These were the first and third albums that Janis Ian recorded for Columbia, having previously recorded three albums for Verve and one for Capitol. It is slightly irritating to ne that Edsel chose to combine her albums this way, and to re-issue her second album (the very successful Between the lines, featuring At seventeen) with a companion DVD.
Judging the albums on their own merits, the first album here (Stars) features Jesse (an American top 30 hit for Roberta Flack), while the other album (Aftertones) features Love is blind, which became a #1 hit in Japan. There is a lot of great music within these two albums, although Janis herself is not keen on Aftertones. Singers aren't always the best judge of their own music, and the Japanese public clearly love the album.
Despite my irritation at Edsel's release policy, I have no hesitation in awarding this pairing 5 stars.