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Overview

Uncle Wonderful

A Janis Ian dance album? Even her most ardent fans couldn't have seen this one coming. Uncle Wonderful -- an Australia-only album from 1984 that was recorded over three years -- sounds like something from Flashdance or Footloose, and as such it's dated rather badly. Drum machines, synthesizers, and Ian's incongruous grand piano all vie for attention, and the effect is not unlike being caught in a noisy traffic jam for 30-plus minutes. Still, there's some amusement to be gained from hearing Ian sing uncharacteristically coquettish lines like "let me be your body slave," and there's a great, hyperspeed piano solo on "Just a Girl." Ian's writing is as sharp and pointed as ever; Uncle Wonderful initially sounds like throwaway pop, but perseverance reveals that each song is actually a rather dark, well-constructed novella. "Trigger Happy Love" tells the tale of a married prostitute-killer, "Mechanical Telephone" examines marital dissolution, and the title track addresses incest and abuse, themes Ian would return to with great success on her comeback album Breaking Silence.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2004
Label: Jvc Japan
UPC: 4988002458813
catalogNumber: 62678
Rank: 223705

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janis Ian   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Terry Jennings   Percussion
Jeff Berlin   Bass
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
Kim Bullard   Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Kal David   Background Vocals
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Electric Guitar
Artie Funaro   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Tony Horowitz   Bass
Chris Page   Keyboards
Peter Schless   Keyboards
Rick Shlosser   Drums
Joe Turano   Background Vocals
Marv Kanarek   Drums
Leland Sklar   Bass
Leslie Collman-Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Janis Ian   Composer,Producer
Terry Jennings   Engineer,drum machine
Brooks Arthur   Producer
Kim Bullard   Composer
Artie Funaro   Producer
Bob Merritt   Engineer
Tom Murphy   Engineer
Randee Saint Nicholas   Original Photography
Jimmy Wachtel   Art Direction

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