the Years  - Janis Ian
  8. I Hear You Sing Again  - Janis Ian
  9. Joy  - Janis Ian
  10. My Autobiography  - Janis Ian
  11. Hair of Spun Gold [Demo  - Janis Ian
  12. I Long for You  - Janis Ian
  13. Ginny the Flying Girl  - Janis Ian
  14. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye  - Janis Ian
  15. Today You're Mine  - Janis Ian
  16. At Seventeen  - Janis Ian

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janis Ian   Primary Artist
Dolly Parton   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Duet
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Janis Ian   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Author
Brooks Arthur   Producer,Engineer
Giorgio Moroder   Composer,Producer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Jeff Balding   Producer,Engineer
Charlie Dreyer   Engineer
Chad Hailey   Engineer
John Jennings   Producer
Jess Leary   Composer
David Levine   Producer
George "Shadow" Morton   Producer
Russ Payne   Engineer
Lucy Simon   Producer
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Herb Gart   Executive Producer
Kye Fleming   Composer
Marc Moreau   Producer,Engineer
Rob Clark   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Patrick Moroney   Art Direction
John Leonardini   Art Direction

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