The Secret Life Of J. Eddy Fink/Who Really Cares

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Great Britain's BGO imprint always does a stellar job when it comes to reissues. This two-fer reissue of Janis Ian's second and third albums released on Verve/Forecast in 1968 and 1969, respectively, is no exception. Listening to these albums all these years later, it is astonishing to note that Ian was still in her teens when they were released. While neither album charted, both are rich, varied, and convincing. Check the seven-plus minute "Mistaken Identity," from The Secret Life of J. Eddy Fink, produced by Ian and Shadow Morton. With its seamless integration of Ian's pianistic knowledge of hard bop jazz harmony, classic American ballad-book styles, and shifting time ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Great Britain's BGO imprint always does a stellar job when it comes to reissues. This two-fer reissue of Janis Ian's second and third albums released on Verve/Forecast in 1968 and 1969, respectively, is no exception. Listening to these albums all these years later, it is astonishing to note that Ian was still in her teens when they were released. While neither album charted, both are rich, varied, and convincing. Check the seven-plus minute "Mistaken Identity," from The Secret Life of J. Eddy Fink, produced by Ian and Shadow Morton. With its seamless integration of Ian's pianistic knowledge of hard bop jazz harmony, classic American ballad-book styles, and shifting time signatures; this track is worth the price of admission by itself. Other stellar tracks include the Bob Dylan-influenced "Friends Again," and the fuzzed-out rock of "Sweet Misery." Who Really Cares is even more ambitious. Produced by Charlie Calello, Ian is credited as co-arranger for a studio band full of crack musicians including Dick Hyman, Hugh McCracken, Joe Farrell, Marvin Stamm, and others. Ian plays piano on the set. Listen to the interplay with vibraphonist David Freidman on "Orphan of the Wind"; it swings hard but never loses its groove. Check the driving souled-out rock of "Sea and Sand," the bluesy country-rocker "Time on My Hands," and "Love You More Than Yesterday," with her scat singing fronting a full R&B horn section. Both records hold up beautifully. This two-fer on a single disc, is well worth seeking out for Ian fans, since this release marks the first appearance of these albums on CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/2009
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261209108
  • Catalog Number: 910
  • Sales rank: 163,523

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janis Ian Primary Artist, Piano
Al Kooper Organ
Dick Hyman Organ, Piano, Soloist
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
David Friedman Vibes
Carol Hunter Bass, Electric Guitar
Ray Alonge Horn
Bob Bushnell Bass
Ralph Casale Guitar
Harold Coletta Viola
Joe Farrell Flute, Soloist
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Manny Green Violin
Sol Gubin Drums
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Gene Orloff Violin
Joe Price Bongos
George Ricci Cello
Al Rogers Drums
Aaron Rosand Violin
Brad Spinney Percussion
Tony Studd Trombone, Soloist
Jerry Jemmott Bass
Julius Schacter Violin
Romeo Pengue Baritone
Stu Scharff Guitar
Joe Malin Violin
John Miller Bass
Technical Credits
Janis Ian Arranger, Composer, Producer
Carol Hunter Arranger
Charles Calello Arranger, Producer
George "Shadow" Morton Producer
Gene Radice Engineer
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Val Valentin Director Of Engineering
John Tobler Liner Notes
David Krieger Art Direction
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