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Secret Life Of J. Eddy Fink/Who Really Cares
     

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

by Janis Ian
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/08/2009
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261209108
catalogNumber:
910

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janis Ian   Primary Artist,Piano
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
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
Val Valentin   Director Of Engineering
John Tobler   Liner Notes
David Krieger   Art Direction

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