The Essential Janis Ian

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 9/8/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886975619627
  • Catalog Number: 756196
  • Sales rank: 30,527

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hair of Spun Gold (4:03)
  2. 2 God & The FBI (3:52)
  3. 3 Silly Habits (4:40)
  4. 4 Society's Child (3:13)
  5. 5 Haven't I Got Eyes (3:35)
  6. 6 Jesse (4:08)
  7. 7 Stars (7:10)
  8. 8 Thankyous (2:36)
  9. 9 This Train Still Runs (4:36)
  10. 10 At Seventeen (4:42)
  11. 11 Live Is Blind (2:13)
  12. 12 Fly Too High (5:06)
  13. 13 Arms Around My Life (2:37)
  14. 14 His Hands (4:35)
  15. 15 When Angels Cry (4:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Tennessee Hills (5:17)
  2. 2 Every Love (2:56)
  3. 3 Some People's Lives (3:28)
  4. 4 Stolen Fire (4:10)
  5. 5 Days Like These (3:21)
  6. 6 Tattoo (4:17)
  7. 7 Through the Years (4:01)
  8. 8 I Hear You Sing Again (4:11)
  9. 9 Joy (2:43)
  10. 10 My Autobiography (2:49)
  11. 11 Hair of Spun Gold [Demo (3:10)
  12. 12 I Long for You (3:36)
  13. 13 Ginny the Flying Girl (3:46)
  14. 14 Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye (2:09)
  15. 15 Today You're Mine (2:47)
  16. 16 At Seventeen (3:55)
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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
Don Cobb Mastering
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
Eric Conn Mastering
Rob Clark Engineer, Digital Editing
Traditional Composer
Patrick Moroney Art Direction
John Leonardini Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Janis Ian

    I'm sorry , but I can't come up with a hundred words or more to describe her music . "Amazing Beautiful" are the only two words that come to mind .

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a 'BEST OF' Collection for All the Seasons of Your Janis Ian Mind

    This collection lacks a lot of Janis Ian's best early work, some of which is contained on her debut album as well as MOST of her second "For All the Seasons of Your Mind" Without this, "Essential" is a bit of a misnomer for anyone new to her work. I would recommend these first two albums first as the best introduction to this musical artist.

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