Society's Child: The Verve Recordings

Society's Child: The Verve Recordings

by Janis Ian


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Society's Child: The Verve Recordings

The 41 songs on this double CD contain almost everything from the four albums that the singer/songwriter recorded for Verve in the late '60s. While it is true that Ian's early work may have been unduly savaged by unsympathetic rock critics, it's also true that the magnitude of her talent isn't large enough to merit a box set. As others have pointed out over the years, these compositions are often overly wordy, didactic, and self-absorbed, though these flaws are understandable (to a degree) given that Ian was in her mid- and late- teens when they were recorded. At the same time, the grooves make a fairly strong case that Ian is underrated, if hardly a major figure; some of the songs are affecting, the arrangements (especially the early ones by Shangri-Las producer Shadow Morton) have a '60s-period charm, and she's a pretty strong singer. Although some Laura Nyro fans might find the comparison insulting, there's a similarity to be found in Ian's bluesier and more soulful vocals, especially on her later Verve records. So while this couldn't be classified as a milestone of the early singer/songwriter era, it's more enjoyable and impressive than a lot of listeners would expect, although two-and-a-half hours is too much to take at once.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/1995
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731452759122
catalogNumber: 527591

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janis Ian   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Piano,Harpsichord,Tambourine,Vocals,Siren
Richie Havens   Conga
Kooper   Organ
Dick Hyman   Organ,Piano
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
David Friedman   Vibes
Bobby Gregg   Drums
Ray Alonge   Horn
Bob Bushnell   Bass
Artie Butler   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord
Ralph Casale   Guitar
Harold Coletta   Viola
Sal DeTroia   Guitar
George Devens   Percussion
Joe Farrell   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Bell   Guitar
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Gorgoni   Guitar
Manny Green   Violin
Sol Gubin   Drums
Joe Mack   Bass
Joseph Malin   Violin
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Gene Orloff   Violin
Joe Price   Bongos
George Ricci   Cello
Rogers   Drums
Aaron Rosand   Violin
Buddy Saltzman   Drums
Stuart Scharf   Guitar
Brad Spinney   Percussion
Tony Studd   Trombone
Jerry Jemmott   Bass
Artie Kaplan   Flute,Leader
Romeo Pengue   Baritone Saxophone
John Miller   Bass

Technical Credits

Janis Ian   Arranger,Producer
Brooks Arthur   Engineer
Carol Hunter   Arranger
Charles Calello   Arranger,Producer
Miko   String Arrangements
George "Shadow" Morton   Producer
Gene Radice   Engineer
Val Valentin   Director Of Engineering
Artie Kaplan   Arranger
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes
Joseph Solman   Illustrations

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